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Old 09-06-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Dinghies and Other Possible Options ...

The more we get into this process of choosing what we want, the more I wonder about what I want as far as extra wheels. Do I just bring a couple of bikes? Do I tow a small trailer with a couple of small mopeds or a scooter or two?

My wife and I will be camping a lot in RV parks all "plugged in," probably a few days to a week or so at a time. Seems like it might be a pain to strike camp, disconnect and then reconnect the hook-ups and re-camp -- just to go to the store. No mater how organized I get, I seem to forget something we need that requires another trip.

There's probably always stuff lying around in a van that would/could roll around if not secured, even on a short trip. I'm also considering a small screened-in room to surround the awning area for particularly buggy climes, especially in the South. I'm sure in less than 10 to 15 minutes I could strike and in another 10 - 15 re-set, but it seems like it might get old. We're probably going to be traveling for 4 - 6 months at a shot. Am I being a wuss?

What do y'all do? Is this stuff a serious consideration? If you have motorized dinghies, what do you have and how do you use it/them?

I'm also concerned about too much weight effecting MPG and want to use really fuel-effective vehicles, if we go that route.

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Old 09-09-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Re: Dinghies and Other Possible Options ...

On that far-off day when I do get an SMB, I'm going to take a hard look at carrying one of these, or something like it for miscellaneous transportation:

http://www.amazon.com/SwissBike-LX-24-S ... 461&sr=1-1
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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Re: Dinghies and Other Possible Options ...

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On that far-off day when I do get an SMB, I'm going to take a hard look at carrying one of these, or something like it for miscellaneous transportation:

http://www.amazon.com/SwissBike-LX-24-S ... 461&sr=1-1
I like the way it breaks down. Cool!

Right now I'm thinking about a Vespa LX150 hanging on one of these:

http://www.atvsolutions.com/products.html

(The one on the left side of the page.)

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Old 09-10-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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Re: Dinghies and Other Possible Options ...

For really long trips (like to Alaska) we try to keep a well stocked camper and only shop when we are traveling between stops.

For more local trips (southwest National Parks) we pull a small trailer with two bicycles on top.



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Re: Dinghies and Other Possible Options ...

Flat towing a Jeep is awesome, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and probably some others. Invest in a good, easy to release tow bar (I use Falcon All-Terrain which stays with the van) and don't go above 32" tires and you'll never know it's there. A couple of diodes or a switch and you can permanently add a flat plug for brake lights.

The most difficult part of hooking and unhooking is the windshield cover I made from a Yoga mat, other than that I can be parked and hooked or unhooked and driving in under 4 minutes.
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