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Old 04-30-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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New to towing toad

I Am new to towing behind a motorhome. We are getting all geared up to start towing our vechicle .Would like to hear from the experienced of the do's and don't s what to look for and what to avoid, and any suggestions are welcome. Thanks to all you reply I really appreciate it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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not to worry, hook it up, make sure the lites work, and away you go, and be danged, it just follows along.
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Most of the time, we really don't even notice that the towed is there. Just remember that ya can't back up!

Enjoy!!
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not to worry, hook it up, make sure the lites work, and away you go, and be danged, it just follows along.
Thanks for the reply would you have to swing wider on turns than you normally would.
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We did our first trip with our motor home that was not local. We bought a CRV so we could tow it and set it all up the week before we left. Took it for a test spin. All went well. Good advice on here of things to watch for. When you get all ready to drive off have your co pilot be by the car to be sure the wheels are turning. Caught us one time in confusion as to who did what when we went to leave. She immediately flagged me to stop. Front wheels not turning. She had put it back in park after I had it set to tow. Couldn't even tell it was behind me on the trip except a little less power taking off from a stop. Had a couple of issues with my new Patriot brake system. Otherwise all went well even through heavy traffic in the cities. I am ready to go again.
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I Am new to towing behind a motorhome. We are getting all geared up to start towing our vechicle .Would like to hear from the experienced of the do's and don't s what to look for and what to avoid, and any suggestions are welcome. Thanks to all you reply I really appreciate it.
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As pops2 said, it's pretty easy, you can't back up very far!! and get real good at watching the toad in your rearview mirrors on turns and in campgrounds. We don't have them, but tire sensors for the toad seem like a good idea. Always pay attention in tight spaces!! We've been flat towing for years, but I took out a shrub with the toad in a campground in Tucson last month just because I wasn't looking. We told the folks at the campground about it, they laughed and suggested that we would be better suited to the "short bus"
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Most of the time, we really don't even notice that the towed is there. Just remember that ya can't back up! Enjoy!!
It it's the patriot brake system how much adjustment do you put on the brake of the towed . Do you feel the toad pulling back on the motorhome that much seems to be a lot of difference in weight if I explained that right
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I guess I am concerned about in town driving and how much swing you have to allow more than normal . Does it make that much of a difference when cornering . What about the adjustment that you have to put on the toads brake or maybe it should be called drag

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We did our first trip with our motor home that was not local. We bought a CRV so we could tow it and set it all up the week before we left. Took it for a test spin. All went well. Good advice on here of things to watch for. When you get all ready to drive off have your co pilot be by the car to be sure the wheels are turning. Caught us one time in confusion as to who did what when we went to leave. She immediately flagged me to stop. Front wheels not turning. She had put it back in park after I had it set to tow. Couldn't even tell it was behind me on the trip except a little less power taking off from a stop. Had a couple of issues with my new Patriot brake system. Otherwise all went well even through heavy traffic in the cities. I am ready to go again.
How do you find the cornering do you find that you need to swing out more to allow for the toad or turn normally and it just follows behind you. What about the adjustment on the brake on the toad .
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I have towed 40,000 miles in the last 5 years

Just plan expecially when you are fueling - look to see how you will get out - unhooking is a pain

Under no circumstances back up you will mess up lots of things.
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I guess I am concerned about in town driving and how much swing you have to allow more than normal . Does it make that much of a difference when cornering . What about the adjustment that you have to put on the toads brake or maybe it should be called drag

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Ken,

I have noticed I don't have to swing very much wider while pulling my toad. Since it is narrower than the RV, I've noticed if my RV rear wheels clear the object (curb, fuel pump, etc), the toad will clear.

That being said though, I still allow myself an extra 10-15 feet when pulling through fuel pumps and around corners. As others have said, it is a pain if you can't make the turn and have to back up. It's then time to unhook the toad!

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The car will follow you. I found that I don't really have to drive differently except I do take a longer turn out of the gas station so I won't clip a pump. After about 100 miles into my trip my Patriot brake system came on with all of the lights on my dash monitor. I didn't know what that meant and was right at an exit. I pulled off to check it. It had showed the breakaway switch activated and the car was braking. I could not tell it from the motor home that it was doing that. It didn't drag it down at all. I unplugged the switch and did a reset for the rest of the trip. I haven't done any troubleshooting on it yet. I wasn't going to take a chance on it doing that right in the middle of a big city. My car brakes were hot and smelled. It is a good thing I got stopped when I did. Later in the trip going through a bunch of hills I got another alarm. It showed the brake system had been on too long and timed out. That one is OK because it is not braking anymore. Then about 5 miles from home I got another alarm and stopped. My car battery was dead. On our stop on the way home we did not unhook the car and drive it around. I only ran it long enough to circulate transmission oil and did not charge battery enough. Next long trip I will do something different on that. I would like to hook up a charge cable from MH to car for those long ones. Ten hours just too long to go without a good charge in there someplace. On the trip down there we stopped overnight and we drove around that evening to eat and breakfast the next morning. That is not good for a car battery to run it down like that. Now I have printed off a list of the errors on my brake system to have handy while driving. I also set the sensitivity down to a 2 after the time out alarm. Then it will still work if you have to brake hard. We were in Destin and Pensacola area for the trip. I am glad we are not down there right now. They got some really serious rain the last couple of days.
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Thanks to all for the replies it is always nice to have some insight from experienced RVers would you also suggest hard wiring the adjustment box for the brakes in the cab
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Depending on what you have to do to your toad to prepare to tow, you may want to have a checklist, just so you don't forget an important step like taking it out of gear or releasing the parking brake.

Also, be conscious of distractions when hooking up - like a neighbor stopping by to chat. It can easily cause you to miss a step and end up dragging the toad.
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