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Old 07-08-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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Trailer to Toad

I am about to cross over to 4 down. Been pulling a trailer for years and with my new KA I am going to add a GMC 3/4 ton and add a motorcycle in the bed on occasion.
I plan on at least a 10,000lb tow bar if not larger. My questions:
What is the most reliable and efficient? Blue OX?
How long does it take to un-hook the heavy toad when you have to back up in a semi-emergency?
How long does it take to re-connect after you back up and are ready to go again.

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Old 07-08-2014, 08:08 PM   #2
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I use the Blue Ox Aventa and I love it. You don't have to be lined up perfectly, you can be on uneven ground, and it's simple to hook up. I can hook up in about five minutes. An emergency unhook would be faster then that, wiring harness, break away wire, two pins and two safety cables.

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Old 07-08-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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Also use the Blue Ox 10000# aventa. Tow my truck with RZR in the back, works well, I got the acc kit as well, comes with locking tow pins, tow bar cover.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:19 PM   #4
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I used to tow 4 wheels down with a full size Denali with a a Roadmaster BLACK HAWK 2 ALL-TERRAIN TOW BAR. I was very pleased with it, but I also think the Blue Ox is a good alternative. The Roadmaster you didn't have to be straight or level as the arms are telescoping and very easy to adjust.

One bad thing with a tow bar is you can not back up as you are inquiring about time of unhooking. I think both will be easy to unhook and reconnect for the 10000 lb capacity bars. You will have to undo safety chains, wiring, brake and pins, but will only take a few minutes for unhooking and rehooking, but you will need to also store the light and brake cords while moving the vehicle.

Another drawback of 4 wheels down is limitation of vehicles to tow, but I am sure you have considered the other drawbacks as both methods have their drawbacks. If possible, I would prefer to have both methods available to me, but I currently do not own any vehicle 4 wheels down out of the 5 vehicles we own.

I also wouldn't want to leave my bike in the elements but that is just me. I loved when I could tow 4 down in certain scenarios, but I really love using my trailer also.
Good luck!
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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I agree Johnny Rotten, I am not in favor of the Ultra getting all the road film.
You know....it's jus hard to get all the coons up one tree.
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