Hello all. Still new and getting used to using our new Greyhawk 29mv after pulling TT's for 20 years with a F250. This weekend we took our first short trip towing our new '22 Ranger that I rigged up for our dinghy. I installed Roadmaster base plates, used new RM Falcon 2 "non-binding" tow bar and installed Demco 'stay-in-play' braking system. For this 1st trip towing, we took a short 70+/- mile trip and it was our 2nd trip total. Questions -
- After each leg of the trip, when I got into the Ranger cab to re-engage the transfer case and turn off the Demco, there was a message on the dash panel "check brake system". It immediately went away and showed the next message (re: towing activated or such). I unhooked and later when driving the Ranger no messages showed and it operated normally. I have never had that message under normal operation after installing the Demco so I wouldn't think there was an issue with loss of vacuum or something like that. Having done the installation myself, I have no one to consult with. I have posted the question on the Demco website but no response yet. Also, for the return trip, I slightly adjusted the Demco control box towards "less sensitive" thinking I was making it engage too quickly. But same message again.
- While driving I seemed to be constantly having to correct steering. There was not a strong wind, it was good (for Oklahoma ) pavement but it was stressful. I don't remember having this issue on our first short trip. Does a towed vehicle influence the towing vehicle that way?
- Finally, maybe not a question but an observation - When I was un-hooking after arrival, one leg of the "non-binding" tow bar would not release. We were on level ground and almost perfectly aligned but a little off. I had to release the draw bar to take tension off the tow bar and get it to release. I did execute a U-turn to get back to the park entrance after missing it on the first pass - is it possible to over-extend the tow bar when turning short? How does one know how short a turn you can make? (ok, it is a question
Maybe it's all in getting used to the transition of TT to MH but the weekend was stressful. Planning a longer trip at the end of the month and if this was all normal at least I won't be surprised.
thanks for input, Richard.