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Old 06-28-2015, 08:08 AM   #1
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Tow bar for 2013 Fusion Hybrid

I've got an old 10,000 lb rated Blue Ox Aladen II. It's about $200 to have it rebuilt by Blue Ox... including shipping. Then there is a possibility that they may determine that a new one is in order.
I've seen factory refurbished towbars that are pretty reasonable. $450-$550.
If I'm towing a Ford Fusion Hybrid (3700lbs) Seems like a 6500 lb towbar would be appropriate instead of the 10,000 lb unit?
Its easy to think that bigger is safer. But is it?
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It wouldn't hurt to have an overrated tow bar. If it can be repaired, you're set.
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The good thing about an overrated tow bar is that it probably won't break.

The bad thing about an overrated tow bar is that it's much heavier than a lesser sized correctly rated bar.

A lighter towbar makes connecting, disconnecting, and storage a litter easier and much faster.
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On E bay for $550.
Blue Ox BX7365 6,500lb Alpha Motorhome Mount Tow bar - Class III

also a Blue ox Aventa 10,000 for $611 and that is the T bar I use with Roadmaster Brackets.
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On E bay for $550.
Blue Ox BX7365 6,500lb Alpha Motorhome Mount Tow bar - Class III

also a Blue ox Aventa 10,000 for $611 and that is the T bar I use with Roadmaster Brackets.
Hi,
Thanks. I'm considering a Class IV 10K lb Blue Ox Aventa II 2" BX7355 RB
for $470 + $22 shipping.
I'm so cost conscious because I also need the baseplate, iight kit and aux brake system.
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Good tow bar the 7355, I have the BX 7445 and found it new on eBay for less than $575 and free shipped and that is the new design with the ball swivel. American Rv has the refurb BX 7445 with free ship for $550 and I saw them a few month ago somewhere for under $500.
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Good tow bar the 7355, I have the BX 7445 and found it new on eBay for less than $575 and free shipped and that is the new design with the ball swivel. American Rv has the refurb BX 7445 with free ship for $550 and I saw them a few month ago somewhere for under $500.
Darn, I thought it was the ball swivel.
Fortunately, out next road adventure is to Sturgis and we'll use a trailer. Pretty good stalling technique....huh?
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Are you flat towing that Hybrid?
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Are you flat towing that Hybrid?
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Have you checked with Ford? I thought the only Fusion you could flat tow is the man. Trans. Don't want you to damage a very expensive drivetrain! :-)
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Have you checked with Ford? I thought the only Fusion you could flat tow is the man. Trans. Don't want you to damage a very expensive drivetrain! :-)
As per Owners Manual, pg. 208. "Put transmission in N, ignition in 'Acc' position. Do not exceed 70 mph."

http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Fo.../13fhyom3e.pdf
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