If you decide to purchase a motorhome, it’s likely you’ll tow a second vehicle behind you.
The whole point of traveling is to explore new horizons. Folding up camp and driving a big motorhome around everywhere isn’t very practical.
You’ve got to pack up everything right down to the lawn chairs. Plus, driving around town in a vehicle that gets poor gas mileage and takes up 3 or more parking places can be both expensive and difficult.
Sometimes you simply won’t have parking options for your motorhome, making certain places or businesses inaccessible.
Enter the RV Toad.
My RV Toad of Choice
An RV Toad is a nickname for the vehicle that you tow behind your motorhome.
Towing a vehicle behind your rig has several advantages and allows you to:
- keep your motorhome parked in one location
- save on gas money
- quickly and easily drive to businesses for supplies
- transport additional large items
- and the list goes on…
I flat tow a 2012 Jeep Wrangler behind my 36’ motorhome.
In the short time I’ve done so I’ve come to realize it’s the best vehicle you could choose as your RV Toad.
Curtis Carper and his Jeep Wrangler Toad.
I used to own a Jeep CJ5 many years ago.
It was excellent at what it was designed for: off road applications or getting to the grocery store when the snow was knee deep for a giraffe.
But it was hardly a comfortable or enjoyable ride at more than about 45 mph.
Today’s Jeep Wrangler has a lot more to offer than that old CJ5.
It’s certainly not your Granddad’s Jeep.
1. Off-Road Capabilities
The Jeep Wrangler’s off road capabilities initially caught my eye.
The southwest is a favored destination for snowbirds, and being able to explore desert trials and ghost towns is a great way to entertain yourself during long winters.
One of the great features of the Jeep Wrangler is its transfer case, which gives you a very low range transmission that’s well suited for off road travel.
Here’s how a transfer case works:
2. No Problem to Flat Tow
Since the transfer case has a neutral position, you can flat tow the vehicle without racking up mileage on the odometer.
You can also tow your Jeep if it’s got an automatic transmission.
Flat towing is OK with a Jeep Wrangler Toad.
3. No Locking Steering Column
Newer models of Jeep Wranglers have no locking steering. This is the best possible situation for flat towing with a tow bar.
You don’t have to worry about what position you put the key in to avoid draining the battery.
Since the steering doesn’t lock, you don’t have to keep the keys in the ignition.
For vehicles with locking steering though, you’ll need to keep the keys in the ignition so that the front wheels are free to turn and track around corners.
This means in most instances you need to leave the key in the car in just the right position to allow the steering to be unlocked, but not have the ignition turned on.
My motorhome towing a Jeep Wrangler.
Leave it in the wrong position and you’ll find your battery dead when you go to unhook it from the motorhome.
But for a Jeep Wrangler, putting the transmission in park and the transfer case in neutral is all you have to do. You can be hooked up and gone with confidence in about five minute’s time.