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Old 10-24-2020, 09:45 PM   #1
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Hi Lo Bar

Hello, I just received my build date from Newmar for a New Aire. Have read several discussions on having a Toad and plan to use my 2011 AWD CRV. Local shop suggested buying a Blue Ox Ascent and that a Hi Lo Bar may be needed. I have also read the thread on Blue Ox Avail tow bars failing. I am concerned
that the Hi Lo Bar may impart some structural weakness. Further, is the aluminum Ascent tow bar a good structural choice?
1. Anyone using a CRV toad with a New Aire and is the Hi Lo Bar required?
2. Is steel a better choice and going up to 10K or 15K rating?
3. Is there a more reliable tow bar?
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:54 PM   #2
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I'm guessing the 'Hi / low' bar he is mentioning is a drop receiver.

Personally, Blue ox would be my last choice. I use a 10,500 lb Demco towbar, on a lighter toad than your Honda.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:08 AM   #3
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Never having used a Blue Ox I am certainly not an expert but it seems like that is the name most associated with failures lately. We use a ready brute with the ready brake system on our Wrangler and have been very happy with it. Simple, all mechanical and ruggedly built.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:30 AM   #4
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The Blue Ox failures reported lately have been with the Avail which is a 10,000 lbs steel tow bar. I have the Ascent which is a 7,500 lbs aluminum and I have had no problems.
You will not know about the hi/low (drop receiver) until after you decide on a baseplate for the CRV. You want the connection on the car to be within +- 3" of the hitch to make sure you are towing level. These are not usually necessary on a DP.
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Look at Road Masters high/lo receivers. 10k lb rated. The reason they are saying hi/low may be needed is you need to try to keep the tow bar level, coach to towed.
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Old 10-26-2020, 09:46 AM   #6
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I use a hi/low adapter and a blue ox ascent tow bar. I’m very happy with both. The drop adapter is made for its purpose and armchair engineering/worrying is not very productive. There are failures of nearly anything mechanical and you can worry yourself silly over them. Blue Ox is a premium product and while you can do what your gut tells you to do I would t hesitate. Just be sure to follow instructions.
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:13 PM   #7
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I want to thank everyone for their input. My “concern” is to avoid mistakes as I am not an engineer.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:56 PM   #8
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PM me. If you decide you need one, I have a hi/lo that I no longer need. It was used to tow a CRV.
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Marty & Denise, thank you for the offer. That is a very kind thing for you to offer.
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