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.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-01-2014, 08:07 PM   #15
Senior Member
Moxy's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 371
Originally Posted by jeryan59 View Post
I agree with Thunderfoot, I would add a couple points that I haven't seen, I apologize if I missed them.

First, if you have 3 mirrors on each side, I would position 1 of the blindspot mirros so you can see the trailer axles as you turn right or left. This is easily accomplished in a lot. This helps especially if you have torsion axles so you don't risk overloading an axle if you take one of the tires over a curb.

I would also purchase heavy duty ratchet straps or determine how you will secure the load in the trailer. I unfortunately started with tire bonnets and absolutely hated them as with the width of my vehicle in an enclosed trailer didn't allow me easy access to secure them and I didn't like how dirty I would get putting them on or how sweaty I would get on a hot day. I have air ride on my Escalade ESV and utilizing anything compressing the suspension would result in very loose straps once I reached my destination. I have used rags through the spokes of my wheels to prevent marring and ratcheting each wheel to the 'e' track and 'd' rings. This method does NOT work on all my vehicles as some do not have enough clearance in spoke and brake. I also apply my emergency brake firmly in the vehicle to prevent undo stress on transmission as I ratchet front/back down. I can hook the trailer, load the car and secure ready for travel in the dark in less than 30 minutes easily (just did yesterday morning). Since I have started using the Condor Pit Stop wheel chock for my Road Glide I haven't had any issues with the bike. I use the ratchet straps on the front axle with a rag for marring protection that Harley ships the bikes with. The back I use 2 ratchets one on each side to prevent movement from right to left. Again, on the Harley, if I suppressed the suspension the straps would loosen so I use the rear wheel.

I would either look at US Cargo Control or Mac's Custom Tie Downs, https://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/. I would also recommend an extra strap or two for spares.

I recently added tire pressure sensors that are integrated into my coach's system for the trailer tires.

I have a trailer tongue scale and depending on what I am towing, I sometimes back my vehicle into the trailer to lighten the tongue weight. Find the best method for marking your vehicles in the trailer for the best position for proper weight balance.

It is not very complicated with the trailer, the learning curve will be short actually pulling, don't be afraid to make protected left turns if need be instead of very tight right turns to get where you need to go.

I would also caution you on dips at intersections or entrances/exits, as you may drag the trailer hitch or back end of the trailer.

I would pull into a large parking lot and have a spotter with a cell phone and make very sharp right and left turns so you know if you will get into the nose of your trailer.

Sorry for the length, but wanted to share some of the things I have experimented with from my own experience.
much appreciated, yes have triple head mirrors and have them aimed,

have towed race city tandem tow dolly so I'm used to the length

bike is in bike pro wheel chock, strapped same as I did on race city tow dolly, one over the wheel, two off lower crash bar, two off rear bag guards, have towed 1000's kms like this and seems to work well, the bike is sideways inside front ramp door. have the car strapped down with wheel bonnets on e track, never used this set up but friend has with success, easy to install and ratchets are clear of car, I have to back car in to achieve 900 lbs on the tongue, otherwise way over 1000 lbs\\big believer in tpms, have it on every wheel, repeater, spare sensors,

clearance is good, hitch rides 19 inch off ground, surge brakes so hitch is high, trailer has rear rollers, 60 inch tongue, motor home safe, she would have to jack knife and the frame would hit hitch before trailer hits coach,

thanks you for the info, it is reassuring, and you never know everything and there are always great ideas out there.



2001/2 Monaco Dynasty Chancellor 41 Tag Axle
370 ISL Allison MH3000, aqua hot, in motion sat
2008 United UXT 24' 10K car hauler
Moxy 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 12-02-2014, 05:26 AM   #16
Senior Member
NHRA225's Avatar

American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,854
Lot of great info here- I'll just add one thing !
I upped my Tires to 16's about 8 years ago from the 15's the factories use.
My Tires are Load Range (F) and use 90 lbs of pressure. Not looking for a Tire debate but just adding suggestions for the OP ! I also Change the Tires out every 2 years.

Brownsburg Indiana
1992 American Eagle-8.3C-450hp
NHRA225 is offline   Reply With Quote

towing, tow, advice

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
Need routing advice for novice towing 5th wheel Arlington Texas to St Augustine, Fl Diane in Texas Navigation, Routes & Roads 7 09-26-2014 06:58 PM
Towing with a Jeep Grand Cherokee freerollr Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 3 09-23-2014 10:09 PM
roadmaster 98300 installation PHX4253 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 12 09-18-2014 03:35 PM
Towing kcereska Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 18 05-13-2014 10:19 PM
Towing advice recommendation 317Nathan Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 4 04-22-2014 04:17 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.