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Old 06-01-2016, 01:50 PM   #1
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Removing Stowmaster from toad - welded portion

Have time constraints about resolving this so not sure if time for any replies but thought worth a try.

I totaled our toad in a roll-over accident last week - long story but daughter made quick trip to help me get back home. The removable part of the tow bar was removed and stored with MH, but the portion that is welded to the car underneath went with the car. An auto auction facility now has car so we have little time to deal with this and it is out of state. Is it worth trying to hire someone to get that welded part off? Honestly, we don't want it ourselves as we are going to go with the Blue Ox hitch when we get another toad. We were just hoping to potentially sell the Stowmaster.

As I type this I am thinking about it more and think I'm answering my own question. It's probably not worth more than $275ish at most and to pay for someone to go remove it at auction yard, yeah - sounding like a pretty stupid thought as I think about it further!

Maybe a better thing would be just to put on ad on Craig's list on the off chance someone would want the other parts of the tow bar for a few bucks! Looks like an expense we are going to be eating, but I'm also thankful to be here to have this decision to make and with relatively minor injuries! Count my blessings and let it go!

Blue Ox seems to be the way to go as far as replacement. If any thoughts on brand otherwise, feel free to share. We were not fans of the Stowmaster. We had it because we purchased a toad with that already in place. However, in noticing others along the way, the Blue Ox looks to be a much more convenient setup.

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:17 PM   #2
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Doesn't your insurance cover it's loss? I'd think if you tell them it's installed they will cover the replacement.

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Old 06-01-2016, 03:02 PM   #3
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I have a Stowmaster and can't give it away. Never had anything welded to toad???
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:03 PM   #4
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Well my brain cells are not working on all their cylinders! Thank you for that thought. I talked twice with them about the matter - will spare the details - but I didn't point blank ask if they would cover that as part of the loss. Where was I?? Just called them and they said if we can produce some kind of evidence that it was part of the car when we purchased it from prior owner that they can adjust for that. That might be difficult but worth searching a bit.

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Old 06-01-2016, 03:15 PM   #5
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The guy at tow place where it was initially towed was the one who mentioned it was welded. He pulled out the parts that the bar attaches to so makes sense that those parts have to attach to something. It helps to know it's difficult to get rid of them.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:04 AM   #6
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Not a huge job if you have a torch. You would need to scarf out the welds without cutting into the base plate. You will most likely need to cut into the toads frame or uni-body, whatever it's been welded to.

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