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Old 01-20-2015, 06:49 PM   #1
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Are tow bars interchangable?

We just acquired a 2002 Holiday Rambler Imperial 40PWD.

Right now, finances are a bit low, so we are considering four down towing our 02 Silverado K-3500. I understand it is a bit heavy, but should be do-able for awhile.

My question is: If we have a base plate installed on the truck, and buy a tow bar that can handle its size and weight, can we later use that same tow bar to tow a much smaller, lighter car. We know the base plate will not be re-usable, but hope that the tow bar will be. Trying to keep expenses down as much as we can.

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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Yes! You would need to buy new base plates. Make sure your hitch rating can handle the weight of the pick up.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:03 PM   #3
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I tow a 3000lb car with a 10,000lb bar!
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:58 AM   #4
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If you mean can a base plate made by Blue ox be used with a Roadmaster (or some other company) tow bar the answer is: Sometimes.

There are 3 ways it goes, depending on who made the base plate and who made the tow bar, also what MODEL base plate you have (And what model tow bar)

100% compatable.
Will work with an adapter (Way cheaper than a new bar/base)
Will not work together.

Alas, I am not good enough to give you a list.

True story (Short): When I went to get the baseplate installed, I told 'em I needed a Blue-Ox unit.. Another customer in the hitch store said "Oh, so Blue-Ox is the best, I responded that I had Blue-Ox tow bars so far as I was concerned it was the ONLY.

That said I do know several Roadmaster models work well with Blue-Ox or the other way around,, but I do not know which ones.
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Yes if the new base plate matches the tow bar, or the tow bar has interchangeable ends to accommodate various base plate vendors.
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My question is: If we have a base plate installed on the truck, and buy a tow bar that can handle its size and weight, can we later use that same tow bar to tow a much smaller, lighter car? We know the base plate will not be re-usable, but hope that the tow bar will be. Trying to keep expenses down as much as we can.
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Yes if the new base plate matches the tow bar, or the tow bar has interchangeable ends to accommodate various base plate vendors.
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IMO, that is the best, (and only), answer to Ken's simple question, (any other tow bar, and/or base plate, information is unnecessary "fluff").
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #7
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Ken, buy a 10k tow bar from Craigslist, Ebay, etc. and fabricate the mounts for your pickup. Utilizing the frame "horns" made this a very simple mod to perform to my Chevy 3500 & GMC 2500. When you acquire a smaller toad (car) purchase the baseplate for it and use your existing tow bar.


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Yes if the new base plate matches the tow bar, or the tow bar has interchangeable ends to accommodate various base plate vendors.
RoadMaster offers several different adapters, and I assume others do too.
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Yes I tow with a Blue Ox Aventa LX 10,000 tow bar and have Roadmaster brackets on both our tow vehicles and use a X over to fit the Roadmaster brackets and the reason I used the Blue Ox tow bar is the price was over $300 Below a 10,000 Roadmaster tow bar and I think the B O bar is just as good. I had to replace my Roadmaster because of wear, age and was to close to being undersized for our F150 at 5800 lb. Bought the B O tow bar new on EBay. Roadmaster also have X overs for the Blue Ox brackets. I also like the rubber covers on the B O tow bar arms to help keep the arms cleaner.
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