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Old 05-17-2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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14 CRV newbie toad setup question

We just bought an RV that comes with a Roadmaster Sterling towbar. I have looked at the Roadmaster and Blue Ox baseplates for the 14 CRV and it looks like the Blue Ox is a cleaner install. Is there any incompatibility with getting a Roadmaster towbar connected to a Blue Ox base plate?

This is probably a pretty green question, but i have not found anything the spells it out for me yet.

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Old 05-17-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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New Roadmaster tow bars can be purchased to fit Blue Ox base plates. I don't know if older ones can be adapted to fit.
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No problem with adapting them, but there are different brackets for the CR-V. One has an external crossmember, one doesn't. I converted mine from the crossbar to non. Very clean looking as the connections are small and easily removed.
The external crossbar is needed if you're going to mount some of their rock deflectors. I wasn't so changed over.
The RoadMaster website has the details and pictures.
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We have the Roadmaster installed on our '13 CRV. Very neat and clean installation.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:59 AM   #5
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I bought an RV that came with a Road-master tow bar. My CRV had a Blue Ox plate. The "adapters" to make a connection cost more than a used Blue Ox tow-bar, and would have required a shop and some hydraulic press work to modify. Bought the used Blue Ox and sold the Road-master. Pretty much a wash.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:24 AM   #6
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I just put a Roadmaster on a 2014. The Roadmaster EZ4 is much like the Blue Ox. I elected to use one that utilizes the cross bar. The cross bar raises the connection point enough that I do not have to use a drop hitch. If your motorhome hitch is low enough, Roadmaster has one that does not use a cross bar.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:38 AM   #7
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I have a Blue Ox baseplate and use a Roadmaster all terrain Falcon towbar with Blue Ox adapters on it. It didn't require any special tools to install the adapters.
Here are the adapters I think you would use for your Sterling tow bar to the Blue Ox base plate. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories.../RM-031-5.html
I thought the Blue Ox baseplate was a little better design and install for my CRV and on my previous toad I had a Blue Ox baseplate that I liked so I stayed with Blue Ox.
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Just wanted to add a tip. We had constant problems with our battery going dead during tows. We replaced the OEM battery, which appears to be better suited to a riding mower, with the battery and tray for a Honda Odyssey. No more dead battery after that mod. I believe the size is 34F. I got the tray from Ebay.
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