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Old 01-13-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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First Time Towing 4 Down Advice

I have a Blue Ox Aventa LX towbar, Blue Ox baseplate (installed on my 2003 Pontiac Grand Am by yours truly), and the RVI Brake. I will be towing it with the motorhome for the first time this week. I have the owners manual and contacted Pontiac to verify that my 40T45E transmission is good to tow without any further modification. Just looking for advice if there is anything else to be cautious of before towing the first time. I also installed a Blue Ox Light kit for the tail lights of my TOAD. TST 507 with flow thru sensors will be in this week too. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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Keep in mind - backing up is hard to do. Not impossible. But only for a few feet, with close eye on towed steering wheel. If it starts turning, stop.

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Sounds like you pretty much have it covered. Just a couple of suggestions. If you have a rear camera in the RV, adjust it so you have a full view of your tow. I also installed a front BRA on my tow vehicle along with a windshield protector. Both were made by a company "LeBra".
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We have a law for towing. My wife ALWAYS gets out and looks at all the wheels as I pull forward slowly. She also checks the lights too.

You can pull your toad while it is in park and or the emergency brake is set. You won't notice it until it's too late.

I know.
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After you have been on the road for 3-4 hours and pull in to the CG, get unhooked and head out for supper, do not be supprised to smell burned rubber.
As you are driving down the road with no engine running in the toad, rubber residue off the highway will accumulate on the exhaust system of the toad and when you start it up, you will smell this residue burning off for a few minutes so don't be alarmed. It's normal.
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Keep in mind - backing up is hard to do. Not impossible. But only for a few feet, with close eye on towed steering wheel. If it starts turning, stop.

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X2. I tie a white cloth to the top of the toad steering wheel to make it's position easier to see in the rear view camera.
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We have a law for towing. My wife ALWAYS gets out and looks at all the wheels as I pull forward slowly. She also checks the lights too.

You can pull your toad while it is in park and or the emergency brake is set. You won't notice it until it's too late.

I know.
That is a great idea . . . . .
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After you have been on the road for 3-4 hours and pull in to the CG, get unhooked and head out for supper, do not be supprised to smell burned rubber.
As you are driving down the road with no engine running in the toad, rubber residue off the highway will accumulate on the exhaust system of the toad and when you start it up, you will smell this residue burning off for a few minutes so don't be alarmed. It's normal.
Why do you smell the burning of rubber? am sure the explanation is simple but I don't see it.
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We have a law for towing. My wife ALWAYS gets out and looks at all the wheels as I pull forward slowly. She also checks the lights too. You can pull your toad while it is in park and or the emergency brake is set. You won't notice it until it's too late. I know.
Good advice...hard lesson I'd bet.
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Good advice...hard lesson I'd bet.
I only dragged it for about three feet and my wife spotted it. Left it in park.
No damage done but lesson WELL learned.
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Thanks everybody. The test tow will have to be next week, I will be leaving the country for 8-10 days and it will have to wait until my return. I did have a wiring/tail light problem that I resolved today. The 4 way plug on the motorhome was not wired properly for the Jet Connex plug I wired on my tow vehicle, so I wired that properly and then everything worked except the left turn signal. Last night I researched it on this website and a thread lead me to the exact fuse box to check the fuses and sure enough the fuse was blown. I replaced it and everything works perfect. I measured the height difference today between the coach and the car and it will require a 6" drop reciever. I will order that while I am on my trip so it s here when I return. Thankful for the wealth of information this site brings.
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We have a law for towing. My wife ALWAYS gets out and looks at all the wheels as I pull forward slowly. She also checks the lights too.

You can pull your toad while it is in park and or the emergency brake is set. You won't notice it until it's too late.

I know.

We found that out too. Also that if you leave the ignition on it WILL drain your battery.

my advice is : Always check twice! If you need a checklist make one.
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That is a great idea . . . . .
Nope!! Great Idea, Tony
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