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Old 05-19-2015, 06:40 AM   #1
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Toad disassemble help/tip

It seems when ever I disassemble the toad I have to use a screw driver and hammer to drive the pins out to unhook. There must be an easier way, any tips on how to do this?

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I have less trouble removing the pins if I park as straight as possible on level ground. The release levers should both be pushed down and then the pins can usually be removed by hand, twisting a little if required. If they are still very tight I try moving the toad forward a few inches. With the levers released, this telescopes the tow bar a little.
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One of the things I have read on a forum (not sure if was here or otherwise) was to turn your steering wheel from center to the stop in one direction and then turn to the stop in the other direction then back to center. I have tried it and it seems to work for me. YMMV.
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Have you lubricated the pins?
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:34 AM   #5
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I used to struggle with this also...here are the MUST-DOs:


1: Park RV and toad in LEVEL spot.

1: Disengage the locks on each arm of the tow bar. Usually this involves pushing the locking lever on each one until you hear a click.

1: Wiggle pins loose.

2: If steps 1 do not work, start up the Toad (to energize power steering) and have your partner turn the wheel one way or the other slowly while looking at the pins. One direction will loosen the impingement.

Note that my numbering was not an error. That was meant to emphasize the equal importance of those steps.

Honestly--this is what it requires. In my case, I was not totally disengaging both tow bar arms, or a slight slope on the road would keep the pressure on the pins. Either one will make it incredibly difficult.

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What brand of tow bars are you all using? Are some brands better than others for ease of disconnect?
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First thing I do is put the e-brake on the toad, this will keep the toad from moving.
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What brand of tow bars are you all using? Are some brands better than others for ease of disconnect?
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Removing the pins in my Roadmaster Falcon "All Terrain" tow bar has NEVER been a problem...(I don't know about other bars).
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My old Roadmaster 5250 use to be a pain to get the pins out. But the All-Terrain I have now is usually very easy to release.
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Must not be releasing the bars by pushing down on the handles.
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I have found that if the tow bar is at the 'max extension' that there is pressure on the pins and can be a real pain to remove. I may end up starting the Toad and shifting it in gear a couple time to give a little freedom for the locking pins. also it helps to have the Toad as straight and level as possible. It is when I get in a hurry that I have issues!
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Must not be releasing the bars by pushing down on the handles.

That was my reaction too.

My method.
Stop in a straight line.
Have DW start the toad and put trans in reverse.
Release the bar extension locks , and have DW , pull toad forward 6" so they don't re-lock , toad into park and set emergency brake.
Remove pins.
IF , DW , not available .
Start toad , put in reverse, set brake and shift to neutral, hold bar lock release handles down with bungee cord wrapped around handle and bar, then pull forward 6" and set brake , shift to park. Remove pins.
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We have a Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar, and its only when there is pressure on the arms is it difficult to pull the pins; most times, its only one of the pins that's stuck. In that case, starting the toad and cranking the steering wheel all the way toward the sticking pin (I think) will loosen it enough to pull easily
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Thanks for all of the replies. I have not been releasing the extension arms, that should do it. Not sure why I have never thought of that!!
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