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Old 01-31-2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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JK with Rock Hard Blue Ox Mounts ?

So today I installed our new bumper with the rock hard brackets for the Blue Ox tow bar. I don't have a tow bar yet, but have been looking at the Acclaim Class III tow bar as we only plan to tow the Jeep once a year and like the idea of a ball mount and not into the hitch. This would also allow me to move the jeep with the tractor or other vehicles. Anyway the instructions for this show a 7" drop. I put the brackets on the lower holes, but not sure I will have enough drop.

The JK is a 2 Door Sport, but with Rubi springs. It only raised it about 1 1/2" with the hard top. The camper is a 30' Fleetwood Bounder with factory hitch. Unfortunately it is parked in the side driveway under 12" of snow so can't get it out to do some measurements.

Thoughts on if this would work or not ? I hate to order the tow bar if it wont work, but we are leaving for Virginia on March 30th and want to get the tow bar shipped in time.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:48 PM   #2
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The instructions for the Acclaim shows the ball must be 7" higher than the base plate attachment point. If needed, a drop receiver could be installed upside down to raise the receiver higher. You could still install a ball hitch at the end of the flipped drop receiver. The nice thing about the receiver type is that the tow bar can be folded and stored on the back of the motorhome. A ball type tow bar has to be completely removed and stowed each use.

It's interesting that the ball hitch tow bar wants a 7" height difference, a receiver tow bar is to be no more than 3" above or below the base plate mounting point. When stopping the tow vehicle in an emergency situation, the towed vehicle pushes with a lot of energy. When the height difference is greater than 3", the rear of the towing vehicle can be pushed up or down, likewise the towed vehicle could nose down or actually 'pole vault' into the rear of the RV.

I'd suggest waiting until the snow melts and you can move the MH to a level area. Then pull the Jeep up behind and measure the differences in height.

You might watch Ebay or Craig's List, I picked up a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar for $175 that's served me well.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:56 PM   #3
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Might watch hitchtrader.com also.
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My BO tow bar came via Craigslist. Many years of good service. Have had it checked and passed at a couple RV get together by BO techs.
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I have one of these BO Acclaim tow bars. it works great and is easy to fold up on front of the toad. I put a 4" drop hitch upside down in the coach receiver and it lines up perfect at the 7" level. Bought thru e hitch.
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just need to know the weight of the jeep and how much drop/rise you need ...
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Thanks Guys. Plan is to dig it out this weekend. Leaving in 3 weeks so running out of time looking for a used one, so may try the drop/rise hitch if needed.
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Well was a great day in CNY. Did some measuring and the hitch is 20" off the ground (at the base) however the JK sits 23" at the pin on the tow bar mount...

So guess plan B now.

Does anyone run a basic tow bar ? I dont care about folding the bar against the motor home or vehicle, nor hook ups. I just need a way to tow the Jeep to some NASCAR tracks. Once on site we are there for a week or longer so i'm not worried.

I see Reese offers a bar, however im not a fan of the mounts for the bumper. Has anyone swapped in the Blue Ox mounts on one of these bars ? I see Blue Ox offers these adapters. I have the harbor freight tow bar on my old CJ but i wouldn't want to use this on a 1000 mile trip being it is just channel steel, hence I thought the Reese being a tube would be better.
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Well ended up with the basic Blue Ox bar and reinstalled the mounting brackets and also added some recovery tabs that I'll use for the safety cables. Tested the Mopar harness and all is working great. At this point the tow bar will sit level with a standard ball mount in my hitch. Only thing left to do before we take off is find/determine what to do for supplemental braking.



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Looks good, just remember to cross the safety cables under the tow bar to serve as a support if the ball hitch fails.
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Looks good, just remember to cross the safety cables under the tow bar to serve as a support if the ball hitch fails.
Yup always have. Actually always used chains in the past but everyone says these cables will work so figured i'd try them. My old tow bar that i use on my other jeeps has them welded so i didn't loose them, but always added more for safety !

I was actually surprised with the quality of the bar. I really wanted a better one, but funds are getting pretty slim and talking to the folks from Blue Ox they actually told me it would be fine. Being we only plan to tow the jeep 4 times this summer I think this will be perfect.

Also the bar measures to be exactly level on a standard hitch so I think it will be good.
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