Toad on a Trailer...

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    My tip of the day...

    If you have a toad on a trailer, this may be of help to some, I have found it to be priceless.

    And cost less than £10 quid.

    Most modern cars have a bit on the front where you screw/insert a "Towing" eye..

    This is what I have done (See Pictures).. it has made manouvering my car and luggage trailer a doddle in the confined area around my home.. It was invaluble on a couple of sites we where at over the last few weeks..

    Park trailer up with Car on remove car and fit (Photo`s) park RV on pitch then easily manouver trailer alongside Rv or park trailer where needed..

    So much easier than hooking trailer on the car if you had a tow bar..

    And as most towing eyes are not central to the car it means you can look down the side of the trailer and park exactly where you want it..

    The only outlay is for a 50mm ball with thread.. Under a tenner..

    If your car has not got a removable towing "Eye".... Tough..





     

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    Very clever you should have patented that.
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    I did John...

    I painted it "Black"... :RollEyes::Wink:

    What bloody colour do you want then? :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Good idea Mo. I used to have one on the front bumper of my old Doge Ram.
    Had it on one side of the bumper and it made light work of shunting twin axle trailers and caravans around.
     
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    Good bit of as they call it nowadays thinking outside the box
     
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    had that on Land Rovers for years

    I have had a front tow bar on a Land Rover for many a year.. nothing new.

    Mo is good at painting John.. he is painting all the screw heads in his house with black paint. very sad...

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    I see from your pic you are a novice tow bar fitter Mo:RollEyes:
    They usually go on the rear of the car:Doh::Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Seriously a Word of warning I don't want to p**s on your parade But
    The AA, Rac and the like including ourselves,
    No longer use these fittings for recovery winching:Sad:
    Too many failures (snapped eye bolts) have resulted it their use for, other than straight line very short distance towing being prohibited,
    I was very very surprised to see A frame manufacturers now modifying these for A frame use:Eeek: Never in a 1000 lifetimes would I or anyone with recovery experience use these mountings
    I suggest you keep steering manoeuvres to a minimum, and never rely solely on this method to control your trailer on any down hill areas, and fit a brake away cable if at all possible:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    Ah.... but it is the inovated way I put it on my towing Eye.. any body can drill a hole in a lump of metal and bolt a ball hitch to it.. :RollEyes::Smile:
     
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    Comments noted Geo... I only use it for shunting in my drive or on site, and most are on the flat...

    I find that even with a twin wheel trailer hard work for an old fart like me.. :cry: even wanking the jockey wheel hard up to lift front wheels off the ground.. :Smile:
     
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    :Eeek::Rofl1:
     
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    :Rofl1:
     
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    Not knocking the idea at all MO:thumb: And fully understand the reasons for it, May even make one myself, will paint it a different colour though dont want to be accused of trademark violations :Cool:
    The byword or words are Dont rely soley on it and you'll safe as houses:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    Wooopsy!!!!! just read again...:Doh:

    No offence meant...:Blush:
     
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    It is an idea
    not sure if it is good idea or NOT
    i tow with a brake buddy not had any problems with this system :thumb:
     
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    Never knew Mo was so handy with paint, glad it's black as thought he only used PINK:Eeek:
     
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    Tow? Brake buddy? :Eeek:

    I think you're completely missing the point Old Mo is making.

    He isn't TOWING with it .....
     
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    At least I, for one, appreciated that what you were suggesting is the use of the front tow-eye fitting of a tow ball - you were not suggesting that you were the first to have the idea of a front tow ball .....

    A good idea, Old-mo - and I'm sure if it was designed to withstand the weight of the car whilst being towed, it will be more than adequate for the low tech, low speed and unstressful use that you will be putting to it. From some of the replies you'd think you were going to do a high speed drive in reverse over the Alps ...... :RollEyes:
     
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    You have hit the nail on the head.Thanks :thumb:.. With the twin axle trailers I shunt around there is very little weight on the ball, it just makes life a lot easier to manouver in confined spaces...

    The car I have fitted it to is the car that I normally carry in the trailer...

    A Peugeot 107.... and doubt it would do 80 on the flat solo... :Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    So that's why the proposed increase of motorway speed limit would have no interest for you then, eh? :Laughing:
     
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    Having spent far too long in the recovery trade, I accept the reservations of some regarding this towing point, but, as long as the point is checked regularly, the towong/pushing is only done of the flat for very short distances, I doubt there will ever be a problem.
    If anyone has a toad on a traler, and does not want to use the above method, caravan movers do fit on trailer:BigGrin:
     
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