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Old 02-16-2018, 05:44 PM   #1
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A new way to tow the toad. Very expensive but makes more cars towable and without a dolly.

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Old 02-16-2018, 06:17 PM   #2
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I noticed that they didnít show what has to be done to the toad for the mount.
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One concern I see with that design is tongue weight. That Foretravel is one of a small pool of MH with enough TW capacity to lift the front of that Caddy.

And what happens to the car when you drive through a dip and the car tires contact the road. That seems almost unavoidable given the geometry.

Being able to back up is a nice advantage.
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Very interesting but there was no mention of supplemental braking which you would still need for the tow vehicle should it become separated from the RV. I guess we're to understand that that's still a requirement. They probably just wanted to discuss the tow tower.
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It seems obvious this is just a demonstration of the tow tower and that most people will know that a braking system will be needed for safe operation.
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It's another option for some folks. If someone was twisting my arm to tow a non-flat towable car, that needed a dolly, and my coach was able to handle the tongue weight, I'd opt for that in a heartbeat over a dolly. But, not in that "boat" so, I don't have to worry. I do like the gadgetry though. I'm a mechanism guru. It looks good from the standpoint of a video. I'd really have to check it out in person and, see what's needed in connection to the toad, before making a final decision.
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The toad looks pretty close to the back of the motorhome. Could be a problem in a tight turn.

Also, since there are no steerable tires under the front of the toad it will not track directly behind the motorhome but will turn inside the towing vehicles track just as a bumper pull or 5th wheel does. Not necessarily a problem but something to consider. Tongue weight will eliminate it from consideration on 95 percent of motorhome/toad combinations.

I wonder why they didn't demonstrate it with the motorhome suspension aired up and ready to go down the road?
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I would use a dolly
It looks like the front would teeter totter side to side
Wheels would hit the ground at some point
Tracking would be a problem and a braking system would not be as affective , most of your braking is on the front wheels, I think you would have to have the car in neutral , to avoid your tires from skidding if the hit the payment
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I had the same concerns, especially the mounting bracket being under the car. Just for the heck of it I sent an email to Detroit Wreckers. They are a custom wrecker builder. I'm curious if they can build a wheel lift for the F53 chassis that has the lift beam and without the extension. A fixed point wheel lift. Not going to be any cheaper but it lifts by the wheels which eliminates the hardware.

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One concern I see with that design is tongue weight. That Foretravel is one of a small pool of MH with enough TW capacity to lift the front of that Caddy.

And what happens to the car when you drive through a dip and the car tires contact the road. That seems almost unavoidable given the geometry.

Being able to back up is a nice advantage.


Yep that's a lot tongue weight that will probably limit his market share.
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Maybe for the "I hate dollies" folks with a heavy A and light towed. The rest of us are trying to shed weight on the hitch not add it. I'd rather use my dolly.
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Maybe someone could explain it in terms I could understand but how does lifting a 4000lb vehicle become only 1600lbs on the read axel? My toad is 2800lbs. So it would become about 1200lbs???
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