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Old 01-07-2022, 02:44 PM   #1
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Do you always tow a vehicle?

I'm getting ready to leave NH for Florida and I'm trying to decide if winter towing is worth the aggravation or I'm just overthinking. I have a 1999 Demco tow dolly I just got. I towed my Prius behind my pickup to test it about 5 miles. Greased all joints, bearings appear good, kingpins good. New tires and a spare. I towed same Prius back from AZ with Uhaul TD. What are your thoughts? Worth it or not for a 6 week trip?
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Old 01-07-2022, 02:55 PM   #2
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We don't go anywhere without towing our Jeep.

Before we had our DP we had a Class C that didn't have the towing capacity to tow any of our cars. Sometimes we'd actually drive a 2nd vehicle to have secondary transportation while traveling (usually on longer trips) but most of the time we didn't have another vehicle. Meaning we'd have to disconnect and secure everything if we wanted to go anywhere.

Now we just tow the Jeep for the convenience of having another vehicle. Also nice to have a second vehicle as a backup just in case something happens to the DP.
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We broke down one Friday night on I-95 near DC….nobody to fix it until Monday.
Without our toad it would have been a miserable weekend….
We saw some sights, went to the National Aquarium, etc
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Old 01-07-2022, 03:08 PM   #4
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What are your plans? Do you anticipate the need for a toad? Any sight seeing, visiting friends or relatives, trips to the grocery store, etc? If so, how will you make those trips?

You’ll have to decide what is more aggravating, towing or not having a toad.

Last week we drove from Oregon to Arizona. The first night we didn’t even disconnect. The second night we had to in order to get in the spot. The third night we didn’t need to, but did so we could get some groceries.
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It depends on where I'm going and for how long. If we're going by ourselves pretty much always, if we're going somewhere where someone else will have a vehicle maybe not. For instance when I go fishing with my buddy I generally won't take the toad, we can use his truck. Whatever you decide good luck.
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Old 01-07-2022, 03:12 PM   #6
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It really comes down to your need / desire for transportation on this trip, and the availability of alternatives, ie taxi, bus, uber, etc.


In our case there are certainly trips / places I would consider going without a TOAD, it just depends on the trip.
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Wouldn't leave home without it for the above reasons.
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Six weeks without a car is a long time. If your setup gives you that much aggravation maybe it is time to look for a different toad?
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Lots of good input here--my observation is that most RVers tow but some dont. There are many hours of reading on this forum about whether or not to tow and if not, when does it make sense? It mostly comes down to personal choice. Personally, we wouldn't travel without a tow. Personally, we much prefer 4-down towing vs a dolly. Only you can decide--good luck....
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The odd short trip we have made without the toad, we have regretted!
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We almost always tow. Once in awhile it doesn't make sense, but mostly it does. A few years ago we drove from one coast to another and back and weren't going to use the toad on the way. For the few days in the middle where a car was convenient, we just rented one. We found it was easy enough to drop into a Walmart when we needed to with the motor home and we didn't need to deal with the toad the entire trip. On other trips where we just needed a quick jaunt, we took an Uber. No idea what the cost/benefit of all that is, it was more for our convenience than anything.
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As to how many tow / don't tow, and how common it is, I live on a north / south snowbird migration route in Louisiana, where this time of year it is common for dozens of RV's to pass in front of my house on any given day, and I am constantly amazed at how many of the larger class A coaches are not towing a car, an informal poll would place the number without a TOAD at well over 50%, of course they may have someone driving a second vehicle, but either way it is not in tow.
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We always flat tow a vehicle no matter how far our destination.
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We have a tow dolly, and use it every trip.
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