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Old 08-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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I have only used the Roadmaster Stowmaster. This is the only unit we have owned. I purchased it used out of the classifieds in 2003. It's ugly because it stays on the Commander but it works fine. I was thinking the other day about how old it is and if I should replace it. If I stay with Roadmaster I can go with one just like I have or go to a Sterling or Falcon. Anyone here had both kinds and can tell me why (other than looks) I should go to a unit that stays on the coach? Also how long should one of these Stowmasters last?


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We started with a Falcon but caught a deal at the Good Sam rally in Daytona last year when Roadmaster offered a trade-up on the Sterling All-terrain, so we took the deal because the Falcon was a problem unhitching on even slightly uneven pavement when one or both sides would bind, making it difficult to remove the locking bolts. Although the Sterling is not perfect, it's a lot easier to get the bolts loose to remove them when unhitching and its also easier to hitch up in the first place. We also moved from the Even Brake to the Invisibrake and its soooo much easier as we just connect the wire from the coach to the dingy and we're ready to roll.
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Forgot to also say that the Sterling allows threading of the cables through built-in pipes in the tow bar arms so we don't have to wrap the excess around the arms, and the cables just slide into lock plates on the dingy, removing the need to unscrew G-locks, insert the cable loop, and then re-screw the G-locks (not sure if that's the correct name for them, but the look like a capital G when open).
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Falcon was a problem unhitching on even slightly uneven pavement when one or both sides would bind, making it difficult to remove the locking bolts

A little hint: When the pins are hard to remove, have your wife get in the vehicle and start it and leave it in neutral. Then have her turn the steering wheel slowly one way. You should see the bar relax and you can then remove a pin. If it doesn't work turning it one way, then turn the steering wheel the other way. Easy to remove the pins this way.

Even the all terrain bars can bind up making pin removal difficult at times.
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