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Old 06-17-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy OOPS!

I have a Roadmaster Tow System on my Toad. I hooked up at Harts Ranch in Rapid City SD and stopped overnite at the Trailer Village RV Park in Billings, Mt. Prior to leaving Billings, I checked the lights and power cable and left. Upon arrival at Deer Lodge Mt, I went out to unhook the Toad and found that one of the lock pins on my tow bar had been removed. The main pin had moved out of the bracket about an inch. I know I hooked up properly before leaving Billings.
I learned that after staying overnite, check everything before moving out. I shudder to think of what could have happened had the tow bar come loose from the Toad

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Enroute, Dave & I check our toad connections everytime we make a stop if we're out of sight of the coach for even a brief period (that includes the quick catching a few zzz's at WM or Flying J at night). Ya never know who's been messin' with it when you're not around or sound asleep.


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Old 06-17-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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have padlocks on all pins/etc. keeps any tampering at bay plus have had the locking pin clips come off
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I inspect the hitch on our 5er, and tires, each time I let it out of sight for a few minutes. Some years ago I saw a guy leave a rest stop, his 5er came loose after a few feet. Destroyed the truck-bed, and damaged the 5er a few thousand. Evidently someone had pulled the hitch release handle while they were in the building.
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I also lock everything! There are six padlocks on my setup.

No . . . actually seven. The Guardian Rock Shield has one, too.
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Unfortunately there are a few creeps out there who care nothing for the safety and property of others.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:36 PM   #7
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I bought a set of 3 blue ox locking pins just for this reason. One key fits all.
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I can tell you what happens when the tow bar comes out of the receiver if you like (It was not pertty but if anyone asks if the safety cables are strong enough.... They were.)
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:30 AM   #9
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A match keyed set of locks is relatively cheap to purchase just about anywhere and certainly so compared to Toad/RV coming off the hitch.
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I have the matched set of keyed locking pins from Blue ox. Everytime we stop and get out of the MH, I do a walk around before getting back in the MH. It takes less than one minute and I check the pins, cables, awning, slides, feel the tires and generally just look over the couch. One day at the first stop, after leaving home, I found one of the pins without the lock on it. I replaced it with a regular pin and continued on. When I got home my neighbor came over and asked me what this little shiney silver thing was that he found next to my driveway. Sure you guessed it, it was the lock. I guess I did not get it on all the way and it fell off as I was leaving. Moral of the story is, it could be someone playing around or it could just be you missing something. Always double check.
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A few years ago we pulled into a Wal Mart, in the middle of the day, to get some items and, as usual, I did a quick check of my toad hookup; everything was fine. We were inside for about an hour and when we came back out we were focused on getting back on the road. Just as we were starting to pull out a truck driver walked in front of us and waved me down. He told me he had seen a couple of kids messing around the front of the toad. Upon checking, I found the pins missing. I immediately returned to Wally World and got some padlocks.

Take-away from this incident....it doesn't have to be dark or an overnight stop for the jerks to come out and play.
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Keyed alike padlocks on EVERYTHING including the Surgeguard.
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Gawd this is sad!

I have like keyed Blue Ox locks for the tow bar, extender and bike rack. Anyone know how I can buy two new locks to match existing ones?

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