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Posted: 03/03/21 11:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I watched folks do it in that order (Unhook,, watch Trailer roll toward lake. Try to stop it (Fail) thankfully there was dirt and the tong jack dug in and stopped it before splash. then they chocked and re-hooked repositioned and rechocked before unhooking again .

Oh if you do forget.. Grab the break-away brake wire It is not strong enough to stop the trailer from rolling but when the pin comes out of teh clothspin switch .. Brakes ON.


Or better yet, don't disconnect the breakaway cable from your tow vehicle until after you release from the hitch..... advice that should also be in the article referenced in the OP.


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tommyznr wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

I watched folks do it in that order (Unhook,, watch Trailer roll toward lake. Try to stop it (Fail) thankfully there was dirt and the tong jack dug in and stopped it before splash. then they chocked and re-hooked repositioned and rechocked before unhooking again .

Oh if you do forget.. Grab the break-away brake wire It is not strong enough to stop the trailer from rolling but when the pin comes out of teh clothspin switch .. Brakes ON.


Or better yet, don't disconnect the breakaway cable from your tow vehicle until after you release from the hitch..... advice that should also be in the article referenced in the OP.

Not necessary if the wheels are properly chocked first.
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People still read magazines?


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JAC1982 wrote:

People still read magazines?


What's a Magazine???


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I have seen similar instructions for hooking up a toad to a motorhome. They always say set the parking brake,prepare the toad for towing, then back the motorhome up and connect the hitch, then do not forget to release the parking brake.
I have never done it that way.
Drive the toad up to the back of the coach, connect the hitch, THEN go through the preparations. Once the hitch is connected, there is no need to set the parking brake, so it can not be forgotten. Driving the toad to the coach is a LOT easier than backing the coach to the toad!
Of course, that is merely my opinion. I could be wrong, it happens frequently.


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I learned that the hard way , I was lucky that there was a building to stop the trailer !

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BarneyS wrote:

tommyznr wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

I watched folks do it in that order (Unhook,, watch Trailer roll toward lake. Try to stop it (Fail) thankfully there was dirt and the tong jack dug in and stopped it before splash. then they chocked and re-hooked repositioned and rechocked before unhooking again .

Oh if you do forget.. Grab the break-away brake wire It is not strong enough to stop the trailer from rolling but when the pin comes out of teh clothspin switch .. Brakes ON.


Or better yet, don't disconnect the breakaway cable from your tow vehicle until after you release from the hitch..... advice that should also be in the article referenced in the OP.

Not necessary if the wheels are properly chocked first.
Barney

True, but there's no reason the brake cable needs to come off first. I chock, then uncouple and remove the safety chains and breakaway last. Nothing wrong with redundancy.

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