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Old 12-14-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Blue Ox Aventa LX Failure w/ F150

Had a failure on I-75 about 400 miles into our trip today. Noticed a weird miss or seeming surge of the engine while going down hill, asked the DW if she noticed, she said yes she felt something, then checked the rear view camera to see the F150 resting on the rear of the motorhome. I immediately thought the bars fell off and slowly and carefully pulled over and stopped. Got out and the F150 was against the ball on the Aventa LX. Only minor damage to the truck bumper.

I think either the baseplate to tow bar pin sheared or it fell out of the passenger side lug. I had just checked after fueling about an hour prior and it was fine. Again we were about 400 miles in without issue. It was quite windy today. The passenger bar had somehow fell, flipped over and ground against the ground.

Will call Blue Ox in the morning and see what can be done. Frightening to say the least. Could have been much much worse!

Please be careful out there!
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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Thank you for the post. Have the same set up with F150. Always keep an eye and have a concern with the pins. Have replaced the things (not sure of proper part name) that the pins connect to with the base plate couple times cause I just didn't like the way it looked.
Please let me know what you find out. Thanks
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I had the same thing happen to me. My pin did not drop but he cotter pin was gone. Don't know what happened. We did not come unhooked, but I immediately replaced the standard pins with the ones that lock. I hear a click, I know there is a solid connection.
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What is the distance between the tow pins on the F150?
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I think your talking about the Lynch pin. It keeps the main pin from sliding out.

Mine has a round ring that flips over, but it ony works one way.
one time i found it missing but the main pin was still there.
The only thing i can think of is that I flipped it the wrong way.

Ard yours likd that?

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I'm thinking it was our second outing when I went to disconnect and the main connection pin was just about to fall out. The retaining pin was gone. Using different pins now and haven't lost another.
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Would someone be able to post a picture of the retaining pin replacement? Thanks in advance.
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eTrailer has them. I pull the truck in my sig with the same towbar, no pins lost to date and it has been many miles. I would not call it a failure since the bar is still there. The arms on the bar do not look like they are extended, or at least mine go farther out on mine. They do sell a pins that take a key, not sure how well work as I don't own any.

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Replacement 1/2" Retaining Pins with Clips for Blue Ox Tow Bars - 2 Pack Blue Ox Accessories and Parts BX84-0140

If you need the pin with the ring on it, I saw them at Lowe's in the Specialty Fasteners drawers, not sure how much they wanted for them.
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Had a failure on I-75 about 400 miles into our trip today. Noticed a weird miss or seeming surge of the engine while going down hill, asked the DW if she noticed, she said yes she felt something, then checked the rear view camera to see the F150 resting on the rear of the motorhome. I immediately thought the bars fell off and slowly and carefully pulled over and stopped. Got out and the F150 was against the ball on the Aventa LX. Only minor damage to the truck bumper.

I think either the baseplate to tow bar pin sheared or it fell out of the passenger side lug. I had just checked after fueling about an hour prior and it was fine. Again we were about 400 miles in without issue. It was quite windy today. The passenger bar had somehow fell, flipped over and ground against the ground.

Will call Blue Ox in the morning and see what can be done. Frightening to say the least. Could have been much much worse!

Please be careful out there!
Thank you posting the photo's Sorry to hear of your predicament. The best part of your story is that no one was injured and from you description there was only minor damage.
Don't get me wrong I am not saying your at fault, some thing failed bottom line.
Good Luck getting your vehicles repaired.
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Great posts......


I have a habit of checking our tow equipment EVERY TIME we stop at a rest area. One time we stopped for lunch after about a 4 hour drive and as usual I walked past the toad and checked.......all looked good. After lunch we started to get back on the coach and when I walked past the tow bar I noticed ONE of the Lynch pins missing. I was 99.9 % sure it was there before we left the coach for lunch.


I still find it hard to believe someone would intentionally pull that pin. It has made us even more attentive to our surroundings when we leave the coach for a short time ....even when we are fueling up.


Luckily I always carry extra tow pins and Lynch pins.
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Great posts......


I have a habit of checking our tow equipment EVERY TIME we stop at a rest area. One time we stopped for lunch after about a 4 hour drive and as usual I walked past the toad and checked.......all looked good. After lunch we started to get back on the coach and when I walked past the tow bar I noticed ONE of the Lynch pins missing. I was 99.9 % sure it was there before we left the coach for lunch.


I still find it hard to believe someone would intentionally pull that pin. It has made us even more attentive to our surroundings when we leave the coach for a short time ....even when we are fueling up.


Luckily I always carry extra tow pins and Lynch pins.
Same thing happened to us!
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Looks like the driver side pin is inserted from the outside in with the locking pin on the inside. In a sharp turn the safety cable can hook the ring on the locking pin and unlock it. I assume you had the passenger side pin installed the same way.

Always insert the pin from the inside with the locking pin on the outside. Not saying that's what happened in your case but it's a definite possibility.
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Hello steined

When we were visiting Blue Ox factory a year ago, the technician told us to place the Lynch Pin on the opposite side from the safety cable hookup point. Same thing for those Blue Ox Base Plate attachment tab assembly. He said that they had reports that the safety cable clamps or the hook could possibly unhook that lynch pin as you drove.
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These are the type of pins we use ( same as OP ). You need to physically lift the ( spring ) ring then pull the pin.


Roadmaster Linch Pins (Qty 2) Roadmaster Accessories and Parts RM-910024


IMHO.......these should NOT be used

https://jet.com/product/detail/cdc04...FZI8gQod9skL6w



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