Either four-down or on a dolly, here's the hitch: It's just generally impossible to back up your motorhome with the toad attached. To do an effective back-up, you'll need to unhitch, move motorhome, and re-hitch again. But if your motorhome has muscle enough, and you pocketbook money enough, here's another alternative: An enclosed car trailer. Yep, it's a rolling garage for your faithful toad car, and there can be some advantages.
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First, your toad car stays clean and dry while "out of use." There's no wear-and tear on the tires or drive train. You can back up your enclosed trailer without having to unhitch. Need space for extra goodies? Get a big enough enclosed trailer and your car can have plenty of company in the form of tools, other recreational stuff, and those endless what-have-yous. Add a roll-down screen and you can have an effective, bug-proof patio while camping.
Still, there are other things to consider that might put you off the idea. You'll have yet a third "vehicle" to title, register, and insure. You'll also need to keep an eye on the extra length the trailer puts behind your motorhome to make sure your "combination" length doesn't put you out of bounds in terms of legal length restrictions. Depending on where your travels take you, you may find it difficult to "park" the trailer while camping. Some parks have "overflow" parking areas if the camp site itself is too small, but you may end up paying for the overflow spot.
If the idea still appeals, most enclosed trailer RVers recommend doing a lot of looking before you shop. Some trailers are skinny enough that getting out of your car, once you've driven it up inside the trailer, can be a bit of a problem. Like, "climbing out the window or the hatch back." Still others counter that wider trailer can make up for that, or some that have appropriately placed access doors that allow you to swing open the driver's door once inside. Others swear by using a winch system to simply pull the toad car into the trailer.
There's a lot to think about, and enclosed trailers can be a bit pricey. Look around in campgrounds and if you see one, ask the owners for their opinion. Like all things RV, everybody has an opinion they love to share.
Want to see more? Here's a link to an outfit that sells new, used, and custom enclosed trailers.