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Old 08-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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I had this towbar installed and had a question on the directions for use. Manual says...connect it up then pull forward doing S-turns to extend and lock the bars in place then pull over and make sure they are locked...how can I tell that they are locked in place? Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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I had this towbar installed and had a question on the directions for use. Manual says...connect it up then pull forward doing S-turns to extend and lock the bars in place then pull over and make sure they are locked...how can I tell that they are locked in place? Thanks in advance for your input.
I have the same tow bar and have used it for 10 years and towed over 100k miles.
My manual says nothing about stopping to make sure the bars are locked.

My bars lock automatically.
When I pull the coach forward, (or if my wife drives the car slightly back), one locks.

When I first begin to drive the coach after connecting the bars to the car, I turn slightly left and right to lock the other one.
If/when you use it you will know what I mean.

I have never stopped to "make sure they are locked".

I actually don't know how you would "make sure they are locked", unless you lift the levelers, which would unlock them... in which case you would have to do the S- turns to re-lock the bars..... stop again.... lift the levers again and do the S-turns again... repeat...., repeat again.... etc.... etc...
It could take 2-3 hours to drive only a few blocks.

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My procedure is to hook up, then get in the toad and back up gently until one of the bars locks/stops. Finish hooking up brake . Double check all connections. Then drive off in the Motorhome slowly turning the wheel both ways to make sure both bars extend before hitting the gas.
I also will check on the next turn to see if the wheels are turning on the tow. You can see it in the mirror if they are doing what they are supposed to.

I have very rarely stopped to check. on things after. Occasionally I will if I get interrupted in the middle of hooking up by, chatting with someone and forget to double check all connections/pins etc..
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