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Old 03-01-2006, 05:57 PM   #1
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Using Blue Ox Aventa II for towing during 3rd day of maiden voyage of used '97 Winnebago Brave with my brand new '06 Saturn Vue V6 FWD, accidently towed with Saturn's emergency brake in the up (engaged) position. Drove 2 miles before noticed set-up wasn't pulling easily as before. When got out to check back left tire was smokin'. Called Saturn and head mechanic wasn't too excited and said to just let it cool off before proceeding. Now, I cannot get pins out of Blue Ox Aventa II hook-up to Saturn @ posts. (1) Could this be due to towing with brake up? (2) Has anyone else ever had pins stuck with the Aventa II hook-up? If so, what did you do?
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Using Blue Ox Aventa II for towing during 3rd day of maiden voyage of used '97 Winnebago Brave with my brand new '06 Saturn Vue V6 FWD, accidently towed with Saturn's emergency brake in the up (engaged) position. Drove 2 miles before noticed set-up wasn't pulling easily as before. When got out to check back left tire was smokin'. Called Saturn and head mechanic wasn't too excited and said to just let it cool off before proceeding. Now, I cannot get pins out of Blue Ox Aventa II hook-up to Saturn @ posts. (1) Could this be due to towing with brake up? (2) Has anyone else ever had pins stuck with the Aventa II hook-up? If so, what did you do?
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:29 PM   #3
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The only time I've ever had trouble removing the pins is when they are under tension. Have someone get in the car and have them pull the car up a couple inches closer towards the motorhome while you are depressing the arm locks. This will cause the telescoping arms to unlock and retract just a bit removing tension from the pins. They should easily slide out afterwards.
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Have you tried with the motorhome and the car level and with no tension on the tow bar? If that doesn't work, you may have slightly bent the pins. You may need to call Blue Ox and ask them for assistance. They are very helpful folks.
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Old 03-02-2006, 07:07 AM   #5
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Try releasing the pins while someone has the car running and in drive.
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:09 PM   #6
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No, I haven't tried any of these. Was at the dr's ofc all day today & getting dark. (If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any at all!) Tomorrow I will try some of the ideas to lessen the tension. I will let you'all know of my (hopefully) success.

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I talked to my RV repair guy and he said I could use a little WD-40 on the pin. Slides in and out easier.
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Never use WD 40 it attracts dirt use 100% silicone. That is what Blue Ox recommends.
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To; PeppermintPJ1;

Currently using 3rd Aventa II tow bar.

All tension must be released between motorhome and toad,

You will probably need 2 people to accomplish this, one person at pins to remove when tension is released and to release the lock levers on each arm, when arms are unlocked , usually pins slide out with a good pull, make sure everything is straight,toad behind motorhome.

The 2nd person in drivers seat, engine running,applying the foot brake while putting tranny in drive or reverse while applying the brakes, you only want toad to move enough to loosen pins, 1/16 to 1/8 inch or less, there should be no more movement than that unless your pins or attatching holes are seversly worn

Keep pins clean with steel wool, do not use lubricants as they attract and hold abrasive elements.

Hope the above works for you.

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