Trailer Toad Assembly Instructions.
will help guide you through the "Basic Setup" to get your Trailer Toad assembled and attached to your tow vehicle
and trailer. The "Fine Tuning" will be up to each owner and if you have a question, please call me: (319) 404-7001
The Trailer-Toad comes about 90% assembled. Trailer Ball strength is critical. Make sure the trailer ball you
use is rated for the total weight of your trailer. If you cannot find a trailer ball that is rated high enough for your
trailer, we offer a 25,000-lb rated 2-5/16" ball for $29.95. You can order through our Products Page. The
2017 Trailer Toad 3500HD and 5000HD will come with only the fenders not installed. We have welded four threaded
studs on brackets, attach fenders with provided fasteners. All new Trailer Toads come with a "T-Handle"
attached to the pallet. The bolts to attach it to the rear of the Toad are in the large brown box on the pallet. DO NOT use
these bolts for anything but the T-Handle, they are not hardened bolts.
You will need a quality weight-distribution hitch to complete the assembly and final adjustments.
If you do not have one we can recommend brands
we are familiar with or we can send you one on the same pallet as the new Trailer Toad at a discounted price.
The first thing to do is make sure you have all the tools
you will need. Here is a basic checklist:
* 1/2" open end wrench. For fender fasteners.
* 1/2" socket
and ratchet. For fender fasteners.
* 3/4" open end or adjustable Crescent wrench. For equalizer bar brackets on
* 13/16" or 3/4"socket and torque wrench to torque lug nuts on wheels. 75 ft. lbs. This
requires a thin wall socket, like a 3/8" drive spark plug socket.
* 1-1/16" and 1-1/8" open-end wrenches
and 1/2" drive sockets. For hitch head and drawbar bolts.
* Couple of wire-ties to fasten the extension cord
to the metal tabs on top of the frame to secure it.
* Large pipe-wrench or 1-13/16" socket to tighten
trailer ball with. You will also need a large wrench to jam between the nut on the ball and the hitch head to prevent it from
turning as you tighten the ball. There might be a better tool for this but I haven't found one yet. Make sure it is has
Loctite on the threads and you tighten it to at least 200 ft. lbs.
Stabilizer Bar Kit: **Optional on the 3500HD, Standard Equipment n the 5000SD: You
will notice there are No Stabilizer Bars in the kit. We need a measurement before we can send the bars to you,
at no additional cost. Follow instructions in the Stabilizer Bar Kit box. You will need 15/16" wrench and socket to attach
rod end to the Trailer Toad and a mig-welder to attach the two brackets to the hitch or frame and 3/4"
open-end and 3/4" socket to attach the rod ends on the tow vehicle end.
You MUST use
a weight-distribution hitch with the Trailer Toad.
Procedures for setting
up your Trailer Toad.
important! please read
Whether you are setting up a new one or
want to make sure you current Trailer Toad is "carrying the load"; these instructions make for correct installation..
Block the trailer tires and get the trailer level. Measure how high the ball needs to be with the coupler at this "level height".
Do NOT have
the Trailer Toad attached to the tow vehicle. It is critical you set the Toad up with the just the trailer. The tow vehicle
*With the Trailer Toad held up in front with a floor
jack, put the hitch head on the rear of the Trailer Toad so the ball is 1.5" to 2" higher than the measurement needed
when trailer is level. No need to tighten the fasteners yet, you may need to adjust them again.
*Raise the trailer with tongue jack and roll the Trailer Toad under the trailer and lower
the trailer until the coupler is just starting to rest on the ball, latch the coupler. This is where the small floor
jack comes in handy. If you use the kickstand it could be ruined when you lower trailer onto the Toad, please use a jack.
*Install the weight distribution bars in the hitch head and hook the chains
up or set the bar on the bracket (depends on brand of W.D. hitch). There should be no-preload on the W.D. bars or chains,
just as snug as you can get by hand.
*Lower the tongue jack
until all the weight is on the Trailer Toad and the tongue jack is off the ground. *Make sure the trailer
tires are blocked in place, the trailer can now roll.
the angle of the Trailer Toad and also see if the trailer returned to a level position.
*If the Trailer Toad is not level (we would actually like a very slight tip down towards the tow
vehicle) you can adjust this by readjusting the weight-distribution bars. Shorten them to lower front of the Trailer Toad
and lengthen them to raise the front of the Trailer Toad.
you are satisfied with the angle (or tip) of the Trailer Toad now you can make a final check to see if the trailer is level.
if not, you may have to raise or lower the hitch head on the rear of the Trailer Toad. Do not use the
bars to try to level the trailer.
*Now that the Trailer
Toad is level and the trailer is level you can focus on getting the front drawbar height set. With tow vehicle level and sitting
at ride height measure from the ground to the center of the receiver hitch opening.
*Next, hold the front of the Trailer Toad level with the ground and put your drawbar in the holes
that get you as close to the same height as your receiver measurement.
*Unhook the Trailer Toad from the trailer and using the Toad T-Handle, roll the Trailer Toad up to the rear of the tow
vehicle and insert the drawbar into the receiver hitch. *This takes a bit of patience and some spray lubricant and maybe a
"helper" to guide the square drawbar into the square receiver opeing.
*Once it is in place insert the retaining pin or bolt to secure the drawbar in the hitch. back the Trailer Toad under
the trailer and reattach the weight distribution bars to the same chain lengths or "L-bracket", depending on the
W.D. hitch you have, and that should finish the installation.
***Make sure you tighten all the bolts, attach safety chains, check trailer lights and tire pressures. Always double-check
safety equipment when towing.
Patience is important. Getting the final adjustments "just right" is worth the extra time as it will make your
first trip easier. If you have any questions; call us:
You can use your existing weight-distribution
hitch or purchase a new one locally. If you want one of the hitches we supply just give us a call. We will be glad to help
you decide which one will be best for your application.
Note: To backup with
the Trailer Toad or if you will be maneuvering around in a parking area be sure to LOWER the Reverse Pins into the tube
on the axle to lock the axle in a straight position. This means both pins will be in place. This will lock the
axle in place and backing up will be simple. It is OK to leave the Reverse Pins locked in while you drive around
the pit area or if you are where you may have to do some maneuvering to get your trailer straight.
**2017 Trailer Toad 3500HD and 5000SD models are
equipped with the new "Dual-Pin Lock" Reverse System. Due to the larger tires and the drag they create we recommend
using the "Dual-Pin Lock" system when possible. This is due to the tires and trailer weight putting more load
on the Reverse Bar pins. I feel it is better to spend 15 seconds longer getting both sides of the Trailer Toad
locked in place than possible tearing one of the pins off the Trailer Toad frame or axle. We added the "Dual-Pin
Lock" system to prevent problems for our customers. Spraying the pins with lithium grease once in a while will
let the pins drop into place easier.
When you are ready to pull out of your parking area and are done backing up, Lift the
"Dual-Pin" Locks pins out and put in their stored position (held up by the snap pins on the cable.) WARNING:
Do not tow on highway or streets with "Dual-Lock" pins inserted. This puts excessive load on your
drawbar. This will prevent the axle from pivoting and will scuff the tires sideways. Doing that will cause excessive
tire wear and the Trailer Toad will not follow your tow vehicle as designed. If all you have to do is maneuver the trailer
around, like at the racetrack or your driveway you can leave the "Dual-Pin" lock pins in the locked position
to save some time.
**In the event of a
shock absorber or attachment failure you can tow with the "Dual-Lock Pins" in the locked position for
a short period of time but it will accelerate tire wear and cause extra stress on your drawbar. Our Stabilizer Bar Kit
will help reduce these excessive loads.
have any questions or problems call me, Jok Nicholson, at (319) 404-7001 or go to my website, www.trailertoad.com for additional information.
Please read the Company
Policies page I have attached. It can save both of us a lot of confusion in the event the Toad is damaged during shipment,
under U.S. Patent 6,820,887