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Old 05-09-2015, 11:53 AM   #1
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Saw an ugly scene this AM

About 6:30 this morning I was running an errand to Wal-Mart. I was setting at a red light when I noticed a large late 90's early 2000's class A pulling up to stop from my right as I crossed the road. He was arriving in a pretty decent cloud of white smoke so my first thought was an ill-running Diesel. However; about 20 minutes later when I went back through the intersection he was still sitting there. From my new vantage point I could see he was towing a Chevy HHR 4 down. The HHR's Front tires were missing all the rubber on the bottom half of both fronts, the alloy wheels were gone half way up to the spindles. Without a doubt the front rotors were on the ground, probably suspension damage, and maybe lower engine damage. Have no idea why it did not burn.

Made me think about toughening my check list.

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Old 05-09-2015, 11:56 AM   #2
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Always good to look in your mirrors every few seconds, and maybe the rear camera.

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Old 05-09-2015, 12:00 PM   #3
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yikes! He may have not had a camera back there...
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:02 PM   #4
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Friend laughs when he tells the story of how he had to replace the tires on his toad. Forgot to take it out of park. We know he is hurting on the inside.
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:03 PM   #5
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That guy is probably one of the many folks with toads who say " I don't even notice it's back there".
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That's why it's a good idea to pull over and do a final check on the Toad before hitting the road. I have a TPMS so I know what is going on with all my tires. And the rear camera is on all the time.
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Rear camera IS your best friend even over TPS systems.
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The rear view camera is my third mirror, I continually scan my dash, then mirrors and monitor. A good habit to be in. Can't imagine too many class A of that age not having a rear view monitor.
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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I always have my wife verify the wheels are turning on the toad before we start out on the road. If the parking brake is set or other issues it will show up quick and can be rectified before damage.
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A classic argument for a TPMS.
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My method for checking that the toad was running freely was simple. Move forward at a slow walking pace and depress the clutch (or put the auto in neutral). If the rig slows down immediately there must be drag that shouldn't be there.

Once found the transfer case wasn't in neutral (had been bumped into low) and gearbox is supposed to be in second and the engine was spinning which would have been interesting at highway speeds.

In that case checking the wheels were spinning would show they were, and a TPMS wouldn't have shown a problem either.
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Had a blowout on my last toad a few years ago. Didn't feel it because we were fighting a cross wind and didn't see it my monitor because the sun was reflecting off of the toad's windshield right into the camera lens. A trucker passed me blew his horn and pointed back to the toad. I immediately pulled over and saw what had happened. Put the spare on and on to where we were going which was about 2 miles on down the road. Got checked and found out when the tire blew it took out all 3 wiring harnesses under the hood of the toad. Final cost to insurance was over $5,000. So, the one thing I took away from this you can't always depend on being able to see what is going on behind you with your rear view monitor. The sun just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time for me.

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OMG! That stuff spooks me as I travel alone and getting a little older my memory is not the best. It does remind me to dbl check my toad closely as well as dbl check that check list to make sure all systems are good to go. Jacks are up stuff like that.
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My tires on my toad are not visible in my backup camera, TPMS will alarm if pressure is to low or to hot (tires will already be toast), toad is not visible in mirrors while travelling in a straight line (is smoke visible in mirrors?).

So how would having a camera, TPMS, checking mirrors have helped?

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