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Old 09-13-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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Confession is supposed to be good for the soul..........

Forgive me group, for I have committed a heinous transgression, in full public view, and tarnished the intangible but nevertheless existing cool points of all my fellow RVers, if only by implied association.

After 11 seasons of towing, I did the unthinkable. I pulled out with the toad's parking brake locked.
And drove.
Almost a mile.

I am sooo ashamed!

AND.................gulp.........they were new tires. Probably had less than 1,000 miles on them.

OMG the flat spotting! Whump whunp whump. Dangnabbit!

Thus far, my penance has been rolling into a tire store that carries that brand, and sheepishly asking to buy and install 2 identical new tires to replace what the dude was certain were new tires already........

BUT!! Silver lining kind of guy I am, I have spun this into the following take-aways:

1. Well, got that out of the way, so I won't be doing that again. Period
2. No harm no foul to others.
3. I didn't even notice the drag! Awesome! (a little bit of testosterone triggered power trip there) Pun intended, probably......

There. Confession complete. Back to living life...........

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Old 09-13-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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Just so you won't feel too bad, I once drove off with our stick shift toad in 1st gear. Threw a rod in about a 1/4 mile. Were on our way to a club rally, so had to explain to all my friend's why we arrived without our toad. Talk about embarrassed!

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Old 09-13-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Just the reason I leave my rear monitor and speaker on for a short distance. The screaching tires should get my attention.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #4
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I like that idea. sold! We heard the screeching because DW slid her window open and as we did a little bend........

I do regret not taking pictures of the 2 black stripes behind us.

Would've been a great BS story about, "so much power, why, just look at that burnout!"
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:52 PM   #5
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Almost did that this am. We just got a new toad set up. We were on our final leg home on a road trip. I have a check list, go from the front of the coach to the rear of the toad checking things, and opened the toad door to check it and found the pb engaged. Whew!

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Old 09-13-2015, 06:59 PM   #7
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In boating circles it's said if you haven't been aground , you haven't been around. I moved my MH with the toad in park twice.

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I burned the park brake shoes right off on the first trip with our CRV leaving the park brake on. Had enough weight in the car that the wheels turned.
Now, I put the MH in gear and if it won't creep forward, we have a problem and deserves investigation.
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Ugh..... I can feel it in my gut just reading this.

The only thing that I do not like about our Cherokee is the electronic parking brake. With a handle, you can see if it's up or down. With the electronic brake it's a maybe, maybe the light is on, or maybe it's off, is the sun hitting the little light that makes it look like it's off, etc., and it will actually automatically engage I some instances which are noted in the manual.

Our final departure check off, is what we call the rolling toad check. One of us in the coach, one standing outside by the toad with Walkie talkies. Check the brake lights and turn signals. Then, slowly start moving the coach forward. The toad watcher starts standing next to the LR wheel as that is where the parking brake is (and yes, we have already caught one time where it was on). Then walk around the toad several times just to make sure everything is rolling smoothly and quietly which ensures the jeep is properly in tow mode. Also check the tow bar is properly extended and locked, and the bar connections are good.

If we can, we'll do this for 50 yards or so.

And yes, even do this if we have not unhooked during an over nighter.
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We were ready to roll - all hooked up and 200 miles ahead of us. Climbed in the driver seat and said to the wife "something doesn't "feel" right." Just about to hit the D and didn't. Got out out and walked back to the wrangler and to check the set up. Everything looked right except I had not put the transfer in N and the transmission in P !!! I was a little hurried that morning and now my procedure is to never place the brake unit RV brake 2 in until the tranny/transfer is right. Close one!
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Been there, done that. Fortunately, we were still in the campground with a stone driveway and saw the rear wheels not turning in my mirror. Nowadays, I do as others have noted and get out to walk around one more time just in case. Also left the antenna up once. Fortunately it hit a small tree branch and we heard it with no damage. When we stopped, one of our fellow campers was chasing me down in his car to warn me. Great folks you meet when camping.!!

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