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Old 06-30-2019, 05:15 AM   #1
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No tow vehicle safety cables

I was reading a post lately where someone had used bungee cords as safety cables between the coach and tow vehicle.

I am next to a guy from Florida that has no safety cables at all and no cord for the lights on the vehicle

At least the guy who was using bungee cords probably thought it the tow vehicle can disconnected the bungee cords would stretch out and then bounce the tow car back to the coach. :bang head

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No tow vehicle safety cables

Looks like hes in a parking lot. Maybe hes worried someone would steal them. He probably took them off for the night.
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I took my umbilical cord off at night. They were upwards of $100 and would force me off the road till replaced.
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I was reading a post lately where someone had used bungee cords as safety cables between the coach and tow vehicle.

I am next to a guy from Florida that has no safety cables at all and no cord for the lights on the vehicle

At least the guy who was using bungee cords probably thought it the tow vehicle can disconnected the bungee cords would stretch out and then bounce the tow car back to the coach. :bang head

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Its incredible what people will do, or in this case not do.
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Kind of make one wonder about the rest of their life, and what they do or don't do. Are they "forgetting" the cables and umbilical cord, or was this an intentional act? Why not use them? Cost? I mean it is not like they didn't know about the need both legally and safety wise to use proper equipment, right? Maybe it is as Clifftall indicated, and they took them off to keep subhumans from stealing them?

Life is full of questions without answers, and humans are such a interesting species.
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Blue Ox even recommends safety cable from base plate to the vehicle frame.
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Well, to each, his or her own, but the LAST thing that I am worried about when I travel is some scoundrel stealing my safety cables to the toad. I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that this guy simply forgot them initially or never had them and is none the wiser. Five years + now and no one has found my cables irresistible.

I personally dont understand why anyone would take the safety cables off their rig... mine are on there all the time, and if you dont have a kind of tow bar that lets you do that, then buy another brand of tow bar.

and the guy pictured above, is missing something much more important than any of what we are discussing, and that is a toad braking system (I assume since it wasnt mentioned). Not only is his toad free to careen across the median strip, but it will do it a full throttle since there is no braking system to stop it.... Serious stupidity !!!

My tow bar has something that I would think that would be mandatory for every tow bar manufacturer to have and I am amazed that any bar is made that doesn't have this little addition.... there is a stainless steel rod/bar that is welded to the side of the main section of the tow bar, and that steel rod is there to hold the coiled electrical cable that runs back to the toad.... so, when you disconnect the toad, you simply thread the coiled electrical cable onto the bar that is there to store it, hold it into position with a snap fastener, and forget it.... could not be easier or more convenient.... no rummaging around for cables and wires in the basement or toad to connect the toad.... they are right there all the time (Demco Excali-bar is the bar and the cable).

And "There is no cure for stupid", as is recognized by the well worn phrase.....

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It's a nice looking RV and Toad, I doubt they are foregoing cables to save a few bucks.

Many reasons already mentioned why the cables might not be there while parked. Add to them maybe they just got back from or were just getting ready to go shopping or sightseeing and took a break before completing the hookup or the disconnect.

I'd give them the benefit of the doubt until I saw them going down the highway like that.

As for the bungee guy my guess would be his purpose was to make it look like he had safety cables in case a cop cruised by.
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At the many thousands of stops we have made, some not in the best neighborhoods, the last thing I have worried about is any of my tow equipment. I would worry more about the outside TV than dirty umbilical cords and tow cables. But that is just me.
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On the plus side, his tow bar is nice & level, which puts him ahead of many I've seen.

And the absence of safety cables, electrical cord, breakaway cable, etc. does give the setup a nice clean look.
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Well, to each, his or her own, but the LAST thing that I am worried about when I travel is some scoundrel stealing my safety cables to the toad. I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that this guy simply forgot them initially or never had them and is none the wiser. Five years + now and no one has found my cables irresistible.

I personally dont understand why anyone would take the safety cables off their rig... mine are on there all the time, and if you dont have a kind of tow bar that lets you do that, then buy another brand of tow bar.

and the guy pictured above, is missing something much more important than any of what we are discussing, and that is a toad braking system (I assume since it wasnt mentioned). Not only is his toad free to careen across the median strip, but it will do it a full throttle since there is no braking system to stop it.... Serious stupidity !!!

My tow bar has something that I would think that would be mandatory for every tow bar manufacturer to have and I am amazed that any bar is made that doesn't have this little addition.... there is a stainless steel rod/bar that is welded to the side of the main section of the tow bar, and that steel rod is there to hold the coiled electrical cable that runs back to the toad.... so, when you disconnect the toad, you simply thread the coiled electrical cable onto the bar that is there to store it, hold it into position with a snap fastener, and forget it.... could not be easier or more convenient.... no rummaging around for cables and wires in the basement or toad to connect the toad.... they are right there all the time (Demco Excali-bar is the bar and the cable).

And "There is no cure for stupid", as is recognized by the well worn phrase.....

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Or simply buy a towbar that the cables run through dedicated channels like my RoadMaster Nighthawk.
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Gary, I'm thinking you should try it. You're already getting compliments on your paint job at the truck stops and rest areas - just think how much more impressed they'll be with such an elegant towing setup!

And what could possibly go wrong...?
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