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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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Default Noticed something curious about this picture

Bringing my new to me WB home with my Jeep in tow, we stopped at a road rest on I75 somewhere in Kentucky. As I was walking back to the bus after a short stretch for my legs, I stopped with my iPhone to grab a pic.
After I got this image, I began walking towards the Bus and noticed an unusual thing, the brake lights were lit up on the jeep! Oh No!! Not a good sign. I also notice walking closer that the front wheels are missing the center caps! Upon approaching the front of the Jeep, I leaned up and went to touch the front wheels....WOW these things are HOT!!, covered with grey dust, brakes smoking, Center Caps gone (Melted)
Apparently the inertia brake cable that is connected to a lever by a small pin and clevis, somehow flipped around 180degrees and took up all the cable slack.
The brakes were dragging for sometime, guessing about 150 miles or so.
Needless to say, new rotors, pads, calipers (these were reduced to chalky dust), wheel hubs and bearings, new wheel center caps, and all is good again.
Need to find a different way to attach cable to lever arm to avoid this in future.
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Do you really need brakes on your toad in this setup? /puts on hardhat/
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The thing I noticed is the angle of your tow bar is dangerously wrong. The towd end of the bar should be slightly lower than the coach end of the bar. The way it is currently attached, in an severe emergency stop or front collision the Jeep could “pole vault” into the back of your coach. If the angle is too low it can tend to lift the rear of the coach reducing the breaking effectiveness of your coaches’ rear axles. Your tag tires can be flat spotted.
Good Luck with your new coach.
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The thing I noticed is the angle of your tow bar is dangerously wrong. The towd end of the bar should be slightly lower than the coach end of the bar. The way it is currently attached, in an severe emergency stop or front collision the Jeep could “pole vault” into the back of your coach. If the angle is too low it can tend to lift the rear of the coach reducing the breaking effectiveness of your coaches’ rear axles. Your tag tires can be flat spotted.
Good Luck with your new coach.
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Thanks for your thoughts on this. The setup that is shown in the picture was the hitch riser set-up I used on my FC towing this Jeep. I transferred the hitch from previous bus to this one, on the same trip. The hitch receiver on the WB is a lot lower than the FC. Looks like a taller riser out of the receiver is needed.
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I had the same problem and use a heavy duty hitch riser. 6000 lb rating. The tow bar should be within 3 inches of level.
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I may have the hitch riser you need,never used,laying on my work table.
$50 plus the ride.
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I may have the hitch riser you need,never used,laying on my work table.
$50 plus the ride.
That would be a sale but before I purchase, Ill need to check amount of riser needed. My Jeep is lifted 3.5in with 35's. I am thinking the riser I was using on the FC was already a 6" riser. Looks like it might need another 4". Ill get some measurements next time over at the bus. I think 10" rise is the max available that has a decent weight rating.
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mine is a 10'',and its the heavy duty one.
It can be yours!
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That would be a sale but before I purchase, Ill need to check amount of riser needed. My Jeep is lifted 3.5in with 35's. I am thinking the riser I was using on the FC was already a 6" riser. Looks like it might need another 4". Ill get some measurements next time over at the bus. I think 10" rise is the max available that has a decent weight rating.
Dave, This is my setup. My Jeep was as high as yours maybe even a touch higher. My current towed is my Silverado 4x4, 3/4 ton HD that is also lifted. Both have been served well with this. The Jeep had D ring mounts on the bumper that I used to attach the tow bar and the truck has a Western plow set up and I use the plow attachments on the truck to hook my tow bar to. The plow attachments are considerably lower, that is why it is on the lower holes now. You can of course flip the insert for the receiver upside down and increase the height even more. I can virtually tow about anything and the tow bar will be perfectly level. This is rated at 10,000 lbs.

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mine is a 10'',and its the heavy duty one.
It can be yours!
Sold Randy, great deal!
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