RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-18-2019, 10:21 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Tmyz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Henderson Nevada
Posts: 122
First time towing

Hi everyone. Toad hooked up and preparing for first drive.

2005 Country Coach Magna with a 2014 Jeep GC diesel.

Blue ox base plate on car when I bought it so just got the adapter for the night hawk bar.

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2183.JPG
Views:	55
Size:	416.6 KB
ID:	238586



Any tips? Iím a bit nervous but will take it slow. Going from Vegas to San Diego.

Thanks everyone

Tom
__________________

__________________
Tom Z
2005 Country Coach Magna 630 Rembrandt
Tmyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-18-2019, 10:30 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Arch Hoagland's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Clovis, CA, USA
Posts: 8,012
Speed limit in California is 55 when towing.

What kind of braking system are you using on the Jeep?
__________________

__________________
2004 Monaco La Palma 36DBD, W22, 8.1, 7.1 MPG
2000 LEXUS RX300 FWD 22MPG 4020 LBS

Don't know where I'm going, spose I'll get there anyway.
Arch Hoagland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 12:51 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
DD788Snipe's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Apple Valley CA
Posts: 1,056
I live between Vegas and San Diego on I-15. I've always driven 65 mph towing my Canyon/Colorado/Saturn and sometimes 70 mph. Ixve never been pulled over by the CHP. I've driven all over the state in my 25 years of RVing and have never been pulled over and ticketed and I've always had a toad. I've also had an auxiliary brake system in all my toads. Drive the speed that's comfortable for you. Your coach more than likely won't even notice the Jeep is there. Just make it a habit of looking in you rear camera often.
__________________

Craig & Carolyn Roberts Apple Valley, CA
2006 Newmar 3910 KSDP 400 ISL Cummins Spartan Mountian Master Chassis
Toad: 2017 GMC Canyon 4X4 Crewcab
DD788Snipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 01:24 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
vsheetz's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 14,092
The Mad Greek in Baker CA makes a good lunch or overnight stop. Lots of parking for trucks and RVs. Great food.
__________________
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 06:27 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
G jeffers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: 2007 jeep wrangler toad. lifted and locked.US Army Vet 1972-1975 2nd Armored Division
Posts: 113
Don't back up.
G jeffers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 07:04 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
hoosierrun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 480
One rooky mistake to avoid: When unhooking, always make sure toad emergency brake has been applied and/or vehicle placed in park as applicable to your toad. If by chance you forget this step and are on any incline, the toad could roll away (in which case grab the braking system break-away switch lanyard rather than chase the vehicle). Been there and done that. It only takes one time of panic before you will never forget again.

Also... after hooking up, be sure the brake has been released, gear settings are proper for tow (per manufacturer), your braking system is functioning, and you have completed a light/turn signal check.
__________________
2016 Leisure Travel Vans - Serenty
Toad - 2009 RAV4, 2WD with Remco Lube pump
hoosierrun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:05 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
G jeffers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: 2007 jeep wrangler toad. lifted and locked.US Army Vet 1972-1975 2nd Armored Division
Posts: 113
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoosierrun View Post
One rooky mistake to avoid: When unhooking, always make sure toad emergency brake has been applied and/or vehicle placed in park as applicable to your toad. If by chance you forget this step and are on any incline, the toad could roll away (in which case grab the braking system break-away switch lanyard rather than chase the vehicle). Been there and done that. It only takes one time of panic before you will never forget again.

Also... after hooking up, be sure the brake has been released, gear settings are proper for tow (per manufacturer), your braking system is functioning, and you have completed a light/turn signal check.
Haha! Done the roll away too, luckily I was strong enough to hold it while I got to the parking brake
G jeffers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:15 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 35,205
Came through CA on the way back from Phoenix. New to us rig and I let it get up to 67 on a downhill run even though the cruise was set for 60. Wrote me up for 12 over. First moving violation since high school. Cost me over $400 and too costly to fight it.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:21 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
2Yung2 Quit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bonsall, CA
Posts: 337
Enjoy your trip. The weather is great in San Diego right now.
__________________
Ram MegaCab 3500 Cummins, DRW, 4x4, pulling a 2018 35' Solitude, and loving it!
2Yung2 Quit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:24 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
brandss's Avatar


 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Frankfort, KY
Posts: 455
Tom
We just came back from our first trip with a TOAD. I know what you are going through for sure, the unknown can mess with a mind. We found it to be a bigger deal in our head than reality. We made wider turns at tight intersections but other than that, nothing too it. I did make the mistake of unhooking without the darn car in neutral. I was lucky because it was flat ground.

One benefit I would have never thought of is that when my wife is driving (I'm not a good passenger) if I feel she is getting to close to one side or the other I look at the rear view camera and see that the toad is between the lines and it calms me. I can't see the passenger side mirror from the passenger seat.

Good luck and safe travels.
__________________
2014 Tiffin Allegro Bus 45LP
Full Timers for now
Home State is Kentucky
brandss is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:26 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 35,205
Just take it easy till you get the hang of it.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:55 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Tmyz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Henderson Nevada
Posts: 122
Thanks everyone for the encouragement and feedback.

Arch, I am using the brake buddy.
__________________
Tom Z
2005 Country Coach Magna 630 Rembrandt
Tmyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 09:48 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
Came through CA on the way back from Phoenix. New to us rig and I let it get up to 67 on a downhill run even though the cruise was set for 60. Wrote me up for 12 over. First moving violation since high school. Cost me over $400 and too costly to fight it.
CHP loves out of state plates, sorry for your award.

Did our first trip with a Toad on a dolly. Nervous at each point, but checked the equip on each stop and stress levels lowered as each time things checked out. Did not help the rear camera lost connection and could not check on the Toad, except to see the tips of the dolly.
DbleDutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 10:13 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 289
I would really recommend a tire pressure monitor if you don't have one already. That coach could pull the jeep with it running on the rim and I don't think you would even know it. Don't back up. Don't get distracted when hooking up. Check your pins any time you stop, there have been people that have had their toad come loose after a stop due to some PERSON ( I cleaned that up) stealing the keeper pins just for the fun of it. My buddy was at a restaurant one time and a sheriffs deputy asked him if that was his motor home with the Envoy hooked to it. When he said it was the deputy told him to be sure and check his pins before he left because kids had been known to mess with them there. Most of all, enjoy your travels, you will hardly even know that jeep is back there and it will follow you right around the corners.
Dave
__________________

__________________
2004 Monaco Executive 40PBT, Cummins ISM 500 HP, 2003 Chevy Trailblazer
Woodman018 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tow, towing



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First time RVing. Also first time towing. Very happy! Oderus 5th Wheel Discussion 13 05-28-2018 07:29 AM
First Time Boondocking was first time RV'ing DamnYuppie Boondocking 7 04-14-2016 08:07 AM
First time RVer is now also a first time "Remodeler"?-'84 Southwind Redo emoney Vintage RV's 56 04-02-2013 08:02 AM
First time poster, first time owner jimmyq New Member Check-In 5 08-17-2011 09:16 AM
Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster fncampn New Member Check-In 6 05-21-2008 01:12 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.