For the newcomer, a toad is play on the word "towed". It is motorhome slang for a car that is dragged behind a motorhome.
Most people that have motorhomes, drive the motorhome to a location and then visit the local attractions in the "toad". Hitting the local grocery store is much less of an adventure in a toad than trying to maneuver a 40 foot monster in a limited space parking lot.
It also one of the most expensive options in a motorhome.
In addition to purchase of the car itself, you have to
- Buy a tow-bar. This can be around $2,000.00
- Buy an auxiliary braking system for car. This is the infamous "Brake Buddy" or other braking system. These things start around $1500.00.
- Buy a base plate for the car. This is over and above the tow bar. This is the car component to which the tow bar attaches. This can be from $1,000.00 on up depending on the installation
- Modify the lights on the car so they can be driven by the motorhomes lights. This can be a couple of hundred.
So all in all, it's a pretty significant undertaking. But its very important for a Citizen of the Road to have a Toad.