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Old 08-23-2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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Toad Tugging Thoughts

A quick question for those who are flat towing a vehicle behind their Forester RV. I've got a 2016 3011DS flat towing a 2011 Subaru Impreza with 5-speed manual. Using a blue OX tow bar and base-plate. I am also using a 2 inch drop receiver to try and keep the tow bar as parallel to the ground as possible. On flat ground at 60-65 it tows nicely however when the motor home goes over a bump in the road, the motion of the RV rising/falling creates a small tugging feeling. I've been playing with the tire and air bag pressure to try and minimize it but have not found the right combination or is this just the way it will be in my towing scenario?


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Old 08-23-2016, 02:13 PM   #2
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I have a Blue Ox set up on my TOAD and experience a "tug" when I hit larger dips.

The worst tugging I ever felt was with a Toyota Highlander pulling a small U-Haul trailer, it felt like the rear end was coming off on some bumps.

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Old 08-23-2016, 02:23 PM   #3
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The tugging you describe is just the nature of the beast.

Best thing is to keep your speed steady and ride it out.

Try to read the road in advance and adjust your speed accordingly.

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Old 08-24-2016, 04:09 AM   #4
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The tow bar setup is likely a little loose in the motorhome receiver and the drop hitch receiver. That could be allowing the jerking. Roadmaster sells a clamping device they call Quiet Hitch that stops the movement. You may need two since you have a drop hitch, which is loose at both pins.
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:17 AM   #5
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Tugging is normal. If you don't feel it, it probably is not back there.

You can try the quiet hitch but this is normal in every tow vehicle I've ever owned.
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:29 AM   #6
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I actually have a Quiet Hitch installed between the hitch and drop receiver since day one because there was a lot of play there. I did originally buy two but have not used the second one yet between the drop receiver and tow bar since that it a tighter connection. Maybe I will try using that one as well on the labor day trip to see if that helps any.

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