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Old 06-13-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Anyone use adapters for different brand towbar and baseplates?

I just bought a toad that is already setup for flat towing. It has a Demco baseplate on it. It is a "fixed" type of plate where the connection points are permanently exposed, not the hidden kind that seem to be prevalent with Roadmaster setups.

It is the type with two vertical prongs (with holes in them) on each connecting point. I imagine with a Demco towbar it has a single plate that goes in that slot (between the two prongs) and is fastened with a bolt. On the pictures of the Demco towbars I do not see a crossbar supplied with them.

I have a Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain towbar already that I plan on using. I'm just confused on if the connection is really as simple as just using the towbar (without crossbar) with Demco adapters on the end.

The reason is on the Falcon the connection is overly complicated IMO, but perhaps for a reason. I don't know why they chose to use those big beefy quick disconnect contraptions when it seems like it would be as simple as like BO or Demco do with a single bolt that could just retain the towbar to the baseplate (whether it is hidden two piece style or fixed exposed style). I just don't see why it has to have a special quick connect plate that is both mounted to the baseplate and one mounted to the crossbar.

Also, why is there a crossbar used on my Falcon but not on the Demco? Is there an advantage to the crossbar? Is the crossbar only needed to help stabilize the "hidden" style multi-piece baseplate setups and not the fixed single piece ones?

From the feedback the etrailer reps have posted online it appears you don't need to use a crossbar when using a Falcon towbar with a Demco baseplate, but I just want to make sure. I don't want to take any chances.

FYI the toad is a 2006 Grand Vitara, ~3,600 lbs. My natural guess would be that a crossbar was employed for heavier vehicles, but the Falcon setup with the crossbar was being used to tow a lighter Malibu prior to this. So my next best guess it is either for over-engineering or it has to do with the "hidden" style base plates since I don't see it employed on these others baseplate/towbar brands unless I'm mistaken.


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Old 06-13-2016, 08:59 PM   #2
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Demco dos not require a crossbar. But you can always give them and Roadmaster a call.

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The X bar is just for strength and I can't see why it's needed on small toads and may not be needed on larger toads, the Roadmaster brackets on square series can come XL or MX arms and the MX use pins like the Demco brackets use and no X bar, I would buy the Demco adapters and install on the Roadmaster tow bar.
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When we purchased our previous motorhome it came with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar. The shop that installed the baseplate on the toad only handled Blue Ox but they installed the adapters on the tow-bar. They told us that we didn't need the big extra crossbar as the Blue Ox baseplate is stronger than the Roadmaster. When the Falcon 2 started to show it's age we replaced it with a Blue Ox and now are 100% Blue Ox.

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I have a Blue Ox baseplate and use adapter ends on my Falcon 2 towbar. It works great. The adapters aren't that expensive. There is a cross bar on the Blue Ox baseplate but it is inside the bumper cover so you don't see it and it's all one welded piece with the baseplate. I would suspect the Demco could be the same. You could look online for pictures of it you can't see a cross bar on the car and then you would know if it has one. I have read that the lighter cars with unibody construction are not as strong at the baseplate attach points as say a truck with a steel rail frame so you may need a cross bar to provide a little more stiffness in the baseplate itself to prevent damage to the car frame and front suspension.
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We have a Road master baseplate on the Jeep and a Blue Ox towbar so we just changed the ends on the towbar. Simple solution.
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Demco and Blue ox have the cross bar built in behind bumper.Can buy adapters for all combinations.
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Originally Posted by hillman View Post
Demco and Blue ox have the cross bar built in behind bumper.Can buy adapters for all combinations.
Yes they do and Roadmaster also.


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