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Old 01-02-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Vintage 80's Winnebago photo

Dads rig circa early 1980's. Winnebago Brave pulling a then new 1980 Honda Civic. Note the front wheels of the toad were lifted off the ground without the use of a tow dolly.
In memory of Glenn Vaught, passed away December 25th, 2010.
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now that would be a great idea. wonder if that system is still around. would be interesting to see how this was done.
that's a nice winnie. do you know where it's at or do you own it. thanks for sharing.

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Old 01-03-2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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To the best of my recollection a winch was mounted on the back of the winnie along with a swivel base plate adapter. When the toad was winched up high enough he attached the slide pin to the base plate. He said it was a hassle because of the manual hand winching, but once hooked up it worked well. Drawback would be added tongue weight.
Like all Dads toys, he kept this a couple years and bought something else to replace it.
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With the steady move to smaller and lighter front-wheel driven cars, that toad-towing scheme may well return - electric winches are plentiful and relatively inexpensive - and most decent RV hitches should handle the weight OK. Just think, no dolly to horse around with or store - and no miles added anywhere in the drivetrain of the toad...

Condolences in regards to your dad - not a very happy Christmas present.
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Nice looking set-up. Sorry to hear about your Dad.
Wonder if something like a tilt type boat trailer could be made. Have a tongue go in the hitch, a pivoting section to drive up on when down, lock on toad, winch pivoting section down and lock into tongue section? Probably would need different adapter plates for different vehicles.
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How about using hydraulics instead of a winch?
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Humm, interesting... when you arrive at your destination you could make a few bucks on the side with a repo service!
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Repo work is dangerous. I knew a guy back in NC who was doing it for a while. He got tired of getting shot at. Essentially, until you get the vehicle to the impound lot (bank or finance company) you can be arrested for theft. That is how he said it worked in the states he was working. This was back in the mid 1980's.
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We had wreckers at work that had this capability. Hydraulica are significantly more expensive than a winch, but more convenient.
Also for a long term tow device I would want a locking device, which could be easily added due to the habit of hydraulics to drift after time. One would not want the front wheels to hit the highway at speed.
The video shows why you should use the park brake all the time to prevent theft.
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