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Old 02-09-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Best tow bar system?

We're brand new RV'rs and shopping for a tow system for our 99 Dutch Star. Anyone have suggestions on what we should get? They seem so expensive!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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What are you towing? A inexpensive effective choice for towing up to 8000lbs is the Ready Brute elite. A tow bar with a built in surge brake for about 900, add 3-400 for a face plate and about 5-600 for install. You can't get a good system for less than that unless you buy it used.
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Thanks! An 03 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We keep hearing about the M & G with the Blue Ox tow bar Estimate is around $3,000 Yikes!
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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check out these guys Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories
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X2 on Roadmaster.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:44 AM   #6
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Stargazer, dont know where you live but i have see some really good buys on towbars on craigeslist, buy new baseplates amazon,ebay ,etrailer,stay away from rv dealers and install baseplates yourself not hard, you save a bunch of money...good luck
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Roadmaster Sterling all-terrain for my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2014. Easy for anyone to handle. Should be well under $2,000 installed.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:41 PM   #8
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There are at least 4 parts to your question.

1. Tow bars can be found used.
2. Brake systems, in the tow bar, or floor mounted, electric powered, to air pressure off the coach. We have and really like the M&G air system.
3. Base plate system, and you can find them used and do your own install.
4. Lighting systems, from cheap magnet units to extra added bulbs and separate wires, to a system of diodes and controllers.
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If you have time and are handy you can buy used baseplates and tow bar on eBay or the classified part of this blog and have it done by spring In most cases its a straight forward job, look it up on uTube and watch the video decide for yourself if you can handle the work. I seem to remember when I did my first toad, the whole job Roadmaster tow bar baseplates breaks and bunny ear lights for way less than $1000.00
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Thanks for the suggestions! Sounds like eBay and Craigslist may be a good start!
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X2 on the ReadyBrute, way less that $3K, and has built in breaking system.

Also check the classifieds on this site, I think I remember some systems advertised lately.
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I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite system from NSA RV Products. It has the built-in ReadyBrake and is rated at 8000 lbs.
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Up until last Friday we were using a Roadmaster Sterling towbar. We got over 100,000 miles out of it without any problems. The Sterling has been replaced by the Sterling All Terrain which will be our next purchase.

I can tell you the Sterling was one tough tow br. Last Friday the Jeep we were towing was rear ended driving south on I-57 in Illinois. The guy that hit us wasn't paying attention and hit the Jeep at about 70 mph while were traveling down the road at a little over 60 mph. The tow bar collapsed but held everything together while we made our way off the road. I have to say I was definitely impressed with it's performance.
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Ready brute. Much cheaper with excellent performance
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