Motorhome owners know that it can be a real pain to pack up their RV and go into town to get something or do something. That’s where a toad or dingy comes into play. A toad is a vehicle you tow behind your motorhome. Its there so you can set up camp and still have an easy way of traveling around without having to drive your RV everywhere.
While you can use a wide variety of vehicles for this purpose, you generally want to think about something small and easy to tow behind your motorhome. That will make the actual act of towing easier and have a smaller impact on your RV’s gas mileage.
When choosing a vehicle to tow behind your RV, make sure to think about its drivetrain, too. If you want to buy a car or you own a car that the manufacturer doesn’t suggest towing it behind your RV flat, consider getting a tow dolly that can lift two of the wheels off the ground and not cause damage to the drivetrain.
Small Cars That Make Good Toads
The best thing about using a toad is that you likely already own a vehicle that would work. If you have a city car, a subcompact car, or a compact car then you have what you need. If you don’t own one of these vehicles and want one here’s a short list of smart options when it comes to small cars:
These are just a few of the options out there that would be at the top of my list. Like I said above, basically, any smaller car will get the job done. Shop for a used model that’s a few years old to save money. If you’re primarily going to use the car as a toad, then you don’t want to spend a ton of money on it.
However, if you plan on using the vehicle you want to use as a toad as your daily driver, too, then consider getting a newer model and perhaps looking for one of the higher trim level options. Small cars can be excellent everyday vehicles and come with tons of features and amenities at a good price.
Small Crossovers and SUVs That Make Good Toads
If a small car just isn’t something you want to drive or you need more capability than a small car can provide, consider one of the small crossovers or SUVs that are all over the place these days. These vehicles often come with four or all-wheel drive, providing you some ability to do a little off-roading if you wish. Here are some good options:
- Jeep Wrangler
- Honda HR-V (FWD only)
- Mazda CX-3 (FWD only)
- Ford EcoSport (FWD only)
- Nissan Kicks (FWD only)
- Kia Sportage (FWD only)
- Hyundai Kona (FWD only)
- Toyota RAV4 (FWD only)
Again, you may already own a small crossover or SUV. If you do, then you have the vehicle you need. However, if you’re going to be looking for a vehicle. Think about how you want to use it. If you’re going to be doing some serious off-roading, then you should seriously consider the Jeep Wrangler as your option.
The Jeep has a long history of being a killer off-roader. While most crossovers or SUVs with four or all-wheel drive will do well in mild off-road situations if you’re really going to be going off the beaten path, the Wrangler has the tough body-on-frame design, solid axles, and serious four-wheel-drive system to get the job done. It is overkill for most folks’ purposes, but then it’s always better to have more capability and not need it than get stuck somewhere.
Wranglers can be quite expensive, though, so as long as you plan to stick to mostly pavement and some mild off-road situations, you’ll do absolutely fine with any of the other options listed above. If you’d rather tow your RV instead of having your RV do the towing, check out our travel trailers.
Do you currently have a toad? What do you use? What would you like to have? Leave a comment below.