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Old 08-02-2022, 02:22 PM   #1
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Questions after our first towing of a dinghy

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.
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Old 08-05-2022, 05:55 PM   #2
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Can't address the issue with the Ranger.

In my experience yes, I have to do many more steering corrections when I am towing my LX470 which is probably 1000# heavier than your Ranger. I usually drive at 65 MPH, but during windy conditions I will slow it down to 55 and that reduces the stress a lot.

I also have a non-binding tow bar, but all that means is that it will bind less. Sometimes all it takes to get it to release is getting in the toad and releasing/reengaging the parking brake.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input. I researched the steering issue and was excited about Roadmaster's steering stabilizer - it proportes to address this issue. Only problem is it is out of stock everywhere i checked. November at least. meanwhile, I agree the reduced speed is best practice.
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Old 08-06-2022, 05:52 AM   #4
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We flat tow a 2022 Canyon and yes we also experience more steering correction when towing. Will be ordering a SafeT Plus soon.
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Old 08-07-2022, 04:05 PM   #5
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The steering issue can be improved by getting an alignment and increasing the caster. Typically, something in the range of 5 to 6 degrees will improve the "wandering" and constant need for correction. A new bushing will need to be installed, but made a significant difference with my 29MV. The Roadmaster stabilizer also helps, but I think the caster made the bigger difference.

For the tow bar, is the binding taking place at the connection to the base plate, making the hitch pin difficult to remove? If so, this is normal and is caused by the toad pulling on the pin. Most times, turning the toad steering wheel fully left or right will relieve enough pressure to get the pin out.

Don't have any input for the Ranger, but it may be sensing a vacuum when it doesn't think there is supposed to be any. I have the Stay-In-Play as well and have been very happy with it. I typically have the sensitivity set pretty low so it only engages the toad brakes under fairly descent braking.
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