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Old 07-27-2006, 08:56 PM   #43
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Yeah Ted, but you have got a power to weight ratio that we all envy.
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Old 07-28-2006, 04:59 PM   #44
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Cabbage hill was a piece of cake! I only switched into jake hi a couple of times. I don't even think I hit the brakes once, much to my surprise.

The view was fantastic, and we both got to enjoy it. Very nice even descent. Not sure which volcano we saw as we crested (Mt. Adams perhaps?)

There was a very scary thing that happened to us today. After about 40 miles of driving, we pulled in to the Flying J at La Grande, and John just happened to walk back and take a look at the toad, when he noticed one of the tow bar pin locks was gone! Pin was still there and holding, but without any restraint!! OMG! It took about 15 mins of digging stuff out of the basement but somehow we located a spare pin to replace it with. We have no idea how the lock "fell" off. Probably operator error - who knows?!?

Now imagine going down Cabbage Hill and having one of your towbar connections coming loose! We feel so lucky that we somehow found this well in advance.

Always a good idea to take a look at the toad/towbar whenever stopped. We do about 60% of the time. I think it's going to be 100% after this!

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P.S. Do you ever visually inspect the welds in your towbar? That's also a good idea. We've met people who have had weld failures.
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Audrey & John, glad everything worked out for you. I think your point is well taken about checking the toad and bars, etc. I am sure we all think about it, but more than likely we take it for granted. I certainly am happy that everything worked out for you, but undoubtedly no where near as much as the two of you.
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Audrey & John,

Have you considered using padlocks on your towbar, instead of the supplied pin locks? I have the Sterling aluminum towbar which I lock to my Jeep with 4 padlocks, keyed alike, which I bought at Home Depot. They are similar to the 4 pack Master Lock model 769607.

Try a search on this model number at:

Home Depot

I also attach the towbar at the motorhome with a locking pin and the towbar attachment to the Jeep with a locking pin.

The additional benefit of this approach is that I feel less likely that someone will tamper with the towbar mechanism when I have stopped for lunch, fuel, or shopping. I've had long-time RVers tell me that they have heard of people purposely pulling a pin on a towbar out of mischief. I don't know if this is true or not, but it is a scary thought.

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Great News Audrey. I will cancel the State Police alert at the bottom of CH grade. It was super nice that you did not test the long distance tire monitoring on the toad.

That view really is nice-- though I was always driving and never saw the mountain (it could be either Hood or Adams depending on which direction you were gazing.)

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dale Dowdy:
I also attach the towbar at the motorhome with a locking pin and the towbar attachment to the Jeep with a locking pin. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I think these are the same kind of locking pins that we are using - same locations. It was the lock on the one of the locking pins from the towbar to the jeep baseplate that went "missing". Make sure that the lock end of the pin is really locked/snapped on.

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