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Old 10-27-2021, 02:51 PM   #1
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Question on Driving Rig with Tow Bar without Car Attached

For the past few months I've had a lower back/sciatica issue. It's getting better but I still try to avoid lifting anything heavy even with a waist belt on. I own the Avail Tow Bar. Once attached to my Jayco Redhawk, I can put it into a stored position by rotating the legs to either side and put them into the "ears" (1/4 inch or so indents). With my back issue, I am leaving the tow bar on the rig while it is stored (it is locked to the hitch). I put the cover on the tow bar and then wrapped two bungies around the tow bar and the part of the tow bar that goes into the hitch. I drove it to the storage site that way which was about 20 minutes away without any issues but now need to bring it in for service. I would like to do the same thing when I drive it to the service provider but not 100% sure it is secure enough. Has anyone, as a general practice, driven with the tow bar in this storage position routinely or do you take the tow bar off when you get back from a trip and then put it back on when you are going out again and towing?

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Old 10-27-2021, 03:12 PM   #2
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Just my 2 cents, but on two coaches over 5 years now my Blue Ox tow bar resided permanently in the receiver on the back of the RV. Always made sure it was locked into the ears when not actually towing car, and covered with the storage cover. Never have had an issue.
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Old 10-27-2021, 03:50 PM   #3
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Mine only comes off when the rig goes in my gauge. The only reason is the coach won't fit with the tow bar installed or it would never come off.
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Old 10-27-2021, 04:00 PM   #4
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Always leave mine on and frequently take trips without the toad, never an issue.
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Mine only comes off when the rig goes in my garage. The only reason is the coach won't fit with the tow bar installed or it would never come off.
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Tow bar stays permanently on RV.
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Old 10-28-2021, 01:06 PM   #7
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Same hereÖ Mine stays on unless I remove it to tow a trailer. Previous owner did the same thing. Cover, no bungee, though thatís not a bad idea.
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Same as the others. It comes off once a year to clean and spray the draw bar and the receiver with a rust preventative, then goes back on.

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Old 10-28-2021, 04:29 PM   #9
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I have driven hundreds of miles with the tow bar attached to the motorhome in the stowed position with a couple of bungee cords strapped around it to hold it in place.
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Old 10-28-2021, 05:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the good and consistent responses. Answers my question!
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