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Old 12-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
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Is there such a thing as too much tow bar?

Recently installed a Blue Ox base plate on my Volswagen. I'm now looking for the tow bars and brake system. I found a new still in the box Blue Ox Aventa at a good price. The Aventa is rated at 10,000 lbs and my VW is no where near that. Any problem here? I may change out the toad in a few years so the extra capacity would give me more options on the new toad without changing out tow bars. Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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I think you answered your own question. If the price is right and you may need more capacity later, I'd go with the Aventa if having a separate brake system for your toad is what you want.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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x2 - I'd do it to ensure the future options are available...too much safety is never enough.
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I always wonder why people with DPs buy the more expensive aluminum tow bars that have a much lower rating. I can see it if your weight is VERY critical, but for no other reason.... oh they do look good.
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you'll have an extra safety isn't it better? my toad is only 2600 lbs, i could get a hi-low hitch with 5000 lbs rating, but i chose rm048-8 which is 10000 lb rating, for a mere $20 difference in cost. rating is what manufacturer claims, how much real world exercise they have done is unknown. i can't say i don't trust them but i would prefer safe to sorry.
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I have the Aladdin which is rated 5000 pounds. It is all I need now or in the future. It preforms well, is well maintained, easy to use and light enough for me to handle, looks nice. I rarely remove it from my hitch.

And not a tow mile goes by that I wish now that I had purchased a 10,000 pound Aventa instead.

Does that help?
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #7
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Thanks every one for the responses. That's what I was thinking but wanted some other opinions. After I posted this I read a lot of discussion on the Readybrute tow bar and brake system. It is rated at 6k but I like the idea of brake system and how it works. It seemed to get good reviews from those on the site that use one. Decisions, decisions!

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Old 12-15-2013, 09:25 AM   #8
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Recently installed a Blue Ox base plate on my Volswagen. I'm now looking for the tow bars and brake system. I found a new still in the box Blue Ox Aventa at a good price. The Aventa is rated at 10,000 lbs and my VW is no where near that. Any problem here? I may change out the toad in a few years so the extra capacity would give me more options on the new toad without changing out tow bars. Thanks!
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While having the extra safety margin is always good, keep in mind your motorhome is only rated to pull a maximum of 5,000 lbs. When you switch vehicles be sure to get one within your rated towing capacity.
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I just bought mine and had to decide, do I buy one with a small safety margin of a few hundred pounds, or do I buy a 10K and call it a day. I went with the 10K, I will never have to worry about did I buy enough, nor limit my TOAD selection due to the weight limitation of the bar.
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