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Old 04-07-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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A few months ago my wife and I bought our soon to be retirement home, a 2004 Dutch Star 41' Model 4025. Then we researched tow vehicles and bought a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4wd. I then left on an international assignment. Now I'm back and want to rig for towing. I'm not rich but I like to buy the best I can afford, and just buy it once. I would appreciate very much reader advice on the best tow bar and related equipment, and the best braking assist system for this particular rig. Both units are still under warranty, so I need to stick with equipment that does not void warranties. Thanks for your advise, and we look forward to meeting as many of you folks as we can soon, on the road.

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Old 04-07-2007, 08:33 PM   #2
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A few months ago my wife and I bought our soon to be retirement home, a 2004 Dutch Star 41' Model 4025. Then we researched tow vehicles and bought a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4wd. I then left on an international assignment. Now I'm back and want to rig for towing. I'm not rich but I like to buy the best I can afford, and just buy it once. I would appreciate very much reader advice on the best tow bar and related equipment, and the best braking assist system for this particular rig. Both units are still under warranty, so I need to stick with equipment that does not void warranties. Thanks for your advise, and we look forward to meeting as many of you folks as we can soon, on the road.

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Old 04-08-2007, 02:11 AM   #3
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Jim and Carmel, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sold on Blue Ox products. The company has great customer support and can be purchased through RV Upgrades wo is a major sponsor of this website. I have BLue Ox base plates on the truck and car and Avanta II tow bar. I bought a Roadmaster Brakemaster brake assist many years ago before Blue Ox came out with a similar type system. I like the way this design performs. It is only active when I am using the service brakes and is directly propotional as the the amount of braking being applied. THere are some other very good systems out there. The important thing is that you have some kind of funcctional brake assist system. Good luck and keep us informed or ask more questions.
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There is a lot of good equipment out there, but a company that stands behind their equipment is very important.

One of the best is Blue Ox for tow bars and baseplates, and Brake Buddy for the supplemental brake system.

That's what I, and many of my friends use.
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Jim, WELCOME to iRV2!!

You've gotten some good advice already and I'll add my kudos to Blue Ox for their products.
There are certainly others on the market with similar design but I've stuck with Blue Ox and have been very happy.

Seeing you now own a Newmar product,I wanted to invite you to check out the Newmar Owner's Forum where we discuss "everything" Newmar...

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Consider the equipment in my signature. I'm very pleased with it. M&G in particular. The only thing to hook up each time is a quick disconnect airline and clip on break away cable.
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I now have Roadmaster and have used Blue Ox on previous coachs and have found both of them to be excellant products with a great support system, have called both of them with problems and they have both shot me parts UPS overnight.
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