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Old 01-19-2008, 04:23 AM   #1
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Here at the Tampa show, Blue Ox has serviced my tow bar by inspecting all parts and functions, adjusting/tightening as needed, replacing parts as needed, and lubricating as needed.

My tow bar has been in service for about 18 months, and at 14,000 miles, I didn't think it needed any service, but it did.

Nothing critical, but it's reassuring to know that it's been inspected and serviced.

As usual, they do not charge for this service, and everyone should attend a show or rally once a year where their tow bar can be inspected.

Blue Ox also states the life span of a tow bar is approx. 10 years, and then it should be replaced.
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Here at the Tampa show, Blue Ox has serviced my tow bar by inspecting all parts and functions, adjusting/tightening as needed, replacing parts as needed, and lubricating as needed.

My tow bar has been in service for about 18 months, and at 14,000 miles, I didn't think it needed any service, but it did.

Nothing critical, but it's reassuring to know that it's been inspected and serviced.

As usual, they do not charge for this service, and everyone should attend a show or rally once a year where their tow bar can be inspected.

Blue Ox also states the life span of a tow bar is approx. 10 years, and then it should be replaced.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:52 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I didn't think it needed any service, but it did. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Dirk, could you elaborate on which tow bar you have and perhaps what the service entailed?

I'm sure it was more a "tightening and tweaking" exercise, but would love to hear more...
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Somewhat along the same thread, Bob do you know if Blue Ox will be at the IRV2 National this year? Just hoping--

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ruppr:
Somewhat along the same thread, Bob do you know if Blue Ox will be at the IRV2 National this year? Just hoping--

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I sincerely doubt it, but that's a question best asked to Madame Boomer.... as you know, she's the Wagonmaster of this year's shindig....
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Dirk, could you elaborate on which tow bar you have and perhaps what the service entailed? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have the Aventa II.

The tow bar was disassembled by removing the hold up bolt which the two legs pivot on.

The universal joint type block was removed by removing the side to side bolt.

The hitch connector tube was removed from the motor home hitch, and the fore/aft bolt was tightened.

These parts were cleaned, inspected and then reassembled using new white washers where needed and new lock nuts.

Both triple lugs were removed, inspected, and reassembled using new white washers where needed and new lock nuts.

The legs were extended and the detents lubricated.

While the legs were extended, the rubber boots were moved toward the locking levers by cutting the ty-wraps at the triple lug end.

The legs were cleaned, lubricated, and the boots reattached with new ty-wraps.

The tech then had me check the operation to see if any part was too tight. It worked fine.

The tech also suggested a hitch immobilizer to reduce play or movement in the hitch for smoother towing and less stress on the hitch.

HITCH IMMOBILIZER II

HITCH IMMOBILIZER III
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Dirk, can you help me understand what the hitch immobilizer does and how it's installed? This is a new one on me. Thanx.
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The hitch immobilizer clamps on the very end of the hitch receiver of the motorhome and also forces the tow bar's hitch connector tube to one side of the receiver and the bottom of the receiver to remove play.
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