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Old 08-08-2016, 12:00 AM   #15
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Decided to go flat instead of the trailer after reading everything. Thank you for all the input.

Now the decision is Blue Ox or Roadmaster for the components needed. I don't want aluminum for sure and will probably get a 10K setup instead of going smaller. I like the extra strength that should be provided. Also would add supplemental braking.

I have read the threads on Blue Ox failures. Seems like the factory backed them up and that's great but.....

I haven't seen any threads on failures of the Roadmaster products. Are they more sturdy than the Blue Ox?

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Old 08-08-2016, 05:06 AM   #16
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OP its a good thing you did decide to go Flat Tow because you are limited on your Tow weight anyway. According to the brochure you have 4k lbs of towing: GVWR is 26000 and GCWR is 30000. So even if you aren't full loaded you may be able to get away with 5k lbs.
the Jeep, Stock weighs 4300lbs and you have done upgrades and added larger tires and maybe a lift and upgraded suspension and possibly bumpers and hi lift jack and other stuff for real off road use. You are most likely around 5k lbs.
I would weigh the MH loaded as you normally travel and weigh the Jeep the way you normally have it set up for travel and see where you are at.
I know that your hitch is rated for 10k but the book states 30klbs MAX.

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Old 08-08-2016, 07:08 PM   #17
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I called Blue Ox and Roadmaster today. Based on SR price the Roadmaster was almost $500. less than the Blue Ox. I was surprised at that. Both had the plates, the 10K units which are both steel, combo packs and supplemental braking system. I had them also include a rise/drop hitch.

All in all I think the Roadmaster is the way to go. I have read about 2-3 failures on the Blue Ox but none on the Roadmaster. Then you throw in the savings.....it really seems to be a no brainer.

My RV guy can install it all for me. Just need to get it ordered and delivered to me. If I was close enough I would have Roadmaster do the installation but just too far away.

Thanks for all the input!

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