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Old 04-28-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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I am getting more disappointed with this tow bar. Namely, at least with me, it seems that this exposed bar design allows the bar to get all dusty and grimey and becomes almost impossible to compress into the tube for storage. If I do manage to shove it in there, it will be just as hard to extend out when I need to use it. When it rains while travelling, the grime just gets worse and it is very very very hard to push back in. I have to get out the lube spray and [spray and wipe] several times to get it working. Am I the only one with this problem? It is getting frustrating...Anyone put a bellows cover on this like the blue ox? I need a solution. Maybe my bar is bent slightly or the seal is too tight? The one in the CW showroom works really smooth...
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I am getting more disappointed with this tow bar. Namely, at least with me, it seems that this exposed bar design allows the bar to get all dusty and grimey and becomes almost impossible to compress into the tube for storage. If I do manage to shove it in there, it will be just as hard to extend out when I need to use it. When it rains while travelling, the grime just gets worse and it is very very very hard to push back in. I have to get out the lube spray and [spray and wipe] several times to get it working. Am I the only one with this problem? It is getting frustrating...Anyone put a bellows cover on this like the blue ox? I need a solution. Maybe my bar is bent slightly or the seal is too tight? The one in the CW showroom works really smooth...
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:20 PM   #3
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I have had mine for only a year & a half (17000 miles)with no problems so far..I wonder if you have a lot of "grit/dirt" in the tube. Might be able to turn up and rinse out stuff, just a suggestion from one who doesn't know...
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:56 PM   #4
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I to have had my bar for many miles with no trouble. I wonder what you may be driving through, and your washing schedule for your bar?

Remember they do need to be washed regularly for best performance.
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Old 04-28-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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What are you using for a lubricant?? Something that attracts and holds dirt??

I use only silicon spray and have never had a sliding problem.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:39 PM   #6
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I use the "recommended" brand of lube (silicone) spray...and I don't "wash" it. Should I? It still binds... Worked good for awhile (a short while)...Hmmm...maybe I should look them up at a rally...
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I have a Stearling Bar. Mine works good now but I had prior problems with it. It had been all gummed up somehow. I took out the plugs on the opposite end and sprayed a lot of WD40 in the tube and cleaned it out. I wiped the Wd40 off so as not to attract dust and reapplied silicone spray. It now works OK. If your plugs are missing dirt and grime will get in and mess it up. Check the other end and make sure your plugs are in place. The holes to allow the air to escape when you push the bar in were plugged on mine and the plugs blew out. I had to enlarge the holes a little to keep the plugs from blowing out.

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Kind of depends on the roads you travel and maybe your rigs exhaust products, rear wheel flaps (if any), rear skirt, etc. Quite a few things will affect how much and what types of goop get thrown up immediately behind the rig.

I wipe down and lube mine with silicone spray about twice a year. We spend about 6 months/year traveling, so that works out to every three months of road time. I don't leave a thick coating behind when I spray - it is essentially dry. You might also try one of the dry lube products sold for slide-out hardware (not the rubber seals), such as Protect-All Slide-out Lube.

But in some road conditions the hitch, tow bar, safety chains, etc. can get pretty yuchy. If that happens I spray a bit of detergent solution (I keep a spray bottle of pre-mixed detergent & water around for general clean-up) on it and hose it off.
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I also had that problem with the sterling tow bar. I took it all apart and cleaned thourghly as roadmaster recommended with no difference. I was at Quartzite,AZ. this winter and roadmaster was there. I told them of my problem and they had my towbar fixed on the spot with completely new shafts no questions asked and free of charge. I had my tow bar over 3 yrs. Works great now. If you can get to a rally or send bar to roadmaster, They will repair it.
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The shafts can be bent by backing up. With a slight bend the bar will have a "tight" spot when you slide it in and out.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by icamp:
I took it all apart and cleaned throughly as Roadmaster recommended with no difference. I was at Quartzite,AZ. this winter and Roadmaster was there. I told them of my problem and they had my towbar fixed on the spot with completely new shafts no questions asked and free of charge. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>One thing about Blue Ox is that they actually come out and find you! They have enough men and resources that run around on a small fleet of golf carts that getting to all their customers within a weekend is achievable. At any reasonably sized rally you can expect to see "The Destination America Rally Team" and they will fix or replace any of their products right on the spot, regardless or warranty period.

Our 2006 National Rally will enjoy the services of Blue Ox and they will also have quite a bit or retail merchandise that can be purchased directly from the company in the Pavilion. If Blue Ox doesn't have the product you need at the National, RV Upgrades will make sure your product is waiting for as soon as you get home.
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