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Old 11-23-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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My rear view mirror showed someone trying to overtake and pass me very closely. On third look it was my Toad. One side of Blue Ox tow bar had become disconnected, allowing the toad to swing from side to side at 65 mph. All other traffic did not dare to pass while this was happening. This was 2018 new Blue Ox setup. Credit to Blue Ox due to the remaining bar remaining under control. The circle clip on the attachment point to the Toad had left the premises, whether voluntarily or with someones help is undetermined. Lesson learned: I now Positively lock anything that may vibrate or bounce loose or be helped loose by another.
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I have RoadMaster equipment and have been using locks on all the attachment points for years.
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Same thing happened to my day, but it was a sheared bolt. Glad your breakaway didn't activate, that would have caused alot more problems.
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Mr_D could you please let me know what brand / model of locks you use? I have a new blue ox acclaim flat towing 2008 jeep and theres not a lot of space available on my baseplate setup. Thanks!
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Not too long ago a forum member posed a picture/video of a coach and toad burned up, toad caught fire and his locks prevented him form disconnecting toad from coach causing both to burn to the ground.
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There must be a way to secure the clip with a plastic wire tie that you could still break away in an emergency. My toad is set up but, except for a test tow, we haven't used it yet. I'll keep this in mind.
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Old 11-23-2018, 11:24 AM   #7
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Hate tailgaters.....especially when you realize it's YOURS doing the tailgating




Glad you caught the motion going on in your rear view mirrors....kudos to you for paying attention.
Many folks don't even know mirrors are for more then backing up


Don't tow a toad....no personal experience with set up
Tow a 5th wheel and after hearing about 'punks' messing with hitches I do an 'inspection' of hitch/emergency break away/umbilical cord ANY time we stop and walk away from rig (rest stops, lunch etc)
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

WOW! You were very lucky! Did you have safety cables attached?


I don't use locks at the attachment points but I check them carefully every time we stop for anything!



Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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When using Linch pins on your hitch pins, make sure you install them correctly. see picture. Also make sure the loop on the Linch pin is on the opposite side from your safety cables, especially if you use the curly cue type of safety cables.

I used to lock the hitch pins, but I found them just too cumbersome to use especially in ice and snow conditions.

Lastly, I use the following hitch pin. It makes pulling the pin so much easier.
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Big D: can you get those ag type pins in the right diameter for the Blue Ox? Are they made in China? Thanks
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Big D: can you get those ag type pins in the right diameter for the Blue Ox? Are they made in China? Thanks
Yes on size. ? on China. Next time I go to Tractor Supply I will try and see if I can figure it out.

I do drill out the hole in the end so either small locks or the Lynch pin will fit.
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Check the farm and ranch stores and yes they have 5/8 inch
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My rear view mirror showed someone trying to overtake and pass me very closely. On third look it was my Toad. One side of Blue Ox tow bar had become disconnected, allowing the toad to swing from side to side at 65 mph. All other traffic did not dare to pass while this was happening. This was 2018 new Blue Ox setup. Credit to Blue Ox due to the remaining bar remaining under control. The circle clip on the attachment point to the Toad had left the premises, whether voluntarily or with someones help is undetermined. Lesson learned: I now Positively lock anything that may vibrate or bounce loose or be helped loose by another.
I had a situation that was similar when I first started towing years ago. Fortunately I caught it before it came adrift.
I purchased this set from BlueOx and no more worries. Even if you leave the bar attached while parked without the toad, you're protected. Some say they are worried about a fire. Well for me I'd rather my rig burn down than have my toad smack someone head on. Just MHO,,,,
I just watched a video of a new Essex/Toad on fire. They apparently had standard pins but could not get close enough to disconnect. So,,,,??

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passing toad

Reference Bib D hitch pin. Thes hitchpins can be found at Tractor Supply, sometimes. Yes, they fit my Blue Ox tow equipment.
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