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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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Old 09-08-2009
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Default new tow hitch,check this out.

http://www.electrictowhitch.com/
This guy is a bird owner in Fl.
he drove that tow car up to my place and showed me that hitch.
Its very interesting,I like the idea of towing with two wheels up.
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Randy, It looks interesting. The only problem that I see is if you have supplemental braking, as close as it is to the ground you would have flat spots pretty quick on the frond tires if they bottomed out. It doesn't look like much clearance to allow the porpoising effects associated with most coaches.
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Looks like it would make a world class finger pincher
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Randy, NH Bill,
At "Q" 2009, did you or anyone see the toad hitch that Lucas Willemse had on the back of his coach? He toad his little green car, front way up. A manual unit as I recall, and works much faster than the videos show.
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Default new tow hitch....

New approach to an old idea. I had one similar to this that I used on my Itasca and Travco during the 70's. Only difference was mine was manual - had a removable winch that seated in a receiver on top of the motorhome receiver. Pulled a RWD Dodge Colt backwards. Bungees on the steering wheel to keep it tracking straight, but enough resistance to keep it from "wal-mart wobbling".

Pulled my Dodge Colt probably 40,000 miles w/o an incident.
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Curt,i did see the hitch on Lucas's coach,i have seen others through the years too,one that used an airbag to lift the car.
I just have never seen anyone try to market that type of hitch.

I built one myself a few years ago,i was using a snow plow pump to lift the car,the pump didnt have enough ump to get it done.

I use a M&G tow bar these days,and sometimes i tow on a trailer,so I can haul stuff home if i find a deal on some unusual junk somewhere.
I still think about towing 2 wheels down though,that way you could take any tow car,if the hitch was not on the car,but on the bus.

Tommy tell us about your hitch.
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Randy:

The hitch I had for my Itasca and Travco was purchased through an ad in the FMCA magazine.

I don't have any information other than memory, but it worked quite well. The male part of the hitch assembly had a square receiver mounted to the top that was about 12" long. The winch which was a heavy duty affair and was curved slightly toward the rear facing the toad and would swivel 360 degrees. A heavy duty cable ran through the curved part of the assembly and terminated with a hook.

On the rear of my Dodge Colt I had a standard trailer hitch welded to the frame. There was a latch just like in the video.

I simply backed the Colt up to the motor home, put it in neutral, set the winch assembly in the receiver on the motor home, lowered the cable and hooked it to a welded hook on the hitch assembly on the back of the Colt. Winched it up and maneuvered it on to the hitch ball on the motor home, latched it down and attached to strong bungees to the steering wheel with the other ends fastened to the doors. Took the winch assembly out of the received and put it in the trunk of the Colt.

I didn't have any brakes or lights, on the toad - I mounted some removable battery powered amber flashers to the hood of the Colt.

Simple affair, an I doubt there would be any kind of documentation still in existance. It worked and it worked well. Like I said we pulled that little Dodge Colt backwards for probably 45,000 miles with no incident.
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Yea Lucas's lift was pretty neat. Wonder just how much it will lift as his car was very light? I took a picture while I was there.
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That looks like a modified wheel lift from a wrecker or rollback. The ends of the "T" bar has receivers that accept "L" arms that go behind tires and are then secured with ratchet straps. Lot of thought went into that.
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correct, Rick.
i have seen the scaled down wrecker stingers like Lucas has on Ebay,made to fit a pickup.
the builder of the hitch in the video is wanting input,so you guys speak up,good or bad.
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