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Old 01-10-2016, 11:51 AM   #15
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My Blue Ox base plate is bolted directly to the frame of my
Explorer. I can't imagine anything that would be stronger.
I went with the Aventa tow bar since it is rated at 10,000 lbs.
75,000 miles and 6 years with no problems. Blue Ox has
service teams at most shows, and they can rejuvenate the
tow bar for $ 30.00. Recommended every two years.
I found the SMI Stay-in-Play Duo to be the ideal (for me)
braking system, simplicity re-defined.
Everyone does things differently, I doubt you could go
wrong with any of the major brand systems.
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:14 PM   #16
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I can get this for $265 if I beat anyone else to his house? Is 5000# sufficient for maybe a 4200# vehicle or is it starting tom push it?
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My Blue Ox base plate is bolted directly to the frame of my
Explorer. I can't imagine anything that would be stronger.
I went with the Aventa tow bar since it is rated at 10,000 lbs.
75,000 miles and 6 years with no problems. Blue Ox has
service teams at most shows, and they can rejuvenate the
tow bar for $ 30.00. Recommended every two years.
I found the SMI Stay-in-Play Duo to be the ideal (for me)
braking system, simplicity re-defined.
Everyone does things differently, I doubt you could go
wrong with any of the major brand systems.
I tend to agree, I think the big difference in these products is the way they are installed and maintained. I get the impression from some of these posts that people will buy the set up (used to save money) and install it themselves with little or no basic mechanical knowledge or turn it loose to Buddy who does it for cheap.
If that person understands what Used really means and have the ability to inspect the device before using it is one thing but, I fear that most have no clue.
Most of the failures I have read about or seen photos of, have a distinct odor of Operator Error about them.
I use the BlueOx Aventa with a BlueOx Base Plate. Installed and maintained correctly, I believe it will outlast me.
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On my last Toad I had a Roadmaster Base Plate and Roadmaster Tow bar.
On my present Toad I have a Roadmaster tow bar and a Blue Ox base plate.
I like the way after towing it is faster and easier to make the Blue Ox base plate less noticeable. Plus not needing to find a place to stow the Roadmaster big front brace plate.
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On my last Toad I had a Roadmaster Base Plate and Roadmaster Tow bar.
On my present Toad I have a Roadmaster tow bar and a Blue Ox base plate.
I like the way after towing it is faster and easier to make the Blue Ox base plate less noticeable. Plus not needing to find a place to stow the Roadmaster big front brace plate.

Actually I was thinking of that too. If you didn't want to store it you would have to leave it on. I have an opportunity to either buy a used 5000# Blue OX that was used when he bought it, or buy a 2yr. old Road Master from a couple I know that they bought new. So they have a CRV and I don't know what I'll end up with, so I guess you can by adapter base plates or conversion base plates?


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It's only my opinion, but I suggest waiting until you get your toad before you buy the components. Sure, a towbar from any of the major manufacturers will do, but you may miss out on certain "cleaner" options by buying the towbar first.

There's also your peace of mind to consider. When I purchased my towbar, baseplate, braking system and wiring components, I wanted to know there wasn't an avoidable weak link in the system. As "Dutch Star Don" pointed out, compromises you don't have to have can creep in when you use mismatched components. Plus, I wanted to know that I was the first owner of all that critical gear... I didn't have enough experience to assess whether a used towbar of any make was up to snuff. Maybe now I could do it, but not then.

That all said, as you've seen in the other posts, each of the major manufacturers makes decent products. I purchased a Roadmaster baseplate and towbar, and had no problems with it during our relatively short trip of 8,000 miles. I did remove the cross-piece and brackets from the toad each time we expected to use it.
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I think it's personal taste like a choosing a Ford or a Chevrolet. Blue Ox and Roadmaster are both good equipment, But in my opinion, the Roadmaster just looks stronger and the attachment appears to be more secure... That made the Roadmaster my choice. Just my humble opinion.


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