Originally Posted by sheetshaker
I have just installed roadmaster base plate 711-4 XL which allows for the removable of the tow bar hardware from the base plate when not in use.
I am some what confused between the receiver type coupling and the ball mount. I have always used ball mounts on trailers and boats, is their any real difference between the two.
Are the more expensive "self aligning tow bars far superior to the cheaper "fixed" models.
Thanks in advance
Well, the old "A-Frame" fixed style are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Not only are they ugly, and obtrusive but, if left on the front of a vehicle, and something goes wrong, they can, rarely but can, fall and, could cause a serious accident due to the consequences of that tow bar digging into the ground.
The extending "Ball" style, (old trailer ball type) are normally the kind that, when disconnecting from the coach at a campsite, you fold up and leave on the front of the toad. Many can be easily lifted off the adapter brackets that are on the front of the vehicle to completely remove the tow bar. But, as stated, it can be left on there, if you choose too.
The extendable "Reciever type" are normally left on the coach, after disconnecting the two at a campsite/RV park etc.
As far as strength, there's some differences but, not all that much. Where your strength comes in to play is, the actual rating of each individual tow bar, by the manufacturer. The ball type have served a zillion people well and, still are. The receiver style are also working just fine for a few million RVers. It's kind of a preference thing. It all depends on what you desire. I'm not sure you can get the same high strength rating, i.e. 10,000 lb. like our Blue Ox Aventa, on a ball type or not. It's been a while since we had one like that.
The term "Self aligning" is a tad bit misleading. While there are some folks out there in RV land that can pull up to the back of their RV, SPOT ON, each time and, get out and hook things up all by their lonesome, most of the time, it's still a bit of a trial and error, minor adjustment type thing to get it in the range for the extensions to work, to hook the thing up.
I don't care if they are supposed to be a "one person" operation. The wife and I do it together each and every time and, it's maybe 1 minutes worth of both out time to get it right. No biggie at all.