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Old 10-18-2016, 04:51 AM   #15
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We always put the toad in park and the brake on.

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Old 10-18-2016, 06:42 AM   #16
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That's a good warning, thanks.

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Old 10-18-2016, 06:53 AM   #17
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while I put my vehicle in park before I ever start unhooking anything... it reminds me of MY horror story of an 'attached' vehicle...

in this case, it was our first coach, a 2013 Blackwood fifthwheel bunkhouse...

We had only owned it and traveled with it for a week or so, so not many hooks/unhooks yet in the books...

I get ready to leave a park, backed the truck up, connected to the fifthwheel, got distracted, walked over to the front of the coach to bring up the levelers...

I was startled to see my truck moving 'forward', or so I thought.... mind games! it was the coach sliding BACKWARDS! I had 'forget' to set the kingpin...

and, being on a slight slope towards the rear, the COACH was moving off the fifthwheel... FORTUNATELY, I had not dropped my tailgate - it caught the coach pin just in time as it slid down on the sides of the bed of the truck.

If I had put the tailgate down, as I normally would have, the coach was probably still be rolling!
Damage: Truck - tailgate
Coach - none

nice ;/
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:58 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by awol50 View Post
I solved this problem years ago. It is called "the wife". We disconnect/set up as a team and we both have our responsibilities. For the toad disconnect, she gets in the toad, starts it up in neutral and depending on alignment of the toad to the rv, may have to turn the steering wheel left or right to release tension on tow bar arms. After disconnect she parks the car where we want it and she goes back in the rv and does her chores and I do my chores of autoleveling, slides, utility hookups and of course the most important one (and last one): lawn chairs out under a shaded awning, cold beer in hand.
Has worked without a hitch so far.
That's us too. If the Jeep needs to be moved she can keep one foot over the brake pedal or put it in gear. Most of the time as small as it is, I can give it a shove.

After all of the motorized stuff is in place we proceed with the same last step. Lawn chairs and a beer.

If I had to do it by myself, chocks would be a great idea. One tight to the tire in the direction it doesn't need to go and one near the direction it does. That way it won't roll away or over you.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:00 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by MisterT View Post
If I had put the tailgate down, as I normally would have, the coach was probably still be rolling!
Damage: Truck - tailgate
Coach - none/
and pride - a LOT !

We all have to earn our stripes I dropped a 5'er one time in the rain with no one around and still had nightmares about it

ruined the platinum 350's tailgate and an expensive lesson learned - worse part about it, the batteries on the piece o' junk redwood were dead and I couldn't lift it with the jacks until the truck charged up the batteries!
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:51 PM   #20
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Thanks for sharing your experience and possibly preventing another occurrence by reminding us to apply the brake or put toad in park.

Also remember that if you have a break-away switch, you might be able to grab the loop and pull it out. I know on my toad, pulling the break-away switch loop or cable will activate the brakes on the toad.... providing I haven't first disabled the braking system via the switch located inside the toad.
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Thanks everyone for your interest and additional helpful comments. So much to learn, so little time.
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:02 PM   #22
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It is my privilege to serve as a campground host at Tanglewood Campground in Clemmons, NC. We had a man unhooking his "Toad"and it started rolling. He tried to
jump in the door, got partially in but due to the brake unit still in place he could not get to the brake. By this time it is rolling pretty good and he tried to bail out it drug him, then he fell. The car kept on going, he drivers door still open, it hit a tree pushing the door into the frame and readjusting the front fender and so on. The car was totaled and the very kind man broke a hip. YALL BE CAREFUL OUT THERE
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:52 PM   #23
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To the OP, "nctox" has the procedure correct. Whoever instructed
you to do what you were doing was completely wrong.
The way that "awol50" does it is fine as well.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:31 AM   #24
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Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:29 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by macandphyl View Post
To the OP, "nctox" has the procedure correct. Whoever instructed
you to do what you were doing was completely wrong.
The way that "awol50" does it is fine as well.
Just curious, but what is wrong with using chocks? They have always worked for me.

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Old 10-23-2016, 09:00 PM   #26
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am I the only person that follows the process published by Jeep?
Leave the Jeep in park, unhook the jeep from the coach and then do the transmission/transfer case process.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:56 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by ajpaero View Post
A word of caution. A week ago, I was on a level RV site and went to unhook the Jeep Toad. As usual, I left the tranfer case in neutral, which allows me to push or pull to detach from the trailer hitch ball. I unhooked the electrical umbilical and safety cables.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I was parked on a slight incline that proceeded to steepen. Once the Toad towbar was disconnected, I relalized that I could not let go of the tow bar because the Toad started to roll backwards. I could not pull it forward to rehitch to the MH ball either.
Meanwhile, the toad started to roll, dragging me with it. I tried to steer it with the towbar to no avail as it gathered speed and ran into a tree, damaging the RR quarter.
Moral of the story. Set chocks fore and aft a short distance from the wheels. Don't disconnect safety cables before disconnecting towbar.
If this helps others, I will feel better about the damage to the Jeep, AND grateful that the only damage was to a tree and the Jeep.

We all make... Miscalculations. Fortunately there was no human or animal injuries, or worse.

But, why didn't you simply set the emergency brake?
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:01 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by bamaspiveys View Post
am I the only person that follows the process published by Jeep?

Leave the Jeep in park, unhook the jeep from the coach and then do the transmission/transfer case process.

For my Grand Cherokee this would allow the Jeep to roll away if the e-brake was not engaged. Jeep also recommends the e-brake to be engaged before hooking/unhooking. Transmission in park and transfer case in neutral allows my Jeep to free wheel.


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