Some musings from Mr UK Toad, a complete novice to towing but learning quickly
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A Dry Run

Posted 07-08-2011 at 08:58 PM by MrUKToad

We're just back from our seventh trip with Towed Haul and that was the first one where it didn't rain.

Not a drop.

Dry the whole time.

I always knew seven was a lucky number! We were only down at our local Provincial Park, sadly on what was probably their worst camping site (not level in any direction, narrow and very overgrown on the exit). This was the first trip of the school holidays so the Tadpoles were with us, noisy and quarrelsome as ever, but we weren't down hearted. Well, not all the time.

Our tow down there was simple and it was a good chance to try the adjusted weight distribution setup, you know, the half-inch bolt in the links solution. We had been a little down in the rear of the Sienna and the adjustment helped but, as suggested originally by the great god of towing, Andy Thompson, I really should have put two in to get it perfect; that's a job for this week, obviously.

I was delighted to have been approached by another Sienna driver, asking how we managed to tow such a big trailer. He was looking for a bigger trailer to replace his pop-up camper but couldn't see how he could manage with a Sienna. I talked him through our setup and I thought he was going to have a look underneath the car, but he never did. He said he liked to rig his own hitches and hadn't come across the one made specifically for the Sienna before; certainly his hitch was nothing like mine. Still, it was nice to impart some information and spread the word about using different tow vehicles.

To get out of the so called pull-thru site, I had to cut back a load of vegetation to prevent the side of the trailer getting scratched on the really tight right turn at the exit. I'm sure the Parks people didn't mind but that's what's going to happen when access is so tight.

Back home, I realised that I'm getting to grips with this backing up game. I did it in one go, onto the driveway, close and parallel to the grass and all my spotter had to say was "stop" when I neared the garage door. I bet I won't be able to do that again!

Attached is a photo of the Toadmobile and Toad Haul (prior to the WD adjustments) out with Mrs T who was having a towing lesson.

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