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Old 07-01-2010, 06:27 AM   #15
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That one piece design in the video is not a good design.

The 2 piece pin is the best, a large connecting pin and a smaller locking pin.

They stay in place.

Look at part # 48 and # 49 here.
Mine are like these. I feel much better now.
I think i'll go by Ace Hardware and pickup a couple somethings to put in the toolbag as "just in case" spares anyway tho.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:46 PM   #16
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I must say the Blue Ox reps at the Fleetwood rally were very helpful but could only send the damaged tow bar in for repair. The tech said it could be repaired so I could sell the rebuilt unit to offset the cost of the new bar. I informed them I would not accept a repaired tow bar unless it also had documention showing the unit was rebuilt and considered roadworthy by Blue Ox.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:31 PM   #17
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IF blue ox rebuilds it.. That means all damaged components are replaced.. since there basically is no less expensive way to repair them.

Which reminds me, Tomorrow I got to give 'em a call and check on the status of my repair.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:32 AM   #18
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The following statement is included in the Aventa Owners Manual:

"If the towbar is in an accident, it must be replaced. DO NOT use it again! An accident can cause unseen damage and using it again could result in more damage or serious injury.DO NOT use the towbar if it is damaged or missing parts"

I will not put the bar back into service unless Blue Ox is willing to bake up their product.
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I posted this solution a while back when someone was having problems disconecting the towbar from the baseplate and it works in this regard as .
Go to a farm supply store or a tractor dealership and get a couple of pins of the right diameter with the handles on the end and the hole in the 'open' end. The circle spring clip pins will fit in these holes. As a further security measure, I attach a bunji cord stretched across the two handles. Even if the circle clip locking pin falls out for some reason (or you forget to flip the circle) the bunji will keep the main pins in place. Probably less than $10 for every thing.
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No the hair pin clip is what dropped MY towed.

It is a special spring pin clip.. . The pin itself is very solid, not spring steel, the spring is kind of in a circle and either snaps down against the pin or up and out of the way.

Take a look at the link where the poster said "48 and 49" and find items 48 adn 49.. 48 is the tow pin, 49 is the lock pin..

Closed the pin looks like a circle with a pin through it

This sucker locks on very secure... But can be removed by vandals
You are correct and I rechecked mine. The pin with the circle clip is what I have also.
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that's an accident waiting to happen....I use LOCKS thru mine.....if the rig catches fire, I guess the toad will go too, but wont unhitch by accident...
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I, for a number of reasons, also use the hardened locking pins. On both TOAD connections AND the receiver.

Call me paranoid but I envision some fool thinking it great fun to pull the standard pins out far enough to drop out after a few miles.
I also envision someone wanting my Blue Ox Aventa tow bar assembly at a "Midnight Special" price.

But, I still check all pins at every stop. Even the locking pins may possibly fail.

Remember, you're not paranoid if someone really is out to get you. I'm just cynical.
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I now find myself paying allot of attention to the tow bars of others and warning the owners of the push pin systems to contact Blue Ox and/or the nearest distributor for replacement pins. Over the last month, I have witnessed to three owners of the defective push pin systems. They were easy converts after seeing the video and pictures of my failed tow bar.
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