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Old 08-03-2021, 11:59 AM   #1
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Recommendations for tow bar

I have a 36E Bounder and would like to tow our Jeep Wrangler. Any recommendations on a tow bar. Reside in AZ, looking for a ballpark cost to have this done by a RV repair shop somewhere in Phoenix area.

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You do not need a shop to do a tow bar. Just buy the correct tow bar that works with your baseplate on the vehicle being towed. Should be less than $1000.00. The whole setup for your towed would be $3-4000.00.
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If I were to buy a new Tow Bar today it wold be the etrailer house brand Tow Bar which is built by Demco, but is cheaper than a genuine Demco and comes with your choice of connector ends already installed. The SD would work for a Jeep, though the XHD might be safer / more robust Here is the link to the version with the Blue Ox connectors https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bar/etrailer/e67ZR.html


You will also need either a base plate or a towing compatible front bumper for the Jeep, as well as a braking system and tail/brake light wiring done. There are several different options here, either drop in braking system (Brake Buddy, Even Brake, RVI brake, etc.) or permanently mounted (Stay IN Play Duo, Invisbrake, etc.)
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Towing four down takes three major parts. The tow bar, the baseplate (connects the tow bar to the tow vehicle) and brakes. Other minor parts like safety cables and light wiring are also required but letís look at your question.
Jeep Wranglers are great tow vehicles for a number of reasons. One of the best to the availability of aftermarket parts you can install yourself. My suggestion for the baseplate is upgrade to a nice aftermarket bumper with the towing lugs attached.
As for tow bars I highly recommend you go with a Roadmaster. I was recently at an RV rally and the difference in after the sale support sold me on the brand. Just be sure to go with a model designed to tow more than your Jeep weighs. It gives you that extra safety factor.

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I recommend the Hercules ReadyBrute towbars with built-in ReadyBrake from NSA RV Products! Rated at 12,000 lbs with lifetime warranty!
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The most commonly requested tow bars for us are Roadmaster and Blue Ox.

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If I were to buy a new Tow Bar today it wold be the etrailer house brand Tow Bar which is built by Demco, but is cheaper than a genuine Demco and comes with your choice of connector ends already installed. The SD would work for a Jeep, though the XHD might be safer / more robust Here is the link to the version with the Blue Ox connectors https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bar/etrailer/e67ZR.html


You will also need either a base plate or a towing compatible front bumper for the Jeep, as well as a braking system and tail/brake light wiring done. There are several different options here, either drop in braking system (Brake Buddy, Even Brake, RVI brake, etc.) or permanently mounted (Stay IN Play Duo, Invisbrake, etc.)
I second the eTrailer tow bar. I have the eTrailer SD which is actually a Demco Commander 1. I didn't need any adapter plates with the tow bar as I am using the tabs that came with the baseplate (also a Demco with eTrailer stickers), so I ordered the least expensive SD tow bar option for $520 and tossed the adapters.
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I won't comment on the "Best" choice but I will say that I truly have had excellent luck with our Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain.

It is well suited for towing our previous Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and was an easy switch-over to our Current Grand Cherokee.

We purchased the Roadmaster Baseplate for the CG and simply changed the ends as we previously towed the wrangler attached directly to our Poison Spyder front bumper.

Here's a video from the RV Geeks on changing over from a Blue OX to Roadmaster and their experiences with the Sterling

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I've been using a Demco Excalibar II for four years now and love it. I much prefer it over the Blue Ox I had previously.
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I've been using nothing but Roadmaster equipment since I started towing 4 down.
I now have a Nighthawk bar, Roadmaster brackets for my '21 Wrangler Rubicon diesel using the stock steel bumper and a Brakemaster 9160 braking unit.
If you go with an aftermarket bumper be sure it's rated for recreational towing, most are not.
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I've been using a Demco Excalibar II for four years now and love it. I much prefer it over the Blue Ox I had previously.

I feel the same way about the Demco Commander I bought a few months ago, the thing just feels much more solid than my previous Blue Ox. Welds look beefier, etc. you can certainly see the agricultural equipment heritage when look at the Demco tow bar, as it looks like something that would go on tractor.
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What's the best for towing a 2004 Toyota Tundra

Would any of these tow bars be recommended for a 2004 Toyota Tundra behind a 2022 Newmar Baystar 3124? While waiting for my motorhome to be built I am trying to get all my ducks in a row for what I will need to tow my truck in the winter. Will be towing my HD Tri Glide in the summer in an enclosed trailer, would one of your recommendations of tow bars work for these?
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Has the Tundra been custom adapted for flat towing, by a company like Remco, etc? I ask because it does not show up as being flat towable in the 2004 dinghy towing guide, though Blue Ox makes a base plate for it.


Having said that google says the curb weight is between 4,000 - 5,000 pounds depending on options, so most of the tow bars being talked about above should work, though you might want a heavier rated one, for example my Demco commander is rated at 7,000 pounds, and the Demco Excalibar is rated at I think 10,000. Not sure about all the others mentioned, but there are a lot of 5,000 pound rated tow bars out there, which might be cutting it a little too close.
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