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Old 10-16-2016, 12:47 AM   #1
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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.

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Thank you for the strong words of wisdom.
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Good points. I'll change my process to hook the safety cables first and unhook them last..

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When I started towing our CRV, I thought of that possibility. I made it a habit to open the car door and put the shifter stick back into Park before I started disconnecting. There was always enough slop in the transmission to allow for wiggling the steering wheel and letting the car move a smidgen.
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Ouch. I have thought about this before but I am also guilty of doing what you did. I guess I better rethink that....
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When un hooking my Jeep JK, I always push down on the arm release's, put the Jeep in gear , and move it forward a couple of inches and then put it in park and finish un hooking it.......
Same hooking up, I leave it in park till the tow bar is hooked up.......then pick up on the arm release's to lock them.........then back up very slowly, to set them into the lock position, then into neutral for towing.

That would of been a bad experience being dragged trying to stop your toad!!!!!!!
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:33 AM   #8
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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.

Sounds like a good point well taken

Thanks for the share
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I use a process as described above by others to preclude this from occuring. However, I have on occation not followed process and had some rolling of the jeep toad. I like adding the chocks to the process as a backup. I have a small plastic yellow pair seldom used I can task. Thanks for the post
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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.
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Almost been there. Saved by safety cable...
Thanks for the reminder.
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be glad it went THAT way and not toward u - things can be fixed

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I subscribe to the chock idea. That allows a little movement to disconnect without anything getting out of control. I can attest to a somewhat higher than normal heart rate when the toad starts dragging you backwards. Luckily I had enough room to open the door and pull the emergency brake before it went too far. It is indeed a learning experience that lingers. Thanks for sharing!

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When I started towing our CRV, I thought of that possibility. I made it a habit to open the car door and put the shifter stick back into Park before I started disconnecting. There was always enough slop in the transmission to allow for wiggling the steering wheel and letting the car move a smidgen.
I do the same. Depending on what we are towing. The Explorer goes into park the Scion goes into first gear.
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