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Old 04-20-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Advice

I'm new to Class A and need to set up to tow. I'm looking at craigslist and there are many options, Readybrute Blue ox and others. 2 questions:
1. Are there any that I should stay away from?
2. Any that I should look for?
3. Once I find one how do I tell if it's broken, not worth it or whatever.
Not even sure what to ask at this point. I know I will need an attachment for my towed vehicle also.
Help!

Thanks in advance
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Blue Ox, Ready Brute and Roadmaster are probably the top three. Make sure that the tow bar you are planning to buy is large enough to tow your vehicle with. Check pricing on Craigslist, Amazon, even some dealer carry used tow bars. Also consider what base plate you are going to put on your toad so that you have a compatible hook up. Short of the physical damage there really isn't much to check. Don't forget you will need a braking system for the towed vehicle, with break away protection.

Good luck with your search.
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I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite with built-in ReadyBrake! If you can't find a good deal on the combo unit then buy the ReadyBrute tow bars and the ReadyBrake braking system separately.

It's rated to tow 8000 lbs, more than most out there, and the braking system is simple and easy to install.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite with built-in ReadyBrake! If you can't find a good deal on the combo unit then buy the ReadyBrute tow bars and the ReadyBrake braking system separately.

It's rated to tow 8000 lbs, more than most out there, and the braking system is simple and easy to install.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:50 AM   #6
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I'm new to Class A and need to set up to tow. I'm looking at craigslist and there are many options, Readybrute Blue ox and others. 2 questions:
1. Are there any that I should stay away from?
2. Any that I should look for?
3. Once I find one how do I tell if it's broken, not worth it or whatever.
Not even sure what to ask at this point. I know I will need an attachment for my towed vehicle also.
Help!

Thanks in advance
Jerry
First of all you have to ask why these tow bars are being sold. Often times it's because they have either been damaged or are worn to the point they need to be rebuilt. In either case the older the tow bar the less likely it is that parts are available. We recently replaced a Roadmaster Sterllng tow bar that was damaged in an accident. It was the last series of the Sterling built in 2005 and could have been repaired if parts were still available.

Unfortunately the Sterling was replaced in the line up with the Sterling All Terrain late in 2005 and parts are no longer available for the older model. The same is true of many other brands and models. Most manufacturers only support obsolete models for 5 - 7 years after they are removed from production.

There was a post on this subject earlier this year. At that time one of the posters contacted Roadmaster and Blue Ox to ask the expected lifespan of their tow bars. Both replied that 70,000 miles was when they were expected to need to be rebuilt.
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Don't overlook a visit to your local RV facility. Many specialize in setting up for towing and make their own tow bars and such. You don't indicate where you live, but I purchased one of mine from here:

Eckharts Trailer Hitch & Welding, Inc. SINCE 1944

Gives you an idea that other options are there.
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Don't forget you will need a braking system for the towed vehicle, with break away protection.
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You definitely do not need a braking system on a toad.
(Don't ask me how I know).
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