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Old 05-03-2005, 12:36 PM   #1
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We are awaiting the arrival of our first motorhome (fourth RV!), and are going to have a Honda CRV as a toad. We've been reading a lot about toads and towing, but wonder: Which is preferable? Tow bars that mount to the motorhome, or those that mount to the vehicle? And why? Thanks in advance for your opinions!
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We are awaiting the arrival of our first motorhome (fourth RV!), and are going to have a Honda CRV as a toad. We've been reading a lot about toads and towing, but wonder: Which is preferable? Tow bars that mount to the motorhome, or those that mount to the vehicle? And why? Thanks in advance for your opinions!
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Old 05-03-2005, 01:38 PM   #3
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Hi SteveandJill,

I went with the tow bar on the motorhome as I think they look bad on the toad. It would be a load on a CRV.

By the way, the toad brackets really strengthen the front of a CRV.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:38 PM   #4
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We put the tow bar on the motorhome because we didn't want a permanent fixture on the front of the car. The base plate/bracket on the front of the CRV can be removed. However, we have never removed it, .... much easier that way.

My granddaughter says my car has braces...
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Old 05-03-2005, 04:42 PM   #5
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Ours on MH. We were afraid somone would hit truck in parking lot, etc. and do damage.
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Old 05-03-2005, 05:07 PM   #6
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I agree, we put ours on the motorhome because we felt the cars appearance was better without the equipment. Our car spents more time not being towed than hitched to the MH.
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:11 AM   #7
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Another consideration is that most car mounted bars are rigid whereas the motorhome mounted units are telescopic. With a rigid A frame mounted to the car you have to hit the motorhome's trailer ball exactly in order to hook it up. The telescopic units, like Blue Ox's Aventa II, fold up out of the way when not needed and there is no ball because it's mounted to the coach. Then you just extend the arms to connect to the toad, drive the coach forward a bit and everything snaps into place. For a better look at this setup check out the RVupgrades page at This Link to see the Aventa II and other tow bars. I run the Aventa II and find it a great setup.
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Old 05-04-2005, 02:33 PM   #8
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Hi Steveandjill,

I have to agree with everyone else here, put the tow unit on the motorhome have been doing it that way myself since 1995 with no problem!! I like Cruzer also have the Blue OX Aventa II from RV Upgrades, and agree with him a 1000000000% that it's a great setup!! Best of luck with what ever setup you go with, and may all your trips be happy ones !!
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:49 PM   #9
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What cruzer said. We have the Roadmaster Falcon 2. Very satisfied with it.
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Old 05-04-2005, 06:32 PM   #10
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Everyone, we no longer have questions about which way to go....

Thanks for all the advice! Now, we've got to start shopping!
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Old 05-04-2005, 09:56 PM   #11
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When we had a motorhome we started with a dolly and decided that this is not the way to do this in just a few months. We got a car that could be towed 4-down and the first tow bar was one that fitted and folded on the front of the car. The chief copilot did not like this on the front of her car. So we finally bought a Falcon 5250 which folded up on the back of the MoHo. This was much cleaner and we did not worry about a parking lot whacko mashing the two bar and rendering it usless.

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Thank You! "Again Blue Ox!

We recently moved back to an Blue Ox Aladdin, my second, and overall our 3rd tow bar previously using an Aventa II because "aluminum is a good thing" when you have a light toad. (less than 4000 pounds) .

The Rally team came by the day before and I simply pointed out something that was of concern to me and faster than you can say "Lemony Snicket", the rally team member came by yesterday morning and plugged in a brand new bar.

No questions asked!

Not only are you warrantied during your original warranty period but they have also been known to fix whatever problems exist with their equipment immediately right on the scene. (in or out of warranty)

So if you're having a problem with a Blue Ox product just simply wave at a team member and they will be more than glad to assist you.

What's really nice about the rally team is that you don't really have to go and find them, they roll around in a small fleet of golf carts in the facility and they will come and find you!

It's nice to know that you will most always see these folks at large RV rallies and show RV events.
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The Aventa II by Blue Ox is the only way to go. Had ours for 3 years and love.
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I attended a seminar last year with a Blue Ox speaker. He covered the pros/cons of virtually all methods of connecting a toad. Bottom line, he recommended a tow bar on the MH.

In addition to the aesthetics of keeping the toad uncluttered, he said that it is common for folks to damage the equipment if it is mounted on the toad. Either you as the toad driver, or another driver in a parking lot will roll up too close to the front of your toad and bang up your tow bar.
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