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Old 06-03-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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Roadmaster Eagle 8000?

I recently bought a used American Eagle and it came with a Roadmaster Eagle 8000 tow bar. I see on Roadmaster web site that the 8000 is discontinued

The tow bar looks great, seems to be free/smooth and looks like it was stored out of the weather.

However, I don't have the base crossbar. I called Roadmaster to see what part number the crossbar was and their customer service rep told me since it was discontinued I'd be better off if I didn't use the Eagle 8000 and to consider a new tow bar.

Does anyone here have/use the Eagle 8000? What were issues or what should I look for in a defect with the one I have?

I can order a crossbar from etrailer.com for 100 bucks and be in business.
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...910021-00.html
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I suspect that the rep was just steering you toward a newer product, since he couldn't help you with the older one anyway. The only real question is whether the old Eagle is still in good operating condition or not. If you are confident it is, then the new crossbar seems like a reasonable choice.

I'm not familiar with the 8000, so can't help with potential problems to look for. There isn't much to the tow bars, though. Just make sure all the mechanical joints are firm and the extending arms work smoothly.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:55 PM   #3
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The Eagle has to be at least a decade old. It was obsolete in 2005 when we bought our Sterling (predecessor to the Sterling All Terrain) towbar. Before investing any money in a crossbar check to see if any replacement parts are available for the towbar. If there aren't any it should be a good indicator of its age. It would also mean if you do have problems it can't be prepared.


I would ask Roadmaster if they will give any kind of discount on a replacement if it becomes necessary.
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Did some looking that 8000 is a very old model. I would not trust it, if something happens you need to find parts, RM no longer carries any parts for the 8000. Start with what you or a new bar system is less headache IMO.


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Thanks for the quick replies.
No doubt, it's over 10 years old. I bought the coach from the orginal owner, tells me he thinks he bought it around 2002/2003.
It appears like it's had little use, all pivots, pins, and slide are smooth and tight. I'm inclined to disassemble it, clean, inspect, lube and use it. I'll see if I can post a few pics over the weekend.

I'm not the orginal owner so I wouldn't think it'd be right to ask RM for a discount based on that.

Not being a smarty pants but other than being old, what fails on a tow bar? I was mainly posting to see if anyone had experienced and issues with this unit, and why was it discontinued.
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Since you got it for free with the coach, I see no reason not to use it as long as you are convinced the mechanical joints and bushings are in good shape. The $100 for the crossbar is not a huge investment.
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