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Old 03-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #15
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I've had 2 Jeeps, an '03 and our current '11. Both tow easy. Transfer case in neutral (for autos and manuals) our automatics tow with the transmission in Park, for a manual, follow your owner's manual to see what gear you will put the transmission in. As the others have said, no backing up with the tow bar (some will say you can for a short distance or by having someone get in the toad to hold on to the steering wheel, but I would'nt want to try and find out). There is nothing worse than hunting for a gas station that you can fit into with a rig and a toad. Generally avoid those that have the pump lanes facing the front of the conveineince store front. Usually the cars that are parked in front of the store will limit your ability to drive and turn as you leave the pump island, they just don't leave enough room in most stations. Conveinience stores that have the pump lanes parrallel to the store front work the best. Even though I usually use truck lanes with my DP, I have had to use a convieneince store out in the middle of no where and sometimes I have my DW get out and stand by a pump to direct cars away from the pump I'm trying to get to, invariably some inconsiderate motorist will dive in front of you when you are trying to get to a pump so having her out there helps. Some restaurants advertise RV parking, most I've seen were designed for shorter RVs and definately not for someone pulling a toad.
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All the above.

Just remember that when making right hand turns you want to encroach on the left hand lane just enough to not let someone pass on the right. Pull far enough out so that when you make the turn your TOAD doesn't run up on the curb, or hit a close ple.

When turning left, pull way out into the intersection before making the turn.

My typical rule of thumb is: I'm sitting over the wheels, so when I want to turn I make sure my Butt is where I want to wheels to go, then I start turning - always being aware that there is enough room in front to make the swing.

The better advise given is to use a parking lot when no one is in it. Get some orange cones and practice. You'll get the hang in no time.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:25 PM   #17
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You may want to consider a TPMS for your toad and MH. If you lose a tire on the MH you will know if pretty quick. If you lose a tire on the toad, it could be many miles before you are aware of a problem.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the advice. My Wrangler is an 09 Unlimited. Manual transmission so I should be good there I like the idea of staying in the slow lane and monitoring the wrangler tires. Never would have thought of those
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Hello All, just a few things I learned my first year towing my 4Runner. Don't put your toad's EZ pass in your jeep, your RV Ez pass will work the number of axles will be counted. Avoid gas stations that the pump lanes face the store, you will find that most times you can't drive out. Just a couple things that will make life easier.Have fun and be safe your toad will follow you everywhere.
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I checked with E-Z pass and was told to put mr tag in both the RV and Jeep
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Hello All, I had asked the EZ Pass in Maine where I live and they were the ones that instructed me to not put the one in the toad They considered it the same as pulling a trailer. I have traveled all of New England, Upstate NY, Penn and some of Virginia and haven't had any issues with EZ Pass.
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The EZ Pass person probably meant well, but your TOAD is a trailer to EZ Pass. I'm pretty sure EZ Pass and the other automated tool roads look for a gap between vehicles that's much greater than a tow bar.

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We have E-Z pass on both vehicles, because sometimes we drive the Jeep on toll roads when it's not a toad.
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I might have missed it being mentioned but..... One thing to be aware of is when passing another vehicle or object do not forget that you are about 20' longer. I use my rear view camera to help insure my towed has cleared before I pull back into the other lane after a pass.
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