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Old 07-10-2016, 08:25 PM   #1
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First road trip. Toad and no toad.

Ok, we traveled from Austin to Houston for warranty work on the way to Hilton Head SC. While spending the night in Houston I found a 2004 Jeep Wrangler on Craigslist 50 miles above Chattagoona Tn (dunlap) So we made a side run and purchased and mounted tow rig and towed it to Hilton Head.
Speeds before towing was what ever I wanted, normally set cruise at 70. Never slowed down. Mileage was 8.2 average. After picking up toad big climbs and many radical curves to get below Chattagoona. No problems climbing or going down mountains. Plenty power!!!..didn't even know toad was there. On interstate set cruise again to 70 didn't slow down or struggle on any hills etc. On this whole leg with toad again. 8.2 MPG. So toad didn't cost anymore to tow.
The only thing I noticed was a slight increase of speed when going downhill because of the increased weight.
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That's a good result. Most lose a little mpg. Do you have a supplemental braking system on the toad ?
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Hey, SLOW DOWN. 70mph is just too fast to be safe and way too fast to enjoy the trip.
It's NOT about getting there NOW. It's about getting there, whenever and enjoying the Great USA
Stop and see a few places, meet new people, enjoy the scenery.
Beside your fuel mileage will go up if you slow down to 57mph.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:09 AM   #4
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Hey, SLOW DOWN. 70mph is just too fast to be safe and way too fast to enjoy the trip.
It's NOT about getting there NOW. It's about getting there, whenever and enjoying the Great USA
Stop and see a few places, meet new people, enjoy the scenery.
Beside your fuel mileage will go up if you slow down to 57mph.
I tried different speeds etc. My coach performed better at 69-71. At 60 or so it would slow down on hills often sifting into 5th gear. No better mpg. At 69-71 it never slowes or shifts. The engine loves the combination of hp and torque at that speed.
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That's a good result. Most lose a little mpg. Do you have a supplemental braking system on the toad ?
No braking system but I'm looking, maybe roadmaster invisibrake.
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No braking system but I'm looking, maybe roadmaster invisibrake.
My recommendation for a braking system would be the one in the following link. Call these people and they will help you get the correct setup:
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready...-9050-a-tl.htm

As far as what speed to run, your mh's sweet spot will most likely be in the 1800-2000 rpm range which is probably 65 +-. Another thing to look at is to see if your towed vehicle has a tow speed rating when being pulled. A lot(ours) suggests not to exceed 65mph.
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My recommendation for a braking system would be the one in the following link. Call these people and they will help you get the correct setup:
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Ready...-9050-a-tl.htm

As far as what speed to run, your mh's sweet spot will most likely be in the 1800-2000 rpm range which is probably 65 +-. Another thing to look at is to see if your towed vehicle has a tow speed rating when being pulled. A lot(ours) suggests not to exceed 65mph.
I've been researching and it won't be invisibrake.

Yes at 1800 rpm I'm at 70 mph. I'll check on that brake unit.
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Look into M&G for toad brake.
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I've been researching and it won't be invisibrake.

Yes at 1800 rpm I'm at 70 mph. I'll check on that brake unit.
Rv Upgrades will have everything you need if you decide on the Ready Brute; ie baseplate for your vehicle, correct clevis pin connections for the towbar you might order, breakaway cable setup etc.
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