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Old 11-05-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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Backing with a toad

Let's see anyone try this!

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Old 11-05-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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Different setup than towing a motorized vehicle.

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Old 11-05-2015, 09:15 PM   #3
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Wow! You know M&G made a tow bar years ago that you could back your toad with it was one for sale on hitch trader from OK about 6 mo ago.
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Wow! "Done by a professional driver on a closed course. Do not attempt to do this yourself"
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All a matter of knowing your equipment and having the skills to use it to it's ultimate end. I saw a tractor trailer rig pulling a double (two 45' boxes) turn it around and back into a 10' wide parking slot in a Red Deer, Alberta, Flying J four years ago. After he got it done I actually had to walk both sides of the rig to be sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me. I can back a 4 down toad with reasonably good success, but I don't have 10% of the skills that the Red Bay tractor trailer driver or the guy in the utube clip had. Awesome!!! Thanks for the post.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:32 PM   #7
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Cool, except that is only a 180. NOT a 360.

A 360 would have been impressive!!!

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Old 11-06-2015, 09:13 PM   #8
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Hey, I didn't label that. Typical math-challenged poster...

More years ago than I care to remember, I worked at a bakery in Michigan. We received flour shipments weekly. The drivers had a full-size tractor-trailer rig. The alley behind the bakery was exactly 3 feet wider than the trailer. The alley opened upon a typical city street - two narrow lanes and parking on each side. The driver would regularly back his truck into the alley for unloading. I watched it every week and I still never figured out how he did it.

Then he'd get out. Big pot belly, arms bigger than my legs. He'd pick up a 100 pound sack of flour in each arm and carry them in. Over and over. Another thing I wasn't about to try.
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You ought to try backing airplanes into a hangar with a couple of inches of clearance on each side. Same with maneuvering planes on an aircraft carrier hangar bay. Remember that there are two pivot points, the aircraft nose wheel and the tow point on the vehicle. It takes a loooong while to learn how to do that. One error = disaster.
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That little video was pretty cool but, the geometry of the two vehicles (truck and trailer) allowed for serious acute angle operations. Doing that same exact operation with a motor home and, a regular toad, without a doubt, would be disastrous. If someone put a Go Pro on the rear of their coach and did the same type/amount of back-up turns with a regular toad, then and only then would I believe that toad could be backed up behind a regular motor home. Good luck.
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only then would I believe that toad could be backed up behind a regular motor home. Good luck.
Next time I'll hook up the camera for you.
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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.

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