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Old 07-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Just got dingy

We just got a 2007 Saturn Vue 3.5L already set up to tow we are looking forward to having a car when we get to the campgrounds to look at sites. Can anyone give us any hints, warnings, advice to a newly?
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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We just got a 2007 Saturn Vue 3.5L already set up to tow we are looking forward to having a car when we get to the campgrounds to look at sites. Can anyone give us any hints, warnings, advice to a newly?
Hi Stuart, congratulations on getting the toad! It will provide you with really great freedom and convenience. I'd say the best advice is to make absolutely sure you understand the hookup procedure, and double or triple check everything. In particular make sure the steering wheel is free to turn, the transmission is in neutral and the parking brake is off. I always drive the MH a few feet while my wife watches to make sure the toad wheels are turning ok. Some people attach a piece of white tape to the top of the steering wheel and watch it in the rear view camera. As you turn a corner you should see the toad steering wheel turn.

Driving with a toad really isn't very much different. You'll have an extra 15 or 20 feet to allow for when you pass another vehicle. Generally speaking if the motor home can make a turn, the toad will just follow as it has a narrower track width which will be inside the MH's track. Lastly, NEVER try to back up with the toad attached! Nasty, expensive things will happen!
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You say the car is set up for towing, does that include brakes? I would strongly advise you have brakes and a break-a-way system.
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Thanks for the info, DW and I have our jobs when we set up and break down each trip. Found out the hard way when we get side track and didn't finish our jobs. As I pulled out DW saw we had not put the antenna down, luckily stopped before any damage was done. So now we do our jobs without interruptions
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It did not include aux braking but I have already purchased it to install before I tow
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Thanks for the info, DW and I have our jobs when we set up and break down each trip. Found out the hard way when we get side track and didn't finish our jobs. As I pulled out DW saw we had not put the antenna down, luckily stopped before any damage was done. So now we do our jobs without interruptions
There's a discussion going on here about things that can be forgotten and the importance of using checklists.
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Congrats on your toad! Lucky for you to find a toad already set up for towing, we are in the process of getting ours set up and putting the mounting plate on for the tow bar turned out to be a real job! Next time I look for a vehicle to be towed I'll be looking for one that already has the mounting plate mounted, or it'll be put on at a tow bar shop! Enjoy the new freedom your Vue is going to add to your RV experience!
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Make sure you follow the instructions in the manual with regards to preparing the transmission before towing, otherwise you will be shopping for a new tranny.
Depending on the length of your trips you will need to pull the 30 AMP IGN fuse. I find that for trips of about 3 hours or less I don't need to pull the fuse. If you have the smarts you can fabricate a fuse by-pass switch so you won't have to wrestle with that cursed fuse. There are several companies that manufacture the switch but not for this model of the Vue.
Good luck, they are a super little vehicle.
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I have a 2006 Vue and am going to buy a Blue Ox base plate for it next month, then get the plate installed sometime between now and the end of the year. I already have a Blue Ox Acclaim Tow bar. Then, all that I will need is the brake assist, the electrical and the break away cables. I have to do just a little at a time since getting a toad set up is expensive. But I will be watching your progress as well.
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We have been towing a 2005 Saturn Vue 3.5 fwd for 2.5 years without any problems. It is my opinion that you should pull the 30 amp ign fuse every time you tow. I also believe, as has been stated, that you should have an alternative braking system for the toad, we use Brake Buddy, and a break away system, again ours is also Brake Buddy. Along with the obvious safety feature, it is a requirement in many states. Enjoy your toad.
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Make sure you follow the instructions in the manual with regards to preparing the transmission before towing, otherwise you will be shopping for a new tranny.
Depending on the length of your trips you will need to pull the 30 AMP IGN fuse. I find that for trips of about 3 hours or less I don't need to pull the fuse. If you have the smarts you can fabricate a fuse by-pass switch so you won't have to wrestle with that cursed fuse. There are several companies that manufacture the switch but not for this model of the Vue.
Good luck, they are a super little vehicle.


On my 97 Saturn, I did not need to pull a fuse.
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On my 97 Saturn, I did not need to pull a fuse.
I didn't need to on my 2000 Saturn but I do on my 09 HHR. The manual will have the proper procedure . They change from model to model and year to year.
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Wired up the rvi aux brake system, put all the parts together and hooked up dingy to motor home we are about 3-1/2-4" from level, then had to replace light connector at MH corrosion hook it up exactly and right blinker did not work. Got on line verify wiring diagram and after moving onesie everything works. Going to drive around our high school football stadium parking lot to get ready for our first trip. DW is very nervous about the length (33' + 15') told her no difference than the flat bed trailer, horse trailer but she will wait until after our practice drive. Wish us luck
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Wired up the rvi aux brake system, put all the parts together and hooked up dingy to motor home we are about 3-1/2-4" from level, then had to replace light connector at MH corrosion hook it up exactly and right blinker did not work. Got on line verify wiring diagram and after moving onesie everything works. Going to drive around our high school football stadium parking lot to get ready for our first trip. DW is very nervous about the length (33' + 15') told her no difference than the flat bed trailer, horse trailer but she will wait until after our practice drive. Wish us luck
Good luck! After a few miles you won't even know it's back there unless you see it in the rear monitor.
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