How many of you can see your dingy when pulling it? Is it important to be able to see it? We have a rear window with the magnifier on it, so we can kind of see it. We didn't want to spend the $500 to mount a camera. Just wondering!
I am able to keep an eye on our toad using the video screen from the rear camera. I think that is a necessity by giving me the ability to see any problems at soon as they develop. Unusual movement on the toad might indicate a suddenly low or blow tire, smoke might mean a bearing or brake problem. By being able to see an abnormality early I can stop to find out what is wrong and minimize the damage. If I could not see a problem I would likely make things worse with continued travel
2011 Fleetwood Southwind 32VS
2009 Ford Edge
Retired Law Enforcement
U.S. Army 1965-1973/RVN 1968-'69
We have a C class, and tow a Suzuki Gran Vitara, the RV has a rear window, I have a fresnell lens on the window for day time, and can see the Toad, via the rear view mirror, on the widshield.
At night, it was harder to see the Toad, so I installed, a pair of LED lights on the upper corners, of the windshield, and they only turn on, when the RV lights are turned on, not with the Toads.
In the day, I can see the roof rack, and at night I can see the LED's, so I know that the Toad, is still tail gaiting.
The LED's draw power, fron the Toads battery, and are turned on, by the running lights from the RV, via a rellay, that is on for the regular lights, and switches over, to battery with the RV's running lights, the Toads battery, is charged by the 12V, from the RV.
I hoppe I have confused the heck ot of every one, but it works great
My Tioga has no rear window, and no rear view camera.
I can see the shadow of the toad in the side mirrors when the angle of the sun is right.
I can see the toad in the side mirrors when I go around a corner.
I have never lost a toad.
I don't know anybody who has lost a toad.
I have read VERY FEW reports of a toad being lost, when you consider all of them that are out there all summer long, every summer.
IMO, losing a toad is much ado about not much. The risk is minimal.
It just is not one of my major worries!
CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Toad: 2006 Jeep Rubicon LJ
Other toad: '06 PT Cruiser, Kar Kaddy dolly
Toy: 1977 Dodge W100 CC SWB, 3/4 ton axles & springs
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