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Old 05-18-2015, 10:43 AM   #57
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How much longer would it take to unhook the second arm after already doing the first?
I tow a four wheel drive. All yah need to do then is put it back into gear and tow the MH in reverse with the toad. Doing it slowly should do no harm. Yeah I know the tow bar is rated at 10,000 lbs and the MH is 35,000 but you only need to creep it back a few feet, not pop the clutch and do a wheely!
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:16 PM   #58
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Not guessing here Dave. Avoiding that exactly my point. I had an open mind on the topic and tried it, when it was convenient, as a "proof of concept". At this point, I know exactly what to expect and consider myself way ahead of the game for the experience. That knowledge in hand makes for much less stress when it comes to venturing in to places we've never been before. No smoke or mirrors involved, no second guessing myself....

Mody n Domy - The components that form that triangle, and each of the corners that triangle is fastened too, are made from pretty substantial materials (assuming only that you're using top drawer hardware). I would not worry too much about tearing them up while backing (very slowly, straight back, with observer) - as long as you avoid/manage to keep from jack knifing the rig. Once jackknifed, all bets are off. Parts WILL start bending if you proceed.

With one arm disconnected, unless you can manage to perfectly align that remaining arm in the straight ahead position, your toad is going to be pushed to one side or the other as the MH backs. For that reason, that's just not a good plan.
I agree...and I always try to ensure that I am not boxed in; however there are some situations that require backing up or disconnecting. If I am not sure that I can safely back up then I simply unhook. There is no special thrill or macho thing about this, I am just confident in my judgement and abilities and I take my time, no fast movements...If you aren't sure then it is a simple matter of unhooking...each to his/her own.
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Wow, this was an interesting thread. Over the years, I've gotten into "jams" towing. I've backed up only twice but it was an extremely short distance at a gas station.
Does anyone know what the exact problem is to back up with a toad? I'm told it is the danger of the toads front wheels turning and being under extreme stress.
These forums are great..
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I can tell you that if the toad is not centered directly inline with the coach backing less than 2' WILL BEND one of the two telescopic bars.
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