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Old 03-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #15
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I purchased a new tow bar a couple of months ago, I got the highest weight rating I could find a Demco rated at 10,000 pounds. This is more than twice the vehicle weight I tow a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, I got the heavier than needed tow bar mainly for peace of mind, your story makes me glad I got and extremely heavy duty tow bar.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:08 PM   #16
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Yep - we tow our 1800-lb smart car with a Blue Ox Aventa II rated at 10K lbs. I think we've got some margin!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #17
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Before I used Blue Ox again I would check the internet and see how many have failed. I did a quick search and I'm glad that I have a Ready Brute.

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With all due respect,........I believe I would send the complete Tow bar back. If one side is fatigued then probably both are. It could have been just a bad pour in the factory that made the blanks for Blue Ox. There are a lot of things that are done "out of house" with company's. I'm not on their side but I do understand manufacturing. I'd feel better with a new towbar rather than a half new. Just my opinion
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:19 PM   #19
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It seems they've already taken of that.

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With all due respect,........I believe I would send the complete Tow bar back. If one side is fatigued then probably both are. It could have been just a bad pour in the factory that made the blanks for Blue Ox. There are a lot of things that are done "out of house" with company's. I'm not on their side but I do understand manufacturing. I'd feel better with a new towbar rather than a half new. Just my opinion

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Since the tow bar was purchased in 2008, I did not bug them about the trailer rental (about $300) as they are 'extending' the normal warranty time.

They emailed me the tracking number and new tow bar should arrive on Thursday. When purchased, my bar was rated for 5000 lbs. One dealer told me that the current model is rated for 7500 lbs.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #20
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I agree with Muffin in that the entire tow bar should be evaluated by Blue-Ox for safety and integrity.

I have the Blue Ox Aventa 10,000 lb. It doesn't matter what size car I tow, I believe that I am well covered for anything except a Tank.

Most of the time my 2006 Saturn Vue is inside my cargo trailer but there are times when I just tow my car and that's when I dig out the Aventa tow bar.

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Two questions. Did you purchase the towbar new or used? Did you ever back up with your toad attached to the coach?
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It's all the good reason to have safety cables. It might move to the side somewhat but it will stay behind you...safely
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I doubt the part is all aluminum.
I expect it is aluminum mixed with an alloy to give added strength.

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I would be happy to have my lab look at the failure and determine the cause before you send it back to Blue Ox if you want or need and independent assessment of the cause.

My failure analysis engineers are in my Cincinnati, Ohio facility. I do have a metallurgical facility closer to you in Richburg, SC but they do not have all the necessary equipment to provide failure analysis. It would a less conclusive review by a metallurgist.

My Cincinnati facility also has x-ray capabilities if needed.

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To summarize for all:

1. Blue Ox IS sending me a whole new Aladdin at no charge.
2. For the $300-400 its going to cost me, I'm NOT going to 'lawyer up'.
3. I bought the Aladdin new on May 8, 2008 from Tom Schaeffers in Shoemakersville, PA. They also installed the base plates on my Town & Country and my Jeep.
4. I NEVER backed up with the Aladdin hooked up. The few times I was stuck, I unhooked the toad.
5. I appreciate the offer for the metallurgy analysis but I'll send it back to Blue Ox as they requested.

According to Fedex, the Aladdin is in Big Pine key on a truck for delivery today.
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That sums it up. Thanks for the follow up.
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RVThere, I respect you for your decision and not blowing it out of proportion. There are bound to be a failure once in a while in any company. This shows there is a tremendous strain on all the points between the coach and car. A friend and I were talking about this a month or so ago. Towing a vehicle is not the same dynamics as towing a trailer. The trailer must follow but the vehicle must be steered down the highway. Lots of side to side pressures in play here. I've seen some scarey stuff come and go in a campground and I'm sure others have also.
I thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us. I have already checked my equipment closer than I probably ever have and I owe this to you. Thanks again
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