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Old 07-19-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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We purchased our first Thor Ace30' class a in January and will be leaving for our first big trip this month. We have it set up to tow a Kia soul with a tow dolly. In speaking to some rvr's Their recommendations were to leave the car home and take the motor home to the attractions due to the hilly terrain on our planned trip Route 66 Chicago to Los Angeles Any comments would be appreciated Thank you Acejohn6928

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Old 07-19-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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I would think the toad would be mandatory on a trip like that.

It will go places the MH can't and you won't have to break camp every time you want to go some place.

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Old 07-19-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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JMHO. There are some sections of 66 that I would not take a motor home on , let alone a motor home with toad. Several other threads on this subject. ( Kingman AZ to Bullhead City , through Oatman comes to mind )
I would say . Take the toad and then you would be able to day trip with the car through the worst sections , by-pass on the interstate when necessary, with the MH.
I'll see if I can find the latest " Route 66 " thread and direct you to it.

Caught out by my slow typing again.

Go to the " Just Conversation " forum
open the " Search this forum " drop box
type in " Route 66 " look for the post by " Mofa " newest one I could find on the subject.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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Take the KIA.
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Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
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I wouldn't leave town without my toad!
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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Our toad goes every trip. No way I want to break down and secure the coach once set up.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:38 PM   #7
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Even though you have a very short rig, I agree that taking the toad would be a good idea.

If you are that worried about grades or narrow roads, etc., detour around them and take the toad to see the sights ...I'm specifically referring to Oatman, as mentioned. Oatman is definitely worth seeing. However, it may be better to find an RV park in the Kingman area and then take a side trip to Oatman with the toad.

You may be able to do this in other parts of the Historic Route66 if you feel uncomfortable taking the motorhome on narrow or steep terrain.

Doing it in this manner, you can stay on the interstates when you're towing but use the toad to take side trips on the historic parts of Route66 when you feel the need.

So, I agree, take the Soul --just leave those cute hamsters at home.
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You are definitely going to be happier driving a toad in LA! If you're concerned about a given hill, you can always disconnect the car & caravan for a distance.

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