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Old 04-20-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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I have a 2008 Winnebago Sightseer with a Blue Ox hitch.and I just purchased a 2008 Saturn VUE. Can anyone recommend what I should buy to connect the VUE to the hitch.

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Sure, base plates and a two bar, plu an auxiliary braking system. Just which brand and type of each is probably more a matter of personal reference than anything else, though budget is a factor if you are willing to put up with one of the less elegant solutions.

Blue Ox, Roadmaster & Demco all make really excellent tow bars of the type that stores on the coach. The NSA Ready Brute with built in Ready Brake is also a contender. Brake systems can be either the portable type or one that is installed on the car, e.g. Brakemaster, Air Force 1, Etc. They all work pretty well, so its more a matter of the style that suits your needs best.
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I have a Saturn Vue Hybrid 2007.
Blue Ox base plate is invisible and tow bar is awesome.
Also have Brake Buddy Stealth on it.
Tows great
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I have a set of Roadmaster base plates if you're interested....
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I have a 2008 Winnebago Sightseer with a Blue Ox hitch.and I just purchased a 2008 Saturn VUE. Can anyone recommend what I should buy to connect the VUE to the hitch.

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Well, I hope your Vue is a manual transmission, as it is the only one in the Vue that can be tow'd 4 down.
So I am guessing that the "Blue Ox Hitch" you mention is in fact a Tow Bar?
So you will need a "Blue Ox" base plate! You can use another brand, but will have to purchase adapters to hook the two together!
And then you will have to hook a up a brake system, of your choice. Lots out there, so find the one that will suit your needs and budget!
Lots to read thru on here about the tow set up's! Rail!
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Well, I hope your Vue is a manual transmission, as it is the only one in the Vue that can be tow'd 4 down.
I've towed my auto trans 2008 Vue about 20,000 miles 4 down. The manual said I could but not over 65 mph. I use the Blue Ox system and SMI brake.
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I have an older 2003 "Rescue" Vue. (Manual tranny) . I have a Demco base plate and a Blue Ox Acclaim (2 inch ball) tow bar.

Whatever base plate and tow bar you decide on, make sure they are comparable... i.e. some tow bars have different mechanical ways of connecting to base plates.. Ask the question: Will this tow bar work with this base plate?...
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Well, I hope your Vue is a manual transmission, as it is the only one in the Vue that can be tow'd 4 down.
So I am guessing that the "Blue Ox Hitch" you mention is in fact a Tow Bar?
So you will need a "Blue Ox" base plate! You can use another brand, but will have to purchase adapters to hook the two together!
And then you will have to hook a up a brake system, of your choice. Lots out there, so find the one that will suit your needs and budget!
Lots to read thru on here about the tow set up's! Rail!
Not true
My Vue Hybrid can tow 4 down and has for many thousands of miles.
Run engine 5 minutes before each drive. Key in Acc. Pull one fuse. In neutral.
And go
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If you don't already have the towbar, consider the ReadyBrute Elite. It includes the supplemental braking system. Completely manual. However, if you mean "towbar" instead of "hitch" in your post, you probably want to disregard.

https://www.amazon.com/NSA-RV-Produc...+elite+tow+bar

We have this and love it. Would never go back to putting in and taking out the ReadyBrake "watermelon."

PS No matter which direction you go, you will still need a base plate specific to your Vue.
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Not true
My Vue Hybrid can tow 4 down and has for many thousands of miles.
Run engine 5 minutes before each drive. Key in Acc. Pull one fuse. In neutral.
And go
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I've towed my auto trans 2008 Vue about 20,000 miles 4 down. The manual said I could but not over 65 mph. I use the Blue Ox system and SMI brake.
Thanks for clearing this up! When I was looking for a toad, I was looking for a older one, (not a lot of money tied up) as we live full time in Thailand now, and vacation in the U.S. 1 to 2 months a year! I remember reading that the early models of the Vue, could only be towed 4 down with the manual transmission. I was going by the Motorhome Mag. toad guide. Sorry!
The 2002 (first year of the Vue) toad guide clearly states that the Vue can be towed with a manual transmission, and not with the automatic!
------Wt.--mph/limit--man.-auto-mpg/H/C--price new
VUE 3,232 65/None---Yes-- No-- 21/28-- $16,325


Not sure what year they changed it?
I did look up the 2008, and they don't list a manual transmission, just the auto, and it is towable 4 down! So my bad!

I settled on a 2001 PT Cruiser with the manual 5 speed. It has no MPH limit, no fuse to pull, just unlock the steering wheel, transmission in neutral, and go! Less than 3000 lbs., and don't even know it is back there! Rail!
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I towed a 2006 auto 4 down and had no issues... Did have to pull a fuse tho...
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See if you can find the September, 2008 issue of Motorhome magazine..... It has a great article about using a Saturn Vue as a tow...... Lots of detail about towing it 4-down.... I think you'll find it very informative.....
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