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Old 07-27-2009, 07:47 AM   #29
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The ability to provide hidden base plates is more a function of the towed vehicle rather than the tow bar maker. Some cars present a real problem in getting a secure hitch point and also one that is hidden. When getting my Blue Ox base plates for my truck, I was presented with two options, hidden and visible. The visible was a little cheaper, but I went with the hidden. Every towed vehicle is different. What I am saying is that if Blue Ox had a problem getting a secure placement for your base plates, so would every body else in all likelihood. The main thing is to make sure your base plates are attached in a secure fashion as if they break at highway speeds, it spells disaster.

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:19 AM   #30
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Well, I have a Blue-Ox system and love it. The customer service has been 1st rate.

I've spoken to several Roadmaster customers,,, Who say exactly the same thing

There are just two factors which set them apart from each other

1 is the Mount. Blue-Ox tow bars "Mount" on the towing vehicle, I think Roadmaster has some that mount on the Towed (You see the folsk with the tow bar folded up in front of the car, it's most likely a Roadmaster) and some that mount on the MH. Not sure.

The second is what your dealer carries.. I have Blue-Ox cause.. That's what General RV carries.

And frankly.. From what I've said, That.. is the major decision factor.

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Old 07-27-2009, 03:49 PM   #31
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Like some of the other posts here, I have a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain because that's what the dealer sold. I have it attached to an Acura TL, and you can see the base plate connections, but it's not all that bad. Now when I leave the cross bar on it, it's a different story. Doesn't look good at all, but it's a conversation starter to those who are unfamiliar with them. I've been completely happy with it, and it doesn't take long to connect. In fact, DW connects the tow bar while I set up the Brake Buddy.

Interesting story about that ugly cross bar. I hit a deer one night while the cross bar was on the front of the toad. I was almost stopped (maybe down to about 15 mph) when I actually hit it, but there was absolutely no damage to the front of the toad nor the cross bar which took most of the hit. Don't know about the deer - he flipped on the road and into a ditch and ran away!

That certainly should not be the only reason for buying one brand over the other. Like several have said before, it's a matter of opinion and availability. My father-in-law has a Blue Ox to pull a Jeep Liberty and he has had no trouble at all.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:42 PM   #32
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I have a Roadmaster and have had no problems. My neighbor, however, has a Blue Ox that failed!!! The weld was incomplete and the baseplate came apart. The customer service from Blue Ox has been terrible. Based upon this experience I cannot imagine dealing with people that will not accept responsiblity for their product!!
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I have taken my Blue Ox system back to the dealer several times to have it checked out before a 3 month trip and he has gone all through it and lubed it and would not accept any payment. Blue Ox regularly attends RV shows and RV brand gatherings and does the same thing to one and all for free. I find their customer service to be excellant and have never heard a complaint.
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After pulling the frame right off my 2005 Jeep in rush hour traffic on I80 because Blue Ox used the existing tow hook holes in the Jeep frame (for which they were not engineered or provided), my vote goes to anybody but them. They were arrogant, indifferent and denied responsibility and refused to do anything to let existing users know about the possibility of this happening. I'm using Roadmaster now and satisfied.

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