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Old 06-11-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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You may want to consider a TPMS system in your future purchases. Have seen a toad being drug down the interstate on the rim after a tire blew and shredded. If you have a DP you won't even realize the problem. Just another device for peace of mind!
Thank you. I never thought of that. I will do some research on what systems work well for the Toyota. Thanks again.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #16
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My husband insisted I have a toad, my first trips in my Winnie I didn't and was scared senseless to pull it. He kept saying it just follows you, well that sounds to dang simple. But he fixed the hookups, my toad has an airbrake system. Only because it was on it when we bought the toad. I did fine with it, got around all over with it.

So fast forward to diesel pusher, hubby was insisting on the toad. he finally got it hooked up for me and I've driven it around here but not on a trip yet. I can do it but until I get some long trips under my belt a bit uncomfortable with the length. I live north of Houston so have done my driving here on the freeway and highways 242, a good one, and up 59 to 105 and back across. Good roads to get comfortable with driving these.
Since this old one is not a wide body like my winnie was that gives me a bit more wiggle room too.

I'm still a bit uncomfortable when passing others. Seems like cars like to pull up to close behind you and trying to move over and making sure your missing them kind of bothers me still, the other coach was 9 ft shorter. Yes, I use the backup camera and mirrors but seems hard to make sure I have enough space to get back in so I hesitate and that is not good. Need to just move over carefully, so far that's my biggest complaint, lots of motorhome and vehicle back there.

I also have to make sure my tow bars are locked. I hook them up and pull forward till they lock, sometimes one side doesn't seem to want to click in, so may have to do this several times. I have had to unhook and rehook before but not often. It's harder to do all this stuff with just one person, my adult DD is not mentally capable of helping me. I can just drive down a road with no traffic and they will eventually click in, but not recommended I'm sure.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:23 AM   #17
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I use my rear camera as a rear view mirror all the time. Helps me to ensure I have cleared any vehicle when passing or changing lanes. Two mirrors and the camera give nearly full rear field views. Safer for me. JM2C...
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:56 PM   #18
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Good Job ,

Yes, I was concerned the first time towing. I have my DW drive ahead while I check the lights, brakes, and all the wheels turn.

I did make a list

We use the cell phones to talk.

Good luck and enjoy
Thanks. The cell phones worked great. The DW rode in the TOAD while taxing out of the campground just to make sure all was good and we were on our way.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:02 PM   #19
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I use my rear camera as a rear view mirror all the time. Helps me to ensure I have cleared any vehicle when passing or changing lanes. Two mirrors and the camera give nearly full rear field views. Safer for me. JM2C...
Oh I know what you mean. I left mine on the whole time. It helped know it was still back there. Thx.
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The thing that I first noticed about "toading" was that my turn radius was SO much wider. After having to unhook the toad so I could back up the moho for the 3rd time I finally started watching out for places where I might not have space to do a U-turn. Google maps helps me avoid tight spots.

Also, I tie a light colored bandana to the top of the steering wheel. That helps me see that the toad's steering wheel is turning when the moho is. My interior is black which makes seeing the black steering wheel difficult on the rearview monitor.
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A tire pressure monitoring system is a must. Ours (pressure pro) saved us last year when i picked up a nail in the rr tire of the toad. I was able stop before the tire was ruined and get it fixed. Luckily I was only a couple of miles from a tire repair place, and was able to air up the tire from the bus compressor and drive it to the shop.

It's a good idea to have a checklist and if you're interrupted while hooking up, start over again so you don't miss anything. When you put the rig in gear, let it idle foreword a little. If it won't, make sure and check your toad. Happy traveling, Steve
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A tire pressure monitoring system is a must. Ours (pressure pro) saved us last year when i picked up a nail in the rr tire of the toad. I was able stop before the tire was ruined and get it fixed. Luckily I was only a couple of miles from a tire repair place, and was able to air up the tire from the bus compressor and drive it to the shop.

It's a good idea to have a checklist and if you're interrupted while hooking up, start over again so you don't miss anything. When you put the rig in gear, let it idle foreword a little. If it won't, make sure and check your toad. Happy traveling, Steve
Thanks Steve.....great tips.
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You have some great tips and I read them all and found a few for myself...

One thing be aware of when driving into the sun the shadow will make your toad disappear........ DW Feaked......... LoL
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