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Old 05-26-2015, 03:14 PM   #15
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The blue Ox do have a rubber plug on each end of the box that sits on top of the tow bars and a Teflon washer where the unlock shaft goes into the tow bar, I have had no problem with unlocking the tow bar arms when off center. Will dust get into the unlock mechanism, well I'm not sure but I think it is sealed pretty good and about 100% better than Roadmaster.
Jim I don't think you would be dissatisfied with this bar.
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Any preferences or problems with either Roadmaster or Blue Ox dinghy equipment? I am looking to dump the dolly and go four down with a Honda CRV.
Go Blue Ox. Clean look when not attached and very simple to hook up and disconnect. Get a couple of Ball Hitch Covers for an 1/78" ball that fit over the pin receivers to Finnish it off and keep the debris out of the holes when not using the pins.
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Go Blue Ox. Clean look when not attached and very simple to hook up and disconnect. Get a couple of Ball Hitch Covers for an 1/78" ball that fit over the pin receivers to Finnish it off and keep the debris out of the holes when not using the pins.
On the Honda CRV 12 to 14 Roadmaster brackets also has the round tabs that you turn into the brackets that give the clean look. Also for other toads.
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They're both fine. I bought a used Honda Element that was already equipped with a Blue Ox baseplate so that was the decision maker for me.

I do like the fact that the Blue Ox system has one less step to hooking up - there's no crossbar to be connected to the car's baseplate. I think that the rubber boots that cover the sliding portion of the legs may help avoid water, grit and wear.

The baseplate that came with the car is BO's cheapest one - thetabs that connect to the towbar are not removable, so my Element doesn't look as sleek as it might (not that an Element EVER looks very sleek!). I double-checked with Blue Ox and they confirmed that it was one of theirs.

One advantage to the Roadmaster is that it affixes the safety cables to the towbar's arms. Blue Ox provides coiled cables. When you combine the coiled safety cables with the BO coiled electrical cable and a breakaway cable, it requires a bit of handling to untangle the mix when you're connecting or disconnecting.
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Go Blue Ox. Clean look when not attached and very simple to hook up and disconnect. Get a couple of Ball Hitch Covers for an 1/78" ball that fit over the pin receivers to Finnish it off and keep the debris out of the holes when not using the pins.
I was going to ask you where you got the covers for the pin receivers, when I saw another picture that you posted. Now I know. Thanks!
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