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avan

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This question is for those who have used more than one brand of tow bar or have done deep pro/cons investigation of various brands.

I’ve FT for 18 yrs and flat towed four of those years. I used a Blue Ox setup with their auto stop feature. I found it very easy to use but have never had experience with any other brand. The only negative I found was that when traveling, it was not worth the effort for me to remove those 6-8” connection ‘prongs’ that stuck out the fron of the toad. They were ugly, I always worried what might happen if someone backed into one in a parking lot since they w ere the forward most protrusion. And My shins got whacked more than once when I forgot they were there.

So after having been living and cruising on my boat fulltime, I’m now selling it in favor of going back on the road. So I need to buy a suitable 4 down toad and set it up for towing and hence my looking for advice from those who can make first hand comparisons and recommendations for set up. I liked the auto stop which I think is similar to something Roadmaster offers. I once had and out of frustration thru in the campground trash the Brake Buddy system.

Your thoughts and why please.


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I use a ReadyBrute Elite tow bar, that has an integrated mechanical auxiliary braking system, coupled to a Blue Ox base plate. It only takes a moment to pull on the captive pins and twist to remove the "horns" when I disconnect. I insert a pair of rubber plugs to keep out dirt and debris. Over the years I have worked with Roadmaster and Demco base plates and still find the Blue Ox "horns" the simplest to remove and replace.


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Posted: 05/07/20 04:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a Jeep Wrangler for the toad, Ready Brute Elite tow bar and brake combo, and a Roadmaster Falcon2 EZ5 base plate. Easy, foolproof, and no power requirements by the Jeep when being towed.


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I just removed my "prongs". problem solved. not as ugly as some other types of hookup.
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Look at the newer options I replaced an older roadmaster setup with new because I could eliminate pins and crossbars on a Jeep I have, now it’s the wire, safety chain and tow bar and two twist lock knuckles to pull out and I’m done, I use rubber plugs to fill the holes


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The newer Blue Ox base plates with the twist and snap pin receivers are real nice. But you have to remove them. If you leave them in like some people do with a trailer hitch they will rust in place.


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I've settled on a blue ox base plate for my Colorado with a Ready Brute Elite towbar. It is the best all around setup I have found and I would recommend you go this direction. I did my own install of everything. I just leave my prongs mounted on the truck. They don't rust or loose their shine where I live.


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Thank all. This forum has improved in the past few years. Post requesting info on tow bars with 5.5 responses on point and only 1/2 post telling me what tow vehicle to buy! ??

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I bought the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar because it is much cheaper than the new all-aluminum Ascent. The Ascent is rated to tow a little more weight than the Alpha, and is about ten pounds lighter. I didn’t think those two improvements were worth the cost. I have since found out that the locking mechanism was also upgraded to include a no binding feature. If you park on a slope and try to disconnect the Alpha the lock can bind up, and make it impossible to release. You have to remove the pressure on the tow bars to get it to release. Still may not be worth the extra money, but if it binds up on me, I’m sure I will wish I paid the extra money for the Ascent.

* This post was edited 06/29/20 01:20am by SamanthaNichols *

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