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Old 06-22-2013, 08:14 AM   #15
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... Shop used. I bought a Blue Ox Avanda for $170 and have used it for thousands of trouble free miles. Having good, safe equipment, supplemental brakes, all gives peace of mind.

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Old 06-22-2013, 02:51 PM   #16
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The U haul tow bar is brand new in the box. Its rated for 5000 lbs which the Jeep is only 3000lbs. It mounts to a 2"ball into the 3"receiver.
The plates mount directly to the front of the bumper and will stay attached which is fine. It has pins to pull so it can be removed and yes would have to be stored. Doesn't conveniently stay attached to tow vehicle. Which again for the few times we will use it that's ok. It does fold together to it can be stored in the basement compartment easy enough.
You might want to actually weigh your Jeep. 3,000 lbs sounds awfully light for any Jeep built within the last 15 years or so. We have a 2004 TJ Sport. Edmunds lists it as weighing 3450 lbs. The actual weight with the hard top is 3,800 lbs
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I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake from NSA RV Products. You can get the combination for less than $1000. Yes, I know that's a lot more than the U-Haul, but you get what you pay for!

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It's my educated guess that a good A Frame tow bar is much stronger and more reliable than any of the adjustable length types. The A Frame bar has no moving parts and nothing to fail except the rigid metal itself. The adjustable types may be easier to hook up, but there a many more failure modes than the simple bar. There have been multiple reports on IRV2 of tow bars failing, often the aluminum ones.
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It's my educated guess that a good A Frame tow bar is much stronger and more reliable than any of the adjustable length types. The A Frame bar has no moving parts and nothing to fail except the rigid metal itself. The adjustable types may be easier to hook up, but there a many more failure modes than the simple bar. There have been multiple reports on IRV2 of tow bars failing, often the aluminum ones.
Mine is articulated so you only need to be within about 16 inches of the hitch ball. And it is steel. Roadmaster Stowmaster.
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I have a blue ox, brake buddy. Tow bar attaches to custom built front bumper
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You might want to actually weigh your Jeep. 3,000 lbs sounds awfully light for any Jeep built within the last 15 years or so. We have a 2004 TJ Sport. Edmunds lists it as weighing 3450 lbs. The actual weight with the hard top is 3,800 lbs
I looked it up its right around 3200 prob because its a soft top and 4cyl. But even at 3500 well within the 5k load limit.
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So I'm going to stick with the tow bar from u haul for now and see if it is more of a pain than its worth and then decide if I want to upgrade.
I'm making a steel bracket for behind the bumper that will support the mounts and bolt to the frame for some extra support. In taking the end caps off the bumper they were destroyed. Horrible design. Metal c-clips into plastic that get all rusty and when you try and remove the bolts the c-clips spin cutting a circle out of the plastic.
They were faded and cracked in a couple spots anyway so I ordered 2 new ones for $50. Which I'm sure if I had this bar installed the caps would have been glued or caulked rigged up to hold for a while. So glad I'm doing it myself.
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