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Old 06-15-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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Lost my toad!

Bought my toad 2 years ago all ready to go. Hitch wiring and all as a package.

When I bought it I checked everything out and the fellow who owned it said he had towed it all over the place for about 60,000 miles.

My wife and I were leaving a Sewer Dump Station and traveled about 50 ft on a loop back to the road when my brake buddy remote started to scream. I looked in my mirror and the toad was about 40 feet back with the brakes locked up.

Here is what I suspect happened!
Buddy decided to save some money and he got Bubba next door to give him a hand.
The holes were drilled in the frame and 4, 1/2 inch bolts were installed. What was not visible when I bought this was the bolts had no backing plate in the frame and eventually the bolts tore through!
This was not visible until I removed a few body parts to get access to the mounts.

Fortunately I did not kill somebody and the only thing I was out is my time. I installed 2 plates inside the frame and with 4 new bolts and 4 hours later we were back on the road.

Most people would not admit to this but I think there is something to be learned here.
I am a mechanic and a fabricating welder and everything looked great, BUT IT WASN'T

Everybody should check to see what is pulling there toad down the road.

I didn't because it was a lot of hassle removing body parts.

The old dude is now dead and Bubba is probably carrying on.

I would not be without auxiliary brakes.
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Bought my toad 2 years ago all ready to go. Hitch wiring and all as a package.

When I bought it I checked everything out and the fellow who owned it said he had towed it all over the place for about 60,000 miles.

My wife and I were leaving a Sewer Dump Station and traveled about 50 ft on a loop back to the road when my brake buddy remote started to scream. I looked in my mirror and the toad was about 40 feet back with the brakes locked up.

Here is what I suspect happened!
Buddy decided to save some money and he got Bubba next door to give him a hand.
The holes were drilled in the frame and 4, 1/2 inch bolts were installed. What was not visible when I bought this was the bolts had no backing plate in the frame and eventually the bolts tore through!
This was not visible until I removed a few body parts to get access to the mounts.

Fortunately I did not kill somebody and the only thing I was out is my time. I installed 2 plates inside the frame and with 4 new bolts and 4 hours later we were back on the road.

Most people would not admit to this but I think there is something to be learned here.
I am a mechanic and a fabricating welder and everything looked great, BUT IT WASN'T

Everybody should check to see what is pulling there toad down the road.

I didn't because it was a lot of hassle removing body parts.

The old dude is now dead and Bubba is probably carrying on.

I would not be without auxiliary brakes.
Yup .... I always try to do my own work. It's easier than fixing another person's work.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:00 PM   #3
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Yes, I'm a retired mechanic/welder also and rather than buy the tow plate, I made my own. The frame will rip right off the body before my hitch brackets will break!
I still use a solid tow bar too. Made of good old steel and will still be around long after I'm gone!
X2 on the Brake Buddy!!
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X3 on the brake buddy!
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Thankfully you were not on a busy highway.
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I bought a friends '14 CR-V that was set up by a "professional shop" in Las Vegas. I' found so much wrong with the install that I drove over to RoadMaster and had the bracket install checked. It's been towed to Alaska and back so it's been well used. The man at RoadMaster looked the bracket over and said everything was OK and I've got the rest redone. Just waiting on my RoadMaster NightHawk to be delivered so I can sell the other two towbars I now have.
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