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Old 04-11-2019, 04:40 PM   #1
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Tomorrow is my first day towing a toad: Any advice?

Hi,

Tomorrow will be my 1st time towing a toad.
I have driven about 10,000 miles 2 years in a 35 ft and a 38ft class A for the last year.

Toad is a 2012 4 door Wrangler.

Coach has Tire tracker Tpms and have sensors for the toad and a repeater.

Drive home from the Ready Brute dealer is 70 miles mostly on interstate.

Any advice?

Thanks
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Old 04-11-2019, 05:04 PM   #2
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Have fun! You will hardly know it’s behind you. Double check the hitch pins and give a little extra room when changing lanes.
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Thanks Dsallach,

I do appreciate it.

I will take it nice and easy. I know the road well and will have DW with me.
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Old 04-11-2019, 05:21 PM   #4
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Swing wide when turning, the Jeep will track just fine. I check my rear camera frequently to make sue all is well
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Have fun! You will hardly know itís behind you. Double check the hitch pins and give a little extra room when changing lanes.
Yup.
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Well said Don :-)
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Just look and plan ahead. In most cases - You can't back up so you need to look ahead and plan your path when fueling, shopping, etc. To start off not a bad idea to have a checklist and have copilot double check all items satisfactory.
I find it best to establish a routine / sequence and follow it every time. Also resist stopping to chat w CG neighbors etc when hooking up. If distracted start over and be sure which steps have been completed and work from there.
Being familiar w driving the coach should make the addition of a toad EZ.
I avoid cutting MH wheels sharply before beginning fwd motion... its puts an undesirable side load on tow bar due to MH rear end overhang and swing. I try to start rolling and then begin turning.
In general it is EZ just a few extra points to keep in mind.
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Begin slow and be cautious until you gain confidence. Keep an eye on your rear view camera. Give yourself extra space on your turns. Please remember take extra space and time when braking. In a short time the toad will be an integral part of the rig.

At least this was the process for me.
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I recommend a check list. All the connections, both toad and coach. All items on setting up the inside of the toad. And then check the lights. And as said, no talking to others as you make the connections or you get to start all over again.

After I pull out of my parking space and make a few turns, stop and make sure all the connections are still secure. As I make those turns I look at the tires on the toad through my mirrors to make sure the wheels are turning.

You've been warned. Make sure you can get out of a place without backing up. If not, you get to unhook, move the toad and then get the motor home to a place you can hook up again. Then go back to the first part of my post.
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I'll triple on the checklist, the stop after a mile or so and double check, and always check again after a potty or meal stop. Gremlins have been known to pull safety pins on unattended rigs. I use locks on all my pins just to be sure. Some folks have even put a brightly colored tape or ribbon on their steering wheel to see that it's turning when you make turns. I can see the tires on my toad so I don't but on small toads you may not be able to. Also remember to go slow over bumps as they can put a big strain on the tow bar.

Go slow, enjoy having a toad and your confidence will build quickly if you get off to a good safe start.
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Thanks all, I so much do appreciate it.

I have read out the replies to my wife.

Tomorrow starts a new chapter of our rv adventures, up until now my wife has followed in the truck if we needed transport.
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After my toad is all hooked up I pull forward slowly while my wife goes back and makes sure all 4 wheels are turning. She checks my hookup too.

Left the handbrake set on a Miata one time. She caught that right away.
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Great advice Arch.
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Try not to watch the rear monitor the whole way home.
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