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Old 10-17-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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aladdin tow bar

can you get a repair kit for my aladdin tow bar it will only lock on one side

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Old 10-17-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Are you positive it is not locking? This is from the Blue Ox web site instruction manual for the alladin:
"In normal straight line towing conditions, both legs will be in tension. Due to the design of the latch, both handles will feel loose. During turning, braking or parking one or both of the legs may be in compression. This will make the handles feel stiff or tight. Due to parking on slopes or the angle between the coach and the car, the two locking mechanisms could be in compression or tension or any combination of the two. Having one lock in tension and one in compression may give
the operator the feeling that one leg is locked and one is not, when in fact whenever the legs are fully extended and the springs are holding the latch handles up, the legs are locked and ready to tow whether in tension or compression. "
If you are sure you have a problem give them a call, they have a maintenance program where you send your bar in for repair and they either fix and return or give you the bad news that is not repairable.

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
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I had the same problem and removed boots, cleaned everything and lubed the latching mechanism with WD-40 and reassembled with new boots. Everything works as it should. Probably just some dirt or dust getting mixed with the lube on the shaft. A good cleaning should get you going again.

Be sure to lube the extender tube prior to installation of either same or new boots.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #4
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You can get any parts you need from Blue Ox - jut give them a call or an email. Better yet, return it to them and they will rebuild it. Shipping is probably under $40, depending on where you are. Option #3: The Hitching Post of Ocala (FL) is an authorized Blue Ox dealer who does rebuilds right in their shop.
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