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Posted: 11/08/21 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

btim wrote:

I am relatively new to this Toad life. I tried a dolly and found it too much of a pita, especially in freezing weather with snow on the ground. Bought a 2012 Honda Fit 5spd and set it up to flat tow. Much easier. Plus, I am cleaner and less pissed off when done. Wife and I get it done in less than 5 minutes. Towed it all over USA this past summer and now much prefer this method. Note to the wise: Do not try to do this w/o axillary braking. My Roadmaster braking system disconnected itself in the mountains one time. I could feel it immediately. That 2700# car was pushing my 14,000# E450 class C around a bit.

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Or if you’re good with a Jeep Wrangler and no toad brakes, couple hundred bucks gets you a tow bar and some magnetic tail lights. Easy peasy.

Does the Jeep not require a base plate? I often thought it should be simple to attach a tow bar to the recovery hooks on a Jeep or other 4wd vehicle.


Think about the liability involved. You need to follow the designed procedure when towing something 4500 lbs with a 13,000 lb rv.
* You need to use a baseplate which offers multiple attachment points opposed to a set of tow hooks which are designed for a strap and winch emergency pull-out.

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Grit dog wrote:

Or if you’re good with a Jeep Wrangler and no toad brakes, couple hundred bucks gets you a tow bar and some magnetic tail lights. Easy peasy.

Does the Jeep not require a base plate? I often thought it should be simple to attach a tow bar to the recovery hooks on a Jeep or other 4wd vehicle.

Think about the liability involved. You need to follow the designed procedure when towing something 4500 lbs with a 13,000 lb rv.
* You need to use a baseplate which offers multiple attachment points opposed to a set of tow hooks which are designed for a strap and winch emergency pull-out.

I agree with the need to do it properly. Not suggesting otherwise. I am asking Grit Dog if he is saying there is an alternative to disassembling the front end of a Jeep, or other vehicles, to properly connect a toad to the tow bar setup. ie.. If I were to remove the recovery hooks from a 4X4 (which connect to the frame) is there a system which connects to the frame there w/o removing most of the front end. I only ask this because his post seems to suggest this.

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