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Old 08-22-2019, 05:26 PM   #1
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Blue Ox tow bar problem

Has anyone experienced the bolt that holds the swivel onto the 2X2 part that goes into the receiver coming loose. I unhitched our jeep from the class a motorhome and found that bolt loose and about 1 inch of threads were exposed. I tightened the bolt and the swivel will not swivel so I loosened it up a bit so that it would turn with the nylon washer in place. Is this a common problem that you have experienced and if so did you come up with a fix?
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I don't know if this is a common problem, but I can say that it is one that I haven't experienced. I suggest that you pick up a small bottle of Blue Loctite thread sealer and coat the bolt's threads and snug it up to the point where the joint swivels. The Loctite will hold the bolt in position, resisting vibration. There is a red color Loctite as well but that is used for more permanent, vigorous holding power that generally needs heat from a torch to release the seal. The blue stuff should do the job nicely in your application.


Good luck, and maybe I'll see you down the road.
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Photo would help a lot.
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I have not seen that problem, but tomorrow i’m going to check those bolts.

The blue loctite is an excellent suggestion. Outstanding product that I have been using since my motocross days.
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You may want to contact Blue Ox and get their input. Losing that nut while you are traveling down the road could be quite dangerous. They might offer to do a repair on it.
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You may want to contact Blue Ox and get their input. Losing that nut while you are traveling down the road could be quite dangerous. They might offer to do a repair on it.
I agree
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If you are concerned about the nut coming loose, why not replace it with a "Lock Nut"?? I've done that in the past. You can set it where you want it for the joint to move freely and it will never loosen on it's own.
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I have replaced my bolts with grade 8 bolts installed self locking nuts and put lock tight on as well. I also greased it up when I assembled the whole thing.
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What model of Blue Ox tow bar do you have? I would call Blue Ox. If necessary you can send it in to them and they will refurbish it for about $100.
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If you happen to be near Quartzite for the January RV show, Blueox will refurbish it for about $40-$50.
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That bolt has a square nut in the receiver. Then it has a cheap lock nut as a jam nut. At minimum I would at this time do is take it apart and replace the bolt and lock nut with new grade 8 hardware.

Or send to Blue Ox.
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I don't know if this is a common problem, but I can say that it is one that I haven't experienced. I suggest that you pick up a small bottle of Blue Loctite thread sealer and coat the bolt's threads and snug it up to the point where the joint swivels. The Loctite will hold the bolt in position, resisting vibration. There is a red color Loctite as well but that is used for more permanent, vigorous holding power that generally needs heat from a torch to release the seal. The blue stuff should do the job nicely in your application.


Good luck, and maybe I'll see you down the road.
I think I will do the Blue Loctite until I get to Quartzsite, Az RV show and then I can talk to Blue Ox there. I appreciate your response and assistance. Thanks
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What model of Blue Ox tow bar do you have? I would call Blue Ox. If necessary you can send it in to them and they will refurbish it for about $100.
I have tried to e-mail them. I will be in Quartzsite in Jan. at the RV show so I can talk to them at that time if I cannot get ahold of them before. Thanks for your help.
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why not replace it with a "Lock Nut"?? .
Ask your parts store for a "NyLoc" nut. It has nylon on the last part of the threads and secures the nut against loosening.

Loctite is more permanent. Maybe that's good, maybe not.
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