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Ned

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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2005, 11:52:47 AM »
Yes we will drive toqad to market, post office etc. Not to White rim or whatever. That is why I cannot compare an suv to a Taurus.

If all you're going to do is drive from campground to campground and never use the Taurus to go anywhere but to the local Walmart, you're going to miss out on much that's worthwhile to see in this country.  What a shame. :(
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2005, 12:34:07 PM »
LOL Ned, I never said that. 

I simply do not believe I will drive my toad nearly as much as most people are saying here.  And yet I will see the USA which is the main reason I am doing this.

Why argue?  In a years time the data will be in and we will know the truth.   :D
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2005, 12:55:47 PM »
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Why argue?  In a years time the data will be in and we will know the truth

Smoky,

And you can spend your malt money on fuel for the Taurus to balance the budget. ;)

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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2005, 02:36:27 PM »
If all you're going to do is drive from campground to campground and never use the Taurus to go anywhere but to the local Walmart, you're going to miss out on much that's worthwhile to see in this country.

Ned,

One can save even more money and drive much less by just taking the MH from Walmart to Walmart and stay until they kick you out.    If you want a little variety, you can stay at an occasional casino.   ;D

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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2005, 02:53:30 PM »
Phil,

Good idea.  A national tour of all the WalMarts :)  Don't need a toad at all for that.  Sounds like more fun than Lorna's tour of state capitols.
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2005, 04:45:54 PM »
Good idea.  A national tour of all the WalMarts :)  Don't need a toad at all for that.  Sounds like more fun than Lorna's tour of state capitols.

Lorna's tour would be ok if you could camp out in the capitol parking lot.  My parents did the state capitol tour over several years when I was young.  It was great but we cheated and stayed in motels.  ;D

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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2005, 05:17:32 PM »
Lorna's tour would be ok if you could camp out in the capitol parking lot.

We like to stay at campgrounds, COE campgrounds if we can. But then we use our car for more than just shopping :)

Not much room for large vehicles around the capitols, but most of them have free visitor parking.  I even go on some of the visits.
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2005, 08:42:40 AM »
Ned,

<< Not much room for large vehicles around the capitols...>>

   Not much room for large vehicles around New England...just ask Fred. <GD&R>

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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2005, 09:29:54 AM »
No need to ask Fred, we were there last fall :)
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2005, 09:07:30 PM »
One thing to consider is the effect of towed v/s driven on the toad

Of course if you tow 4 wheels UP (Trailer it) this is very little (some wear on the suspension)

But if you tow it 4 down, like most of us do, The effect is greater

Engine- ZERO WEAR

Transmission - Depends on the ride, if you use an axel or drive shaft lock/disconnect, ZERO WEAR

Differential,  RWD with dissconnect, very little wear,  FWD, I'd guess normal wear (These things normally last a long long time, the gears run in an oil bath so they are among the best lubricated parts in your car)

Shocks,  No matter how you tow,,, Normal wear  Likewise springs

Front end (Steering parts) Trailer very low wear, 4-down, less than normal wear

Tires, trailered no wear, 4 down very low wear

one thing you need to know though... If you blow a tire on the towed when towing 4-down... You may well not notice it till SERIOUS damage is done to the towed (Worst case is destroyed by fire) and possibly the MH as well...  (On my towed, if a tire blows the tread tends to fall into the rim (like those old space saver spares that got bigger when you inflated them) and you can actually drive on it CAREFULLY.  however if this were to happen at Freeway speeds, and I did not notice it, the tire would quickly shred and start shreding the fender and wheel well)

Thankfully... There is a solution... Pressure Pro monitors on all tires.. They get real vocal when you have a blow out, even tell you which tire is flat!!!
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2005, 04:11:02 AM »
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Tires, trailered no wear, 4 down very low wear

Eh, not exactly. 4 down and the tires are still carrying the weight of the loaded toad and if you have a toad braking system, the stopping wear is there too. Of course you're not 'burning rubber' with your 450 hp. engine when you're towing it. ;D
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Re: Towed miles v driven miles
« Reply #41 on: June 28, 2005, 09:24:17 PM »
Right Karl, I said "Very low wear" not zero.   I have seen trailer tires last for many years, many years indeed, since there is no power to the wheels (Even if the trailer has brakes) what really tears up tires are road hazards and power to the wheels, (If you have a rear wheel drive car then the "power" on the front wheels is from steering)  also bad alingment tears them up and in this case it matters not if towed or driven

However when towing there is almost never power to the wheels, the front is "pulled" through the turn so the turning stress is way lower than if driven, and the rear just naturally follows the front.  Thus you are looking at trailer type tire life  which is much better than the tow vehicles (for the same tire) course the 22.5's on the MH are not the 15's on my Lumina so ...
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