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Old 04-30-2007, 03:12 AM   #1
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I just installed a Blue Ox Aladdin BX4325 towbar. When hooking up, I notice that the locking arms "pop up" but sometimes I can push one or the other down rather easily after I have observed the "pop up".

My Toad seems to track just fine and the towbar seems to be getting "broken in" (it was real stiff before I got about 200 miles on it, now seems to be getting easier to move etc.) now.

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Should the arms be hard to push down after they have "popped up"?

How do I know when the arms have "locked"?

I do follow the written instructions, but, are there any more "tips" that I should know about?

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I just installed a Blue Ox Aladdin BX4325 towbar. When hooking up, I notice that the locking arms "pop up" but sometimes I can push one or the other down rather easily after I have observed the "pop up".

My Toad seems to track just fine and the towbar seems to be getting "broken in" (it was real stiff before I got about 200 miles on it, now seems to be getting easier to move etc.) now.

My question(s):

Should the arms be hard to push down after they have "popped up"?

How do I know when the arms have "locked"?

I do follow the written instructions, but, are there any more "tips" that I should know about?

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Dave,
One of my routines when using the towbar is to test the lockup before I hookup the car. What I do is extend each arm manually to see if the locks work. If the locks work, you can not push the arms back in. It is that simple. If they do not lock, there is a screw adjustment at the locking arm. You must remove a plastic plug to access it. Mine is a common blade screw. It is easy to do. I do not have to do this very often, but I do check the arms manually before each tow.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:32 AM   #4
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Dave, do I understand correctly that you mean the small black locking levers and not the extending arms of tow bar itself? If you mean the small levers, then they should be in the up position to lock the arms of the tow bar before attempting to tow. I always have my wife gently back the toad while I watch for the locking levers to pop up before I start driving the motorhome. If the toad isn't perfectly straight, sometimes we have to turn the steering wheel of the toad as we back up to get both levers to lock.

If there is little or no tension on the tow bar, then the locking levers can be pushed down easily. As long as they return to the up position, they will lock the tow bar arms. If there is tension on the tow bar, such as will happen if you stop on a grade, the locking levers will be difficult, if not impossible, to push down to unlock. Remember to set the toad parking brake and put it in park before attempting to unhook.

If you test the tow bar without the toad attached as dcgrazier suggests, you will be sure the tow bar arms lock when the locking levers are up.
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Guys! Thank you both!

Those are the kind of insights that I was looking for. Now I can tow with real confidence in the fact that I have things in hand.

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