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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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just say no
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It looks like it would block access to the engine compartment for checking oil, etc. on most (if not all) rear engine Wanderlodges.
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I got a kick out of hearing that you could back up with this setup. Love to see him try to back up that short wheelbase car with the long wheelbase pusher it was fastened to. It would jackknife in a heartbeat.
You would also be putting a lot more stress on the hitch than the 10% tongue weight of a trailer that it was designed for.
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just say no
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No valid provable reason but "just say no"

Maybe Randy will tell us about the 4 down, back up tow bar, that was pretty slick.
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There was another guy down in Fl that was building something like that,he drove up to my Fl house to show it to me,i think he had a BB PT40,he was towing a small van.
This was years ago,thats about all i remember.
The one i built using a snowplow pump was below the tailgate,so you could check the oil etc.
it worked well,but the pump did not have enough ump to pickup my toad.
The pump was too weak,and i never had time to find a bigger pump.
Mine was a wheel lift,like i said.
Projects like that were fun,i scrapped most of them! ha!
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No valid provable reason but "just say no"

Maybe Randy will tell us about the 4 down, back up tow bar, that was pretty slick.
I'm back to using that bar Bill,its hooked to the bus and Jeep right now.
WE were down at the beach (Carol driving,and hooking up etc,i still can't use my right arm) and when we got home she just parked the bus and its still hooked up.
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My 2 cents!! Looks like the car is too close to the bus to clear when turning. Doesn't look like a new mouse trap to me. Sorry
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I think the tow tower looks a bit too much for me and, like others, I wonder about the stresses on the uni-body. But, I do hate towing and the restrictions on backing so I was thinking of getting the front wheels off the ground and attached to the bus like the tower but supported on the front wheels. Does that sentence make sense?

I see Randy played with a lift device a while back so I know I am not alone. I've been wondering if I could develop a wheel support device that would not be powered but would lift the tow as the air suspension came up. Might require a intermediate step to get enough lift on the toad front wheels but maybe with a suspension dump, a lever or two and then air up a second time? Or maybe an separate air bag could do the lifting.

After not looking into Smart Cars forever I just discovered they have (or had) a rear engine up under there. So, since the whole car only weighs 1,800 lbs, the front end must be way under the 1,000 pound limit on my tow hitch.

Bus is in California now but when we get down to it in October I'll do some measuring.

Your thoughts?
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I thought about using an air bag too,but never did anything else with the idea.
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I would think you need something to keep the wheels from getting turned to one side or the other. Should the wheels strike the ground due to some unanticipated road hazard and they were turned, it would spoil your vacation for sure.

Finding suitable points to attach to the car would require proper engineering, and I doubt you would get much cooperation from the manufacturers. I really don't know what kind of cooperation the current base plate manufacturers get?
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