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Old 03-31-2015, 03:23 PM   #1
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Anyone ever lost a toad?

Just curious if anyone has ever lost a toad and what happened, did brake dis-connect reliably stop the car and what kind of damages?

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Old 03-31-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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There was one just a week or so ago involving a Chevy Equinox that was on utube and several of the rv forums.

I don't remember if there were any specific reasons for the toad to disconnect from the mh. Parts were scattered for quite a distance and the car eventually ran off the road without hitting anyone. I think the emergency disconnect came off with the base plate assembly and never activated the toad's brakes.


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Old 03-31-2015, 03:28 PM   #3
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Here is some reading on your question while waiting for answer's from other's......
Has anybody ever actually lost a toad?

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Old 03-31-2015, 03:33 PM   #4
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Had the pin in the receiver fall out as we were driving on I-8. Blue Ox setup. Had the coiled cables criss-crossed under the tow bar as the instructions say (yes, some men do read the instructions) and they held the tow bar up and close to the motorhome. I would feel a little tiny bump and checked the rear view camera and could see the car wobble left to right a little. Slowly pulled to shoulder and found no damage to anything. Had another hitch pin, I don't know why, installed it and on our way again. Close call? You bet.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:36 PM   #5
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We were coming back from Alabama years ago and saw a car in the ditch along I65. Got a mile or so farther and there was a motorhome on the shoulder with a couple guys looking at the back end of the motorhome and down the expressway. We figured it was his car in the ditch.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:17 PM   #6
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I have not but some friends of ours were coming to visit us a few years ago. They were getting pretty late and just as I was calling they pulled up. In a little town 12 miles away they came around a turn and their Ford Explorer ( they were towing behind their fifth wheel) came off and they never knew it. They were pulling. 40' Teton with a semi tractor. The hitch broke away from the frame, as they came around the corner it separated and ran up into the front yard of the hospital! Someone had to chase them down as they didn't have a clue. Fortunately no one was hurt or hit. That right there is the perfect example of why ain auxiliary brake should be used.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:22 PM   #7
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While we waiting, and kind of, sort of, maybe on topic...

On my last trip to AZ, I tested the brake away switch before leaving. I yanked on the cable, pull the pin out and nothing happen, brakes did not activate. I clean it using a spray contact cleaner and got it to work. I got a new one went I got home. Moral of the story is: hooking up the brake away cable is not enough, test it see if it works.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:06 PM   #8
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About 40 years ago, I'm driving up I-44 near st louis. In front of me is a travel trailer, all the sudden blue smoke is coming from both sides of the trailer and it stops in its lane.

I pull up beside it and there is nothing towing it. It must have broke away and I was surprised how it stopped straight and true.

I did have an axle break on a tow dolly once, shower of sparks in my rear view mirror.
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Originally Posted by mrt_1111 View Post
While we waiting, and kind of, sort of, maybe on topic...

On my last trip to AZ, I tested the brake away switch before leaving. I yanked on the cable, pull the pin out and nothing happen, brakes did not activate. I clean it using a spray contact cleaner and got it to work. I got a new one went I got home. Moral of the story is: hooking up the brake away cable is not enough, test it see if it works.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:51 PM   #10
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The parents of an instructor of mine did, this guy puled up beside them causing a commotion trying to get them to stop, finally mom hit dad and said "I think I know what he wants." as she watched the Nissan Sentra take off to the right, down the ditch, up the other side jumping the field fence and landing in a grain field. Being in farm country they had to ride a couple of miles trying to figure out just which house to knock on. They figured it out, the farmer didn't believe them but carried them out to look.

The car was somehow unharmed, the farmer pulled it out for them and mom drove it to town. They offered to pay him and he just laughed it off asking that he be allowed to repeat the story.

Something broke in one of the bars, wrenching the other bar off. A new hitch and a braking system later they were on their way. Tom, the instructor, said that for a few years afterwards every time you turned the AC on after towing wheat would blow out.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:05 PM   #11
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About 10 years ago we stayed in Skagway. A RV'er came in and parked next to our spot. He told me he and his wife left Whitehorse and when they got to Skagway their toad wasn't there. The park called WH and they didn't see his car there. The Royal MP patrolled the road and couldn't find it. Really don't know the end of the story except we left to go to Prince Rupert and when we got back they were still there and no car. He told me the police said that if the car went off into the brush they may never find it. I think they forgot to hook it up completely.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:09 PM   #12
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Didn't happen to me but I saw one in KY on southbound I-75. Toad came loose, crossed the median, both northbound lanes and stopped as it hit a large tree. Fortunately it didn't hit anyone on the way. MH was off on the right a quarter mile or so down the hwy.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:32 PM   #13
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I have seen one break loose, and it had a Brake Buddy in it. The car wondered into the median and came to a stop. The guy did not use safety cables, thought it would never happen to him.
After watching that I make sure the safety cables are attached, the emergency stop pin is in place and hooked up, even test it every now and then to make sure it still works. I never realized how fast one could break loose, or how they go where they want.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:08 PM   #14
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Pickup toad didn't come loose, but was close. Driving in the Smokies on I -40 in a light rain. I feel some strange lurches, look in the rear view screen and see the toad was connected by only the right arm, the left one was disconnected. Got stopped on the shoulder, the pad lock that I had used to replaced the pin had sheared off and was a missing.

Called Roadmaster later, and they questioned the height ratio of the toad to the motorhome. Turns out when it was installed on the new pickup, they had the wrong brackets, or installs them upside down. The height difference of the tow bar hitch point to the motorhome was way out of spec. I had hit a bump somewhere in the road and the up and down action was enough to shear the padlock hasp.

Pretty scary to see your toad wandering left to right on its own. I do have a Brake a Buddy, but it never actuated, since we got stopped before the other arm sheared. The cross bar on the tow bar was bent. I could make it fit till we got home, then I took it to a machine shop where they were able to straighten it.

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