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Old 10-11-2018, 07:01 PM   #1
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Roadmaster tow bar with no cross bar

We are setting up a new tow bar assembly on our 18 Durango and our 18 London Aire. The new tow bar assembly from Roadmaster doesn't use a cross bar and since we have never used a tow bar without cross bar wanted to check if anyone has had a problem without cross bar. Because GC Jeep's and Durango have had sway problems was wondering if not having cross bar be a cause for this. We had a 18 Durango for our LA which was totaled by hail damage and towed over 10K miles without any sway problems which had a cross bar. Don't want to have issues with sway because we don't have a cross bar. After connecting up Durango there is a lot more tow bar movement with out cross bar.
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Roadmaster sells a crossroad for about $35.00. My Stowmaster has the crossbar. Eddie Elk.
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It depends on the bracket attached to your towed. They have started placing the crossmember behind the bumper facia so the external crossmember is no longer needed unless you use the Stowaway or guardian.
In fact I converted my '14 CR-V from using the crossmember to the new style.
http://www.roadmasterinc.com/product...cket_type.html
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My Roadmaster Sterling came with a cross bar, but I used the EZ5 brackets which don't need the crossbar. It's hanging in my shed in case I ever get a vehicle that has brackets that need a crossbar. The EZ5 mount is very inconspicuous when the brackets are removed. A toad shouldn't ever have an issue with sway because there is no weight on the bar and you've got four wheels at the corners.
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I love the new style without the crossbar. There’s a crossbar under the bumper.
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I installed the EZ5 baseplate on my Corolla IM, it does not use a crossbar...no issues what so ever with sway or anything else. It's a much cleaner look. FYI, the new tow defender 4750 was designed to connect using the EZ5 system, the older tow defender 4700 requires the crossbar.
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We are setting up a new tow bar assembly on our 18 Durango and our 18 London Aire. The new tow bar assembly from Roadmaster doesn't use a cross bar and since we have never used a tow bar without cross bar wanted to check if anyone has had a problem without cross bar. Because GC Jeep's and Durango have had sway problems was wondering if not having cross bar be a cause for this. We had a 18 Durango for our LA which was totaled by hail damage and towed over 10K miles without any sway problems which had a cross bar. Don't want to have issues with sway because we don't have a cross bar. After connecting up Durango there is a lot more tow bar movement with out cross bar.
Roadmaster offers either "Direct-Connect Baseplate" or "Crossbar-Style Baseplate". I prefer the extra rigidity of the crossbar.

Been towing a 2014 Jeep GC for over 20,000 miles, never had any "sway" issues.
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My Roadmaster Sterling came with a cross bar, but I used the EZ5 brackets which don't need the crossbar. It's hanging in my shed in case I ever get a vehicle that has brackets that need a crossbar. The EZ5 mount is very inconspicuous when the brackets are removed. A toad shouldn't ever have an issue with sway because there is no weight on the bar and you've got four wheels at the corners.
RoadMaster states that you need the crossbar if you use the Sterling towbar. See my earlier post for the link to their statement on their website. There must be a reason, call them and verify
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RoadMaster states that you need the crossbar if you use the Sterling towbar. See my earlier post for the link to their statement on their website. There must be a reason, call them and verify
The safety cables that come with the Sterling have special connectors at the toad end to pass through the small Sterling cable management slots. Only the crossbar mount will accept these special connectors. You can still use the Sterling with the non crossbar mount if you use traditional coiled safety cables instead of the ones that come with the Sterling. The Falcon All Terrain tow bar (what I have) has cable management slots large enough to pass straight safety cables with standard hooks and will thus work directly with the non crossbar EZ5 baseplates. I suspect (but haven’t researched it) that the other Roadmaster tow bars are the same.
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The cross bar is part of the baseplate, not the tow bar?


Looked and the Roadmaster baseplate for the 2018 Durango is available with or without a cross bar.

As heavy as the Durango is I'd get the baseplate with the cross bar, they are sturdier.



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RoadMaster states that you need the crossbar if you use the Sterling towbar. See my earlier post for the link to their statement on their website. There must be a reason, call them and verify
I don't know why they say that. The directions that come with the Sterling state it's compatible with the EZ5 base plate and it tells you to skips the steps that reference the crossbar quick disconnect. Neither the quick disconnects nor the cross bar will connect to the EZ5 baseplate.
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The safety cables that come with the Sterling have special connectors at the toad end to pass through the small Sterling cable management slots. Only the crossbar mount will accept these special connectors. You can still use the Sterling with the non crossbar mount if you use traditional coiled safety cables instead of the ones that come with the Sterling. The Falcon All Terrain tow bar (what I have) has cable management slots large enough to pass straight safety cables with standard hooks and will thus work directly with the non crossbar EZ5 baseplates. I suspect (but haven’t researched it) that the other Roadmaster tow bars are the same.
That makes sense. The safety cables supplied with the Sterling can't be used with the EZ5 base plate because it doesn't have a slot for the end of the cable to latch into. That is on the quick disconnect part of the crossbar. I ordered another set of 6000 lb cables which I can thread through the small tunnel on the Sterling tow bar. I had to squish the loop and pull it through with a coat hanger, but it went.
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I think it is a matter of preference i use the X bar when i tow my pickup and use the EZ5 on the Kia Soul or if i had another small toad, i feel its safer on a 6000# tow to use the X bar sysrem. Its not that mutch more trouble to hook up.
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My Roadmaster Falcon2 towbar came with a cross bar, and right now it is sitting in a storage building. My Roadmaster base plate EZ5 for my previous toad and my current one did not require one. Good thing, cause that crossbar is really fugly and heavy and I’d hate to use it if not required. No issues.
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