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Posted: 01/01/19 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jplante4 wrote:

In all the years I've been poking around RV forums, I have never heard of a toad breaking free and playing Hopper on the highway.


Well I had it almost happen (Due to the towed and a few other things we stopped safely) and then I had another time where the safety cables held.. That's all I'll say about it.

I've read of it happening to several others. So you must be doing as I do and skipping topics you do not feel interested or qualified in .

But as I said. IT HAPPENED TO ME save for the hopper part. We came to a safe stop. THe full story is funny. but I've already posted it oh perpahs 10 years ago .


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I know off two cases where the toad broke lose and was free wheeeling on the interstate. I was personally told by the individuals who said there is no way they would ever post the situation. But that’s not why I have the supplemental braking system. It just makes sense.


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Here's one that was very close to getting away.

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For many years I towed a 3200 pound Explorer Sport without auxiliary brakes, and my last experience with it in the mountains convinced me this was not a good idea. For the last seven years I've used the EvenBrake with great success. It moved from the Explorer to the CR-V with only adding an extra charge line to the Honda. HTH


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Posted: 01/03/19 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your base plate comes off OR your bumper comes off with tow bar????


It WAS NOT installed properly period.


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rockhillmanor wrote:

If your base plate comes off OR your bumper comes off with tow bar????


It WAS NOT installed properly period.



Glad you believe yourself. Not all of us are gullable with everything we hear. Putting all that aside, what does it have to do with using a auxillary braking system or not. Seems like a good reason to use one wouldn't you agree?

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On the car coming loose---20 years ago my Aunt nearly lost her life when a car came loose on the other side of the Interstate, came across the medium and hit their car going 70mph near Salt Lake City. I myself had one come partially loose from a U Haul tow bar but I got it stopped without incident. So it does happen. A braking system is always good.

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In the instructions with my base plate, in bold print they remind you to check all the bolts for torque on a yearly basis. Sometimes they may be properly installed, but not checked, or either improperly installed. I used red loctite on mine, will check in the Spring.


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Blue Ox base plates come with a second set of safety cables, in addition to the standard cables, that connect from the base plate to the toad frame. If you used an installer, make sure they were installed per the instructions.


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Of course the Brake Buddy break-a-way feature is only necessary if the tow separates from the towing vehicle. It is equivalent to the insurance policy that one carries and prays they never have a need for it. Some do cheat and not carry insurance and their victims suffer because of it.

Those who love their fellowmen do not have a problem with doing their up-most to ensure everyone's safe travel along America's highways. Accidents do happen, products do fail but deliberate negligence should pay a high price if they injure a fellowman.

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