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Old 12-01-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to purchase either a Blue Ox or Roadmaster towing system to couple my 2003 Chevy Tracker to my 2008 Bounder 35E. I have had two installers tell me the Roadmaster is "junk", but I find that hard to believe. The base plates on the Roadmaster system seem much easier to install on the Tracker than the Blue Ox, which requires taking most of the front end off. Anyone have comments on either of these two systems?

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Both Roadmaster and Blue Ox are good products. We bought a Blue Ox baseplate, but the Roadmaster would have worked just as well.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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The Roadmaster baseplate is easier to install, but I notice it doen't have a connection between the two frame rails like the Blue Ox baseplate has. I imagine the RM has been adequately designed, but the Blue Ox looks heftier, if a little harder to install. I've had a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and I like the ease to hook up and stow, plenty strong for towing my Beetle.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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The Roadmaster baseplate is easier to install, but I notice it doen't have a connection between the two frame rails like the Blue Ox baseplate has. I imagine the RM has been adequately designed, but the Blue Ox looks heftier, if a little harder to install. I've had a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and I like the ease to hook up and stow, plenty strong for towing my Beetle.
the connection between the frame rails comes off when not in use. I towed a tracker for 4 years with the roadmaster falcon tow bar. worked great never a problem. I miss my tracker.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Did you consider the Ready Brute and the Demco base plates from Tow Bars Unlimited, I have the Ready Brute w/ Ready Brake and it's been great so far. I have the Roadmaster base plates since that's the way I thought I was going but changed my mine after looking into the Ready Brute further. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Love my roadmaster and ready brake. I think all systems have merit so its whatever works in your mind :0)
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Have had good luck with Roadmaster baseplate and Ready Brute bar and brake on 2008 Saturn Vue.
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I have seen posts and pictures of BlueOx towbars that broke and I've never seen or heard of a RoadMaster doing that.
But both are will known and will do the job.
We went with RoadMaster because they were less than 20 miles from home, now they've moved to WA and are even closer.
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Tow system help

Thanks for all of the info on towing systems.

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I have used the RoadMaster for several years, and have never had a problem. Works great!
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The horizontal stabilizer on a Roadmaster is external (in most cases) and removed when not towing. Blue Ox uses a horizontal stiffener as part of the base plates.

We towed both a 2000 and a 2003 Tracker for over 50k miles using a Roadmaster Falcon tow bar and base plates with no problems at all. The Tracker badly needs that extra horizontal stabilizer, though, since the front end inherently lacks stiffness. You will notice that the SUV itself has cross bars under the hood, across the engine compartment, to help stiffen it. Conceivably the internal horizontal stiffener of the Blue Ox might even improve the vehicle handling a bit when not towing!

When we switched from our Trackers to a GMC Acadia, we also changed to the Blue Ox tow bar system. We like that a bit better than the Roadmaster.
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I was surprised at the simplicity of the Roadmaster base plate, I was going to comment on the few number of bolts. The bolt thing wasn't an issue once I thought about the other points of the tow system that relies on one or two 'pins' to hold everything together. Then I noticed the Roadmaster tow bar has the connecting bar AFTER you connect to the toad, on the bars themselves. You can get adaptor arms to use a Roadmaster on a Blue Ox BP, but I don't think I'd want to use a Blue Ox TB on a Roadmaster BP setup.
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The horizontal stabilizer on a Roadmaster is external (in most cases) and removed when not towing. Blue Ox uses a horizontal stiffener as part of the base plates.

We towed both a 2000 and a 2003 Tracker for over 50k miles using a Roadmaster Falcon tow bar and base plates with no problems at all. The Tracker badly needs that extra horizontal stabilizer, though, since the front end inherently lacks stiffness. You will notice that the SUV itself has cross bars under the hood, across the engine compartment, to help stiffen it. Conceivably the internal horizontal stiffener of the Blue Ox might even improve the vehicle handling a bit when not towing!

When we switched from our Trackers to a GMC Acadia, we also changed to the Blue Ox tow bar system. We like that a bit better than the Roadmaster.
You brought out a great point about the stiffer Blue Ox base plate; may be worth the extra effort of installing it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:16 AM   #14
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Looked at both tow systems. Decided to go with the
Blue Ox system. Justed liked the install on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and yes they had to take the front bumper off for the install. Seems to be good system for me. Best of luck with whichever you choose.
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