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Astasoftride 05-03-2021 05:19 PM

How do you know the Toad is at the right distance?
 
How do you determine if you have the Toad at the right distance to the rear of the coach before you attempt hooking up the tow bar?

We are just getting into towing a Toad. I've only hooked it up and pulled it once on a test drive. It was easy enough to hook up on level concrete. I can see that it would be a chore on certain surfaces. So how do you know when you have it at the right distance - other than the trail and error method.


thanks

Tedo 05-03-2021 05:28 PM

I use a pool floaty. Cut it to hookup length and run it off my rear grill. When the toad hits and bends the floaty know I’m good. You may have to modify a bit if you have a side radiator fan on your unit, but principle the same.

Skip426 05-03-2021 05:29 PM

Does your : Ready Brake tow bar have extendable arms ?

On my Blue Ox , arms collapsed , I pull up the toad & set the brake ( or have the wife drive it up close to center ) inside the extension range of the arms ; make my connections then, release the brake & back up the toad till the arms lock extended , then proceed with battery disconnect , trans neutral , cables and light wiring . :thumb:

NXR 05-03-2021 05:49 PM

I cheat. My Equinox has a front camera and I know where the tow bar arm ends should be with respect to the colored lines. :)

Ray

NXR 05-03-2021 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Tedo (Post 5737025)
I use a pool floaty. Cut it to hookup length and run it off my rear grill. When the toad hits and bends the floaty know Im good. You may have to modify a bit if you have a side radiator fan on your unit, but principle the same.

That's actually pretty neat.

Ray

SeeTheUSA 05-03-2021 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Astasoftride (Post 5737013)
How do you determine if you have the Toad at the right distance to the rear of the coach before you attempt hooking up the tow bar?

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One of us drives the toad up, the other “guides” from behind the motorhome.

pflightnut 05-03-2021 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Tedo (Post 5737025)
I use a pool floaty. Cut it to hookup length and run it off my rear grill. When the toad hits and bends the floaty know Im good. You may have to modify a bit if you have a side radiator fan on your unit, but principle the same.

You mean like a pool noodle? I not sure what you mean by "run it off my rear grill". I have a rear grill... do you mean to stick the end of the noodle between two of the grill cross pieces and it sort of hangs there pointing backward while you pull up to it? I can picture that, and yes, it's a neat idea.

Astasoftride 05-03-2021 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Tedo (Post 5737025)
I use a pool floaty. Cut it to hookup length and run it off my rear grill. When the toad hits and bends the floaty know Im good. You may have to modify a bit if you have a side radiator fan on your unit, but principle the same.

I like this idea. I think I can make this work. I just have to figure out how to "mount" it to the coach.

RetiredbutWorking 05-03-2021 06:59 PM

I use depth perception, it came as standard equipment.

TJDave 05-03-2021 07:27 PM

I guess. Sometimes I get it right.

Dutch Star Don 05-03-2021 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by RetiredbutWorking (Post 5737139)
I use depth perception, it came as standard equipment.

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Had me laughing.

Mr_D 05-03-2021 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by NXR (Post 5737050)
I cheat. My Equinox has a front camera and I know where the tow bar arm ends should be with respect to the colored lines. :)

Ray

My '21 Wrangler diesel Rubicon has a front camera. I just got the Rubi a week ago so still setting everything up to tow.

96 Wideglide 05-03-2021 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr_D (Post 5737232)
My '21 Wrangler diesel Rubicon has a front camera.

Sounds like a nice toy $$!

I just keep the arms collapsed, and guide the wife till she's about 18" from the bar.

mike brez 05-04-2021 06:55 AM

I keep the arms half way extended then smash into them then back up 6 inches :laugh:

twojayhawks 05-04-2021 07:11 AM

Some days I do better than others. Unfortunately we go long periods without camping/towing & I get rusty. It may take moving the car a couple times to get it right. I few days of hooking & unhooking under my belt & I can usually get the Jeep where it needs to be on the first crack.

Craig1960 05-04-2021 07:21 AM

I lined mine up the first time then put a piece of tape on the inside of my wind deflector on the Jeep and another piece lined up with it on the step on my ladder. When they line up I know I'm straight and the right distance.

Kevin_D 05-09-2021 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Craig1960 (Post 5737563)
I lined mine up the first time then put a piece of tape on the inside of my wind deflector on the Jeep and another piece lined up with it on the step on my ladder. When they line up I know I'm straight and the right distance.

I use a similar method: when the hood of the Jeep aligns with a specific body line on the coach, I know I'm good.

GaryKowal1 05-09-2021 09:34 PM

Lots of Good ideas
 
Depth perception standard equipment. Pretty funny!! If moving the Jeep to RV I guess. 50% of time takes a second try. Whenever possible I back the RV to the Jeep. I extend the tow bar all the way and then just watch my rear view camera. Get it 100% of the time this way. Find it much easier backing the RV to the Jeep, but either way works.

Mr_D 05-09-2021 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by 96 Wideglide (Post 5737244)
Sounds like a nice toy $$!

It is! 28+ mpg on the freeway at the speed limit+ and 23 to 25 in town with lots of power. Much nicer than the '14 JK Dragon (modified) I traded.

Blaster 05-19-2021 06:38 PM

I just pull up to back of coach, get out and hook it up, right 95 % of time.

F4Gary 05-19-2021 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by SeeTheUSA (Post 5737081)
One of us drives the toad up, the other guides from behind the motorhome.

I thought everybody did it this way.

Crasher 05-20-2021 06:56 AM

After a couple of times, you should be able to get it right without any marker or guide. I just drive up to the coach, hookup the tow bar, safety cables, power coed, and break away cable. Then back up to latch the arms and get the TC in Neutral.

hohenwald48 05-20-2021 11:08 AM

Like the coach always said, "practice, practice, practice."

GWBGE 05-21-2021 06:04 AM

After a few tries, you figure it out. I have a reference point I use on the back of the coach. When the edge of the hood hits that, I know I'm in the right place.

fotofx 05-21-2021 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr_D (Post 5745197)
It is! 28+ mpg on the freeway at the speed limit+ and 23 to 25 in town with lots of power. Much nicer than the '14 JK Dragon (modified) I traded.


Yup, I also have the 2021 Rubicon Eco Diesel.

Take a look at the tow setup.


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