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Old 03-25-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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Difficulty disconnecting Dinghy from Blue Ox tow bar

On March 11th I had a Blue Ox tow package installed on my 2016 Jeep Partiot, hooked up my 2015 Fleetwood Bounder, and took off from San Antonio to Springfield, OR. The trip included boondocking on BLM lands in case this is pertinent.

Unless the Jeep is perfectly aligned with the Bounder on a perfectly flat surface, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to remove the pins that connect to tow bar to the Jeep unless I use a hammer to knock them out?

Is it normal to require a hammer to knock the pins out or am I doing something wrong?
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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On mine, if I cannot get them out with my hands, I start the toad engine and turn the wheels all the way one way or the other and the pins come out very easy. Make sure the toad is in park or the brake is on or both.
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I have a Roadmaster Falcon all-terrain tow bar. It does not bind, and is always easy to disconnect. I know it is a lot of money, but there are non-binding tow bars available. Maybe you could sell the Blue Ox to someone.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:16 AM   #4
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I have the same issue with my Roadmaster Falcon 2. What rvingrampa says is almost verbatim what Roadmaster says to do in the situation. Im new to towing as well and am learning very quickly.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:19 AM   #5
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I have a Blue Ox setup with Aventa LX towbar. As does rvingrampa I just turn my steering wheel all the way both ways and then unhook. The pins come out with out any big problems. Try it see if it works for you.
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On mine, if I cannot get them out with my hands, I start the toad engine and turn the wheels all the way one way or the other and the pins come out very easy.
Yep, that is the normal cure for my Blue Ox too on the rare occasions I have a problem. If only one lever will release, I loop the cable over it to hold it down when turning the wheels. After both levers are released, if a pin is still difficult it is normally because the toad is pulling backwards downhill. Then, with lock levers held down by the cables, I pull the toad forward an inch or two to ease the tension.
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On mine, if I cannot get them out with my hands, I start the toad engine and turn the wheels all the way one way or the other and the pins come out very easy. Make sure the toad is in park or the brake is on or both.
The first lesson of towing 101. The bars should unlock easily and the pins should slide out by hand.
Turning the toad steering will take the binding out and free up the pins. I have had to disconnect in the midst of a full lock turn (that's a story in itself) and with DW turning the steering wheel side to side, everything unlocked just fine.
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Am I missing something?? I don't have any problem with my Aventa but no one mentioned releasing the locking levers before trying to remove the pins??
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Am I missing something?? I don't have any problem with my Aventa but no one mentioned releasing the locking levers before trying to remove the pins??
RayJr, I have the Aventa as well but once in a while the locking levers will be in such a bind that I need to rotate the steering wheel.
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Am I missing something?? I don't have any problem with my Aventa but no one mentioned releasing the locking levers before trying to remove the pins??
Check out this short video, I'm sure it will answer your question.

http://youtu.be/k9dg6z2wX0k
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So what is the proper way when disconnecting? Release the pins from the base plate connector first? Or unlock the bars first? I have a Roadmaster EZ5 base plate and Roadmaster 5250 towbar. I have yet to flat tow mine, but will next month.
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Remove pins. Then use levers to unlock arms so arms can be retracted.

On my BO bar sometimes the moving of the front wheels won't free up the pins. In this rare case I release the levers and tie them down with a bungee cord. Next start the toad and move it forward just a inch or two. Arms retract a bit and pins are now free to remove.
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Remove pins. Then use levers to unlock arms so arms can be retracted.

On my BO bar sometimes the moving of the front wheels won't free up the pins. In this rare case I release the levers and tie them down with a bungee cord. Next start the toad and move it forward just a inch or two. Arms retract a bit and pins are now free to remove.
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Remove pins. Then use levers to unlock arms so arms can be retracted.

On my BO bar sometimes the moving of the front wheels won't free up the pins. In this rare case I release the levers and tie them down with a bungee cord. Next start the toad and move it forward just a inch or two. Arms retract a bit and pins are now free to remove.
Take a time out and view the video I posted. You should be unlocking the levers first and Then removing the pins.
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