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Old 11-11-2010, 09:20 PM   #1
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Blue OX Aladdin tow bar

I have a Blue OX Aladdin tow bar and I have noticed when the bar is extended all the way (locked) there is a lot of "slop" in the bar. You can move it all over. Is this normal or is this thing worn out?
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My Blue Ox Aventa II had some slop in it when it was brand new. I've been towing with it three years and it hasn't changed any. I notice in my rear view camera my truck wanders just a little when I'm towing but nothing I'd be concerned about. I had some slop where my 8" riser mounted into the 2" receiver on the coach so I installed a Hitch Quieter on that and it's tight now.
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Doesn't sound normal to me & we have a Blue Ox Aventa LX.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:16 AM   #4
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When I bought a Blue Ox Aladdin in 1999 I noticed a very slight (normal) amount of movement in the arms when they were extended. Once a year I had the tow bar serviced by Blue Ox and each year the arm movement (or slop) got a little worse. In September I once again asked Blue Ox to service it at a rally and their technician said something like "Oh my goodness, those arms are getting ready to pop out. Your tow bar is unsafe."

So after 11+ years and 107,000 miles towing I decided it was time to replace it. Blue Ox gave me their "show price" for a new Aladdin, minus a $150 trade-in credit, minus another $60 discount for a quanity purchase. (A friend also bought one.)

The newest Aladdin tow bar has heavier arms than the old one and is much stronger and built to last. If it last another 11+ years and over 100,000 miles I will be happy.
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Norm I will have to check it again, wasn't too concerned before. How much is too much? I think I'll drop Blue OX a line also. Thanks for the heads up.
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Norm I will have to check it again, wasn't too concerned before. How much is too much? I think I'll drop Blue OX a line also. Thanks for the heads up.
If you're like me and extend the arms and check the movement and think "This is not normal", then it is probably time to replace the tow bar. I was at a large rally in September and Blue Ox had a sales booth and a technician doing service. When he looked at mine he said it was worn out and unsafe. (He didn't charge me the normal $25 service fee.)

I bought a new heavier weight Aladdin tow bar and it came with new safety cables and new pins. The technician brought it to my motorhome and installed it in the hitch and took my old one away. He said my old Aladdin would be returned to their plant in Nebraska and destroyed because it was unsafe to tow a car.

He told me an Aladdin tow bar should get 60K - 80K miles before needing replacement. Mine had 107K.
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