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Old 10-29-2013, 11:26 PM   #43
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I'm with most people about hooking up the tow vehicle. You must do everything that you are comfortable with, to insure the vehicle is hooked up correctly. But I someone complexed when a couple of responders wrote, "That they turned in the direction of the unlocked bar." I always turn opposite of the unlocked bar to make it extend. Now I'm wondering if I doing it wrong? I can use the Blue OX braking system in the toad to give me any braking that I need to hold the toad while I pull forward slightly to lock the bars.
This has really got me thinking about it.
As I read your post I started thinking, like you, and said to myself. If the wheel is turned in the direction of the unlocked bar, then when moving the MH forward there will be a resistance on the unlocked bar as the wheel tries to straighten out. This should cause the arm to extend.

Hmm! Just thinking out loud. Besides, the Blue Ox video states to do it that way, and the manual. But I still thought about it.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:54 PM   #44
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Been there, done that on application of Emer. Brake. We do hookup and pull ahead, DW knows to watch and check to make sure that both sides are locked, I always seem to lead off driving each day (she hates parking lots and close quarters).
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:28 PM   #45
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can't find any instructions on the web site?

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The rubber bellows are available from almost all Blue Ox dealers. They are rather inexpensive and fasten on with zip ties. I removed the end bracket to make it easier to slide back on after cleaning and lubing the rod. Check
Blue Ox's website for instructions.

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I'm curious where the Blue Ox website describes lubrication and/or other maintenance?? I couldn't find anything there.. do you have a specific link you'd be willing to share?
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Hi Statgeek,

A picture is worth a thousand words. This link comes off of the Blue Ox web site and points to this video:

How To Service Blue Ox Tow Bar
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is this what you found?

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I'm curious where the Blue Ox website describes lubrication and/or other maintenance?? I couldn't find anything there.. do you have a specific link you'd be willing to share?

I did a little more digging on the BlueOx webpage, and in their "articles" section I did find this text:

"Maintenance
Check to insure the legs of collapsible tow bars latch properly and adjust them according to the instructions provided with the unit from the manufacturer. The two biggest contributors to premature wear on tow bar parts are loose bolts, which allow excessive movement between mating parts, and miss-adjusted leg latches, which allow too much for/aft movement while towing.
Some tow bars are equipped with a rubber boot which protects the inside legs from dirt and water. If a tow bar is "sticky" or the legs do not slide in and out easily follow these simple steps. Remove the small cable ties holding the rubber boots on the legs and slide the boots back. Wipe clean each inside leg and apply a light coat of multipurpose grease to insure smooth operation. Secure each boot back in place with an 8-inch nylon cable tie.
Tow bars with exposed legs require a closer watch. Since they are not protected, dirt and road grime can get into the latches and actually cause them not to latch properly.
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BlueOx didn't make any specific recommendation in the above text RE what kind of lubricant, but they do say "multipurpose grease."

If anyone finds more details than this, please post. My BlueOx is almost a year old and it has been performing flawlessly. I want to keep it that way!
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Lithium grease is used in the video.
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A picture is worth a thousand words. This link comes off of the Blue Ox web site and points to this video:

How To Service Blue Ox Tow Bar
This is excellent info. They go through a complete disassemble and reassemble.


How often do you really think this is necessary, assuming that there aren't any obvious problems? I wonder how long the nylon washers last, and how often (if ever) you need to re-tighten the nuts, given no problems? I lean towards the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, but I am also a firm believer in preventative maintenance.. Thoughts?
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I refuse to post what I don't do as people start hollerin' at me.

I believe the manual states to grease it once a year - but don't quote me on that.
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I refuse to post what I don't do as people start hollerin' at me.

I believe the manual states to grease it once a year - but don't quote me on that.
I often get hollered at for what I do, not what I don't do!
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This is excellent info. They go through a complete disassemble and reassemble.

I lean towards the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, but I am also a firm believer in preventative maintenance.. Thoughts?

I'm of simular mind, "If it ain't broke, then let me work on it, I can remedy that"
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