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Old 05-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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First time towing the toad

Well we finally did it. First bought a toad, a 2003 olds alero.
Then ordered the blue ox system, with air force one braking. It works off the air bakes of the coach and I liked the idea of not having to install the brake system all the time.

Well we, (I use we loosely here, the shop that was installing it) found out on install day that they only sent the tow bar, not the baseplate.
We are leaving next wed for a 10day trip.
So while wiring the car they sent someone on the 2 hour drive, both ways, to Portland to pick up a road master base plate, that was all that was available. Took the coach over the next day to have that work done and got it hooked up and towed the toad home. Just pull 3 fuses and put in neutral.
Lots of cables and stuff, more than I expected but they all seem important.
First off I can't believe you don't need any kind of special license for this. 40' coach, 16' car and 6 ' tow bar.

Everything went great, (car was still there when I got home), and are ready to enter a new stage in our rv life.
A toad= freedom.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting it all put together.
Having a toad changes everything!
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There are gizmos available that plug into the fuse holder and include a switch that can be mounted in a convenient location. Flipping a switch much easier than pulling a fuse
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Thanks! I believe they are called a fuse master.
The fuse box is on the side the dash so it isn't to bad. Yet.
But the ones we have had a quick look at so far only handle one or two fuses.

I am just so stoked to have a toad.
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Glad everything worked out well!
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If you're handy with a dremel tool and a soldering iron, you can make your own switch for about 6 bucks vs 70 or so for a fuse master
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If you're handy with a dremel tool and a soldering iron, you can make your own switch for about 6 bucks vs 70 or so for a fuse master
I know you haven't met me. Put those tools in my hands and small children run, animals hide and some repair shop will make way more then $70 by the time I am done.
I have many skills, it just that mechanical stuff isn't one of them.
I do really appreciate the advice though as I understand that many folks do possess those skills.
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Just made our first 600 mile trip with the toad.
Love it! Had it unhooked before the dw got out of the registration.
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