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Old 01-18-2018, 11:21 PM   #1
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Pulling my toad behind another's RV

I plan to tow our 2017 Wrangler behind our not-yet-purchased RV.

I also think about transporting other RVs to gain experience and explore the country, using my JK as toad. (Just got my CDL Class B license.)

Would like your advice on any key criteria for selecting tow bar and base plate to use, especially if/when transporting someone else's rig.

Also, how would I best address a braking system for the JK in a transporting situation?
Is there an industry standard that makes it easy to
adapt a toad braking system to any coach I might be driving?

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Old 01-18-2018, 11:56 PM   #2
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:36 AM   #3
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Some suggestions. Not a comprehensive list. Be prepared to sell some of the equipment if it does not match your coach well.

1) Brake system

Drop-in options:
Blue OX Patriot

Mechanically-activated options:
NSA Ready Brute or Ready-Brute Elite

Electrically-actuated options:
Demco/SMI Stay-in-Play Duo

Air-actuated options
Demco/SMI AFO (Air Force One)

These require an air activation signal and will NOT work with all coaches. They may be what you want to install if you eventually buy a coach with air brakes.

Make sure you have a breakaway system, too.

2) Baseplates and Towbars

Jeep owners have options that other car owners don't have, such as attaching the towbar to aftermarket bumpers instead of baseplates. I suggest you search this forum for information on that. If you don't go that route, baseplates and towbars from Roadmaster, Blue Ox and Demco are popular choices.

3) Drop hitch

Any particular coach may require a drop hitch to level the towbar. A lifted Jeep may require reversing the drop hitch to raise the connection. I've seen mentioned on iRV2 hitches with as little as 2 inches drop and as much as 16 inches. You need to have drop hitches available, as the coach you deliver may not have one.

4) Lights

The Jeep will need lights to be legal. Multiple options. Search the forum.

5) Other thoughts

Some coaches may not be able to tow more than 4,000 pounds. You might consider purchasing a smaller, lighter toad, such as a 2014-or-earlier Honda Fit, to use for this "delivery business." This would reduce wear-and-tear on the Jeep. You can buy already-modified toads on the iRV2 Classifieds.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:49 AM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

As for the toad braking system I would recommend the RVIBrake 3.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:20 PM   #5
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Air activated aux. braking systems will need to connect to the RV air supply. That is not a standard feature on any MH. You would have to install it on every MH.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:50 PM   #6
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Definitely use the NSA ready brute, plug into any receiver and you got brakes.

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Old 01-19-2018, 10:11 PM   #7
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If I was to use my toad to deliver someone's RV, I would have the tow bar that mounts on my toad such as the Roadmaster Stowmaster. I would use one of the "brake in a box" braking systems such as Brake Buddy. I would have a couple of hitches to use on the coach so that I could get the hitch as near to level as possible plus some locking pins. I would also have a couple of different types of electrical connectors for hooking up the lights or get one of the wireless setups.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:42 AM   #8
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I don't see a problem.
I used our Toad bar and brake unit when we picked up a new to us MH and elec cable was the only swap needed.

As long as you supply your own tow bar it will mount on any MH 2" receiver.
If you go with a portable brake unit there is no compatibility issues w MH. I now have and like the RVi3 unit and it is highly recommended here on the forum.
Breakaway installation is basically on the Toad so you are also safe there. Only connection to MH is a cable w a snap hook so fairly easy to do on any MH.
The only limiting factor is towing capacity of MH that others mentioned... lighter Toad would be more flexible.

You might need to carry some elec plug adapters eg 7-6 pin, a few drop hitch adapters to match receiver ht and a couple quick links for safety cables & breakaway but they are minor.

I would not recommend the Toad mounted bar...much harder to hook up especially alone.

Just my opinions and you know what they say...

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