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Old 09-28-2013, 01:40 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Tuckerman View Post
Horizonchase -- I too own a Navion - 2011 J and will be towing a Honda Fit. I am struggling with how to get the tow bar level with a difference between the height of the hitch and the base plate of about 6 inches. There is some discussion of this on the Yahoo forum and seems like other owners use 4 inch and 6 inch drops and supposedly obtain a near level tow bar. Not sure how that is possible and given the virtual impossibility of accessing that board I don't know how they do it. One solution seems to be the Demco tow bar which can be flipped over and has a built in drop angle so that you can "gain" a couple of inches and therefore hopefully be level with a four inch drop receiver.

I had a chat with a Winnebago tech and while the company line is no more than four inches he indicated that with a small toad like a Fit that a 6 inch drop should not be a problem.

What base plate are you considering. Based on look and functionality seems like Blue Ox is the best, with Demco a close second. Roadmaster seems to have a lot more parts to deal with, and interestingly, involve total replacement of the Fit metal bumper with the RM unit. Don't know what this does to the Fit's safety in a head-on crash situation??

And I am fussing over brake systems and might end up with something like the Roadmaster Invisibrake as I want a simple system to operate.
Tuckerman, I utimately went with the Blue Ox base plate. I am very satisfied withthe results. I hardly notice that it is even there. I towed for the very first time last weekend. We went to Vermont. The total trip mileage was just under 400 miles. The Honda towed like a dream. After deliberating ( and exchanging ) on which drop receiver to get I ultimately went with the Blue Ox 6". For one thing, it has shortened the overall length of the receiver. The six inch has no where near the overhang as the eight inch. I liked the shorter, compact fit better.
I can tell you that the Blue Ox Patriot braking sysem is a minor PITA with the Fit. It is difficult to get the seat up close to the braking system. It does work fine though. Perhaps another type has a lower profile.
All in all I am satisfied with the way the Honda tows, and the Blue Ox towing system
Best of luck to you.

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Old 09-28-2013, 05:58 AM   #16
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Drop receivers apply more stress to your hitch, lower the drop greater the stress.

My Blue Ox allows 4 inches of rise to the receiver for the tow bar.

Lower the drop the more likely it will drag coming out of some service stations etc.
I will comment on this as well.....

The standard hitch is designed to pull up to 5,000 pounds or the Motor Home's tow limit whichever is less, The Heavy duty hitch 10,000 or moor home limit, DO NOT EXCEED MOTOR HOME CAPACITY.

This, however, is a "Straight" tow, no drop. the hitch is NOT designed for torsional loads (Twisting)

The drop receiver places such a load on the hitch

Thus, Mine failed

Inspect all welds and brackets from the receiver (the one on the drop) back to the frame rails on the motor home every time you hook up.. On mine the brackets that attach the tow bar to the frame cracked and eventually broke Dropping the hitch and the back tire of my bicycle (which rides on a hitch hauler) on the ground... Someone got my attentionb, the towed brakes worked as they were supposed to and the only secondary damage was the bicycle tire (80 bucks) I think I paid either 40, 50 or 60 for new brackets and welding (Very good heavy duty weld shop normally works on trains) Simpson & Son's Service as I recall in Indiana.

The new, custom brackets,,, Make the old ones look like tinfoil.. But the new towed is like half the old towed (The old one died of old age by the way).

Now.. If only I was as easy to fix. (I see the mechanic Monday.. Er, Doctor).

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Originally Posted by njs42 View Post
Level is optimal no doubt about it.

Here may be some other reasons:

Drop receivers apply more stress to your hitch, lower the drop greater the stress.

My Blue Ox allows 4 inches of rise to the receiver for the tow bar.

Lower the drop the more likely it will drag coming out of some service stations etc.

Two days ago I called blue ox. They stated that they have changed their specifications and they now allow 3 inches above or below level. Of course I would check with them for any older model tow bars.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:06 AM   #18
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One thing I want to mention.
I was measuring and fretting over this same thing for a while.
I finally figured out that I wasn't on level ground ever so slightly.
Once I pulled into a large level parking lot and measured I found it was within specifications.

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