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Old 07-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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towing a vehicle

First time towing a vehicle behind an Itasca 26P (22011).
Planning to tow a 2012 Honda CRV and cannot decide on a towbar and braking system. I am considering a Demco towbar and RVI brake. I would appreciate any comments on all tow bars and brake systems.

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Old 07-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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I prefer RoadMaster products, mainly because, as a retired trnsportation engineer, I appreciate the extra strength that the crossmember adds and the stress analysis they do. So far no one has shown me anything that says other companys do the analysis like RoadMaster.
Plus they're only about 10 miles from home. Still using the Stering I bought in 2004 or so, did have them rebuild it once (no charge). Also had one of the earlier models I got used, they gave me the parts to rebuild it, again no charge.
Most of the RoadMaster line of tow bars store on the MH too.

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Old 07-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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First time looking at DEMCO products was Friday, Did not pay close attention.

How about the Ready Brute with Ready Brake, I mean a "one stop" solution to all but your lighting needs.

What i use.. Blue ox with US-Gear Unified Brake Decelerator till the car died.

Was happy with it too, Aventia II (not the one with the ball bu tthe other style)

I would have no hesitation about recommending Roadmaster either.. I'm not quite as advanced in my engenerring studies as the other gentelman but the product appears well built and mine also had a cross member (just harder to see) I liked that the Aventia stows on the motor home when not in use.

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:56 AM   #4
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I'll not make a recommendation but rather describe what I've done and continue to.

I have a Blue Ox Aventa LX 10,000 lb. rated ball type tow bar and a Roadmaster Even Brake. My previous TOAD was a fairly heavy 2007 Ford Edge with a Blue Ox baseplate (behind a 36' DP) and my current TOAD is a 2002 Mercury Cougar with a Blue Ox baseplate (behind a Ford E-450 chassis).

All towing over the past 4 years and 25,000 miles has been quite satisfactory.
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Since your asking for experiences, I will throw in my two cents worth. I use the Blue Ox tow bar and baseplate and the RVI brake. Both work well for me.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:11 PM   #6
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Readybrute by Nightshift. The brake is integrated into the tow bar, well worth looking at.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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I have a Demco Commander tow bar and base plate with the RVI brake system. Everything works very well.

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