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Old 01-10-2014, 04:40 AM   #1
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Traveling without a toad

Does anyone out there travel fulltime in a motorhome with just bicycles.I would like to know how you can do it while minimizing the drawbacks of not having a toad.Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject.

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Old 01-10-2014, 04:52 AM   #2
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I carried two bikes ( and a toad. ) for a few years including to Alaska. I found most CG 's were not ideal to ride them ( dirt and gravel ) and the roads outside most CG's were on not quite safe to ride as well. I would not leave home without a toad.


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Old 01-10-2014, 04:54 AM   #3
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We have been full time for two years. I could not imagine being without a toad.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:04 AM   #4
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Being that you are fulltime I would think it would be a disadvantage not to have a toad along. Don't know how long you stay in one area and whether it is close to a metropolitan location where you could always rent a vehicle but that could get to be a hassle. Good luck and hope it works out.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:09 AM   #5
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Not having a vehicle to go out and explore the world around you is a drawback. DW and I used a tandem bicycle to explore and run to the store without breaking camp the first year with our motorhome but this greatly limited our range. We used a motorcycle for two years after that but I wont motorcycle at night, in big cities nor after having ANY alcohol so that was too limiting. I just bought a toad late last year that I can pull four-down and love it. Being able to transport heavy stuff like firewood is a big plus as is being able to go out in the heat of day or cold of night, rain or shine. If I was FT I would go nuts not being able to explore the world around me unrestricted.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:34 AM   #6
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Did it for a few years from 2011 when my towed died to late summer last year.

We planned all our shopping and such to coincide with park changes (Due to using membership camping I move park to park at least once every two weeks)

But I can tell you life is MUCH easier with a towed, so my Motor home adopted a 2001 Neon Puppy.. Many times the MPG city, and around 3 times the freeway MPG.. I tell folks that when I popped into Savanna for the day for my daughter's Graduation from the Master's program at Armstrong.. Took about 1.5 tanks of gas.. Had I driven the MH, it would have also taken about 1.5 tanks round trip.. The difference.

12.5 gallons fills the Car assuming you push it to the pumps out of gas.

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:04 AM   #7
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But would you take bikes to Alaska?
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Being with out a toad would be extremely limiting. Basically your entire experience is going to be limited to the campground. An example would be the Finger Lakes region in NY. Unless you are in Lance Armstrong shape your not going to be able to see much of the spectacular scenery, or visit the wineries, or the small quaint towns, or find some of the good restaurants, etc.
There are a lot of wonderfull parks where the nearest store is 10-15 miles away. Nope, I just can't imagine that it would be any fun without a toad. Certainly not my idea of seeing the country which is, for me, the whole purpose of full timing in an RV.
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If I couldn't take a toad I would soon tire of RVing.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:13 PM   #10
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We travel about 3 to 4 months each year. The toad gets us to everything since a 40' MH will not fit in many parking lots. Additionally, the Jeep lets us go places that just simply sound fun. The only time we do not take the toad is when we head to visit our kids. We rely on them for transportation. If we are going to a specific city for a limited time and then returning home we get a car from Enterprise for a few days. The change in miles per gallon certainly can offset some of the rental costs.
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