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Old 12-19-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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Tow bar recommendation

Hope I can get some advice about which tow bar would be the best . I am going to be towing a Fiat 500 ( manuel ) . Looking at the roadmaster sterling all-terrain tow bar or a blue ox Alpha . Ready to buy just want to get a little info. From people who know and have had experence with towing., I have never towed a toad. Thanks
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Roadmaster and Blue Ox both have good reputations and reviews.

We went with the Blue Ox since they made the base plate for our Chevy Spark.

We also have the Roadmaster Invisibrake for braking for the toad.

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Old 12-19-2014, 03:10 PM   #3
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As stated above both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox are good bars. If you have not chose a braking system, then I recommend looking at the ReadyBrute Elite tow bar which also has a braking system. It usually is cheapest bar & brake system to purchase. Cheaper in this case does not mean less quality. Many users on this forum are happy with their ReadyBrute Elite, myself included. Full disclosure: I still use the tow bar but no longer the brake because I installed a separate air brake system. If you chose to use another brand of braking system then I personally would pick between Roadmaster, Blue Ox or ReadyBrute(without brake) tow bars.

If you will be doing the base plate install rather than using a vendor; suggest you look at the install instructions on Roadmaster and Blue Ox websites. For my Jeep the Blue Ox Base plate instructions showed for my vehicle that it would be easier to install for me. You many find one brand easier for your vehicle. Each brand is very good so it is not a matter of which may be best.IMHO
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Suggest to check out the ReadyBrute Elite. Tow bar and brake system combo. Simple, effective, and priced well.
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Ready Brute Elite here also, so easy to hook and go.
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Ready Brute Elite here also, so easy to hook and go.
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Based on my personal experience, I do not recommend the Roadmaster tow bar.

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And, based on personal experience I would recommend the RoadMaster tow bar.
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I am having trouble finding a blue ox dealer ( except on line , Hitch source) and someone to install the plate for fiat. Not an authorized dealer close by. I can get the roadmaster installed a camping world locally . I watched the video on installing the plate and wiring on Fiat, looks hard and some tools I don't have. CW do not sell blue ox and there installation on the blue ox are way to high. Some say the blue ox are easier to hook up to motor home.
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I am having trouble finding a blue ox dealer ( except on line , Hitch source) and someone to install the plate for fiat. Not an authorized dealer close by. I can get the roadmaster installed a camping world locally . I watched the video on installing the plate and wiring on Fiat, looks hard and some tools I don't have. CW do not sell blue ox and there installation on the blue ox are way to high. Some say the blue ox are easier to hook up to motor home.

I certainly have nothing bad to say about Blue Ox. They seem to enjoy a good reputation. I've towed with a Roadmaster Sterling bar for 11 years now and can't imagine an easier drill to hookup.


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A local shop was steering me toward Roadmaster. They are an authorized dealer for both, as well as Demco, and Ready Brute. The 10K Roadmaster (Blackhawk 2) is considerably more expensive than the 10K Blue OX (Aventa LX). Any thoughts or justification for this? I'm saying that both get very good reviews.
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Tend to think all the name-brand bars are good--so personal preference in the driver.....Might reconsider having CW do anything mechanical for you--just saying.....
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I am having trouble finding a blue ox dealer ( except on line , Hitch source) and someone to install the plate for fiat. Not an authorized dealer close by. I can get the roadmaster installed a camping world locally . I watched the video on installing the plate and wiring on Fiat, looks hard and some tools I don't have. CW do not sell blue ox and there installation on the blue ox are way to high. Some say the blue ox are easier to hook up to motor home.
This company does the work in Savannah Trailer Hitches Rutland Tire & Wheel

A Google search may reveal other vendors/installers in your area. Good luck
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Thanks Osok I will give them a call. How did you know that ! I noticed your location and was surprised you weren't from this area.
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