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Old 01-26-2014, 04:23 PM   #11
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I always thought that the steering lock was needed to keep the vehicle from wandering when large vehicles pass or in high winds...
Just google the question and you will find no one recommends 4 down towing with the wheel locked. If you have towed much with the steering locked you should consider inspecting your toad carefully for wear/damage to the tires, steering, suspension, and towing components. It would put a lot of stress on them while turning.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:31 PM   #12
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I new that would sound odd

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Maybe it's just me,but I don't think its odd to keep the toad steering wheel unlocked.

I would find it odd to lock the toads steering wheel when towing it - would you lock your vehicles steering wheel while driving it?

I read it three times before I posted it....The steering wheel should definately be unlocked....
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:32 PM   #13
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Way back when I had a Class C and pulled my old CJ with oversized tires I had an incident where I hit a bump with the CJ that caused bump steer to full right turn lock. Being all the way to the right prevented it to return to center and thus dragged to a stop. After that I always loosely tied the steering wheel so that it could never turn past 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:44 PM   #14
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Way back when I had a Class C and pulled my old CJ with oversized tires I had an incident where I hit a bump with the CJ that caused bump steer to full right turn lock. Being all the way to the right prevented it to return to center and thus dragged to a stop. After that I always loosely tied the steering wheel so that it could never turn past 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock
That I could understand doing - we have a friend who tows one of those little smart cars behind his Monaco MH. He criss crosses two bungee cords on his steering wheel to dampen side to side movements,but the steering wheel is unlocked.

He said he could see the smart car drift side to side while towing in his MH rear camera,,thus the bungee cords and no more drifting.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:36 PM   #15
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It's easy to believe that the toad hitch (blue-ox, roadmaster or other) is the pivot point for the toad - same as a ball hitch of a trailer. The big difference in towing a toad (car, truck, or Jeep) is the wheel base of the vehicle; the distance between the toads front wheel able and the rear wheel axle. The wheel base of the toad is much further apart and doesn't turn inline as a tandem axle trailer does. Even tandem axle trailer axles fight a tight turn as can be seen with tires opposing. Think of that same when you attempt a tight turn with a toad. The rear tires of the toad won't fight as hard since they follow but the front tires will fight since they are lock to always go straight.
The same is true when even using a tow dolly - leave the steering well unlocked; the toad rear wheels will follow the hitch center.
No steering wheel club should be used unless you want something damaged.
It is different and uneasy leaving the key in the ignition, car unlocked near ready to drive off but the only time the toad should be in this condition is when being towed. If I stop for a bit I take the keys out of the toad and put then on the floorboard of the coach then I lock the coach. When I am ready to get back on the road I see the toad keys before I pull off in the coach.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:54 AM   #16
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The same is true when even using a tow dolly - leave the steering well unlocked; the toad rear wheels will follow the hitch center.
Not true on all dollies. My Master Tow Dolly has a big caution in the instructions saying to lock the steering. If you don't have a steering lock it says make something up to lock the steering wheel from moving. The pivoting bed on the dolly allows the car to swing in turns. I read that some cheaper dollies do not have a pivoting bed so the steering should be free on them.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:21 PM   #17
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Not true on all dollies. My Master Tow Dolly has a big caution in the instructions saying to lock the steering. If you don't have a steering lock it says make something up to lock the steering wheel from moving. The pivoting bed on the dolly allows the car to swing in turns. I read that some cheaper dollies do not have a pivoting bed so the steering should be free on them.
Yup, my bad. I went through this a few months back when I personally researched tow dolly loading. The directions for most brands are to center the steering wheel and lock it. Most tow dollies have a fender or skirt on the dolly wheel that be hit by the pivoting steering of the tow car.
Sorry to muddle with confusion on the issue.
Thanks for straightenting me out.
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