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Old 02-10-2018, 05:53 PM   #1
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Who and what spares do Blue Ox owners carry

Curious what type of spare tow bar components, particularly Blue Ox owners, carry. As I was preparing my checklist for the upcoming season I 've decided to purchase an extra set of the tabs which insert into the baseplate. I almost always remove them when I unhook the toad but a couple of times have forgotten. Having them "disappear" would be a short term show stopper and acquiring replacements a pain depending on location at any given time. Also planning to carry a replacement triple lug bracket. Finally in a sign of someone overthinking the what if's instead of an extra set of retaining pins and clips considering upgrading to the key lockable version of the retaining pin.

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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Who and what spares do Blue Ox owners carry

Seems like you have most of it covered, maybe some nylon ties if you need to pull back your boot to inspect. I have a small Dewalt soft sided tool sack I carry everything in.

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:58 PM   #3
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I have extra retaining springs as well as locking pins.
Some of the rubber cable loops too
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:01 PM   #4
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I carry an extra removable "tab" every since the locking pin broke on one of mine. I use locking pins but carry spare non locking pins just in case.
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:33 PM   #5
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Extra pins... I dropped one in a raging snow storm a couple years ago. froze my hands digging through the snow trying to find it... Finally found it, but swore to buy and carry extras in the future.
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Pins and locking clips and anything that can be dropped or lost.

I open up the boots and clean and lube at least yearly.

And have it inspected and refurbished as needed by BO factory reps at rally's every year or two when there us an opportunity. Usually at Quartzite in January.
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Using thin cable as a lanyard my pins and locking clips are tethered together. I also put a loop of cable on the couplings that insert into the baseplates. And I add large key ring loops to the pin ends, which are handy when extra force is require to remove. I always install the pins so they pull out to the outside, where they is little to smash my hand against when they release. These are all DIY projects.

And I have extras of all.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:36 PM   #8
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I now carry a latch handle repair kit since I recently had one fail. No one had one close by so I was sort of stuck. I also carry the pins that go into the base plate. I also now have the other pins and retainers.
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I'm just getting started w BO but have built up the spares mentioned.
With some of the horror stories I've read about pins & clips "disappearing" at rest / onite stops I bought locks.
My MH came w tabs, pins and cables which are now my extras after purchasing a new bar.
I do carry cable ties so figure I'm pretty well set. Soft tote bag for all the loose parts.
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I place all the tow components in a plastic wash bin that I carry back and forth to hookup and unhook the Jeep. It is stored in the bottom compartment of the MH. The safety chains, break away cable, electrical cord, Blue Ox pin locks, 2 Blue Ox base plate attachments, air brake line for Air force One, small can of WD-40, locking pins and spares, spare air brake line, and extra plastic covers for base plate holes; all carried in the plastic wash bin. They are always handy and I know they are all together.

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I am a first time RV owner and just got my 2014 Honda CR-V setup with Blue Ox gear. I got the Avail tow bar and just got one extra set of pins for the base plate connection and got a locking pin for the RV receiver attachment point. I didnít get locking pins for the baseplate in case i ever needed to unhook in a hurry, but at least I have spares.
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I carry an extra pair of tabs and pins. Extra receiver pin. Extra pair of safety cables. Extra electrical cable. Extra breakaway cord. And since I use M&G supplemental brakes, an extra 1/4" quick connect tube. Basically everything but an extra tow bar!


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Old 02-12-2018, 09:51 AM   #13
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I do carry extra pins for the coupler to the baseplate. Incident down the road from me made me NOT go with the locking pins. The couple was able to get out & disconnect their toad fast enough to save it & drive home.
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I carry a spare set of pins. I use locking pins, but you never know.

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