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Old 08-09-2016, 07:54 AM   #29
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I needed a 8" drop down adapter for my Equinox. I bough the Roadmaster because it was rated for 10K, the same rating as the Blue Ox Aventa tow bar.

I hated to use the drop down adapter because it added a lot more distance from the Bounder to the Equinox. The 7' adapter cable it at its limit. I asked a suspension place to drill a new hole in the drop down adapter but the Roadmaster is a 2" square of solid steel. So I had a new hole drilled in the the tow bar and things were better. Then I bought a new Aventa and now need to find a place to have its shaft drilled.

I do buy Harbor Freight tools for one time projects. When you full-time, just adding tools to the inventory isn't a good thing.
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Warning!!! Do not purchase drop down receivers from Harbor Freight. My bad for buying my second one after the first one separated. Second one did the same thing!! It sucks when your toad tries to pass you when the weld breaks causing the toad to break Blue Ox safety cables. As it is the M&G brake system started to slow the car but most of the stopping was afforded by the Blue Ox dragging under the car . Total cost to repair toad and RV $16,000. +
Just trying to clarify my understanding of what has happened. The welds for the drop down receiver broke, then the blue ox safety cables broke and then the M&G brake system started to slow the car not stop it. Seems like a lot of problems with that set up no? The welds shouldn't have broken, the cables should have not broken and seems like the M&G should have activated to stop the tow car. Don't buy any lottery tickets this week.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:24 PM   #31
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The NSA stuff (ReadyBrake) is lifetime guarrantee and well built. I have a 10" drop down from them. Decent prices too.
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When the weld on the drop down receiver broke the distance to pull it apart was about 5" leaving all cables, safety switch, M&G air hose intack. The toad started to pass on the left and ran into the MH. As the toad slowed it pull the safety switch, snapped the BlueOx cables, pulled out the air line to brake system. It hard to determine the extent of the M&G braking as the toad left the road into a grass area along the road. When it left the road the BlueOx flipped under the toad dragging in the dirt like a rudder and stopping the car. 4,000 lb rating in the receiver and 10,000 safety cables.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:31 AM   #33
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When the weld on the drop down receiver broke the distance to pull it apart was about 5" leaving all cables, safety switch, M&G air hose intack. The toad started to pass on the left and ran into the MH. As the toad slowed it pull the safety switch, snapped the BlueOx cables, pulled out the air line to brake system. It hard to determine the extent of the M&G braking as the toad left the road into a grass area along the road. When it left the road the BlueOx flipped under the toad dragging in the dirt like a rudder and stopping the car. 4,000 lb rating in the receiver and 10,000 safety cables.

You don't say what year your Equinox is but a 2015 weighs approximately 3,777 pounds. If you really had a 4,000 receiver as stated you only had a 223 pound margin. Don't carry any dead bodies, just kidding, in the trunk of your toad or you will be at, or beyond, the limit of the receiver. The entire tow assembly is only as strong as its weakest link. In this case it sounds like the receiver held but the high - low hitch (called drop down receiver above) failed and is what I suspect actually had the 4,000 pound rating. This incident shows the forces that can occur while towing, the 10,000 pound rated cables were severed (it appears from the photo at different lengths), it is no wonder a 4,000 pound rated high - low hitch failed.

GENERAL INFORMATION, not specific to this posting

See my post #19 above for break away switch adjustment.

Tow assemblies are not designed to allow you to back up with the toad attached, the stress placed on the assembly can be beyond their rating.

You also, which it sounds like the OP did, need to be sure the assembly is just about level. Both Blue Ox and RoadMaster allow only 3" from centerline to centerline. If the center lines are not level, stopping will apply force (3,000+ pounds pushing against the tow vehicle) trying to raise or lower the tow vehicle.

RoadMaster has a document that describes how to inspect a tow bar http://roadmasterinc.com/pdf/85-4721-00.pdf the principals described will apply no matter who manufacturers it.
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I reread your well written comments in Post 19. In regards to the breakaway cable, do you suggest cutting / sizing it? We have the cable supplied by our brake (RVI2) and ASSUMED it was correct.


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When the weld on the drop down receiver broke the distance to pull it apart was about 5" leaving all cables, safety switch, M&G air hose intack. The toad started to pass on the left and ran into the MH. As the toad slowed it pull the safety switch, snapped the BlueOx cables, pulled out the air line to brake system. It hard to determine the extent of the M&G braking as the toad left the road into a grass area along the road. When it left the road the BlueOx flipped under the toad dragging in the dirt like a rudder and stopping the car. 4,000 lb rating in the receiver and 10,000 safety cables.
Thanks for posting the info even though it might be embarrassing for you . It may help other newbees think a little on the toad setup. Obviously your hitch was grossly under rated for this application so it is hard to blame Harbor Freight although I would never buy a hitch from them. If fact I have never thought about adjusting my emergency braking cable on my Vantage system. But good post. May keep someone from getting killed.
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I reread your well written comments in Post 19. In regards to the breakaway cable, do you suggest cutting / sizing it? We have the cable supplied by our brake (RVI2) and ASSUMED it was correct.


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Yes I would adjust the size by looping the cable and taping it, or tying it and then taping it.
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Many thanks to Dr Dave for his post on the break away switch. I will be adjusting my cable before the next trip.

Having the proper equipment and setup cannot be overemphasized. Things happen too quickly. A panic stop from 65 mph to 0 ended successfully thanks to M&G.
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