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Old 10-24-2021, 07:20 AM   #1
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While leaving a VA rest stop, heard loud bang. Was not yet on entrance ramp, so doing 20 mph? Pulled over and checked. The bar into the receiver was broken and blue ox lying on the ground. Cables only connection with RV. Attaching picture of receiver. I have a 2020 FORZA 34T, towing a 2011 Ford Edge. (Edge has been towed 45 k miles +/-) I always check connection when we stop, and did not notice anything. Where the break happened would be hidden. Slight damage to rear of RV, front of Edge getting repaired. Looks like the Blue Ox bounced up and hit the edge. Blue Ox has bent arm, will replace with all new hook up. Any ideas why or how this happened?? Harness is 10 yrs. old (?). Could metal fatigue be the answer?? Any answers would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Glad to hear the damage was minimal. I’m surprised the hitch was built with tubing, as ours is solid bar stock. I dont see much, if any weld in the picture, so I’m guessing yeah, metal fatigue. Was the hitch itself Blue Ox also? Do you recall
the # rating? Thanks for posting, a reminder to us all to check things more often.
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The receiver on your coach needs to be as near horizontal/level as possible to the receivers on your toad. Any variation up or down puts tension on the tow bar contributing to failure.
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Second the surprise at tubing being used. My Curt tow bar is solid steel.
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Infamous Blue Oxs.
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Infamous Blue Oxs.
Our Blue Ox has served us well for thousands of miles towing a Ford Explorer. Not one problem.
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Is this an extension or the tow bar? While the picture is low quality, it is obvious that fatigue is what caused the failure. The wall thickness should be at least 2 times that if not more.
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The way the op wrote this it sounds as if it was not actually anything that Blue Ox made broke, except a bent tow bar arm.

Looks like a cheap extension/drop was used
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Our Blue Ox has served us well for thousands of miles towing a Ford Explorer. Not one problem.
DittoÖ. Same here. Blue Ox is top quality.
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Picture kinda fuzzy, looks like a lot of rust and a hole on top of tube which would be strange.
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While leaving a VA rest stop, heard loud bang. Was not yet on entrance ramp, so doing 20 mph? Pulled over and checked. The bar into the receiver was broken and blue ox lying on the ground. Cables only connection with RV. Attaching picture of receiver. I have a 2020 FORZA 34T, towing a 2011 Ford Edge. (Edge has been towed 45 k miles +/-) I always check connection when we stop, and did not notice anything. Where the break happened would be hidden. Slight damage to rear of RV, front of Edge getting repaired. Looks like the Blue Ox bounced up and hit the edge. Blue Ox has bent arm, will replace with all new hook up. Any ideas why or how this happened?? Harness is 10 yrs. old (?). Could metal fatigue be the answer?? Any answers would be appreciated. Thanks!!
Can we see a better quality of photo? Have never seen a non solid drop bar in over 40 years of towing!
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Broken receiver bar

Yes, it is hollow. Went to a few stores looking at bars. Only solid was for ball towing. Have used this assembly on three MH's. FORZA rating 10K rating on hitch, 6k rating on the ROADMASTER Sterling assembly, auto 4k. Yes when towing, straight alignment is what you need. Unfortunately keeping the same vehicle, does not always allow straight lines when several MH are of different heights it the hitch. New assembly, on a new car would add 2K+ added to cost of replacement. Check IRV2 toad ads, but never anything close. I will be replacing with a BlueOx, the Roadmaster served me well. Doubt that I will have that straight line. Thanks for all you comments. Stay safe!!!
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Can we see a better quality of photo? Have never seen a non solid drop bar in over 40 years of towing!


My Blue Ox Avail was hollow. 2x2x 1/4Ē wall thickness tubing. Never really liked how sloppy everything was. Glad its gone.

I agree, we need better pictures. Even a hollow shaft shouldnít have snapped off like that. It would take massive stresses to shear off like what is pictured. I suspect there may be contributing factors.
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