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Old 08-24-2011, 02:33 AM   #15
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We have a law that says my wife does a walk around as I pull forward slowly. She checks that ALL the wheels are turning and that all the lights are working.

You can pull a toad with it's emergency brake set and not know it. Don't ask how I know.
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Thanks everyone for all the helpful comments and advice... I have my lists made and will be checking them twice. It will be great to have the Jeep along, for a change, for short side trips, shopping, etc. There have been a couple of times when we really wished for the ability to go somewhere while staying in the motor home, without having to use the motor home for transportation. Those days are over now.
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we have backed up before when in a jam by putting someone in the toad and steering straight back. Is this a no no? We tow four down with a Blue ox tow bar, Thanks
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we have backed up before when in a jam by putting someone in the toad and steering straight back. Is this a no no? We tow four down with a Blue ox tow bar, Thanks
How much time will be saved by not unhooking if you bend/break the tow bar? I guess someone could always follow in the toad for the remainder of the trip if you should damage the tow bar.
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We have a law that says my wife does a walk around as I pull forward slowly. She checks that ALL the wheels are turning and that all the lights are working.

You can pull a toad with it's emergency brake set and not know it. Don't ask how I know.
We've been trained to do a "drift check." Does this accomplish the same thing, or are you saying that it is possible to not perceive a dragging TOAD brake, with the rig slowly rolling forward in neutral?

Thanks for the great idea. I think we'll adopt it anyway, 'cause of the light verification.
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Good advice from all. Cannot over-emphasize importance of a check list. After 45k miles of towing, I left my Subaru in gear. After a couple of miles, engine, clutch and tranny were gone. Fortunately GMAC insurance stepped up and covered.
The backup camera is helpful when changing lanes to make sure the lane is clear.
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Great ideas. We have a checklist and always question the other about what was done and by whom. Biggest is tranny went from drive to neutral. Required for our Honda. Also the DW does a walk along for several feet while ensuring that the car tires move and the steering wheel isn't locked. ( with the white bag attached to the top )
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We've been trained to do a "drift check." Does this accomplish the same thing, or are you saying that it is possible to not perceive a dragging TOAD brake, with the rig slowly rolling forward in neutral?

Thanks for the great idea. I think we'll adopt it anyway, 'cause of the light verification.
Another law comes into play here. If you are going to set the parking brake do it firmly. Somebody put it on partially one time and smoked the rear pads while she was driving it.
But you can't tell when pulling the toad if the brakes aren't set all the way. Haven't tried rolling forward in neutral as I'm normal on level ground and rolling doesn't occur very much, although I might give that a test.
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Something I also do is keep a close eye on my "instant MPG" reading when we first take off. If there's significant drag I should be able to detect it pretty quickly. This certainly doesn't replace anything but provides an additional layer of assurance.

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We hit the road today for the maiden voyage with the Jeep in tow. All went just fine. Many thanks to you all.

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sure a pretty coach. Love the windows..Good luck and safe travels
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we have backed up before when in a jam by putting someone in the toad and steering straight back. Is this a no no? We tow four down with a Blue ox tow bar, Thanks
Bad idea. You risk bending the tow bar and breaking your assistant's arm.
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I use a 2inch piece of clear hose from Lowes 1inch ID. Split it and it will fit on top of the steering wheel. I also use white reflector tape on the hose so I can see it at night. Made many and hand them out to friends.
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I use a 2inch piece of clear hose from Lowes 1inch ID. Split it and it will fit on top of the steering wheel. I also use white reflector tape on the hose so I can see it at night. Made many and hand them out to friends.
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