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Old 12-31-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Longevity.

I have been towing a car for 22 years with the same equipment and (with out calling the manufacture) I was woundering just how long I should wait before I replace my Coupler on my tow bar or the Ball on my hitch?
I do have a pair of heavy chains that I connect to the frame for safety sake.
Would like to hear from some of you old timers and from any newbes.

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Old 12-31-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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I think as long as its taken care of and greased in the right spots etc no reason to replace it. Like you said you have the 'safety factor' built in with your chains. I worked a whole career building Freeway Bridges with all ages of equipment and if its maintained properly it lasts.

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I have used a rigid tow bar for about 15 years,my father inlaw used it 10 years before that.I keep the ball latch adjusted to fit the ball tight.Tow a Toyota pickup,works good.
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I have about 40,000 miles on my Blu-Ox and the secret is to keep them well lubricated.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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It will probably outlast the motor home.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:23 PM   #6
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Tow Bar longevity

I can speak to one situation. I had in excess of 180,000 miles towing on my towbar. It did fail while pulling out of a rest stop so minimal damge to Motorhome. Therefore I suggest the issue is not the years but the miles of towing. Keep in mind also that mine was a factory rebuilt when I purchased it. I feel I would consider a replacement when this one gets around 100,000 miloes which leaves me with another 80,000

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