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Old 10-03-2015, 07:18 PM   #1
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New to towing car with motorhome

Last year I purchased a used 2004 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE motorhome and plan on towing a Chevy Cruze 6sp this year to Florida. Need recommendations on tow bar. Would like to find a used one in good shape. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
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Any of the major brands are good. I bought a Blue Ox tow bar several years ago via Craigslist. There are adapters that will allow most any tow bar to work with any base plate, so the tow bar and base plate don't necessarily have to brand match.
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Last year I purchased a used 2004 Holiday Rambler Admiral SE motorhome and plan on towing a Chevy Cruze 6sp this year to Florida. Need recommendations on tow bar. Would like to find a used one in good shape. Any suggestions appreciated.
You asked, so here is my opinion.
If you know what you are looking for, have a good mechanical ability and understand what "Good Condition" in the tow set up means, and how to install it, I'm sure you can find what you need on EBay or other listing site.
However, if you are unfamiliar with these systems, I would recommend going to a good hitch shop and having a reputable system installed. There is a bunch of things that can go very bad with systems installed by someone with no expertise and folks buying a product they do not understand.

Personally, I am using a Blue Ox system comprised of the Base Plate, Aventa Tow Bar, Patriot Brake Device and Hook-Up Kit. I installed my first system on my Taurus. I am a licensed mechanic and at the time, all the facilities required but when it came time for the switch to the CRV, I opted to have a local Hitch Shop install it and am very happy with the job and cost.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:47 PM   #4
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Has anyone flat towed a Mini Cooper s 6-speed behind a class a gas motorhome
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:50 PM   #5
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We are looking at towing our Chevy Equinox behind our Allegro Bus....I am seriously looking at an EZE Tow Dolly with Surge Brakes. So far MOST of the posts about this brand give it a thumbs up.
I like it as it has NO electrical "stuff" to worry about when it comes to brakes. Just basically load and go.
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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I flat tow a 2014 Mini Countryman 6sp manual. I used all Blue Ox equipment (they are the only one's to offer a base plate for the Countryman). Tows great, no problems whatsoever.
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With my first motorhome I bought a used sterling from roadmaster and then later had to have it rebuilt since it was worn out. I now use a blue ox that came with my current motorhome. They both work the same so no real preference but my advise is to make sure whatever you buy is only slightly used and the base plates are available for that particular brand. You can look at the different plates offered and how there installed. Each manufacture has a different idea when it comes to the plates.
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I bought all RoadMaster equip. But that was mainly because they were 20 miles from home. Now they've moved and it's about 12 miles to them. Have been very happy with the equip and service over the years (since about 2002). Still have the same bar (Sterling) and it's been serviced several times.
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I use all Blue Ox on my Jeep Liberty. I installed it all myself, Base Plates Wiring and Brake system. The tow bar stays on the motor home except when stored. It only weighs 37 Lbs. See my Sig.
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I tow a Honda civic (FWD) on a acme dolly with surge brakes, works great! It is more effort to load, strap down and unload but I did avoid approx. $4500 to set up for flat towing and a new car, none of my current vehicles (AWD) can be flat towed. The only addition I made was I did get a set of magnetic lights (cheapies at harbor freight $14) as the dolly lights are a little short of the rear of the car, it just makes me feel better. Would love to flat tow but too expensive. I have had no issues with storage at campsite so far, I just slide it under the coach as far a possible and use the safety chains to lock it up


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Blue ox tow bar and baseplate. Towing a 2015 Fiat 500 stick. I installed the baseplate myself. I also bought a Demco towed wiring harness. We are going to get a Patriot braking system.


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We are looking at towing our Chevy Equinox behind our Allegro Bus....I am seriously looking at an EZE Tow Dolly with Surge Brakes. So far MOST of the posts about this brand give it a thumbs up.
I like it as it has NO electrical "stuff" to worry about when it comes to brakes. Just basically load and go.
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Will work if you have the 2 wheel drive version. AWD require 4 down. Tow Dolly's may work well on the road but then you have to deal with them at the campground. My hook up plus brake control take maybe three minutes.
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Recommend flat towing

i am towing a CR-V using a Blue Ox towing system along with a Blue Ox braking system. I also installed a simple brake light system from yes Blue Ox. Overall it is a costly set up but the time it saves when hooking it up and the ease of towing outstanding. One drawback is you can't back up with your toad attached upside is it only takes five minutes to detach.

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I recently purchased a Acme tow dolly with surge disc brakes.I liked this model as it is totally independent of the braking system on my 96 American Eagle.I put a 2009 Ford Flex on it .I upgraded to a dolly with brakes due to the weight of the Flex.The straps are a lot better than the ones on my previous dolly and hooking up is easy. We have put about 500 miles on it so far with no issues.
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