A fresh new design to cure
an old problem
month my tech article is a little different, as it will have
nothing to do with my dragster or building engines or some
new parts. Instead I want to feature a product that will make
GETTING TO THE RACES a lot safer, and a lot easier on tow
I know a lot of the readers of this column are actual competitors
at drag strips across the country. With that in mind, most
of you have seen the continual change in what racers are using
for tow vehicles and what they are hauling their cars in.
It used to be crew cab pickups, and then more and more racers
were opting for older motor homes to make the weekend more
enjoyable for the whole family. Then came the diesel pushers
for more power and to have enough horsepower to tow trailers
with two or more cars inside the trailers. Now the pit areas
are full of motor homes and enclosed trailers.
There is one thing in common with almost every one of these
rigs. The rear frame and likely the entire rig are now overloaded.
This causes all sorts of problems, from bent rear frames to
cracking frames and cross-members and ultimately the sidewalls
will be flexing, coming loose from the framework and the value
of the motor home plummets downward.
The first thing any enterprising racer would do is to weld
more braces in the rear frame and hitch area and buy stronger
lift bars for their equalizer hitch. Will this help? The answer
is “sort of, maybe, for a while”. The frame will
just break in a different place where the bracing ends and
the sidewall flexing will continue no matter what you do to
stiffen things up. This is true on every Class-A gas motor
home I have ever seen or owned, most diesel pushers and every
Class-C ever built.
The answer to the problem is as simple as it is complex.
The answer is, “take the weight off the hitch.”
Sounds easy but how can it be done and still be used as a
tow vehicle? A touring professional exhibition racer came
up with a design that was quite simply, “the answer
The Trailer-Toad was “his answer,” so his Class
C motor home would survive the thousands and thousands of
cross-country miles he was required to travel while towing
his 8,000+ pound trailer to drag strips across the country.
He needed a way to support the heavy tongue weight his trailer
had (in excess of 1250 pounds) without tearing up his Class
C motor home.
The Trailer-Toad is a very unique piece of equipment that
is engineered to be a load-bearing equalizer hitch assembly.
The Trailer-Toad is an extension of the existing receiver
hitch you are currently using. It hooks directly into the
receiver and is designed to carry the tongue weight of the
trailer, take the weight off the hitch and return the balance
the motor home was designed to have.