most common error we see on getting the trailer Toad setup is simply "not following our Setup Instruction Sheet".
To set the Toad up correctly you start with the Trailer Toad and the trailer, no tow vehicle
involved yet. Call us and we can make sure your installation goes smoothly. (319) 404-7001.
Hello again, It has been
a busy week and there were a few things I overlooked in the last newsletter that I wanted to go over in this Customer Letter. I will keep it short, explain a few things and remind you to look over a few things. We also are announcing the Axle
Upgrade Kit to put 15” tires on your Toad.
Breakaway safety cable: Have you checked the emergency breakaway cable lately? Hook up to
the trailer, get ready to move it and simulate the trailer coming unhooked by pulling on the cable until it triggers the breakaway
switch. Then try to move the trailer, the brakes should be locked. You can also test it with a 12V test light to make sure
it is working. This little watched item can save your trailer and the contents! Make sure it is in working order.
Hook it up correctly: Make sure the breakaway cable is extended so it hooks to the motor home frame or receiver hitch. If it only goes to
the Trailer Toad what happens if the drawbar (hitch bar) breaks or the pin vibrates loose and the Toad comes loose from the
coach? UH-OH is right! That is why it is important to attach the breakaway cable to the motor home or whatever your tow vehicle
· The drawbar (hitch bar) and equalizer hitch: Trailer
Toad LLC does not manufacture these items and we cannot warranty them. If your trailer weighs 10,000 lbs or more there
is a lot of side load on the drawbar when you backup into a tight spot and have to turn the trailer at a sharp angle. This
stress can cause the drawbar to bend or fail altogether. If the “fit” of the drawbar into
your receiver tube is loose (in exces of 1/8" of side or vertical movement the drawbar is absorbing so
many impacts going down the road that the drawbar can become damaged. There are few ways to prevent this problem. The drawbar
is a critical part, use the best one you can find.
· Stabilizer Bar Kit:
1. Install the Stabilizer Bar Kit. This will prevent side loading of the drawbar and they spread the stress out over three
points on the hitch.
2. When backing up, take your time,
when tire hits the trailer frame stop backing up, pull ahead and take some angle out of it. You can still back up, we are
asking you to use caution and common sense. We know a few customers have damaged tires and drawbars by simply being
impatient and jammng the Trailer Toad tires into the Trailer tongue so hard it damaged tires or the drawbar itself. PLEASE
BE PATIENT. This probably will not happen on 7000 to 8000 pound trailers but on trailers over 10,000 pounds it could
easily happen if the tires are jammed into the trailer tongue and then the motor home is used to jam the trailer sideways
and backwards. Use common sense, you are pushing 10,000 to 18,000 pounds backwards with a 2” square piece of cast iron
or solid steel…be smart about it. Some of you, a lot more weight than that, for sure. Trailer Toad is a great tool
but it can be broken if used beyond its limits.
3. The Stabilizer Bar Kit is just one way to spread the load away from
the drawbar. Stabilizer
Bar Kit is now INCLUDED with every new 5000SD Trailer Toad.
4. Receiver hitch on your tow vehicle: We have had a few guys call that have recently switched to a stacker trailer from a
regular tag. Of course, the difference in gross trailer weight is significant. We suggest you take a close look at your receiver
hitch and make sure it is braced well enough to hold up under emergency stops. It is NOT going to be the weight on the hitch
you have to deal with, it will be the “pushing force” from the trailer trying to shove on the back of the Toad
and the tow vehicle. Make sure the center receiver tube has some support to prevent it from “rolling under” and
possibly tearing off the side support panels. I have only heard from one customer who had this happen, but one is enough.
If we can help prevent it from happening to your tow vehicle, that is nothing but GOOD!