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Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Thanks to all those that posted your comments,...

Thanks to all those that posted your comments, education, warnings and suggestions on this thread.

Going from whether to lock or unlock a steering wheel all the way through to installing braking...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
The guys did the fabricating and welding work at...

The guys did the fabricating and welding work at two different shops. One is a body shop that specializes in restorations and airplane work. The other specializes in trailer building and repair. ...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
come on, Doc, don't go down that "condescending"...

come on, Doc, don't go down that "condescending" road on this thread. You have offered nothing of substance, yet sought to impinge on certain aspects of area or location or schooling. :sad:

Not...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Well, the internet is our friend: Something...

Well, the internet is our friend:

Something poorly built is “jerry-built.”

Something rigged up temporarily in a makeshift manner with materials at hand, often in an ingenious manner, is...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Those systems were one of the first suggestions,...

Those systems were one of the first suggestions, because I was wondering whether they were needed since the car weighs a tad over 3,000 pounds, and the coach with air brakes would be stopped a bit...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
There is a reason why the phrase, "...back to the...

There is a reason why the phrase, "...back to the drawing board", exists. My guess is that you're an arrogant, entitled, millennial that has never tried to build or fix anything in their life, and...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-10-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
You lost sight of the simple fact that they don't...

You lost sight of the simple fact that they don't make base plates for all cars, so if somebody wants one for a non-standard car, it gets built.

By the way, the proper term is, "Jerry" rig, a nod...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-09-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Sometimes blissful ignorance makes the...

Sometimes blissful ignorance makes the difference, though. Being old-school, my thought has been that any manual tranny can be pushed or towed, so I found a BMW with a 5-speed manual and put it on...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-09-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
What does an approval process entail, and who...

What does an approval process entail, and who would supply such an approval?

Think about it, you're wanting a vehicle that has a frame that something can be attached to......they all have a frame,...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-07-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Where are the chain attaching points? it would...

Where are the chain attaching points? it would help to know how they did your vehicle.

P.S. my take on supporting the tabs would be to add some horizontal steel to them. You mention Shear and...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
The invention of the wheel might be close to...

The invention of the wheel might be close to being the first MacGuyver project in history and it likely took place in a cave. Luckily for us, there have been a lot more.

Your thinking that BMWs...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Good question, and I was able to visually confirm...

Good question, and I was able to visually confirm that the key in ignition allows the steering to turn while no dash lights are on, so all's good. The wheels turned as they should have, but the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Are you saying to weld a link to the head of the...

Are you saying to weld a link to the head of the bolt? Seems to me that tearing a welded link off the head would take less force than ripping a link apart that is around a Grade bolt. Did I...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Thanks for the caveats. Designing something...

Thanks for the caveats. Designing something for the first time pretty much always begs the questions of, "...why didn't it get done this way, or that way?", and if I had a welding shop I would do...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
The Wright brothers did a home-made job, too, as...

The Wright brothers did a home-made job, too, as did most NASCAR drivers at the start. A factory produces what can sell, and how many base plates could Blue Ox sell for BMWs?

Secondly, I rarely...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
The model is BX _345, and could be as much as 20...

The model is BX _345, and could be as much as 20 years old. The triple-prong system would sure be stronger, so I'd guess it was a design improvement.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Test drive was successful. I went 12 miles and...

Test drive was successful. I went 12 miles and made about 20 turns, and checked the setup about 6 times. All seemed to be working as planned, so you all should pat yourselves on the back for...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-06-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Thanks for the considered education, Tim :thumb:...

Thanks for the considered education, Tim :thumb:

From pivot point to the ears is 34", and there are 20" between the ears, so oddly enough, it happens to be a 1.7 ratio as well. We chose the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
Thanks for the critique, and it may come to that...

Thanks for the critique, and it may come to that point where we don't use the vehicle; life is too short.

I have a Blue Ox baseplate that features a 2" box crossmember, with protrusions for the...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
1999 528 5-speed manual. Tranny in Neutral,...

1999 528 5-speed manual.

Tranny in Neutral, and key in ignition to allow steering wheel movement.
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
I totally agree, but the tabs coming out from...

I totally agree, but the tabs coming out from behind the bumper were made a certain length by the fabricator and they ended up being too short when I needed to add the second piece that has ears.
...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
I'll post more photos tomorrow that will show the...

I'll post more photos tomorrow that will show the two pieces of the tab as well as how the tow bar connects to them.

Agreed on a lack of vertical load support because nobody expected them, so a...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
The setup base plate was fabricated by a body...

The setup base plate was fabricated by a body shop out of 1/2" plate and that was attached to the two large bolts that hold the heavy bumper backing plate to the frame.
The tabs are welded to that...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
I have a hitch that will lower the height to 12";...

I have a hitch that will lower the height to 12"; just didn't think it made a difference because I was within that 6" window. Thanks for the tip.


Are the arms supposed to lock fully...
Forum: Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10-05-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 11,140
Posted By bamaboy473
How is a Tow Bar supposed to work?

I inherited a Blue Ox tow bar when I bought the coach, and have recently completed fabricating a base plate, and installing an Invisibrake system, so ready for the road test! hmmm, not good.
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