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Old 11-24-2020
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I would go with a trailer . Having a small car to get around is sweet . Tell us a little about where you plan to go , how long will you stay . For us the trailer was perfect for how we live as full timers . In fact being able to back up the trailer unlike a toad has it's advantages also . In fact if you end up going with a trailer the one I have might be perfect for you . She is a 24' Featherlite stacker 17k. The only reason I'm going to sell her is because this Prevost ca not tow her like my Bird did . So now I can only bring one toy at a time
Hi Al,

We may head for north east around summer and then down to Georgia for WOG. I’m just lazy and looking for ways to travel while doing the least amount of work on stops.
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Compare the weights on a chevy P30 with an aluminum body.
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Max,

Thank you for the detail write up. I’m lazy and that is the leading cause of my bad decisions. Combined that with dear wife’s requirements and you can come up with ....

Full timing last year, I noticed that when we got to many RV parks, we had to disconnect the 4 down toad because there was no room to get to the spot and disconnect there, so we would do that at entrance and dear wife would drive the toad. With a trailer and a car inside the trailer, we (that means I) would have to disconnect, take the car out and hook it up to trailer. She would also need to practice driving while pulling a trailer since I can’t drive the bus and the car pulling the trailer at the same time. By the way she does not drive the bus. That is how I thought have a toad that can fit two motorcycle I it was the way to go, so when it comes to having to disconnect she can just get behind the wheel and drive the road. The step vans while ugly have ample space inside for two motorcycles and some of the other junk currently on the back of the Honda Element.

I am looking to see if I can find one with manual transmission and that would eliminate having to mess with the driveline.

Thanks again for the insight.

You don't have to mess with the driveline if you leave the engine running in the van,trans in neutral.
Its been done plenty of times,woody was doing it while towing a big pickup.
Another bird owner i know did it for years on chevy pickups,tahoes etc.
he never bought a disconnect...
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Shahin,
I like it , an inexpensive paint job to match, complete service maintenance.
And good to go, Love the square retro round headlights, Need an input from Crit, he towed a full size van for awhile. Don't believe it is 15000#, there are many small delivery box trucks for cheap, maybe a small UPS truck
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You don't have to mess with the driveline if you leave the engine running in the van,trans in neutral.
Its been done plenty of times,woody was doing it while towing a big pickup.
Another bird owner i know did it for years on chevy pickups,tahoes etc.
he never bought a disconnect...
Years ago I met a Bird owner who idled his Mercedes when towing
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A 3/4 or one ton truck with a flat bed can easily accommodate 2 full size motorcycles tied down side by side. And in Texas, it wouldn’t be all that uncommon. Lots of people use them for farm vehicles or just hauling stuff. The sides on a pickup bed are great for keeping stuff in but certainly limit the usable space.

A 1/2 ton would probably work but might sag too much with two Harleys and a flatbed
The springs are pretty soft on newer trucks

That would get you back to towing 4-down and be easy for the wife to be comfortable with.
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If you want to go all out, we sell you our toyhauler, 2002 E450 with a 7.3 diesel and 96'000 miles. Living quarters in front, workshop in back. Tie downs for motorcycle and a long aluminum ramp (heavy duty like a delivery truck) Work table can be removed, newer tires, runs great. Haul anything

Hey and it got a diamond plated roof too (looks better than a bread truck and you could sleep in it a night or two)
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If you want to go all out, we sell you our toyhauler, 2002 E450 with a 7.3 diesel and 96'000 miles. Living quarters in front, workshop in back. Tie downs for motorcycle and a long aluminum ramp (heavy duty like a delivery truck) Work table can be removed, newer tires, runs great. Haul anything

Hey and it got a diamond plated roof too (looks better than a bread truck and you could sleep in it a night or two)
That's a cool rig Marvin.. You have lots of cool toys..

I have been wanting to tow my F350 so I could also load my golf cart in the bed.. For those times when I want a vehicle and a golf cart. I am a touch over 10k with that set up. But I have the electronic 4wd so I have to do something where I can put it in nuetral.. I guess I could just run it in neutral like Randy said. I need to get a heavy duty tow bar set up and braking system for it though..
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Hi Al,

We may head for north east around summer and then down to Georgia for WOG. I’m just lazy and looking for ways to travel while doing the least amount of work on stops.
In my opinion you need a plan with a trailer . a car/truck not so much . I avoid that part of the country so I 'm no help traveling there . Maybe Don M who pulls his trailer all over will chime in . Good luck either way you go .
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Check out this setup. Wide ramp would give a lot of confidence and control when loading the Harley. Regular size tires should keep the bed low enough to work better. Dragging the frame at the break over point is a concern when loading bikes. Especially Harleys since they are usually very low anyway.


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