Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-01-2016, 02:25 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
2 Stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Warren, Oregon
Posts: 1,719
$15.00 Difference, Tow Bar

We just got a new toad and the tow bar we have is a 6,000lb tow bar going on 10 years old. Ran the car across the scale and it weighs 5050lbs with me in it so it runs around 4850lbs.
Here are to 2 Tow Bars that I'm looking at, what one would you get and why or if you have one.
https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Fo...er/RM-576.html
$965.00
https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Fo...er/RM-422.html
$950.00
Roadmaster in Vancouver WA will be doing the mounting brackets and my InvisiBrake that I am removing from my Honda.
Your thoughts
2 stroker
__________________

__________________
2006 Country Coach Inspire 360 40ft Genoa Designer Series, Samsung 197 RR
Cat C9--STEEL & COPPER Bolt Together Radiator w/ updated rubber mounting
SilverLeaf 330 Magnum 2812 PSW 2011 Ford Edge Sport-Air Force One
2 Stroker 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 01-01-2016, 02:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mhudson's Avatar


 
American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Ninety Six SC
Posts: 223
I just recently went through the same thing. I would go with the 10K bar. You may want to tow something heavier in the future. I have a CRV and we had a 6K Sterling tow bar. I decided to set my Silverado PU to tow and it weighed in at 5500#. That was too close for comfort for me so I decided to go with the heavier 10K bar. Hopefully won't have to upgrade again!
__________________

__________________
Mike & Robin With Pups Amber, Daisy & Jeb
2005 American Tradition
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
2017 Chevrolet 2500HD
mhudson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 02:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,452
You may want to take a look at the BlueOx Avail. It is a steel, 10,000 lb bar but has a shorter turning radius than other set ups. Easier connect and disconnect.
I have dealt with Hitchsource and found them to be very good to deal with.

Blue Ox Avail 10,000 lb Tow Bar - By Blue Ox | HitchSource.com
__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 02:52 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Steve Ownby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,394
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2 Stroker View Post
We just got a new toad and the tow bar we have is a 6,000lb tow bar going on 10 years old. Ran the car across the scale and it weighs 5050lbs with me in it so it runs around 4850lbs.
Here are to 2 Tow Bars that I'm looking at, what one would you get and why or if you have one.
https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Fo...er/RM-576.html
$965.00
https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Fo...er/RM-422.html
$950.00
Roadmaster in Vancouver WA will be doing the mounting brackets and my InvisiBrake that I am removing from my Honda.
Your thoughts
2 stroker

I've been very happy with the Sterling. I didn't know that the rating had been increased from 6k to 8k.
__________________
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 02:53 PM   #5
Senior Member


 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2,384
2 Stroker-

I have the Sterling. It's (partially) made of aluminum, is said to weigh 35 pounds (feels heavier to me), and is listed as rated for 8,000 pounds. The Blackhawk is made of steel, weighs 42 pounds, and is listed as rated for 10,000 pounds. Otherwise, they appear to be similar in construction and features.
__________________
Mark
2008 Holiday Rambler Admiral 30PDD (Ford F-53 chassis)
2009 Honda Fit Sport
l1v3fr33ord1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,417
I've used a Sterling towbar since early 2005 on our '05 Honda Odyssey with never a problem. RoadMaster installed the whole unit other than the brake unit and wiring. WE have the older unit that was only rated for 6,000#'s and the Ody is listed as 4,400#'s but I've loaded it to the gills and towed it with no problems.
BUT, if I was buying again I'd go with a 10,000# one.
__________________
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 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 04:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
2 Stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Warren, Oregon
Posts: 1,719
Thanks everyone for the replies. I went on to Amazon and they have the wt of the Sterling at 67lbs, that must be everything.
I like the way you remove the cables plus I did call Roadmaster and they said they did more testing on it an upped the tow rating on it.
I think this will be our last toad so I just want to get it right the first time.
2 stroker
__________________
2006 Country Coach Inspire 360 40ft Genoa Designer Series, Samsung 197 RR
Cat C9--STEEL & COPPER Bolt Together Radiator w/ updated rubber mounting
SilverLeaf 330 Magnum 2812 PSW 2011 Ford Edge Sport-Air Force One
2 Stroker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 10:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
dons2346's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,477
Floyd, get the Blackhawk, trust me on this. Make sure it is the all terrain model.
__________________
Don
2002 Country Coach Intrigue
dons2346 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2016, 10:22 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Steve Ownby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,394
Quote:
Originally Posted by dons2346 View Post
Floyd, get the Blackhawk, trust me on this. Make sure it is the all terrain model.

Any particular reason?
__________________
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2016, 08:07 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,333
Personally I would go for the Sterling. We had a Sterling (not the All Terrain model) for 10 years and over 120,000 miles before it had to be replaced. The only reason it was replaced is that it was damaged in an accident.

The Jeep we were towing was rear ended by a kid driving a good 75 mph while texting. We were doing slightly under the 65 mph speed limit. As you can see it didn't survive the accident, but didn't let go either.

I especially like the built in channels for the wiring harness and safety cables. It makes hookup and storage less time consuming.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF6975.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	452.8 KB
ID:	115481  
__________________
Hikerdogs
2013 Adventurer 32H
Hikerdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2016, 12:09 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
dons2346's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,477
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Ownby View Post
Any particular reason?
I used a Sterling for about 100,000 miles and now have 100,000 on a Blackhawk. The Sterling was serviced by Roadmaster a number of times as the BH has. In case of the Sterling, it required more repair which Roadmester now charges for. The BH has had nothing done to it other than cleaning and lube. The weight difference is minimal.
__________________
Don
2002 Country Coach Intrigue
dons2346 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2016, 12:19 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,333
Quote:
Originally Posted by dons2346 View Post
I used a Sterling for about 100,000 miles and now have 100,000 on a Blackhawk. The Sterling was serviced by Roadmaster a number of times as the BH has. In case of the Sterling, it required more repair which Roadmester now charges for. The BH has had nothing done to it other than cleaning and lube. The weight difference is minimal.
In 120,000 miles our Sterling was serviced once by me. The total cost was $30.00.
__________________
Hikerdogs
2013 Adventurer 32H
Hikerdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2016, 12:25 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Steve Ownby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,394
Quote:
Originally Posted by dons2346 View Post
I used a Sterling for about 100,000 miles and now have 100,000 on a Blackhawk. The Sterling was serviced by Roadmaster a number of times as the BH has. In case of the Sterling, it required more repair which Roadmester now charges for. The BH has had nothing done to it other than cleaning and lube. The weight difference is minimal.

I bought my first Sterling in '03. It was pre "all terrain ". I used it about 100k miles with two different coaches. I put a set of bushings in it and sold it on eBay for $270 and bought a slightly used Sterling All Terrain on eBay for $400. The only issue I ever had was solved by the all terrain design.

I certainly have no negative idea about the Blackhawk but the Sterling has served me well.
__________________
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2016, 12:30 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
mhudson's Avatar


 
American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Ninety Six SC
Posts: 223
I used the Sterling for 3 years. when I started using the Blackhawk there was no difference that I could tell. Both have the channels for the electrical cabling and if you are using the quick connect safety cables they will fit also. I had to go with a larger safety cable with large hooks to get the 10K rating but I just tie wrapped them to the stationary part of the bars where the channel is at. That keeps them as neat as if they were inside the channels. Really can't tell much difference other than the Blackhawk is a heavy duty version of the Sterling. Not any difference hooking or unhooking either the CRV or the Truck. You are not mounting and unmounting the towbar from the receiver on the motorhome so weight difference is hardly noticeable. I personally like the extra capacity of the Blackhawk.
Heck its even $15 bucks cheaper for an additional 2K capacity.
__________________

__________________
Mike & Robin With Pups Amber, Daisy & Jeb
2005 American Tradition
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
2017 Chevrolet 2500HD
mhudson 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 dolly or tow bar barbmc2929 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 36 07-11-2015 11:59 PM
Jeep JKU, after market bumper & tow bar MoHoGo Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 11 04-14-2015 06:33 AM
Tow bar for 99 Jeep wrangler stevertx Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 17 10-07-2014 08:20 AM
Blue Ox Aventa tow bar bad1032 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 16 09-15-2014 10:12 PM
Tow Bar and Brake Solutions? Ron_H Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 7 06-06-2014 08:46 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.