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Old 10-26-2015, 11:12 AM   #1
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Tow Bar/Braking Sys Life Expectancy

I have a 7 year old Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar with a universal brake system for my 2005 Grand Cherokee. We're thinking of switching to a 2016 Jeep Cherokee - smaller, lighter, and better on gas. Question: Should I just buy a whole new tow bar and braking system OR have the current 7-year old system switched over to the new smaller Cherokee??? The coach is a DP so I could switch to something like a SMI Air Force One and use the air option since the current system was purchased when we had a gas coach and is hydraulic...just wondering what you experts think?

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Old 10-26-2015, 12:50 PM   #2
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Just get a base plate. With routine service your towbar will work for years to come.

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Old 10-26-2015, 12:57 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by NMRVer View Post
Just get a base plate. With routine service your towbar will work for years to come.
Been using our RoadMaster tow bar and BrakeMaster since 2005 with just one rebuild on the towbar. And that was due to my using the wrong lube that collected dirt.
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Old 10-26-2015, 01:22 PM   #4
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Not knowing mileage or standard maintenance of your tow bar, I would be leaning toward replacement or at least a inspection. When we bought our coach, the previous owner said he never did anything to the tow bar and it showed. We had the manufacture take it apart to inspect, clean/grease it. They pointed to several well worn areas and suggested a complete overhaul or a discounted new one. Maybe RoadMaster has a service facility you could go to? Plant tours are always interesting if you can get to them and they just may offer you a good deal on a new one.

Just read a post where someone had one leg of a tow bar come apart while driving down the interstate

(If you are looking for a new toad braking system, I use M&G Engineering and love it. So easy to hook up and go.)
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Check out Ready brute elite. Tow bar and surge brake system all in one. I have about 10,000 miles on mine and really like it.
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:57 PM   #6
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Jim do your self a favor and check out the best and simplest system out there, M&G is super simple and a easy installation, the breakaway is very reasonable also.
M & G Engineering - Car Braking Systems: Vehicle Compatibility
The Ready Brute is a right up there also and you can keep your tow bar but I don't like the breakaway it looks it might be a problem.
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