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Old 02-24-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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Doing the math on using a TOAD

My back of the envelope math on using a TOAD assuming I have a towable car:
  • 4000 miles per year, extra gallon of gas for towing every 100 miles 40*$2.50= $100
  • 4000 miles per year, car wear and tear for towing $0.10 per mile 4000*0.10 = $400
  • Assume 7 year life of Tow Dolly and Brake Buddy ($1100+1000)/7= $300

My yearly coast of towing a car is $800 which is about 10 days of rental ($80/day)

My thought is as long as I only go for 3-6 weeks a year, and don't stay in one spot a TOAD make no sense.

Has anyone else done the math and come up with a different decision?

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Old 02-24-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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You know if I did the math I probably wouldn't own a RV.

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Old 02-24-2016, 09:30 PM   #3
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I can only say that many places we have gone renting a car would of been hard to do.

Just having the piece of mine that if I break down I have a backup plan is worth the tow vehicle.

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Old 02-24-2016, 09:46 PM   #4
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I don't leave home without my Toad. Of course I full time so I'm always home! I would hate to have to mess with a rental car anytime we moved. What a hassle. The hassle should have some value.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:03 PM   #5
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What price do you put on "convenience?"

Having to rent a car, and either leaving your MH at the rental place or having Enterprise deliver, sounds like a hassle.

One reason I don't own a MH.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:58 AM   #6
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A few years ago we rented a car for a few days in the Florida keys. We had to drive the class c to the rental office. They saw our small Poodle in the MH and promptly stamped NO PETS IN VEHICLE on the rental contract.
We were not happy about that.

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Old 02-25-2016, 08:10 AM   #7
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Plus insurance, registration, and maintenance (tires, etc.) on tow dolly. But I still WANT a mh and toad.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:37 AM   #8
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Over the past 20+ years we have towed a toadof one kind or another about 300k miles.

When we bought the class C we decided we are *NOT* towing anymore.

So far we have put on almost 5k miles since Dec when we took delivery and have spent 15 nights out without a toad and we are loving the freedom. We can now back up any time we want, no more tow bars broken, no worries about being 65' long (40+ MH and toad) etc.

It really, for us, is cheaper to rent a car. If we can't easily get a car, our 30' class C will fit almost anyplace and we can use it to get around.

Definitely not for everyone, but it is right for us.

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Old 02-25-2016, 08:58 AM   #9
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Every time we consider renting a car instead of bringing the toad this is what we find:
1. The town we are going to never has a rental car facility close.
2. The advertised rate of $10.00/day soon turns into $69.00/day as soon as you add all the fees, taxes, restrictions, etc.
3. Even at the higher rate, they don't have any available so your rate goes up even more when you take what they have available.
4. The hassle of picking the rental up and dropping it off always takes time away from our overall time in that town.
After considering all that, we usually end up bringing the TOAD!
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