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Old 12-25-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Towing a car

We would like to tow a 2011 Buick Enclave with our 2008 Monaco Knight. Can anyone recommend a tow bar and anything I need to be aware of. I would like the type that folds up when not in use.

What about braking and lights?


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Old 12-25-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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First off: is the Buick towable four down? Once we know that that are lots of us with lots of experience towing.

OK: FMCA says it is.

I use RoadMaster equipment when towing four down. Due to wrong/chenged info from Honda we ended up buying four down towing gear, then having to go to a dolly. Have towed our '05 Odyssey both ways behind our MH.

Personally I prefer on a dolly but some people think four down is better. I've experienced the towed having the wheel alignment pounded out, much more paint chipping, and dead batteries towing four down.
To each his own I guess.
Anyway, I use a Sterling towbar, the removable hidden brackets, and the BrakeMaster with optional breakaway setup.
The dolly is a Demco KK-460.

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Old 12-25-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by russ2528 View Post
We would like to tow a 2011 Buick Enclave with our 2008 Monaco Knight. Can anyone recommend a tow bar and anything I need to be aware of. I would like the type that folds up when not in use.

What about braking and lights?


I tow a 2011 enclave. I use a ready brute with the ready brake integrated tow bar with a blue Ox base plate. I bought the complete package with the brake lights through night shift auto. The install takes a little bit of time if you are handy. I did the complete install myself. Took about 5 hours for the base plate, 1.5 hours for the ready brake cable and 1 hour for the brake lights.

Let me know if you have any questions. You will have to pull your 50 amp fuse each time you tow so its best to get a long fuse that you can easily pull in an out instead of the stock fuse.

Good luck. I'm sure others will chime in on other types of tow bars. I picked the readybrute/ready brake based on both pricing and other reviews.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:13 AM   #4
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I think Blue Ox and Roadmaster are two f the most popular. Don't think you could go wrong on either. I would suggest not mixing tow plate and tow bar brands though. Also chose one that that doesn't show much when not towing. My Blue Ox has removable connectors on the tow plate, Roadmaster probably has something similar. My personal preference is to not use a surge only aux brake system. I only want the brake to activate when the coach brakes are applied. I use SMI but there are others such as Invisabrake, Unified, etc.
In the end it's all personal preference. Just do your research and go with what you are comfortable with.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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I tow a Dodge Dakota behind my MH
I use a 10000 lb blue ox tow bar, it steel and not aluminum. It's heavy but I just leave it on the motorhome as it telescopes down in size and folds over to one side, I'm sure the aluminum ones are good too. I also use the blue ox base plate. Once in awhile depending on where your unhooking it can be abit of a pain if doing it by yourself but always easy if a second person is there. I use a Brake Buddy for the braking, it works ok but have mixed feelings about it, if I do it again I would try the ready brake I think. I have never used a tow dolly so I can not comment on them, but I didn't want another thing to unhook and then you need a place to store it... If going the tow bar route it is best to have the tow bar
As close to level as possible, I had to get a 4in drop receiver for the tow bar to fit into, but the added length moved my tow vehicle back an extra 6in which lets me turn sharper without the tow vehicle hitting the back of the MH. 4 down is very simple if your Vehicle can be towed that way.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:08 AM   #6
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No problem. We tow a 2010 GMC Acadia (sister car to the Enclave) 4 down with no problems. I installed a switch so I don't have to pull the 50 A fuse - makes it easier to be ready to tow/drive the car.

Our tow system is the Blue Ox tow bar/base plate, with the SMI Air Force One braking system. A wonderful combination. The Air Force One brake package will control your lights/brake lights on the Enclave, while applying proportional braking that follows the brake pedal on the coach. The Blue Ox tow bar will fold together, then tilt to one side and lock to be out of the way without having to disconnect the tow bar from the coach.


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