Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-14-2015, 05:51 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 16
Thanks! Very helpful!
__________________

__________________
mstrphish is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-14-2015, 07:04 AM   #16
Community Moderator
 
JMonroe's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: IRV2 Rally - Branson!
Posts: 6,760
For one of our past toads I used a simple blade switch, attached to the negative battery terminal, to disconnect the battery. There are switches made specifically for this purpose. They are cheap, simple and take seconds to operate.
__________________

__________________
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
2016 Newmar London Aire 4553, Spartan chassis
2017 GMC Acadia toad
JMonroe is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2016, 03:19 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 919
Hey Red - finally ordered my baseplate and gathering parts to setup for towing.

Any updates on your towing experience?
Any code errors with the transfercase on re-powering the rig after the battery disconnect? Seems there were some instances of problems early on.

I was going to order one of these for the battery disconnect on the neg side - surprised to see it has standard posts and not the age-old GM side terminals. Any reason this won't work?

__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2016, 04:40 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 579
Should work. I think others have used it. I used the Battery Brain because I did not want to open the hood and I like electrical/electronic gadgets. I thought about building a disconnect that would automatically disconnect the battery whenever the toad is connected to the MH. It would be easy, just use the 12 volts from the MH to activate a relay disconnecting the toad battery. But decided not to.
__________________
redcolorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2016, 06:03 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 919
Thanks!
Read up on the TC shifting on the other thread.
Should be good to go.
__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2016, 08:06 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
brobox's Avatar


 
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: SW FL
Posts: 14,431
Quote:
Originally Posted by CJBROWN View Post
Hey Red - finally ordered my baseplate and gathering parts to setup for towing.

Any updates on your towing experience?
Any code errors with the transfercase on re-powering the rig after the battery disconnect? Seems there were some instances of problems early on.

I was going to order one of these for the battery disconnect on the neg side - surprised to see it has standard posts and not the age-old GM side terminals. Any reason this won't work?

Those are available at Walmart, battery accessories for $4.95. I am using one but not real impressed with it. If it is not unscrewed enough, the battery will make contact while towing. It is OK for storage, but moving down the road, not the best choice. I am going to switch to a Battery Brain when I get home.
__________________
Chuck in SW FL
A "Classic" 2014 Entegra Anthem 42RBQ
2016 Colorado Z71 PU
brobox is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2016, 05:29 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
tomk52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sedalia, CO
Posts: 111
I need to rig up a 2016 Sierra which is similar to rigging the Canyon for towing. How are you guys powering your toad braking system once you disconnect the battery?
__________________
Tom and Christy
US Army (Retired)
2014 Dutch Star 4038
tomk52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2016, 08:15 AM   #22
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 919
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomk52 View Post
I need to rig up a 2016 Sierra which is similar to rigging the Canyon for towing. How are you guys powering your toad braking system once you disconnect the battery?
I am wiring mine direct to the battery. There are some convenient terminals on the + side. Add a ground wire for it to the - side. Run a pair of 16ga back to the foot well for brakebuddy. Breakaway switch will run parallel and plug in as well.

I setup braking for emergency stopping only - it doesn't activate with normal driving - coach doesn't need it. When you really step on it the toad brakes. So the BB compressor isn't going to be running all the time. Even if it did, it could run approximately 4 hours straight on a 600ah battery.

Some are putting a battery pack in the back seat floor to power their brake unit. IMO that is completely redundant since the truck battery has been disconnected from the truck's electronics so it isn't powering anything else, lights, electronics, etc.

There have been some instances where the truck battery was run down by leaving it powered up and the ignition on while towing. I can see that happening for sure.

Anyway, that's how I'm doing it. Maybe I'll take some pics - doing a complete baseplate and wiring installation tomorrow. All parts are in.

EDIT: BTW, if you're concerned about the truck battery running down you can connect the 12V power-lead in your coach hitch plug to your toad battery. Some are doing that to keep the toad fully charged while underway.
__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2016, 09:02 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
tomk52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sedalia, CO
Posts: 111
[QUOTE=CJBROWN;3194699]I am wiring mine direct to the battery. There are some convenient terminals on the + side. Add a ground wire for it to the - side. Run a pair of 16ga back to the foot well for brakebuddy. Breakaway switch will run parallel and plug in as well.

Are you adding a power plug with a separate ground wire to power the toad brake? I would think I'd need to run a ground wire upstream of the battery shutoff to the power plug to isolate it from the chassis ground.
__________________
Tom and Christy
US Army (Retired)
2014 Dutch Star 4038
tomk52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 579
I have a charge wire from the MH to the toad battery that bypasses the Battery Brain. My toad aux braking system is a UTB and power to its controler also bypasses the Battery Brain. For those considering the Battery Brain be aware the Battery Brain breaks the + battery connection not the - as recommended by GM. My GM service manager has no problem with it, some may, just a heads up.
Someone asked if I have seen any fault codes or had any issues with the Colorado as a toad. In 20 months and 20,000 miles I have not seen any codes or had any issues with the Colorado.
__________________
redcolorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2016, 12:43 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 919
[QUOTE=tomk52;3194757]
Quote:
Originally Posted by CJBROWN View Post
I am wiring mine direct to the battery. There are some convenient terminals on the + side. Add a ground wire for it to the - side. Run a pair of 16ga back to the foot well for brakebuddy. Breakaway switch will run parallel and plug in as well.

Are you adding a power plug with a separate ground wire to power the toad brake? I would think I'd need to run a ground wire upstream of the battery shutoff to the power plug to isolate it from the chassis ground.
Yes. And yes.
__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2016, 08:05 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
tomk52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sedalia, CO
Posts: 111
Thanks for your feedback guys.
__________________
Tom and Christy
US Army (Retired)
2014 Dutch Star 4038
tomk52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2016, 08:53 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 919
Started my baseplate install Friday night, got it mostly done and the facea hung back on the front of the truck. Then all the electrical yesterday, lights, power for the brakebuddy, and set it all up. Took about 6 hours. It's a pretty big job, sweat my butt off.

But it all works...took it up the freeway a few exits to try everything out, all good. Just waiting on a break-away switch and the brakebuddy remote indicator - I lost mine when I traded in the last toad. $120 for those silly things!

Snapped a pic with the phone...

__________________

__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
colorado, tow



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"NEWMAR CORP" 2018 Models & other items plus "NEWMAR COUNTRY" "007" Newmar Owner's Forum 8 03-21-2017 05:47 PM
Tough choice - 2015 vs. 2016 Jayco Greyhawk s1njin Class C Motorhome Discussions 11 12-07-2015 03:33 PM
Photo of 2016 Entegra being towed? two-niner Entegra Owner's Forum 1 08-11-2015 07:36 PM
Odometer Reading changed Upslady Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 07-24-2015 04:15 PM
Is the odometer counting mileage on the towed car? Tigrou Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 14 03-22-2015 09:27 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.