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Old 05-17-2008, 05:18 AM   #1
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I am in the process of ordering the blue ox base plate for the HHR and I want to make sure that I don't forget to order everything that I will need. So if some one could give me a list of what I need I would be greatful. Thanks in advance.
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I am in the process of ordering the blue ox base plate for the HHR and I want to make sure that I don't forget to order everything that I will need. So if some one could give me a list of what I need I would be greatful. Thanks in advance.
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Do you have a Blue Ox tow bar? If not you will likely need an adapter between your tow bar and the Blue Ox base plates.

Do yoou have safety chainns for the tow bar?

Are you also getting the light hook-up stuff from Blue Ox?
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mtaylor05, welcome to iRV2.

It's difficult to come up with a complete "shopping list" without knowing your exact situation. Some of the things you will need are a tow bar and base plate to connect the toad to the motorhome. You will also need safety cables. An electrical cable will also be required to connect the motorhome light system to the toad. You will need auxiliary lights (magnetic), auxiliary bulbs and sockets to add to the existing toad light housings, or diodes to utilize the existing toad bulbs depending on how you decide to set up your lighting. An auxiliary brake WITH BREAKAWAY FEATURE for the toad is also highly recommended. You may also need numerous smaller items depending on the tow bar, brake system, and lighting system you choose.

If you are new to towing, please see the 2 topics (titles in bold type) at the top of the MH - Towing Issues and Toads forum titled "The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking" and "Tow Bar Angle and Height Difference." These articles point out some of the safety issues regarding toad braking and the importance of having your tow bar as near level as possible. You may need a drop receiver to level the tow bar. There is also a good article on the Blue Ox web site titled "Towing 101 - An Introduction to Towing with an RV".
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Thanks for all the replies, I have the blue ox aladdin tow bar and safety cables. I was just hoping that I wouldn't forget to order all the other stuff I would need. How high is the tow bar off the ground. Right now I have a 8" drop receiver and hope not to have to go to a 10" drop.
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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 mtaylor05:
How high is the tow bar off the ground. Right now I have a 8" drop receiver and hope not to have to go to a 10" drop. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The Blue Ox instructions for the HHR base plate give the tab height as 13.5", which is pretty low. You will need to measure the height of your receiver with your motorhome parked on level pavement and subtract the difference. The toad end should be no more than 4" lower than the motorhome.

Be careful you don't get a drop receiver that is too low or it may drag the pavement when you go up a small rise (such as when you enter a gas station) if you have a long rear overhang on your motorhome. I had a 6" drop receiver and my tow bar was perfectly level, but it dragged frequently. I went to a 4" drop and the toad end of the tow bar is now 2" lower than the motorhome end, well within the 4" maximum recommended difference.
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