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Old 02-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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ratings on base plates

i have a '04 2500hd crew cab short box...and all the baseplates say 5000# rating..then in the print it says vehicle may be close to the limit so watch loading...well heck i thought last time i hauled some garbage my truck weighed 6600#'s.. so i guess it must not matter as i see lots of people using e'm... i checked the blue ox and roadmaster and demco.....or maybe thats what the cables are for eh? jeff
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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I towed 2 different model year GMC Yukon XLs and each had a different Blue Ox baseplate.

Never had a problem. I don't see a weight limit on Blue Ox's website.

I used a 10,000# tow bar and 10,000# safety cables.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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here is the warning but maybe there just talking about the tow bar ??

1999.5-2007 CHEVROLET Pickup 2500 (2WD/4WD, Incl. Heavy Duty)
Installation Time: 2 Hours
Notes:
--Requires some drilling (not major).
--The weight of this vehicle is near the Class III, 5000 lb, rating limitations. Some models, depending on options, may well exceed this 5000 lb rating. Be sure to confirm the weight of your individual vehicle before towing. As of 1999 the Aventa II is now rated at 10000 lbs and either the Aventa II or Alexus tow bar must be used for these applications. Tow bar adapters are not to be used with vehicles weighing over 5000 lbs.
--Specific dinghy towing restrictions apply
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I believe they are referring to the tow bar.
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I believe they are referring to the tow bar.
I'll agree 100% with Route 66 , .
The base plate is built for the truck and as such should be engineered to handle the weight of the truck. Two weight ratings of tow bars are available 5 & 10K because the bars will attach to any of the manufactures base plates the warning is to make sure you use a tow bar with the correct rating.
Aventa II is the model of the tow bar, the base plate has no model designation.
The adaptors refered to are what would be used to adapt a Blue Ox tow bar to a Demco base plate.
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I believe they are referring to the tow bar.
Completely agree. I tow my 3500, light weight of 6650 lbs without any issues at all. Just use 10,000lb tow bar
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well my tow bar is the alladin 7500 # aluminium one and im sure it will do just fine...
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