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Old 04-30-2020, 06:50 PM   #1
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What brand tow bar

i have a 2020 Equinox TOAD. Any suggestions on tow bar and base plates or other things I may need.

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Old 05-01-2020, 02:50 AM   #2
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I have a Blue Ox Aladdin it’s all aluminum. It’s 17 yrs old and works like new. It maxed out at 5000 lbs. It’s discontinued. I would get the new Blue Ox All Aluminum unit ( Ascent ) it maxes out at 7500 lbs now. I don’t think you will pull a car or trunk heavier than that and it will last forever. Good quality, I think the best. It’s a bit expensive but you will only buy one.
The base plates are available for almost every car or truck.
They also sell a taillight kit.
For supplemental brakes, I use a 17 yr old Brake Buddy. It still works like new too. I would look into a Brake Buddy or even the Blue Ox Brake unit.

Blue Ox has Dealers all over the US.
I think they have a dealer search by your zip code.
I would definitely use an official dealer. Putting on the base plate can be very difficult for ordinary people like me.

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Old 05-01-2020, 04:18 AM   #3
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I like my Roadmaster Sterling tow bar because it has a built-in channel for the electrical and safety cables so they are self-storing. No coiled cables tohat wrap around anything. I think it is rated for 6000 pounds but theY have heavier duty models if you need that.
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Old 05-01-2020, 06:31 AM   #4
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I’ve had good results using Roadmaster base plates and towbar. But if I had to do it over again I go with Ready Brute Elite.
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Old 05-01-2020, 06:33 AM   #5
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Each brand/model has its own pros and cons. Do your homework and you will end up with the one that best fits your needs. Used ones go fast.
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:47 AM   #6
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The Ready Brute Elite is a great choice if you also need a aux brake system. I use that and have for about 12 years. If you already have that covered they are all good. Most prefer lighter over heavier. In my case tow bar lives 100% on the coach so weight isn't that important. I did see one I wasn't familiar with advertised in the 2020 Dinghy towing guide made by Curt (after page 8). It's all steel & if it's quite a bit less than the rest I'd be interested. Here is the towing guide below it has everything you ever need for towing.

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I have the Roadmaster NightHawk and have been a Roadmaster guy for years. But I agree with TXCPL do your homework and researching and find the one that best works for you. Happy Travels.
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I've used RoadMaster for years and was a dealer for a short time till they changed the requirements. Live about 10 miles from their facility.
Started with a Sterling years ago, now have a Nighthawk and Brakemaster 9160 for my Jeep.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:22 AM   #9
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I use a Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar, Roadmaster baseplate and Blue Ox Patriot braking system. This works well for me, but do good research to find the combo you will be happy with.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:07 PM   #10
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Roadmaster invented the process. Everyone else came later. My vote goes with Roadmaster.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:12 AM   #11
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Iím with roadmaster I have two sterling all terrain in the garage when I bought the nighthawk last year, I review all of the tow plate manufacturers for my 2019 Cherokee and liked the road master design better, no cross bar and easy hookups. We did ski/ Democrats stay and play after using even brake for years
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:53 AM   #12
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Being an engineer and working in the automotive industry for 35+ years I can say the best constructed and engineered tow bars I have seen is the DEMCO units. They are not pretty or full of frills, they just get the job done.
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Roadmaster Tow Bars and Base Plates.

They're a little more expensive then the other brands, but well worth the money.
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We have towed with a Blue Ox 10,000 #Avail Tow Bar BX7420. This is the new model. We purchased the preceding model 10 yrs ago with no problems and 75K miles towed. I chose the 10,000 # capacity to tow a Jeep Liberty originally and today a Jeep Cherokee. Both are about 4400 #. I purposely chose the 10,000 weight capacity because I have seen problems when you encounter unforeseen road conditions that stress and break tow bars. It was a no brainer for me to over design the weight capacity to eliminate problems on the road at night in the middle of nowhere that can delay your trip many days.


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