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Old 09-07-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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My wife and I just bought a 40G Discovery and will be towing either a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited or a Z71 Suburban. Our salesperson suggested the Blue Ox tow system while the General Manager at our storage place strongly suggested against the Blue Ox system for the Roadmaster.

So, what do you folks say? What is the better system? or are they the same?

Thanks!

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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My wife and I just bought a 40G Discovery and will be towing either a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited or a Z71 Suburban. Our salesperson suggested the Blue Ox tow system while the General Manager at our storage place strongly suggested against the Blue Ox system for the Roadmaster.

So, what do you folks say? What is the better system? or are they the same?

Thanks!

Eric
that's like asking what's better: Ford or Chevy; Protestant or Catholic; Republican or Democrat...
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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LMAO -- now thats helpful!!
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LMAO -- now thats helpful!!
Sorry - it was a sarcastic way of saying you're going to get proponents of each system telling you that theirs is the best and the other is junk...
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I figured as much!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

I actually think you'll find a lot of respect for both brands here on the forum. Not many of us have used both so it's tough to compare but maybe we haven't tried both because both brands are pretty darned good and there's been no reason to change.

I'm pretty much a Blue Ox fan and use the Aventa tow bar as well as their drop hitch and bike rack. I think the stuff is really built well and I've been happy during the 4 years I've used them.

Here's a recent thread on the topic Blue Ox or Roadmaster?

Good luck. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

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Tow the Wrangler, the Suburban is just too darn large and heavy. The Wrangler is already to to tow 4 wheels down as long as it has a nuetral position on the selector.
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This link may complicate your decision at first - unless you consider that the entire package needed for safe towing include brakes. MANY new toads are being equipped with the Ready Brake systems for it's drop dead simplicity. They make a tow bar with that system built into it, making the concept even simpler. Check it out...

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I've had both and there isn't much difference - just personal preference. I think the Blue Ox base plates are a bit neater package when not towing, but its not a big deal.

As far as quality, there is no difference in equivalent models, e.g. All-Terrain vs Adventa.
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So I decided to go with the Roadmaster Blackhawk II with the Brakemaster brake. I don't even know my Jeep Wrangler is back there! Thanks for everybody's input!
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Tow the Wrangler, the Suburban is just too darn large and heavy. The Wrangler is already to to tow 4 wheels down as long as it has a nuetral position on the selector.
this would have been my advice
if i got here sooner
jeep is an easy tow and im sure your MH only has a 5k hitch i believe that to be pretty much the standard
only way i would see to justify the z1 is if its allready in your stable and choosing a jeep would mean you had to buy 1
the jeep unlimited wrangler is fun to drive,can carry 5 adults
if you get the hard top its pretty quiet and certainly in its stock form more trail ready than anything out there
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All good advice - I will go ahead and set my Suburban up to tow (with four kids and the wife we need the room!) but it's not my first choice. I much prefer towing the Jeep. However the Suburban should tow well behind our Discovery since we have a 10,000 lb. hitch and a Brakemaster.
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We're towing a '06 Wrangler when its just the wife and I with bicycles, and exploring to do. Easy tow wit Readybrake. If we need more room or comfort we'll tow our 2011 GMC Sierra crew cab with the Harley in the back. Both units tow equally well. There's about .3 mile per gallon difference in mileage with ISL 425 Cummins. I like having the flexibility. Till I get a stacker, it'll have to do. Oh by the way, the truck w/bike scaled @ 6150 lbs. I think that your suburban probably is somewhere around 5700lbs. Hope this helps! No one has mentioned, but you will need true 4 wheel drive on the suburban with neutral position on transfer case, not the all wheel drive version.
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