Originally Posted by Wrascal
As for the cause of my battery going all acid - I don't know. I will keep my eye on it and if it happens again (with a new battery) then I'll look into whether its the bus charge line or the car. I'm hoping it was just the battery gone bad.
As for the missing pin, again I don't know how it happened, but it did (while on the road - no stops). I replaced it with one of my other (locking type) pins. As I don't like carrying extra keys I will return to that system - once I gain another pin (or even a bent nail).
Pic shows the type I lost.
These two failures have shown me I need to check everything each time I stop - or don't stop.
Glad no fire, and that your pin actually did not drop out...
On the tow bar, some more info sharing (And $02, and other opinions will vary!):
> CRV with BlueOx Baseplate and Stirling All Terrain two bars. The Stirling has the BluOx knuckle adapters.
> I first used the BlueOx locking pins (Round locking ends.)
- Found one lock had fallen off, and no spare, so used a wad of Masking Tape around the pin for the short distant of travel we had to complete that day (About 20 more miles, had stopped to top off fuel. And found the lost lock during an inspection walk around.)
- Replaced with another same kind of Locking BluOX pin
> A few years later, driving thru Portland in of course later afternoon traffic. The lock came off, and the pin fell out, and the CRV was swaying back and forth until I could work over from the second lane to get to the shoulder. We disconnected the CRV, and the Wife followed me to our next park.
> Some damage to the rubber bumper, and the Stirling bar was bent. It was a 5K Lbs unit, and instead of sending it in for a rebuild and inspection, I elected to replace it with a 10K Lbs unit to support a future heavier Toad.
> The Eugene, OR place I bought the new Stirling, recommended I make two changes to my towing habits (Which we'd been doing for 7-8 years by this time.)
1) Put the metal base of the Pins towards the center when hooking up. (We had always out them on the outside, as we thought it looked a bit cleaner then having the lock with cap over the end.) The said that they moving of the toad from left to right behind the coach, put an 'outward' (Towards the Left/Right sides) pressure on the pins. The base is solid, and can handle the loads/stress of these 'outward's' pressure better then Locks and Pins.
2) They felt the Locks wear out after a while. And recommended either locking padlocks, or the Circle Clip that you have posted in this picture.
It's been about 4 years since this change. New Stirling, and Base of Pins toward the Center of the car, and using Circle Clips (We do not like to 'lock' the Toad to the coach when towing.).
And while we've always walked our coach at each stop, and run the CRV thru it's Toad shifting the transmission procedure too. We're now stopping at Rest Stops at least once every 2-3 hours, even if we did not really have a 'nature's' need to stop...
That's my $.02
Best to all,