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Old 08-29-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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Blue Ox or Roadmaster Tow Bar

In the next couple of months, I will get our 2011 Buick Lacrosse toad ready. I am looking for an easy setup of connecting and disconnecting the tow bar; one that is simple, quality and strong as the rest. I would like to get an aluminum bar which would be lighter to handle. The question to the experts is: What tow bar and base plate would you buy, a Blue Ox or a Roadmaster?

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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I have Roadmaster All-terrain Sterling tow bar. Works great so far and easy to handle and connect.

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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Also use Roadmaster "baseplate". Also use Roadmaster Brakemaster air brake supplemental brake system too.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:07 PM   #4
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We also use the Roadmaster products. I have the Sterling tow bar. It is aluminum and very well built. The roadmaster, if using the crossbar is a little more cumbersome than others but it seems to be also overbuilt compared to others.

One consideration is we use the Roadmaster Tow defender and Roadmaster Guardian to protect our toad. If you would like to use either or both of these Roadmaster has the best system to integrate it all together.

All of the popular products appear to be very well made and most like what they have purchased. I have not used this service yet but what I understand is if you attend any Rally or RV show that Roadmaster is present they will check and service your tow bar for free of charge. I think the are the only company that does this for free.

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I would try and match all the parts from one manufacture. This in my opinion and my experience mask life easier when you need a replacement part or some customer service issue resolved.

I'm not sure about the all aluminum tow bar option or if that's available in your weight range, I've only seen and used all steel systems.

Mine is the Blue Ox that will fold up at the rear of the coach when not in use. This is so you'll not have to deal with the weight every time you disconnect your toad. I have this setup on a heavy F350 Dually. Most folks that have lighter toads use the Road Master products.

There are some Blue Ox and Road Master parts that work together. I'm sure someone will chime in and give you a perspective from one who uses these system in a mixture. There can be a marked reduction in the price of what you do buy if you are able to match the right parts.

You want to do your research before you buy so as to find all the options and features you may not know were/are available.

Road Master vs Blue Ox is of personal preference based on the features you find appealing to you and your requirements.

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I use Blue OX.. I will cite the differences I have noticed:
Customer Service after sale: Both companies have very good reports
Quality of product: Both companies have very good reports
Base Plates: Roadmaster has a better selection of "Invisible" base plates These are the kidn where you have a part that you turn sidewise, stick into the "Receiver" on the font of the car (Inside/behind the grill) and twist to lock, then hook the tow bar to.

That said. Blue Ox is getting there.

Blue Ox Tow bars stow on the motor home when not in use, I Believe SOME roadmaster units do as well, but other Roadmaster units stow on the TOWED, this.. Is kind of ugly.

So, what do I recommend? Question: What does your dealer carry?
Same answer,,,, If dealer carries both.. I went with Blue Ox.
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The roadmaster all-terrain sterling stores on back of motorhome folded parallel to bumper..
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I use Blue Ox is is so easy to hook up even the DW has done it. There customer service is second to none. I have had to replace two small items and they sent it no questiions asked and once even over nighted it to the CG I was staying at.
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We have used Roadmaster tow bar and baseplate for over 20 yrs, I have never heard of either failing sorry to say I have heard of blue Ox tow bar and base plate failure more than once. To look at how Roadmaster baseplate are install go to there web site and you can see the installation instructions. I am not trying to start anything just posting what I have read over the yrs.
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Bought the Roadmaster Falcon 2 because that is what the local dealers had. No complaints with it.
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I have BlueOx all the way. The Aventa Tow Bar was on the coach when I bought it and it looked like a good device so I went with BlueOx baseplate and Patriot Brake. I particularly like the tow bar as it is Very Easy to hook up and un hook. In addition, when it is removed, I have two 1 7/8" Ball Covers I slip on the baseplate receivers to keep the bugs etc out and makes it almost invisible.
If I had to do it all again, I would still go BlueOx tow bar/baseplate but would look at the M&G Braking system so I don't have to set up and remove it each time like the Patriot. IMHO.
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Blue Ox here. I have never used a road master, but I would imagine that you would be happy with either choice.

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