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Old 12-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Is everyone using the Blue Ox base plate for the 2008 Acadia? We purchased a 2008 Acadia today, contingent on the GMC dealer finding one equipped they way my wife wants it, i.e. with everything and in the color she wants!!

In looking at the Roadmaster base plate it appears to cut through a significant amount of the front bumper fascia, where as the Blue Ox version is more just through the lower grill area.

Is there much difference between the Blue Ox Aventa LX and the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All terrain tow bars? I understand that Roadmaster makes a version that fits the Blue Ox base plate.

I will also need to work out a brake system, but with my Journey, I lean toward an air driven system off the motor home. Any thoughtful suggestions there would be appreciated as well.
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Is everyone using the Blue Ox base plate for the 2008 Acadia? We purchased a 2008 Acadia today, contingent on the GMC dealer finding one equipped they way my wife wants it, i.e. with everything and in the color she wants!!

In looking at the Roadmaster base plate it appears to cut through a significant amount of the front bumper fascia, where as the Blue Ox version is more just through the lower grill area.

Is there much difference between the Blue Ox Aventa LX and the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All terrain tow bars? I understand that Roadmaster makes a version that fits the Blue Ox base plate.

I will also need to work out a brake system, but with my Journey, I lean toward an air driven system off the motor home. Any thoughtful suggestions there would be appreciated as well.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have used Blue Ox towbars and baseplates for the past 10 years. With that said however, I would still change companies' products if someone came up with a better looking or performing towing system.

On my 08 Acadia I purchased a Blue Ox baseplate and I think it protrudes less out the front than the other competitors' baseplate. One of my friends gave up two Demco towbars and went to BlueOx for that same reason.

For the auxillary braking system, I sold my nearly new EvenBrake by Brakemaster in favor of SMI's Air Force One after several contributors reviewed it, as well as a different friend trying out one of the first ones sold in my area. I liked the aspect of easy hookup and proportionality of the braking system. There is much discussion about the Air Force One in the archives here.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:15 PM   #4
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i started to purchase the Aventa, but went with the Blue OX, you hardly notice the cutouts in the lower grill. I also use the SMI wireless brake system, it works great and less to mess with with in the Acadia
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Where did you put the box for the wireless SMI system.
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I just had an SMI Air Force One installed on our '08 Acadia. Never had one before, but I really like the way it performed on our first trip this past week. Formerly used a Brake Buddy. Also use Blue Ox Aventa LX. Nice set up. FYI, the way the SMI was installed resulted in one more of the lower grilles being cut out to allow for easy access to the air and electric connections for the brake.
Look for a thread from a couple days ago where I mentioned a couple of things I learned in the process.
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when i have it in the Acadia, i just sit it on the rear floor behind the driver, it almost fits under the seat. when not need, disconnect 3 lines and store it elsewhere.
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