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Yep, it's me again with another question. My toad is a 2016 Nissan Frontier but it is an automatic. The truck can be flat towed but only with the rear end disconnected.

I've been talking with Remco and looking at their drive shaft disconnect.

Just wondering if anybody on here has used them or knows about them. Should I go ahead with the install or run for the hills? Thanks

http://www.remcodsc.com//

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Jumper,

I had the Remco Drive Shaft Disconnect on a 2008 Chevy. Silverado and it worked like a charm.Would do it again in a heart beat. Had mine installed at Drive Shaft King in Dallas, Texas. 

Herman

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I used a Remco disconnect for over 14 years one 3 different vans without issue.  The are excellent and work perfectly.  It must be installed properly to work properly but otherwise, it's great.  It only takes about 10 seconds to connect or disconnect the drive shaft and you don't accumulate miles as you have nothing turning up front.  Just the 4 wheel are rolling just like you were pulling a trailer.

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51 minutes ago, hermanmullins said:

Jumper,

I had the Remco Drive Shaft Disconnect on a 2008 Chevy. Silverado and it worked like a charm.Would do it again in a heart beat. Had mine installed at Drive Shaft King in Dallas, Texas. 

Herman

Thanks Herman. Looks like a good product. Be nice if it was enclosed. Have you ever had a problem with dirt or a rock getting up in the workings? This goes for you too Bill.

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I also had it on a 2007 Silverado:wub: no problem for the year I had it, even going in and out on a mile Ranch road (gravel)! :) When not being used as a toad, it was carrying hay!

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52 minutes ago, manholt said:

I also had it on a 2007 Silverado:wub: no problem for the year I had it, even going in and out on a mile Ranch road (gravel)! :) When not being used as a toad, it was carrying hay!

Yeh, I do a lot of dirt roads where I'm at and where we will be going. They did say that my towing capacity will not be reduced so that is good. Thanks Carl

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Was told to spray it really heavily every couple of months with WD40, but to never lube it. The grease or oil will attract dirt. Treat is right and it will work well for you.

Herman

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2 hours ago, WILDEBILL308 said:

This is a dry graphite film and will not attract dirt. That is why I use it on the towbar.

Bill

Yeh, I was told no lube as well so I was thinking graphite. I've used it before on my locks and it is dry. I was also told to hose it down about once a month. Looks like the main thing here is to keep it clean. Thanks Guys

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I did clean and lube the unit about once a year.  You use WD-40 to clean everything really well and once it all looks good again you use dry silicone spray to get rid of all of the WD-40!  I would do what I could see, crawl out and move forward just a tiny bit and do it again.  However, I would guess that this setup would work flawlessly without much intervention at all.  Driving though a rain storm likely cleans the connection very well.

Just be sure that when you connect/disconnect you are on flat ground.  We were on a fairly steep hill when we engaged the disconnect.  We disconnected the van from the RV and left the van on the hill.  The driveshaft must not have been fully engaged and as Janet walked away to help me park the RV the van rolled down the hill, jumped a 30 foot embankment, knocked over a huge propane tank and then crashed through the wall of the RV park office game room.  Needless to say, the 3rd van I mentioned we got due to this error on our part but we still had another Remco installed on that van.

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I have seen a couple cars roll when people disconnect and don't put it in park or use the parking brake. Not as bad as Bill's but it can happen if you arn't careful. :o

Bill

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Bill setting the Parking brake might have helped. However if you just put it in park with out setting the brake and your drive shaft is disconnected, park wont help much.:rolleyes:

Now back to the OP. The Remco Drive Shaft Disconnect for rear wheel drive vehicles is a very good unit to allow 2 wheel units to be towed 4 down. At one time they also made disconnects for front wheeled drive vehicles. However they were a real difficult to disengage and engage. Had to get on the ground under the unit for both shafts. I am not sure they still make them.

I have always wondered why someone hasn't come up with front wheel hub disconnects like the old 4 wheeled drives vehicles where all you had to do was turn the knob. I remember them on Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Jeeps. Maybe a replacement front hub could be made that could be adapted to connect to the CVC joint.

Herman

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You ar right Herman, just like some don't know there is no "park" in the allison transmission. Getting into the habit of doing it right and the same way will prevent a lot of problems. Not shure with Bill A's problem that sounds like a malfunction.

Bill

 

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As Bill stated they had reengaged the disconnect but felt like what happened was it wasn't fully engaged. Back then it was any thing but funny. However now, with no one getting hurt, we can all see the humor in the incident. Sorry Bill we aren't laughing at you but with you.

As Bill said Remco Disconnect is still a good product.

Herman

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Put Remco drive shaft disconnect on Nissan Exterra 12'  and have towed it 10K miles.  No problems! One word of caution, don't go to Campers World or RV dealers for install, go to a driveshaft specialist. On Nissan and other models driveshaft may have to be cut, welded and balanced on lath, most dealers can.t do it.  Drive Shaft King, in Dallas is the "go to guy" , mine was done in Marietta GA, by Drive Shaft Services. Highly Recommend

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8 hours ago, rlbarkleyii said:

Put Remco drive shaft disconnect on Nissan Exterra 12'  and have towed it 10K miles.  No problems! One word of caution, don't go to Campers World or RV dealers for install, go to a driveshaft specialist. On Nissan and other models driveshaft may have to be cut, welded and balanced on lath, most dealers can.t do it.  Drive Shaft King, in Dallas is the "go to guy" , mine was done in Marietta GA, by Drive Shaft Services. Highly Recommend

Yes, my drive shaft has to be cut and re-welded. I got a place here in Emlenton that is dealer approved . It will be lathe balanced and will even balance the front shaft. Thanks for the tip.

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