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Posted: 05/31/19 03:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have rented vehicles or just taken my wife's motorcycle on a hitch carrier. And have even rented cars if the weather was not good for riding the motorcycle. Once we retire, we want to flat tow a small truck with the bike in the bed of the truck


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Damdifino wrote:

Looking to buy a 32' Forester, a little long for a daily driver. [emoticon] My Land Cruiser can't be flat towed, and I hate to think of downgrading to a Jeep. So I'm wondering if I'll feel site-bound if I travel without a toad?

Try a trailer, rent one from U-Haul see if that will do.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

Damdifino wrote:

Looking to buy a 32' Forester, a little long for a daily driver. [emoticon] My Land Cruiser can't be flat towed, and I hate to think of downgrading to a Jeep. So I'm wondering if I'll feel site-bound if I travel without a toad?

Try a trailer, rent one from U-Haul see if that will do.


A Land Cruiser and a trailer capable of hauling it will push 9000 lbs. Might be a bit much for a 32' C.

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Posted: 05/31/19 10:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For me, the convenience of a toad can't be beat. Ready to go when you are, not too heavy Kia Soul, and with the back seats folded flat, carries all my heavy stuff like tools and such. I did uber a couple of times. It was fun, but if you have your own vehicle, can be very handy if there's a breakdown or problem. There's a certain security that goes along with it.


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You might want to look into installing a driveline disconnect kit on your Land Cruiser. Just purchased a 2010 Dodge pickup with automatic. Previous owner had installed a Superior Driveline disconnect. We are on our first trip with it and have pulled it about 800 miles so far. Everything is working great.


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If you want to tow your suv 4-down . Maybe DSK can help.

DSK has made custom disconnects for rv owners. They are about 300 mi from Comfort.


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We have a 24' and no toad. We have bicycles we usually take. Looking forward a trip needing a rental car one day... No interest in Toad. 24' vehicle mostly fits all but busiest of city situations.

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lhenry8113 wrote:

We now have a small Class C and no toad. Used Uber to get to specific places(grocery, hardware, historical sites, etc.) sites--$5 to $10 per ride. If we want to explore and stay a while we get an Enterprise Rent A Car. Lot cheaper than owning, maintaining, insuring, licensing, etc.


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I manage easy, we carry bicycles to get to town (if close by) and around the campground. If a town won't be close, we'll stop for supplies while on the way; it just takes a little planning. So far, only really been bit once; who knew Ohio still had dry counties, but to be honest, even with a toad, I wasn't going to drive just for a sixer.

More to the point, what do you want to do when camping? If all you want to do is go site-seeing, a toad might make it more fun. If you're going someplace like a State Park to relax, probably won't miss it.


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We (just my wife and I) have a smaller RV also, 25ft. Bumper to bumper. We prefer not to tow. As previously mentioned,this small RV enables us to handle most driving and parking situations. On our long trips (We have 3 cross country trips under our belts so far) we usually combine our shopping stops with our lunch breaks during our daily drives. We travel on non interstate roads for the most part so markets/suppies are easyer to run across. When arriving at a destination, we drive around the area and if we feel it is worth it rent an auto. Again as mentioned,this method takes a bit of planning, however if we had a large RV I would probably tow a vehice.


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