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Old 01-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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tow bar hitch vs coupler style

need to get some opinions on tow bars- the coupler style vs the hitch style. really not sure which one to go with and was wondering what the advantage/disadvantage of each are.
I will also have a hitch mounted bike rack on the MH.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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if you have a hitch mount bike rack I would go with the hitch style

I like them because its one less thing to worry about (ball comming lose), they have real good pivot, and I like how it stores on the motorhome
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Not sure what you are calling coupler and hitch type.

The only tow bar system I've seen for use with a ball hitch is a basic "A" frame type hitch, Thiese require precision in hooking up.

The tow bar types where the motor home end is a 2" square bar that goes into the receiver,, usually they have telescoping arms making them about 1,000 percent easier to hook up, You need not be "Square" or "Centered" you can be off a few inches or several degrees and no problem.
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Not sure what you are calling coupler and hitch type.

the style with a ball (coupler)
2" reciever sleeve (hitch type)
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Using F239141's criteria I would definately go with a hitch type tow bar. As mentioned earlier it's much more difficult to hook up the ball style. You have to be aligned perfectly for the coupler to slip over the ball.

I have a 4 wheel equipment trailer that weighs in at a little over 2100 lbs. It's a beast to hook the coupler over the ball if you're more than an inch off center. The tongue of the trailer is just like the tongue on the tow bar. The only advantage of the tow bar is that you can attempt to move the toad by driving it rather than pushing or pulling it.
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Both the Coupler and Hitch style tow bars can be purchased with telescoping arms so that is not an issue. I prefer the Hitch style because I can disconnect it from the Toad and it will latch to a storage position on the back of the MH.
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I have it narrowed down to a Roadmaster Stowmaster coupler style or the Roadmaster Falcon 2 hitch mount style. the car has a Roadmaster base plate
both have the adjustable (telescoping) arms - basically the same except for coupler or hitch mount.

I want the one that will be easier to unhitch/hitch.
do you think the hitch mount will be in the way of the bikes when I take them on/off where as the coupler will just fold up at the car?
the majority of our "camping" is long weekends.

thanks for all the input!
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I have it narrowed down to a Roadmaster Stowmaster coupler style or the Roadmaster Falcon 2 hitch mount style. the car has a Roadmaster base plate
both have the adjustable (telescoping) arms - basically the same except for coupler or hitch mount.

I want the one that will be easier to unhitch/hitch.
do you think the hitch mount will be in the way of the bikes when I take them on/off where as the coupler will just fold up at the car?
the majority of our "camping" is long weekends.

thanks for all the input!
I think you would be happy with either but ....

You'll need to decide whether you want the tow bar to remain on the RV (and where the RV is stored) or whether it's ok to have the tow bar remain on the front of the car when you are not RVing. You can take the tow bar off in either case but they are HEAVY. In other words, if your RV is in storage (not home) is your tow bar safe? ... or, do you mind driving the car on a daily basis with a tow bar on the front (not very pretty on your new Ferrari)?
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do you think the one mounted on the MH will make it harder to get the bikes on/off the rack?
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Both the Coupler and Hitch style tow bars can be purchased with telescoping arms so that is not an issue. I prefer the Hitch style because I can disconnect it from the Toad and it will latch to a storage position on the back of the MH.
Ditto. I use a lockable hitch pin to make sure it doesn't "walk away" from the MH.
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I think you would be happy with either but ....

You'll need to decide whether you want the tow bar to remain on the RV (and where the RV is stored) or whether it's ok to have the tow bar remain on the front of the car when you are not RVing. You can take the tow bar off in either case but they are HEAVY. In other words, if your RV is in storage (not home) is your tow bar safe? ... or, do you mind driving the car on a daily basis with a tow bar on the front (not very pretty on your new Ferrari)?
Is a Ferrari towable 4 down?😎
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do you think the one mounted on the MH will make it harder to get the bikes on/off the rack?
Not sure what your toad is but we are adding a hidden hitch to our CRV for my bicycles. I doubt I will ever go anyplace with only the RV and bikes but I will definitely go places with the CRV to take the bikes to a ride/event.
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do you think the one mounted on the MH will make it harder to get the bikes on/off the rack?

No, the racks I have used and any I have seen would not be interfred with by the hitch. Do you really want a big ugly, heavy hitch riding around on the front of the toad. Get the one mounted on the RV.

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do you think the one mounted on the MH will make it harder to get the bikes on/off the rack?
We use a "hitch" style Roadmaster for our toad and our bikes are mounted above the hitch. Bit awkward getting the Roadmaster " stowed" but all-in-all a good system.
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