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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Old 09-09-2008
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the lift we used was not a tommy brand.
it was rated at 3300lbs
welding supplys are heavy!
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Smart Car weighs 1609lbs according to wikipedia
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Aside from axel capacity what would 1,600 lbs. do to the handling of the BB hanging way out there on the lever so to speak?

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Arley says he didnt notice any diff. in the driving/handling of his 86 pt40.
his bike weighs 700 lbs?
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Unless your dog is quite small, a Smart will not be big enough for the 3 of you. He will still need to ride in your wife's lap as it is. There's very little room between the seats.

There's not a golf cart that's rated for secondary roads; you'll only find some communities that allow them. I think you'll find a toad will be your best option.
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Thanks to all again. Our dog is a 20 lb. one and is often on her lap anyway.

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Dennis, I have to ask, why are you even considering this approach when towing a toad is so much less complicated, expensive and for which "parts" are available. You must have a reason and I am just curious. The only thing I know that would work is the toy hauler types of RV's and even those I don't know if there is a Class A which would take a car. Which would have to be of the Honda Fit, or Chev Aveo size.
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Thanks John for your reply. I guess the reason is that I am not a big fan of towing; the extra length; the restrictions on which lane you can drive in; the speed limit restrictions etc. In the end I may have to tow a toad, but at least for now I want to investigate alternatives. Most of my trips would only involve going within a 5 to 10 mile range away from the Coach so I really don't need a car and those times where I will be in one place for a week or two that I want a car, I can rent one cheap enough. Plus I already have two cars neither of which are good for towing and I do not want a third car with the need to store it, insure it, maintain it etc.

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Dennis, The only vehicles other then small cars I know of that would come close to working for you would be golf carts, ATV's and the spin offs of those two which are usually bigger (mules etc). I resisted the toad as well but once I did it I am completely happy with the toad. I made a lateral trade of a car to get one that could be towed. It only cost me $1500 to get the right car. I was able to get a base plate and set the car up for perhaps another $1000 so it was doable from the money end. Towing a car behind a MH is a lot easier then towing a trailer behind a truck so I would just encourage you to consider the "toad" approach before you try to re-invent the wheel so to say. Also, consider that it takes less energy to tow a vehicle then it does to carry it. I think most would consider it a safer way to handle the vehicle as well. I would carry a small scooter but only if it was under 200 lbs. If you decide to go with a toad let me know. Just been thru that and I think I can help you a little.
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John,

Thanks for sharing the knowledge of your experience with me that is the value of this site. I did consider trading one of my cars but did not want to give up my 10 year old emaculately cared for SUV. I will let you know where this ends up.

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