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Old 05-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Maximum offset for tow bar...

I am toading a Chevy Cruze that has a tab height of 14 inches.

I've seen ranges of 2 - 4 inches of off set is acceptable (toad mount point to receiver of the MH).

The Cruze's mount points will be two inches lower than the reciever hitch... I can't find anywhere that says this is ok.


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Old 05-13-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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I've hear anywhere from 3-4 inches max, up or down. Personally, I would prefer 2 inches or less below but would never pull a toad with tabs higher than the coach receiver--IMHO.

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If I understand your description, hard braking would create downward pressure on the front of the car, a lifting effort on the MH rear. A difference of only 2 inches is within all specs I've seen. If you have auxiliary brakes on the towd,(highly recommended) this small difference in height should create no problems.

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Old 05-13-2013, 12:56 PM   #4
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...also, take a look through the "sticky" thread on the top of this forum which will give some good information too.

Tow Bar Angle and Height Difference


eta: I believe Roadmaster has revised what is posted toward the end of the above thread and is now recommending 3" up and down.

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Also, I believe Blue Ox recommends never towing at a negative angle (or having the toad higher than the motorhome) and only 4" or less on the positive side (or having the toad 4" or less lower than the motorhome).

So in a nutshell?: Roadmaster- 3" or less positive or negative, Blue Ox- 4" or less positive, and "do not tow" negative.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #5
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Check the tow bar manufacturers recommendation.
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Agreed, Vince. Each tow bar manufacturer has different tolerances pertaining to this.

So in a nutshell?: Roadmaster- 3" or less positive or negative, Blue Ox- 4" or less positive, and "do not tow" negative.
ReadyBrute- 2" or less positive or negative (click recommends "National Standard")

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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Maladjusted......Here is something I did with my DP. I had a hitch shop add a second receiver to the top of my stock receiver. This gives me options with different vehicles. My brother-in-law had your issue and welded a second receiver to the underside.


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