RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-29-2019, 12:36 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
fsudelt's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Forest City, FL
Posts: 755
Useful life of tow bar

We have had our current Blue Ox tow bar for about 4-5 years now. What should the useful life be on one, or how long do most keep one before replacing it?

Thanks!
__________________

__________________
Brian
2017 Dutch Star 4310 (bunks)
2018 Ford Explorer Platinum
Previous: 2010 Tiffin Allegro Red 38QBA
fsudelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-29-2019, 12:51 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
twojayhawks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Lenexa KS
Posts: 1,175
Doubt there is only one answer for this question. I don't full time & my NSA Ready Brute Elite is over 10 years old. It's in great shape & I'm not planning to replace any time soon. I did send it back 3 years ago to have it checked out etc.
__________________

__________________
Bill & Kelli 2015 Dutch Star 4366
2002 Safari Zanzibar 3906
1995 Fleetwood Bounder 36JD
twojayhawks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 36,397
I've seen on this forum that some manufacturers are refusing to rebuild some models after 10 years.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 Jeep JKU Dragon Edition
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 01:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Tranquil Jim's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 3,287
Most tow bars (Blue Ox included) are rated at about 8-10 years useful life. They can be rebuilt. If/when your tow bar starts to feel a bit loose/sloppy, it is time for a rebuild.

Our tow bar (Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain) is five years old with about 20K miles of towing on it. It is still tight and I inspect it annually for cracks, looseness, binding, etc. Here's a link to what Roadmaster recommends for its tow bars.

https://www.roadmasterinc.com/produc..._of_towbar.php

I suspect Blue Ox would probably make the same recommendation.

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047 + 2014 Honda CR-V "toad" w/AF1
Tranquil Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 01:02 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Stealth01's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: MidWest
Posts: 1,030
Interesting question... Blue OX does not have or provide an “Expected Life” figure! When I asked the question, their reply was “it depends...”. It depends on: How has it been Maintained/Used/Stored, How much weight does it pull, How many turns has it made (I found that one interesting), Have the washers been replaced when worn? I think the answer you seek will be found when the Tow Bar is inspected! I know I damn near had a heart attack when I found my 7 year old RoadMaster Tow Bar cracked!
__________________
Ken & Anita 2011 Newmar Essex,4522,Cummins 500 ISM,2013 CRV,RVI2 Brake with TPMS **Our Travel WebSite**
Stealth01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 01:20 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
fsudelt's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Forest City, FL
Posts: 755
Thanks everyone, I know it’s an open ended question but was curious on others. I’m attending the Newmar rally at Tampa RV show with the primary reason to have my Blue Ox tow bar serviced (as I have not yet had them look at it since purchase).
__________________
Brian
2017 Dutch Star 4310 (bunks)
2018 Ford Explorer Platinum
Previous: 2010 Tiffin Allegro Red 38QBA
fsudelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 02:01 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Prairieville, LA
Posts: 17
20 years plus

I have an old Demco tow bar era 1996. After 20 years, I called to see if they would refurbish. Their first question was what's wrong with it. Sent it in and completely overhauled for about $100, they paid shipping back. I figure I have 15 years or so left. Side note, this is old school heavy duty.
So, it depends.
__________________
2016 Ventana 4322
GMDLA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 02:23 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
TonyMac's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Layton, Utah
Posts: 2,878
My Blue Ox was over 20 years old when I replaced it. It was mounted on the front of my toad and covered for all of its life. It had a minor malfunction that did not result in a separation, but damaged the towbar, so rather than fix a 20 year old toad mounted towbar, I put an 8 year-old inherited RV mounted towbar into use.
__________________
Cheers,
TonyMac
2006 Monaco Safari Cheetah 40PMT
TonyMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 02:27 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
96 Wideglide's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 5,269
Quote:
Originally Posted by GMDLA View Post
I have an old Demco tow bar era 1996. After 20 years, I called to see if they would refurbish. Their first question was what's wrong with it. Sent it in and completely overhauled for about $100, they paid shipping back. I figure I have 15 years or so left. Side note, this is old school heavy duty.
So, it depends.
Is it an original 10K Excalibar?
I have one of these, don't think it's quite as old as yours, but, they built them like tanks !
__________________
Ben & Sharon
2008 43' Holiday Rambler Scepter PDQ
96 Wideglide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 06:05 PM   #10
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 3,629
I bought a used Excali-Bar - an oldie (1st edition) 10k model and then called Demco and bought the bushings to rebuild it myself. This was 2 years ago and quite a few miles. Seems to be very tight still. Has the release handles built into it.
__________________
Rick and Larrie Dee
1997 40' Newmar London Aire DP CTA 8.3 (Mechanical) 325 Spartan MM
Bringing her back to her glory.
'08 Jeep GC Overland.
RKins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 06:18 PM   #11
ptw
Senior Member
 
ptw's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 925
We have our tow bar inspected by Blue Ox every other year. It gets more expensive as it gets older. Last time they inspected it, they put a sticker on it with a date. Here are the rates they charge at events.

Service Pricing Tow Bars Aged 1-3 years – $50 Tow Bars Aged 3-5 years – $75 Tow Bars Aged 5-8 years – $125
__________________
Paul, Christy and Leap
2017 Dutch Star 4018, 2017 Jeep Wrangler
ptw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 06:42 PM   #12
mre
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 918
I had a 7500 lbs Blue Ox that only lasted 18 months and 11000 miles when it failed. Toad weighs about 4100 lbs. No real rough road driving like you find in northern Canada or Alaska. The passenger's side telescoping arm would not stay extended.
__________________
2018 Newmar Ventana 3407
2016 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk
mre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 08:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
fsudelt's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Forest City, FL
Posts: 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by ptw View Post
We have our tow bar inspected by Blue Ox every other year. It gets more expensive as it gets older. Last time they inspected it, they put a sticker on it with a date. Here are the rates they charge at events.



Service Pricing Tow Bars Aged 1-3 years – $50 Tow Bars Aged 3-5 years – $75 Tow Bars Aged 5-8 years – $125


You all going to be at the Tampa Show again? Hope all is well! Where have you all got your tow bar inspected in the past.
__________________
Brian
2017 Dutch Star 4310 (bunks)
2018 Ford Explorer Platinum
Previous: 2010 Tiffin Allegro Red 38QBA
fsudelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 10:12 PM   #14
"Formerly Diplomat Don"
 
Dutch Star Don's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Moorpark, Ca.
Posts: 14,315
I have the Roadmaster Falcon (10K rating). I've been a Roadmaster fan since day one. I had a Roadmaster All Terrain for several years, but needed a 10K tow bar. Roadmaster offered a trade in and gave me a great price for my All Terrain since it was in great shape.

The Falcon is now about 7 years old. I found that the center (main) pivot point was getting sloppy. While at Quartzsite last year, I took it to Roadmaster's rebuild booth. For $150, they made it like new again. I expect to get another 7 years.
__________________

__________________
Don & Mary
2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4018
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab
Dutch Star Don is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tow



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tow auto PT Cruiser with tow bar or tow dolly? woodnt Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10 04-07-2016 06:49 PM
Tow Bar Life Expectancy Gadget Man Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 35 01-16-2014 10:15 AM
LP Detector Useful Life esfritzi Class A Motorhome Discussions 14 03-04-2013 06:41 PM
Air bag useful life Lindenberg Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 5 11-28-2011 01:37 PM
Useful life of a 5th wheel hitch Half Dimes Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 7 11-07-2006 10:12 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×