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Old 11-13-2015, 12:29 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Fiesta48 View Post
I've had to disconnect twice in unmarked dead ends.
I met a guy who did turn his toad/RV around in a small parking lot without disconnecting.
It can be done.
I'm wondering if my co-driver was to steer the toad while I backed up the RV it would help so the toad steering wheels went in the correct direction.
My view is that it doesn't help because there is no pivot point on the back of the towbar where it hooks to the toad so if the steer tyres turn they are not going to match the rate of turn anyway - so hold the steering wheel and treat the toad like one of those pup trailers the trucks have with no turntable. Obviously the tyres are going to scrub slightly and you have to limit the amount of turn to whatever the back of the MH can achieve (or less) but how often do you do it anyway. By mistake, I've left the steering locked on some pretty long trips and with a light toad (Suzuki 3-door) neither the steering lock nor the tyres suffered - but of course the MH was an MC8 with a huge turning circle so the turns were never very tight anyway.

Obviously the heavier the toad and the tighter the turn, the more stress is going to be on all parts of the a-frame so of course there is huge potential for damage once the toad to MH misalignment angle increases- so you just have to judge what might be safe and what might break something.

I used to carry a length of orange electrical conduit that if I was going to have to do a lot of reversing I would hook it to the toad roof rack and it was about a foot longer than the width of the motorhome - so I could easily judge the degree of turn using mirrors. Found the reversing camera too 'coarse' to use it to judge.

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