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We use the 5000SD with our coach and 17,000 lb trailer.


Yes, we use our Trailer Toad to handle the 17,000 lb. trailer that hauls our dragster and door car and up to 5 Trailer Toads to our Display events. We rely on the Trailer Toad as it is the only way we can protect our motor home from frame flex, side wall damage and add stability during our travel. (Now if I could just squeeze another 100 HP out of that ol' Cummins ;-)

Hopefully, our experiences and those of our customers will make your towing experience with the Trailer Toad more enjoyable and predictable.

After you set your Trailer Toad up and have everything ready for that first "road test" here are a few things to watch:

 

**Effective IMMEDIATELY. We include our front Stabilizer Bar Kit for every 5000SD Trailer Toad and highly recommend them to be used on the 3500HD, especially if the trailer weight exceeds 7500-lbs. They are adaptable to older models as well. Our company learns something from every Trailer Toad we put on the road and we have learned the Stabilizer Bar Kit not only works but it reduces stress on the drawbar and the opening of your receiver hitch on your tow vehicle. The new 5000SD comes with the Stabilizer Bar Kit as standard equipment and is recommended for 3500HD owners..

1. After you drive a short distance try to find a level parking lot you can pull into to get a good look at how level the trailer is and if the frame of the Trailer Toad is slanting down toward the tow vehicle slightly.
   Sometimes your driveway or where you set the Trailer Toad up at may not be as level as you thought. This can cause a couple of minor, easy to remedy problems.

2. If the trailer is slightly too high in the front this will put additional weight on the rear trailer tires. This will cause excess sway and possible overheating of rear trailer tires. You can try loosening the equalizer chains one link and see if that helps bring the front down. If it is still too high you should lift the trailer off the ball, lower the hitch head one hole and then hook up again. The goal is to end up with the trailer frame sitting level. If the adjustment made the front of the trailer a little to low, tighten the equalizer bar chains one link. If it takes more than one link, go up one hole with the hitch head, you may have lowered it too much. If you are in-between adjustments you could use a different height trailer ball, available from us or www.etrailer.com, just make sure it is rated high enough to use on your trailer.

3. Now that the trailer is level make sure the Trailer Toad frame is tilted downward toward the tow vehicle no more than one-half inch. If it is more than one inch low in the front you can continue your road test but you should bring the front up slightly before your next trip. If the frame is higher in the front than the rear and the frame runs down towards the trailer it is recommended you lower the front before you travel at highway speeds. With the frame high in the front it reduces the Trailer Toads ability to reduce sway and absorb large dips and bumps. Call us if you have any questions.

The extra time taken in getting everything set at the correct heights is time well spent. Your towing experience will be improved by making these final adjustments.


In almost every case that we hear back from a customer that tells us he is feeling some sway, it is simply the front of the trailer is higher than it should be. Most of us with heavy trailers have spent a lot of time trying to balance the trailer BEFORE we had the Trailer Toad. Now you can put that weight back in front, we like to see 15% of the gross weight of the loaded trailer on the ball, it let's the Toad do what it was designed to do, "carry the load".

 If your trailer weighs over 10,000 lbs. we highly recommend you use the best equalizer hitch you can get. Look for a model with drawbar and components rated at 12,000 to 17,000 lbs. Some manufacturers feature trunnion bars while others have round-bar systems. We have a simple modification that allows the trunnion-style to function well with the Trailer Toad. We also offer "Equal-i-zer" and Curt brand hitch assemblies. American made and the best quality we can find for our customers.

 
We have recenetly completed testing our "Stabilizer Bar Kit".  These bars will take stress off the 2" receiver tube and keep the draw bar from binding so hard in the receiver hitch tube when backing up the heavy trailers. The Stabilizer Bar Kit acts like a three-point hitch by distributing the side loads to three points rather than one. We RECOMMEND using the Stabilizer Bar Kit on every trailer or if your receiver hitch tube is worn and the draw bar fits loose and rattles when inserted. 

 

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This is the Stabilizer Bar Kit components.

Trailer Toad LLC * PO Box 448 * Janesville * IA* 50647
 Phone: (319) 404-7001 email: jok@trailertoad.com

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