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Old 03-22-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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All terrain Blackhawk or blue ox

Trying to determine which one to go with. Towing 2010 gmc acadia. Any experience you have will be appreciated.
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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Go with the Blackhawk. Blue Ox used to be the best out there, but their quality has been steadily dropping. We've had three Blue Ox towbars and have found the joints are wearing faster and faster. I've had to shim the bolts with steel shim stock at as little as 45,000 miles. I've replaced the knuckles twice for wear and finally went with the Blackhawk. We've got about 35,000 on it and no sign of wear or banging as I experienced with the Blue Ox. I used to get my Blue Ox serviced annually by Blue Ox, and STILL had the wear problems.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:10 PM   #3
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I just retired my 10 year old 6k Roadmaster tow bar and got the Roadmaster BlackHawk 10k, what a difference.
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Black...-p/14-6289.htm
I did order from etrailer at this price plus I ordered this, what an EZ hook up.
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...er/RM-655.html
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:12 PM   #4
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thanks for the info. hoping I get somemore responsess.
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I can't speak for BlueOx, but I am more than pleased with Roadmaster!
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I can't speak about Roadmaster but I have had a Blue Ox Aventa for six years. I have had it serviced twice by Blue Ox. I have had no issues with it and it works great.
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I have a Blue Ox Avail. I have noticed some wear in the roughly 8,000 miles it has been used but my biggest concern is that the cross pin that secures the pin that holds the knuckles together will sometimes rotate while I am driving and become bound against the outside of the knuckle requiring significant force to twist it to an orientation where I can remove it. Occasionally the pin that links the knuckles together will also bind. My Wife would never be able to undo the pins when they bind and given a few more years I might not be able to do so either. I had to get a Blue Ox base plate as they were the only ones who made a baseplate that would fit my AEV Jeep Wrangler (AEV is a Chrysler Associated company that modifies Jeeps for greater Off road capability and they change out the entire front bumper and add a large winch). I really wanted a Roadmaster as I live 20 min from their HQ but had to go with Blue Ox. I only found out about the conversion adapter after I had purchased the towbar but when it does need replacing I will be replacing it with an all terrain Roadmaster.
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Both are good. Went with the RoadMaster because the factory was 20 miles from home, now they moved closer. Have the Sterling bar, BrakeMaster 9160 and naturally RoadMaster brackets.
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I've got the Blue Ox Aventa bars and baseplate - 13K towing a Grand Cherokee - no problems at all - took the rubber boots off to clean and lube - really didn't need it ...
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Have a Roadmaster Sterling and the Falcon All Terrain. The Sterling will bind occasionally. The All Terrain never has in the last two years.
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10,000# all terrain and love it
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Kathy and I have put about 35,000 miles on our Roadmaster All-Terrain Blackhawk 10,00 lb tow bar with the InvisiBrake. Has worked without issue towing our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500.


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