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Old 06-14-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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Tow Bar

Any recommendation on tow bars and toad brakes would be appreciated.
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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For what?
Would be helpful to know that you want to tow and with what.

We tow an '05 Honda Ody on a Demco 460 dolly, galvanized & folding. I also have a RoadMaster Sterling tow bar and air braking system. I bought the RoadMaster equipment since they were close to home (about 20 miles), now they're moved and are even closer.
I would prefer to tow four down and we bought the Ody for that reason, even got it in writing that it was towable four down. then found out Honda had changed their stance and decided it wasn't towable four down, hence the dolly (that Honda paid for).
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
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Aventa bar & M&B brakes

Installed a Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar and Blue Ox baseplate on a 2009 Honda CRV. Just had M&B Engineering brakes added this week. I tell you how they worked out later.

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Blue Ox towbars: Blue Ox Tow Bars
M&G Engineering: http://www.m-gengineering.com

The Aventa LX (10,000 pound tow rating) is overkill for a Honda CRV, but I wanted to err on the side of overkill. Others may disagree.

I did not like the looks (and inconvenience) of Brake Buddy-type braking systems, though others swear by them. M&G is an "invasive" system and easy to hook up.

BTW, I installed the Blue Ox baseplate on my Honda CRV (video link below). I would NOT do it again. Getting to old for that kind of stuff. But it was an adventure.

Baseplate install (94MB WMV video): https://files.me.com/hughes54311/ioutdx
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I have had a Roadmaster Falcon "All Terrain" for about 6 years Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories. I also have a RM "Guardian" rock guard with a "Stowaway" adaptor on the tow bar for storage when not in use Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories. Rock guard, security cables, and wiring hitch up takes less than 5 minutes on our Saturn (and also for our CRV before the Saturn). I have an "Even Brake" supplimental brake system that takes another 3 - 4 minutes to install Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories. Total I am done in less than 8 minutes either connecting or dropping the toad .

I have been very happy with the set up.
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I Tow Blue Ox on Roadmaster Car equipment since my 1st towbar was a Roadmaster - now 10,000 lbs capacity on 4 wheels - Break Buddy is my system on my Vibe GT 2009 (2,900 lbs) so it works well for now and have the Advantage series with Monitor inside my MH etc. and the release equipment in case the Vibe wants to leave me !! and security and etc. - The Brake buddy is connected through a 12Volt on my 900 amp Booster PAC (so I have a battery disconnect) Do not use any equipment to protect the Vibe as it is cumbersome to store and paint costs less (in CANADA) -
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I am very happy with my Blue Ox and M&G brake system. We have had zero issues over the five years and 42,000 miles pulling our 6,600 lb H2.
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I am very happy with my Blue Ox and M&G brake system. We have had zero issues over the five years and 42,000 miles pulling our 6,600 lb H2.
Tried my M&G for the 1st time tonight - towed my CRV like a charm. Very simple to hook up.

Do you know where I can get a spare 1/4" air hose? Any auto parts store?
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Tow Bars, Blue Ox or Roadmaster, I Have blue ox and am 100% happy.

Brake systems. M&G or US-Gear Unified Brake Decelerator. M&G would not fit my towed so you can guess what I got.

Anti-Recommendation on "Brake systems in a box" the ones that fit in the driver's seat and push the pedal.. Too easy to make a mistake and too easy to say "Oh, it is only a short tow I'll just forget it this time"

And of course that's the time you need it.
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Roadmaster tow bar and have used a brake buddy....they work fine.
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Another happy Blue Ox customer. Also agree the Aventa is overkill unless you plan on towing a dump truck. Would buy the much lighter Alladdin if ever needing another one.
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Total I am done in less than 8 minutes either connecting or dropping the toad.
About the same as I find with the dolly or four down and I've towed both ways.
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