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Old 03-17-2016, 12:31 AM   #1
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Towing advice on technique

Ok, I'm still new. Successfully towed our SUV. 75 miles from our MH dealer where they finished the set up (Roadmaster All Terain, RVI2), etc.

We're pulling our Jeep behind 37' Mirada.


My questions:

Given you can't see the toad in your flat mirrors when swinging in from passing, how do YOU know it's safe?

When cornering do you go wide?

Practice planned for this week end in a large parking lot😎

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Side mirrors and rear view camera are all I need. This new to us rig has side view cameras, don't use them as I prefer the mirrors and rear camera.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:59 AM   #3
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No need to go wide when turning. The toad will follow right in the coaches track.
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I use my rear view camera when overtaking another vehicle to know when it's safe to move back over to the slow lane.

My toad tracks inside my coach wheels so I have no need to swing wide.

No advice other than practice makes perfect.
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I've learned to use the mirrors first, with confirmation from the rear-view camera. In part that's because my camera has such a wide view that you can't easily determine distance between the rear of the toad and vehicles in adjoining lanes (the rule I had to apply was: "If you see anything in the camera, it's too close to pull over). If the camera was positioned at the rear of the toad, then maybe I could use it consistently to change lanes.

The only advice I can give on the toad's path is to get used to it. I learned to keep track of where the the coach rear wheels went, and that kept the toad out of trouble. One place you may want to watch closely is departures from fueling islands or other corners with high curbs.
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Good question. I tow a car trailer, and also don't want to give "the chop" to any vehicles I pass, so always make sure I can see adequate clearance in my right mirror before pulling back into the right lane (my backup camera is tilted downward to assist with trailer hook up). An unintended consequence of this courtesy is the occasional person behind that is so impatient that they shoot to the right lane, and pass on the right while I'm waiting for clearance to the vehicle I just passed, and with my right turn blinkers on.

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No need to go wide when turning. The toad will follow right in the coaches track.
This actually depends on the amount of rear overhang your coach has. To find out, find a large parking lot. I used a couple gallon jugs of water. Poured the water out in front of the coach and then ran through it while turning. You will then see how your toad tracks behind your coach, inside, outside, and by how much.
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When passing: I use the rear camera to judge when it is safe to pull back in. When the the other vehicle is almost out of view of the camera I can then pull back into the lane.
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I use my side mirrors to make sure no one is there. I then look at the rear camera, it's easy to see when you've cleared. I still wait a bit so as not to cut anyone off.
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As others have commented, the toad will follow on turns, so if the coach clears so will the toad.

Mirrors are best for judging clearance to the sides. I have side cameras and find them marginally useful.
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I sure appreciate the feedback!
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Ditto what other have said. One obvious point so far neglected is to use the turn signal. and watch the behavior of the vehicles you can see in your camera. As you drive, pay attention to what you see in the mirror at the same time as the camera, so you get a sense of what is actually going on behind you. There is no substitute for experience and careful attention, but it should not be stressful.

On the tracking of the toad, again experience is the key and the rearview camera can help the learning curve. You will probably face greater challenge making right hand turns, because they tend to be sharper. Wait until the road is clear, take your time, and look in the camera for where the toad is tracking.
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This actually depends on the amount of rear overhang your coach has. To find out, find a large parking lot. I used a couple gallon jugs of water. Poured the water out in front of the coach and then ran through it while turning. You will then see how your toad tracks behind your coach, inside, outside, and by how much.
You took the words out of my mouth. I was going to suggest this very idea.

It gives you a realistic picture of where your toad tracks.
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No need to go wide when turning. The toad will follow right in the coaches track.
That may or may not be true! With our last rig and this one the towed cuts inside the rear wheel tracks. When I use the KK-460 dolly it does follow inside the tracks even though the dolly is wider.
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