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Old 08-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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All Terrain vs Classic Tow Bar

Do I need an all terrain tow bar or is a classic OK.

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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We have a Classic as they call them now. So far it really hasn't been a problem but I just started towing four down again. Towed our '97 Jeep GC with it for years.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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Do I need an all terrain tow bar or is a classic OK.

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The primary reason for the use of an "All Terrain" tow bar is because many folks do camp in the "out back" or, dry camping or, remote camping, whatever anyone wants to call it, and, many times the relationship between the coach and the toad in terms of both being in a straight, level line, is not often seen when it comes time to disconnect.

And, with many non-all terrain type tow bars, in that predicament, they have tendency to be very difficult "release" and relieve tension between the coach and the toad.

The All-terrain style tow bars are constructed in such a manor that, it doesn't matter what the relationship between the toad and coach is, straight, one turned, one at a different level and turned (within reason), they'll still be somewhat easy to release tension and disconnect. However, the All-terrain units may be a bit higher in price due to the fact that they are easier to operate in less than straight-on conditions.
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I would primarily be using it in camp sites. I'm looking at a classic falcon 2 used once or a falcon all terrain that's had a bit more use. Price is about the same.

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I would primarily be using it in camp sites. I'm looking at a classic falcon 2 used once or a falcon all terrain that's had a bit more use. Price is about the same.

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I've had both. If the All Terrain is in good condition, and the price is the same, I'd recommend the All Terrain over the classic.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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We use the Roasmaster Sterling which is the classic version of the Sterling All Terrain. It's worked great for over 8 years and almost 100,000 miles. We've only had a couple incidences where the angle and elevation difference between the coach and towed vehicle has made disconnecting a bit of a problem. Even then a little wiggling of the right component and the process was accomplished without undue effort.

As I understand it the only difference between the classic and "All Terrain" bars is the angle the locking mechanism enters the extension bars. The earlier versions have a more square cut pocket in the bars and a square cut cam that drops into the pocket. When there's pressure on the locks they can be more difficult to disengage.

Either will work fine if not on exterme elevation or angle differences. Keep in mind however that the "classic" style was discontinued in 2005. That makes any one you find at least 8 years old and possibly as old as 12 years. Most people don't track the number of miles they use the bar so you have no idea whether it has been used for 10,000 miles or 100,000 miles like ours. If they're cleaned and maintained properly you cant tell an 8 year old one from a 12 year old one.

As I mentioned earlier ours is 8 years old. It was one of the last ones built before switching to the all terrain models. When I called Roadmster last year for a "rebuild kit" (which is nothing more than repalcement fiber and plastic washers and a couple bolts) they wanted the serial number. As it turned out ours is the only "classic" model they still have parts for. All things being equal I would opt for the all terrain version since it's obviously newer, is still supported, and less likely to have high mileage.
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I've had both. If the All Terrain is in good condition, and the price is the same, I'd recommend the All Terrain over the classic.
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Just bought the all terrain. Only used about 1000 miles and less than half the cost of new.

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