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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 Tow bar noise on rough roads

For years i have noticed on rough roads the noise the tow bar and hitch makes.
On rough railroad tracks and on frost heaves i could "feel" the tow bar rattle when the bus goes down and the toad goes up.
I think this results in broken tow bars and hitches,plus it could pull the tow bar mounts off of a unibody car.


I have been thinking about an air ride trailer hitch for my bus for a long time.
So last week i make one.
I have 2 small air bags that cushion the bar,one controls the forward action and the other controls the rear action.

The tow bar will slide back and forth 4'' total.
All motion is controlled by the air bags.


The first trip i made was a short shake down run about 30 miles,which included railroad tracks and rough sections of road.
Its unbelievably smooth.
I never felt any pitch and roll or any rattles from the tow bar.


Yes,i do have some pics...
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when do we get to see the pictues
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It didn't happen without pictures.

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And heres the pics!!
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Did you patient it yet ?
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Hmmmmm
I can't even hear the engine in our coach
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Nice. Looks like it just clears the bumper.
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Nice. Looks like it just clears the bumper.
Sean,the first set of air bags were too big,so i got a smaller set that fits perfectly.
I was worried they were too small,but i think they are fine.


Ernie,you can't feel the toad in your feet or seat?
The whiplash motion of the tow bar is what i feel the most.
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