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Old 07-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #15
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If I were to go full time, a toad would be a must.
We plan on going out there for about a year or two, but we are going to start out renting a car, and see if we need to tow something.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:03 AM   #16
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To me a towd is a life raft. No matter what happens or the circumstances, you can get someplace else. It only cost me 13gals of gas per 1500 miles to take a towd along.

Can't imagine the hassle making arrangments, aquiring and returning a car every place I went. Especially if the need was unexpected. I would consider it if we were going to one location for a long stay then go home, but that's just me.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:03 AM   #17
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To me a towd is a life raft. No matter what happens or the circumstances, you can get someplace else. It only cost me 13gals of gas per 1500 miles to take a towd along.

Can't imagine the hassle making arrangments, aquiring and returning a car every place I went. Especially if the need was unexpected. I would consider it if we were going to one location for a long stay then go home, but that's just me.
How much does your toad weigh? Your figures show a decrease of mpg is only .009gal. I am considering a toad and would have thought the mpg lose would have been greater.
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If you don't do 'jack rabbit' starts, it takes little energy to get toad rolling. Going up hill is mostly cancelled by down hill. The toad rides in the wind shadow of the RV, so the fuel needed to pull toad is not that great. It really adds little to mpg, especially on a diesel engine which has lots of torque. I think my toad costs less to take along than multiple rentals, ignoring the set up costs. Since I did the work myself and got discount prices from careful shopping, I'm in less than $1000 for the whole set up.
I suffered a blow out on the RV in a open area of Wyoming on our first big trip, I had to drive toad 30 miles to get a cell signal to call GS roadside assistance. We were back on the road in 3 hours. I couldn't do that with a rental!
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If you don't do 'jack rabbit' starts, it takes little energy to get toad rolling. Going up hill is mostly cancelled by down hill. The toad rides in the wind shadow of the RV, so the fuel needed to pull toad is not that great. It really adds little to mpg, especially on a diesel engine which has lots of torque. I think my toad costs less to take along than multiple rentals, ignoring the set up costs. Since I did the work myself and got discount prices from careful shopping, I'm in less than $1000 for the whole set up.
I suffered a blow out on the RV in a open area of Wyoming on our first big trip, I had to drive toad 30 miles to get a cell signal to call GS roadside assistance. We were back on the road in 3 hours. I couldn't do that with a rental!
Had not thought of the actual effects of towing. What do you tow? Looking at the little Fiat 500. No decision yet. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I tow a 2000 new beetle, 3,800 lbs. 45 mpg. Check eBay and Craig's list for towing equipment.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:30 AM   #21
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Tow a 2013 CRV AWD, before that a RAV4 on a dolly with 30 foot C on E450 with V-10. No difference in mileage 8-8.5 mpg with or without the toad.
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I like to boondock so I tow a jeep. When i'm in the middle of nowhere I can take the jeep exploring or to the corner store.
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