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Old 01-28-2015, 12:15 AM   #85
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With the latches released, at least on BO ,lateral forces do not happen because one or the other arms extend when steering front of toad one way or the other. That way the toad pilot can steer back of toad around a slight corner and MH pilot just keeps front of toad in center of MH by watching camera.
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There seems to be an assumption, certainly in the RVing world, that men are more competent drivers than women.
Oh, now he went and did it! Even I wouldn't have gone there
Gone where? I just said an assumption seems to exist. Are you saying there isn't one?

And speaking of assumptions, what makes you think I'm a "he"?
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This thread is worthless without video!
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This thread is worthless without video!

Hear-hear! 100+ feet?
Video or it never happened!
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Please excuse the assumption. It sounded like something my dad would have come out with..... just before he had to duck .

No offense intended.
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Yes, Backing a toad is possible and easy. variables are: the surface: paved or gravel, straight or turns, and distance: a few feet, or tens of feet.

Short distances (ten feet straight back) we just do it.

On the long backups, the wife usually watches the front wheels, if she sees them attempting to caster, we'll stop, she'll get in the toad and keep the wheels straight or attempt to match the turn.

If the wheels caster a small amount, not a big deal, but you do not want them hitting the end stops.
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This thread is worthless without video!

Yep video of 200' going to be interesting. And quite expensive my guess.

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Yep video of 200' going to be interesting. And quite expensive my guess.

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Ooh, that could be a new sport - Toad backing. Have a competition to see who can back up their toad the farthest with their MH. Why not, farmers have tractor pulls.
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Is it possible to back up?

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With the latches released, at least on BO ,lateral forces do not happen because one or the other arms extend when steering front of toad one way or the other. That way the toad pilot can steer back of toad around a slight corner and MH pilot just keeps front of toad in center of MH by watching camera.

Ok ... I think I would buy that (I had to diagram this on paper to convince myself. :-). ). Definitely expensive if you do not watch the lateral displacement ... But worth thinking about. Soooo... Are you basically saying that the toad steers the path during the backup maneuver, and the MH adjusts to keep the alignment within reasonable bounds???
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Ooh, that could be a new sport - Toad backing. Have a competition to see who can back up their toad the farthest with their MH. Why not, farmers have tractor pulls.

Yeah! And an explaination of why more than a few feet were needed, and a timer against unhooking, backing the toad 5 feet, reconnecting, and being gone before the 200 ft backup is done.
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Ooh, that could be a new sport - Toad backing. Have a competition to see who can back up their toad the farthest with their MH. Why not, farmers have tractor pulls.
Supervised by the two old fellows from the Muppets in the balcony seats. No wait - there are more of them - we need a bigger balcony! LOL

It may not be practical but it may be possible.
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I want in, but I tried pulling my M/H with the toad but the dolly straps stopped me.
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It would be interesting to see.

I believe I could pull our coach with our 25 hp tractor on a hard level surface. I have noticed when trying to find a level spot in a Walmart parking lot the coach will roll on its own on a slight slope so the rolling resistance is ??.
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During our 5 years of towing a car with the MH we have found ourselves in situations more than once when we decided to back up with the Toad attached.

Invariably, no matter how deligent you are about parking where no one will block your exit path, someone will do just that. Several times, in these situations, we have backed up 10 or 15 feet in a straight line and have never had a problem with the Toad wheels trying to turn one way or the other on us.

That said, we do try to avoid occasions when we have to back up with the Toad attached. But it's nice knowing we can if we have to.

But there have also been a few times when the driver made an ill-fated decision and it was necessary to separate the Toad from the MH in order to maneuver out of said situation. A previous writer is right, it only takes about 5 minutes to unhook and get ready to drive off.
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