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jodiesel2

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I’m one of those guys who looks at Craigslist every day to see what my neighbors are selling. This Trailer Toad was listed and caught my attention. So I quickly did some research online about it and bought it. I have an older truck in excellent condition that I’ve owned since new. It has a factory 12k trailer capacity rating. The new toy hauler I just purchased, stuffed with all my stuff and water, weighs in at 12k. Which is also the gvwr of the trailer. When I towed the trailer on short local trips, I didn’t carry much water and was very selective of items I put in the front of the trailer to keep tongue weight to a minimum. The tongue weight was 1,350 then. Even with my rear air bags and an Equalizer WD hitch, you really felt the weight. In fact, I think you could feel driving over a bug in the road. She handled well and braked well, but the ride sucked.

Enter the Trailer Toad. It is rated for 4,000 lbs of tongue weight and 25,000 lbs of trailer weight. I just completed an 1,850 mile trip up the California coast to Coos Bay, Oregon to the dunes. I had the trailer fully loaded with 8 days of clothes, tons of food and 150 gallons of fresh water. I was able to put 1,770 lbs of weight onto the tongue. With the Toad, there is ZERO tongue weight on the tow rig. The toad takes it all. The tow rig just has to pull and stop. This allows you to have maximum available bed capacity on the tow rig to carry more stuff. It also allows you to have a much better ride. No need for 80 psi in the tow vehicles tires and my air bags were at minimum, making a very comfortable ride. In fact, droning along the highway, it’s easy to forget the 33’ of trailer behind me….

The Toad has its own suspension, so when it hits a bump, the trailer is not trying to rip the receiver off the tow rig. The tires of the Toad and the table top swivel on a vertically mounted hub. So when you are driving around, the Toad turns also, which allows the trailer to turn less on its hitch. When backing up, there are two pins that drop down on the Toad which locks it in place. The Toad has twin shocks on the vertically mounted hub, which control sway. The way the trailer handles and turns is different than without the Toad. It’s hard to explain. It’s just different the way the trailer pulls through a corner. It’s something that you just get used to after about 5 minutes of driving with it. Similar to the first time you pull a trailer, you learn quick how to control your load.

I am not affiliated in any way with this company. I’m very happy with my purchase. I think anyone who doesn’t have a 1 ton duallie for a tow rig could benefit from this device if they are pulling a large, heavy trailer.

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looks dangerous!


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Big rigs have been using similar devices for years in hauling double and triple trailers...I think if it works for the big boys, why not for the Travel Trailer group!

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Posted: 06/13/18 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tongue weight is only part of the equation. What about trying to pull that large a trailer up a hill or trying to stop it?

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jfkmk,

On my trip last week I went over a lot of different terrain, both on & off road, windy narrow lanes, freeway droning and two 8,000 plus foot passes on Hwy 395. I did not experience any traction or stopping issues. There was one intersection on gravel where it was easy to spin the tires taking off from a stop. The 8.1L has a fair amount of torque though.

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Why have a WD hitch with that?

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boos TT,

The WD hitch is required to keep the Toad balanced. Without the WD hitch bars all the tongue weight would be on the back of the Toad. Not sure if it would even stay upright. The amount of WD 'tension' on the bars is WAY less than you would normally put on your truck. As most of the tongue weight is wanted on the toad. With less tension on the WD bars, I found it much easier hitching up and off.

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I always thought these were a good idea. I think Hitch Hog is another brand.

Does the wheels on the Toad have breaks? if so I can see a big advantage in stopping.

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GeorgiaJim,

The Toad does not have brakes.

I forgot to mention that the Toad does not need to be registered. It is not considered a dolly because it is not connected via a pivoting hitch. The Toad has a drawbar that slides in your receiver hitch and is considered a hitch extension. It has the US DOT regulation explaining this on the Toad, in case you run into an interested police officer....

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Posted: 06/13/18 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm a old guy and grew up in the 40s and '50s so I was around when dolly's like that were very common.
Very few HD pickups were around. Large sedans...panel trucks.....big station wagons were the norm but even these lacked the rear springs to carry the bigger 20'-24' plus TT's hitch weights.
Vehicle modification to carry more load was more common back then.


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