Toad being pulled by RV

7 reasons you need a “toad” for your RV before your next trip

Hey there, fellow RV enthusiasts! If you’re out there exploring the open road in your trusty RV, you might be wondering about the benefits of towing a “toad” along for the ride. A “toad” in the RV world is a slang term describing the small vehicle that is “towed” behind motorhomes or Class C RVs. We have some excellent reasons why having a toad by your side can make your RV adventure even more enjoyable and convenient.

Toad being pulled by RV


What are the 7 reasons I should buy a “toad” for my RV before my next trip?

  1. Freedom to Roam: Imagine this: You’ve parked your RV at a beautiful campsite and made all the necessary connections to establish your new homesite for many days. You then find out that there’s a charming little town just down the road. A good feeling comes upon you as you imagine the good time ahead. But then you think about the time and energy it would take to unhook and put away your cord from shore power, unhook all your sewer hoses, and turn off the city water connections. Your good feeling is now gone! There has got to be a better way!

    The better way is to have a “toad”. Towing a small vehicle allows you to easily unhitch the vehicle, jump right in, and go exploring! The older we get, the more we need to spend our time and energy on the pleasures of our trip and not unnecessary work and frustrations.

  2. “Toad” Vehicles are Available: Thanks to the rising demand for vehicles to be used as a toad, companies across the country are beginning to educate RV owners like never before. Websites such as _____ both sell toads and educate RV owners about them. It is important to invest time in understanding this because not all small vehicles can be used as toads.

  3. Spontaneous Side Trips: Sometimes, that off-the-beaten-path attraction or an unexpected adventure calls your name. With a toad, you can easily and quickly navigate your small vehicle, leading the way to your new adventure. RV’s are much larger and can be a hassle when maneuvering your large RV through tight streets. Often, unplanned and last-minute excursions can create the most memorable moments of the trip! If you’re the kind of RVer who loves to roam far and wide, having a “toad” can extend your travel range without the need to return to your RV base. This is perfect for those who want to keep discovering new places without the limitations of a large RV.

  4. Extra Peace of Mind: In case of an emergency or unforeseen situation, a toad can be a real lifesaver. It provides you with a secondary mode of transportation to quickly get assistance, whether it’s a medical issue, an unfortunate breakdown, or simply picking up supplies. Much like the escape pod used in Star Wars that allowed droids R2D2 and C3PO to escape the mother ship with an important message from Pricess Leia, you too can make any escape with your toad in a time of need.

  5. Convenient Local Excursions: Flat towing allows for easier driving than towing a trailer holding a vehicle. RV parks and campgrounds are often situated outside of town, making everyday tasks like shopping, dining, and exploring local attractions a bit of a challenge. With a toad, you can zip around town hassle-free.

  6. Savings at the Pump: RVs aren’t exactly known for their fuel efficiency. Towing a smaller, more fuel-efficient toad can help you save on gas when you need to make quick runs to the store or explore nearby attractions. Use that saved money to buy a souvenir that will remind you of this adventure. It is amazing how many miles we actually travel AFTER arriving at our destination! There are sights, local attractions, and quaint towns nearby the resort/park where we park our RV—but not so close that you can walk!

  7. Proper Installation: The Glue Holding It All Together
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Now that you’ve found the toad of your dreams, let’s talk installation. Ensure that your toad is properly equipped with the right towing equipment and a reliable braking system. There are components such as a tow bar, base plate, and electrical wires that need installed. The manufacturer’s guidelines need to be followed for both safety and to make sure you do not void your warranty due to improper installation. I recommend you consult with a professional for installation. This step is the glue that holds your entire RV entourage together, so don’t cut corners.

If I try this myself, what are the dangers of an incorrect installation?


Danger #1: Braking Nightmares: Improperly installed braking systems can lead to a nightmare scenario on the road. Without synchronized braking between the RV and the toad, you risk reduced control and increased stopping distances, setting the stage for potential accidents.

Danger #2: Mechanical Meltdowns: Incorrectly installed towing equipment can put immense strain on both your RV and the toad. This strain can lead to mechanical failures, causing damage to your vehicles and putting a sudden halt to your cross-country adventure.  

Danger #3: Highway Hazards: Picture this: you’re cruising down the highway, and suddenly your toad breaks free. Improper installation can result in a detached toad, posing a serious threat to you, your fellow travelers, and anyone unlucky enough to be sharing the road.

Danger #4: Electrical Problems: An electrical current must be able to flow from the RV to the toad vehicle. This series of wires must be installed by a professional to avoid all kinds of electrical mishaps. Malfunctioning, shorts, and even fires can result from improper installation. Click here to find a professional. 


In the end, choosing the perfect RV toad is an adventure in itself. Enjoy the process, and remember that the road ahead is full of surprises – just like your toad-buying and installation journey. Happy trails!

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