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Old 12-18-2014, 03:39 PM   #15
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I posted above that I had done this but I want to add some precautions I had. My tow bar had locking pins on the receiver and the base plate and I removed the umbilical cord for the night.
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Old 12-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #16
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When we're on the road for several days the toad remains hooked up if we have a pull through site. Like Cliff I use locking pins. And I always level the MH before I put the toad in Park so it can roll a few inches if required. I suppose I could leave it in Neutral but the CR-V towing prep calls for cycling through all the gearshift positions so starting from Park seems logical.
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I suppose I could leave it in Neutral but the CR-V towing prep calls for cycling through all the gearshift positions so starting from Park seems logical.

I was able to keep mine in neutral. I trust you have a good system to remind you to put it back in neutral before you leave 😉
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I was able to keep mine in neutral. I trust you have a good system to remind you to put it back in neutral before you leave 😉
That would be called a Checklist
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Yup. My checklist was supplemented by my CB mic wrapped around the gear shift lever.😄
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:23 PM   #20
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I think it depends on your tow bar and how much you are out of level when you attempt to level your motorhome. When I towed 4 wheels down I stayed in places even with an All Terrain tow bar I had to be careful. If you are fairly close to level it shouldn't matter much, but if you are not close to level and you will be stretching the limits of your jacks to get level, I would unhook and then level. Otherwise, you should be able to tell how much bind you are putting on your tow bar.
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Only if I need to drive the towed.. No reason to unhook it less you need like a foot of leveling or more.
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Well Gang,
To me, this is kind of a common sense thing. There are No RULES about disconnecting or, leaving connected if and when, the use of a "pull through" is acquired. Now, in the few dozen years we've been camping and traveling, by far, war more than the majority of pull-throughs we've encountered and or used, are fairly close to level. I mean, let's face it, why would a campground owner/builder take the time, money and effort to construct a pull through if it was NEVER to be used 'cause it was way too un level?

So, my point here is, it NORMALLY doesn't take much to level in a pull through. And, with that being said, then it's a matter of choice if you want to disconnect or not. Disconnecting a toad, takes what, maybe 3-4 minutes? So, it's not like it's a major effort to disconnect, to accommodate what ever situation and issues that may or may not be encountered.

And, even when and if, you leave the toad connected, you have all kinds of adjustment in leveling on the coach and not have any detrimental effects on the tow bar/towing system/toad. Again, let's face it, the tow bar yields quite a bit of flexibility for just that kind of difference in vehicle height. I mean, the toad and coach encounter different angles and heights, many times, at the same time (i.e. entering and leaving fuel stations, parking lots, camp grounds, and more).

So, leaving a toad connected, even when there's a fair amount of elevation difference between the connection point on the coach, and the ones on the toad, is no big deal. It's designed to take that. The toad will move back and forth, as the coach is jacked up or, lowered for leveling practices. I have seen many coaches at considerably higher bumper height than the toad, with things still connected.

Again, it's either common sense or, convenience. If you have no reason to disconnect after arriving at a site, i.e. going to dinner that has to be driven to or, need to run an get a part for the toad and or the coach, or, for any one of a zillion reasons to disconnect, and, you're planning on leaving bright and early, well then, it's obvious, you simply leave it connected, even if there's leveling to be done. Your choice.
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Do you unhook your Toad if you park overnight and need to use your levelers...?

Not unless we need to run some errands!
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