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Old 04-26-2019, 08:35 AM   #1
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Blue Ox near disaster, Great Outcome!

When I was prepping for out 3 week trip to TX from FL, I noticed a small separation between the two halves of the knuckle on our Blue Ox Avail towbar. No problem I thought.

So on our return trip I found this after driving some horrible roads outside Austin. Fortunately a fellow camper had the 1-1/16” Socket necessary to tighten the bolts which pulled everything back together. Note: this will be a new tool for my toolbox along with a Breaker Bar.

As a side note, I called Blue Ox and sent them pictures of the problem. As a result, they are FedExing me all new parts. Great Customer Service!

But the moral of this tale is that I should have tightened the bolts before I started the trip. This oversight could have been disastrous!
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Good to hear they are taking care of it.

Nice to see when companies realize that customer service is the differentiator in business.

Also nice to hear since we went with complete blue ox setup for our Toad last year
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Thanks-- I'll have to check our Avail next time I'm at the lot. We are scheduled to hit the road a week from now.
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Dan,

What are the red arrows pointing to? Is it a broken pin of some sort?
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Dan,

Blue Ox recommends a complete service every two years or 10,000 miles. We have been getting our Blue Ox service done every year at either the Tampa RV Show or a Newmar Rally. We drive more than 10,000 miles a year.

Next year I was thinking of doing the service myself since we are not sure we will be at rally. Also, Blue Ox raised the price quite a bit for tow bars over 5 years old.

Was wondering if you had your towbar serviced by Blue Ox or yourself anytime before this happened?
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I also get ours serviced yearly at Tampa or another rally during the year. Price has gone up, but still a bargain for peace of mind. Sorry to say, but Dan's looks like it's needed service for a while.
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All - I have played heck, finding anyone to service my Tow bar, Blue Ox sent me the names of several of their vendors, but none of them do it. I really would like to have this done, before we leave to pick up new coach. Anyone know of anyplace in GA/NC/SC/TN? Thank you in advance!
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What are the red arrows pointing to? Is it a broken pin of some sort?
The arrows point at the two broken bolts. They are fairly small so I assume they are used primarily for the installation...my guess.
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I also get ours serviced yearly at Tampa or another rally during the year. Price has gone up, but still a bargain for peace of mind. Sorry to say, but Dan's looks like it's needed service for a while.
I too have had our regularly serviced. I missed the opportunity at last years Tampa Super Show. So that put me about 15 months since my last service.
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All - I have played heck, finding anyone to service my Tow bar, Blue Ox sent me the names of several of their vendors, but none of them do it. I really would like to have this done, before we leave to pick up new coach. Anyone know of anyplace in GA/NC/SC/TN? Thank you in advance!
After having taken mine apart, this is something you could likely do yourself. The large bolt on the side is the one that adjusts the tension on the plastic washers. There are two “ceramic” discs inside the housing. The whole mechanism is really quite simple.

The parts are due to arrive on Tuesday. I will take addtional pics when I rebuild mine.
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That whole design scares me. As the plastic shim washers wear the clamping power diminishes.
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Price has gone up, but still a bargain for peace of mind.
Yes, I agree. We were happy paying the 30, 50 or even 75 dollars. Now that we are in the 5-8 year old category $125 seemed like a lot every year.

I went back to work for the summer after four years on the road. Guess we should just pay it also.

The Avail towbar and baseplates work very well for us. I would buy another Blue Ox. Did not like the Patriot 1 brake system we bought. They are on version 3 now. Maybe it is better.
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My parts arrived so I started the disassembly. Thought you’d like to see the parts:

#1 Is the Blue Ox replacement part...

#2 Is the breakdown

#3 Were the two main bolts...replacements are coming
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Do the parts come with instructions, torque specifications for the bolts, etc?
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