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Posted: 05/16/22 06:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been gettin the Ranger ready to be a toad. Got the baseplate on the other day. Had to spend an hour with a sledge straightening out the mounting ears for the bumper on the RF.

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Tomorrow..........wiring and the brake system.

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Posted: 05/17/22 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great that you’re almost ready!


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Got the Even Brake system installed, and the wiring finalized today. going on a 3,000 mile shakedown soon.

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I'd recommend before that 3,000 mile shakedown, you take the MH and your truck to a big empty parking lot nearby, hitch it up, and turn a few laps around the parking lot. Hit brakes a few times, watch it as you make turns, etc. Make any adjustments needed, then. Once all looks and feels good, drive it on home to test it on the road.

This way, you'll have a chance in a more controlled, relaxed setting (parking lot and roads close to home), to iron out any issues with the towing setup. If there is some adjustments, corrections, etc. needed, the time to make them is in a more relaxed setting *BEFORE* you leave on a long trip. This way, when you do leave for that 3,000 mile shakedown trip, you'll already have a lot of confidence that all is working as it should.

We did this when we set up our Jeep to flat tow recently. Very glad we did, too, as there were some things that needed initially tweaking with the brake setup.


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willald wrote:

I'd recommend before that 3,000 mile shakedown, you take the MH and your truck to a big empty parking lot nearby, hitch it up, and turn a few laps around the parking lot. Hit brakes a few times, watch it as you make turns, etc. Make any adjustments needed, then. Once all looks and feels good, drive it on home to test it on the road.

This way, you'll have a chance in a more controlled, relaxed setting (parking lot and roads close to home), to iron out any issues with the towing setup. If there is some adjustments, corrections, etc. needed, the time to make them is in a more relaxed setting *BEFORE* you leave on a long trip. This way, when you do leave for that 3,000 mile shakedown trip, you'll already have a lot of confidence that all is working as it should.

We did this when we set up our Jeep to flat tow recently. Very glad we did, too, as there were some things that needed initially tweaking with the brake setup.


Same system we had in the CR-V, and it weighed more than the truck does....lol, put 30,000 miles on that setup. Thanks for the advice, but if anything is needed I'm sure it will be VERY minor, maybe adjust the "rate" the brake is applied to the toad. We've been towing behind an RV for over 30 years now. Now we're finally retired.

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