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Old 08-24-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Blue Ox or Roadmaster?

I know...I did a search and there are many threads on this topic. However, there is one I can't find. A comparison of the two. Why should I buy one over the other? Which model should I use? I will be towing a Jeep Wrangler.

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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Ford or Chevy?
Friend had Blue Ox and liked it, I have a RoadMaster and like it. He got the Blue Ox at am FMCA rally and got a great deal. I went mail order but got RoadMaster because the factory was 20 miles from home. Now they moved to WA and are even closer as is WheelMaster, which they own.
RoadMaster does Finite Elemental Analysis for stress, not sure about Blue Ox as I've never looked at them, Demco also does the modeling.
Also, as an engineer (transportation engineer) myself I appreciate the extra strength that the crossbar adds to a RoadMaster. Yes, it's ugly but the extra support for the toweds frame is helpful in my book.

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:38 PM   #4
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I can't help you with a comparison but have used the Blue Ox Adventa tow bar for over four years now and it's been flawless. I also use their bike rack and drop hitch. Their stuff sure seems to be bullet proff to me.... not including the problems they've had with the Tru Center.

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Maybe just because I'm so cheap, but I'd go for the best deal to decide? Criterea for decision much easier to decipher. Mine came from Craigslist, at less than half of what it would have cost new?

If I had to go new, I wouldn't go with either. I'd go with the Ready Brute, to get the built in brake system...
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I have had Roadmasters for the last 11 years with no problems. I am currently using the All Terrain and it is easy to hook up and unhook. The spreader bar adds strength to the setup. Blue Ox seems to break the fingers off at the connection point every once in a while but the parts come off easily so it doesn't show. I just leave mine on and don't worry about looks.
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We went with a Blue Ox Aventa II. Very scientific reason why....

Bought it on Craigslist for $170

Joking aside we have only used this tow bar but no problems to report. The toad had a baseplate when we bought it. I really don't know what make but it all connected perfectly so I assume it was either a Blue Ox or they are all universal enough to work.

If it was a Roadmaster on Craiglist we probably would own one of them. I think that as long as it is a good known brand name they are held accountable for safety and if there was any problems you would have heard about it right here.
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Since the base plate and how it attaches to the frame it the most important link in the chain and base plates are specific to each vehicle, how are you going to compare??
The height match between the base plate attachment points for the tow bar and the height of the tow vehicle hitch receiver is different for each base plate. Get the one that matches up best for the height of your tow vehicle hitch receiver.
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I have used a blue ox since 1993, with zero problems.
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Jerry and Shirley Leonard from Blue Ox PLUS a fully stocked trailer and Technician will be supporting the 2011 iRV2.com National Rally at the Bethpage Campground in Urbanna, VA. I believe that they will be coming in from having attended the PRVCA Show in Hershey, PA. I understand that Jerry & Shirley live close-by so this is going to be a good event for them.

They will have a booth setup in the Activities Center and will be presenting 4 separate seminars beginning on Monday morning after our fully catered breakfast.

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My first one was a Roadmaster, six years ago, installed new. Often had problems removing pins to unhitch, even on level flat ground. No problems with hitching up. Three years ago, added towing to new vehicles, used Blue-Ox. Night and day difference. Effortless hitching and unhitching, no stuck pins, even on less than flat ground. Were I to do it again (and probably will), it will be Blue-Ox.

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I used a Roadmaster, Stowmaster 5000 for years on 3 different cars. My Saturn came with a Demco Excalibar 8000 lb with an adaptor to the Roadmaster base plates. Sold the Saturn with the Stowmaster, kept the Excalibar and it is now on the Odyssey with Demco base plates. I like it a lot the Base plate is hardly noticeable.
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Regarding Blue-OX or Roadmaster for the tow bars.. I can not thing of a single TECHNICAL reason to choose one over the other.. So I will give you two other reasons.. Alas neither of these is really a recommendation though, just a consideration:

I know the Blue Ox tow bars (The two good ones) both stow on the motor home. All that is left on the towed is the base plate and the connection there. I rather like this.

These systems the tow bar connects directly to the receiver on the MH.. There is no "hitch adapter" though a drop hitch adapter may be needed.

Roadmaster makes some systems that stow on the towed, they are (usually) designed to hook to a standard ball hitch on the motor home. Again the drop adapter may be needed.

IF you plan on carrying bicycles on the motor home.. And do not need a rise/drop adapter, the blue ox units limit your choices of hitch mounted tow racks.. (Not that this is a problem)

Personally.. I like the ones that stow on the house, not the car.

Now, the other consideration:

What does your dealer carry?
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Blue Ox of coarse is there any other.

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