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Old 05-10-2008, 10:10 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bald Eagle:
Man! You guys really got me thinking.

I'm kind of anal about checking my towbar and hitch at every stop but I have never crawled under to check the base plate mounting bolts. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Same here.

Anybody know off hand what torque setting Roadmaster recommends for their baseplates? Not sure I can locate it.

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About nine years ago, I looked in the rearview mirror of my Discovery motorhome. I was surprised to see my Honda Odyssey trying to pass me. Though road was narrow, I managed to get stopped safely. One arm had dropped off the car. The remaining arm hyperextended and locked. Since the towbar fits in the receiver and not on a ball, rotation was limited and the toad did not contact the motorhome.

It appears the click pin had fallen out and the arm dropped on the one side. I do not know if this was a mechanical failure or an operator error., though I suspect the latter. I was very, very fortunate. No one injured, slight damage, and Blue Ox rebuilt towbar for cost of shipping.

Learned a few things:

1. Don't talk to people when they are hooking up. You distract them and their routine. This had happened this day. If you are interrtupted, start your departure routine all over again.

2. Check, doublecheck and recheck

3. Know when we hear these stories, but for the Grace of God this isn't our story.

I know these things can happen to any of us.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:25 AM   #17
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I just installed a Blue Ox baseplate on a new Ford Explorer and used the red loctite on bolts as recommended in the instructions. Nevertheless, I will frequently check the bolts.

I also tried to install the included short safety cables to the frame of the Explorer (Blue Ox now includes 2 vinyl-coated safety cables with a chain link to attach the base plate to the frame of the vehicle). There was just no way to do this as shown in their diagrams. I plan to call Blue Ox to see if they have other suggestions....either need longer cables or fashion something with chains.
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Gary my last 2 Roadmaster baseplates had those safty cables included.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jestme13:
Gary my last 2 Roadmaster baseplates had those safty cables included. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

So does my 6 year old Roadmaster's but they attach to the brackets, not the frame. Both BlueOx and Roadmaster have changed their instructions and procedures to attach the short cables to the frame. No need to mention why.

Quoting Roadmaster, "The safety cables must connect the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle frame to frame, with the cables crossed, with enough slack for sharp turns. Refer to the cable instructions for proper routing. Failure to leave enough slack in the safety cables, or failure to connect the safety cables frame to frame, will result in the loss of the towed vehicle."

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That's the one problem with the Honda CR-V; You have to take the front end apart to get a socket on any of the bolts..
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