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Could The Trailer Toad Be The Best Option For Towing?
We see it all the time: people taxing their tow vehicle to the maximum, usually far exceeding the recommended tongue and hitch weight. The front of the vehicle is usually pointing skyward while the rear drags along the ground. Every ripple in the road sends the truck and trailer "porpoising" along like an act at SeaWorld, while the driver struggles to keep the rig in control. So much for enjoying the open road.
Over the last decade, as more of us bring as many toys with us as possible, the trailers we tow seemed to have grown exponentially. A clear illustration of this is the invention of the stacker trailer, which allows you to bring two levels of toys with you on vacation. What many RV owners don't realize is that most RVs are not built to tow extreme loads and that the tongue weight associated with a larger trailer can often cause handling trouble with serious consequences.
While the Trailer Toad does not technically increase the gross vehicle weight rating of your vehicle, it does allow you to pull a heavy load behind your truck, SUV, or RV safely. In the next issue of RV Magazine we'll cover all the details of the Trailer Toad, but for now here's a preview.
The Trailer Toad consists of a 3,500-pound-rated torsion axle that plugs into your tow vehicle's receiver hitch. Your trailer connects onto the backside of the axle, taking 100 percent of the load off the tow vehicle. It results in better handling, improved braking, and a smoother ride as well as much less wear and tear on the tow rig mechanicals.
The '10 Trailer Toad models are improved with larger 15-inch tires, standard alloy wheels, and better stability with a 60-inch-wide axle and large fenders to protect the coach and trailer. It also offers a "dual dock" system to make backing up easier. The system includes a prewired extension cord and a spare tire that mounts on top of the Trailer Toad, saving you valuable storage space. Also offered as an option is a stabilizer kit for trailers over 10,000 pounds.
Although it is too soon to tell, the Trailer Toad could be one of the best options for an overworked tow rig. We'll let you know what we find out in the next issue. If you can't wait for the road test, you can contact the company for more info at www.trailertoad.com, (319) 404-7001. Or check with us online at www.rvmagonline.com.