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Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs

Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kristina F says:

Yes, if you:

  • Tow a Jeep or mid-sized truck or SUV
  • Prefer a sleek look with no bulky crossbar left on your car
  • Like to camp on rougher terrain - swivel head and non-binding arms let you easily disconnect

No, if you:

  • Tow a larger SUV or truck - your loaded down vehicle may exceed the 6,500-lb weight rating
Tow your vehicle securely behind your RV with this non-binding, durable steel tow bar. Hookup is a snap, even on unlevel ground, thanks to the unique swivel feature and self-aligning arms that automatically center and lock in place. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar from Blue Ox. Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs part number BX7380 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Tow Bar

  • Hitch Mount Style
  • Fits Blue Ox Base Plates
  • Blue Ox
  • Telescoping
  • 6500 lbs

Tow your vehicle securely behind your RV with this non-binding, durable steel tow bar. Hookup is a snap, even on unlevel ground, thanks to the unique swivel feature and self-aligning arms that automatically center and lock in place.


Features:

  • Tow bar lets you tow your vehicle safely and securely behind your motorhome
    • Slides into trailer hitch receiver on RV - no ball mount necessary
  • Non-binding latches with low-profile handles make it easy to unhook tow bar from multiple angles
  • Swivel function makes it easy to connect, even on unlevel terrain
  • Self-aligning design - hook up to base plates on towed vehicle and drive RV forward
    • Arms extend into rigid, tow-ready position and automatically lock in place
  • Triple-lug connection - sturdy brackets on the end of each tow bar arm provide reinforced connection to base plates
    • Each arm attaches and detaches from base plate with 2 easy-to-access pins
  • Simple, secure storage alongside motorhome
    • Arms fold up, rotate down, and secure in place horizontally with the integrated hold-up bolt
  • Powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Rubber boots protect telescoping arms from dirt and grime
  • Safety cables are included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Capacity: 6,500 lbs
  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitches
  • Compatibility: fits Blue Ox base plates that are spaced between 16" and 36" apart on center
    • Can be adapted for use with Roadmaster base plates with the Roadmaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter (RM-033; sold separately)
  • Arm length (as measured when arm is pulled out straight in front of the hitch receiver):
    • Extended: 48-3/4" from center of hitch pin hole to center of base pin hole
    • Retracted: 39" from center of hitch pin hole to center of base pin hole
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • 3-Year warranty


Necessities for Flat Towing

For the RVFor the Towed CarTo Link the Towed Car and RV
HitchBase platesTow bar
Wiring plugBraking systemSafety cables
Wiring kit/diodesWiring adapter cord

Swivel Function

Tow bars are notoriously difficult to connect and disconnect, especially on uneven surfaces. Rigid tow bars have arms that are essentially locked in place so you have to drive your towed vehicle into the exact position necessary for hookup. But with the Alpha, you can connect from the approximate towing position, even on unlevel terrain. The unique swivel design allows the tow bar arms to turn and pivot just enough to compensate for a slight height difference so you no longer have to worry about being on completely level ground.


Self-Aligning Design

The convenient, self-centering arms help to make hookup a snap as well. Once you have connected the tow bar to the base plates on your towed vehicle, simply drive your RV forward until the tow bar arms fully extend and lock in place.


Non-Binding Tow Bar

Non-Binding Release Latch

Blue Ox has defeated the age-old problem of binding by creating a tow bar that is just as easy to release as it is to hook up. Simply press down the locking handles on the tow bar arms until the internal latch disengages. By releasing some of the static pressure from your tow bar you can flex its arms just enough to make disconnecting from the base plates a snap, even when it's out of level with your RV.


Triple-Lug Connection

Triple-Lug Bracket

Blue Ox base plates on your vehicle are equipped with two tabs each that connect to the brackets on the ends of the tow bar arms. These brackets are referred to as "lugs." The unique triple-lug design of the Alpha 2 tow bar creates a tighter, more stable connection by surrounding both base plate tabs. The result is a sturdy, reinforced connection that is stronger and more rigid for a safer, more dependable towing experience.


Hooking up the Alpha to your base plates is as simple as it is secure. Just insert the triple-lug end of the tow bar arm into the base plate so that the center lug is positioned between the two tabs of the base plate. Then insert the 1/2" keeper pin through the lugs and tabs and secure it at the end with the included quick pin.


Simple Storage

The Alpha 2 can be easily stored on your RV when it is not in use. After disconnecting the tow bar from your towed vehicle, push the arms of the tow bar together so that they are side by side. You can then fold them up toward the RV and insert the integrated hold-up bolt into place on the hitch connector. Then pivot the arms down so that they are held firmly in place alongside the RV, parallel to its bumper.


Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.


There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.


FlatTowing Components

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.



BX7380 Blue Ox Alpha II Tow Bar

Replaces BX7365 Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar

Item # BX7380






Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs - BX7380

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (118 Customer Reviews)

Tow your vehicle securely behind your RV with this non-binding, durable steel tow bar. Hookup is a snap, even on unlevel ground, thanks to the unique swivel feature and self-aligning arms that automatically center and lock in place.

- BX7380
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Purchased this tow bar as a replacement for our Aventa II towbar that Blue Ox would not service (won't touch anything over 8 yrs old). Fits great and supports our Jeep Cherokee.



- BX7380
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I ordered a Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar Friday afternoon, and it arrived Wed morning - very quick for a large, heavy object and free shipping! As usual, great, knowledgable service from etrailer.com!



- BX7380
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Haven't had the pleasure of using the tow bar yet but upon initial inspection it looks like a really nice tow bar. Sure wish Blue Ox would have included a cover for it like they do their higher end tow bars though.


Comments
Worked great, till I snapped one of the arms nearly in two trying to back up to get out of a tight spot. Wound up replacing it with an Alpha II which is equally as nice a towbar with better non-binding latches on the arms.
Jim H - 01/02/2021


- BX7380
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Great tow bar. I tow a Jeep Rubicon (JLU) with this and paired it with the Blue Ox baseplate since I have the stock steel bumper. I have towed the jeep almost 10K miles to date with no issues. The tow bar hooks up and disconnects easily and is solidly built.



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Got everything hooked up. Working great. Thanks for the support Heading to Florida from Minnesota.



- BX7380
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This is a really solid base plate. Installation for the Pontiac Vibe was is definitely more involved that installing the alternative (Road Master). The Road Master base plate just bolts through existing bumper holes and an engine mount. This base plate is bolted directly to the frame just behind the bumper, with four 3/8" grade 5 bolts in holes you have to drill after clamping the base plate in place. I found it easy to get the required height (3/4" below bumper) but simply using a 1x3 piece of lumber. You also have drill a 1.25"hole in the frame to gain access to the inside of the frame. Tricky part of this install is getting the nuts, which are welded to a 1" plate and a ~14" steel rods, into place to be line up with the holes. It is a little hard to see. I also recommend making sure the bolts actually thread easily on to the nuts before putting the nuts in the the frame. I had the misfortune of one of the either cross threading or jamming, and I ended up having to cut the bolt head off with a sawsall using a metal blade. The bolt had not gone very far into the nut before it jammed so I was just able to get the sawsall blade behind the head, and cut it off, holding the head with a pair of vice grips. If that hadn't worked I would have had to take the car to a shop with oxy-acetaline torch to have it cut off. I was able to fish the cut of bolt out for the frame with a bent coat hanger. The first photo is of the base plate after I cut off the bolt. Blue Ox support was GREAT! I sent them and email explaining that I needed new nuts and bolts, and they sent the needed parts (at no charge!). I just had to put my install on hold for several days. The second problem I had was in attaching the electrical harness recepticle to the tubes on the to bar. One of the self tapping screws twisted off as I was tighting it. I ended up cutting of 1/2" of the tubes (with the sawsall) and then tapping the tubes with 1/4x20 threads, and regaining the length cut off with the bolt. My recommendation to blue ox, is that they tap these tubes with to 1/4x20, and provide regular bolts to attach the recepticle. The second picture showes the result. When I showed the 3rd and 4th pictures to my mechanic, he was impressed and said, "That looks really solid!" The last picture shows the front of the car after I have started to assemble it (with the styrofoam padding on the bumper, and the draw bars in place. The solidity of the Blue Ox engineering and the FABULOUS customer support has totally turned my into a Blue Ox fan. I'm glad my RV dealer suggested that I go with Blue Ox instead of the slightly cheaper solution, that would have been much less solid.



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Wow!!! So very impressed with this company!!’ Haley helped me by phone make sure everything I ordered was right for my RV and Smartcar (tow bar, base plate, battery shutoff and wiring). It came quick and the quality of the products (Blue Ox) are outstanding. Highly recommend this company!! Thank you for helping me!!



- BX7380
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Great tow bar that stows nicely on your motor home when not in use!


Comments
Great Tow Bar!
Robert. C - 12/14/2020


- BX7380
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Others have reviewed this Tow Bar and it is a great product/fit for my situation. For me, it's an upgrade from a tow bar where car has to be perfectly lined up to attach/remove. What is even better is the outstanding pre-sales information/videos/live humans that etrailer provides. When there is a question or issue, they are very proactive, with follow up to make the customer satisfied. When they shipped a replacement for an order, they followed up less than an hour after UPS dropped it off. This is the customer service that some other companies give lip service to, but inevitably fail to deliver. Thank you etrailer.



- BX7380
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Ordered everything needed to flat tow a Cherokee. All arrived within a few days. When time to order towbar, I placed a call on a Monday morning and it was sitting on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon,wow.



- BX7380
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I've ordered before from etrailer and their service is excellent. Always efficient and helpful. The towbar I ordered arrived early. Very pleased with the equipment, haven't fitted it yet but the reputation of Blue Ox goes before it. Thanks again etrailer!



- BX7380
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This is a excellent tow bar. Really easy to hook up and disconnect. Tows very nice.



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- BX7380
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I purchased a Alpha 2 tow bar and it arrived within the time frame etrailer gave me. Upon opening the package ( thru no fault of etrailer) the hitch pins and clips had not been inserted. I called and Lori in customer service took it upon herself to get me a re-order and ship them to me same day ! You don't get better service than that ! I just got the tow bar yesterday so have not used it yet. Appears of better quality than my old falcon all terrain.



- BX7380
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etrailer.com Thank you for an excellent buying experience. Will return for future products.



- BX7380
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I have now installed the following on my 2017 Wrangler: Brake light relay kit . Hopkins Towed vehicle Tail Light wiring kit. Blue Ox base plate. Blue Ox Patriot Portable RF Braking System. All of this has taken about 3 days of work spread out over a week or so. Overall it went well. Not too many surprises. Crawling around under a car at 71 is a bit of a strain but I'll get over it. I must say that Donna P. has been a wonderful source of great information and has stayed right on top of the process. etrailer has been a great source for this project. I would recommend you all with no hesitation.


Comments
I am still in love with the products. My only issue is having enough time to use them more.
John M - 06/15/2018



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The Blue Ox BX7365 works perfectly with my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Very easy to install, setup, connect and disconnect. I did need install a 6" drop receiver to level the tow bar between my (Georgetown) RV and the towed vehicle. Just completed a 700 mile round-trip with absolutely no problems. I had no issues with the pins binding, nor getting the telescoping arms to lock in place while using.


Comments
Still working great. I can connect or disconnect in less than 5 minutes. No functional issues at all.
Drew G - 03/05/2018



- BX7380
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etrailer is 5 stars all the way. I ordered before noon on monday and the parts show up before noon on wednesday. I wasn't even ready for them yet! I ordered the rm-155 tail light kit and it installed easily the next day. I'm still working on the baseplate but it looks well made and all parts are there. There is no install with the tow bar but again it looks well made and all the parts are there. I will try and update after it's completed but life is getting in the way with family, again. I wish all e retailers were this good.


Comments
After several thousand miles on this towbar, there have been no issues. I am now to the point where I can hook up the car myself in under 5 minutes start to finish. Fit and finish of the baseplate is very good and has gone through snow and rain also salt on the road. Would I use etrailer again? Absolutely!
Dave L - 08/18/2018



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Great service and follow-up from the folks at etrailer. I was able to get the items I needed (despite Covid) to prep my Jeep for flat towing behind my RV.



- BX7380
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This Blue Ox tow bar was received packaged well, shipped quickly, has worked perfectly, every time. I pull a Wrangler Unlimited behind my Moho. Will stay with Blue Ox for my towing needs.


Comments
Had to make repairs, blue ox warranty didn’t cover
Hayes - 03/15/2020



- BX7380
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We use this tow bar mounted on a Thor ACE to pull a 2017 Chevy Sonic. We had to purchase a 6" drop down hitch to line the tow bar up level with the tow bracket on the car. Just slip, snap, and go. It stores out of the way when not in use folded up on the back of the motorhome. Highly recommend this product.


Comments
Everything is working just fine, no problems, nothing but good performance.
EdP - 08/15/2018



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I couldn’t be more satisfied with the Blue Ox tow bar and Jeep Wrangler base plate. The installation directions were good for the base plate and the engineering and overall quality for the two products is very impressive. I am one satisfied customer. Thanks!



- BX7380
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Always first rate service and shipping!



- BX7380
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Well made, heavy duty tow bar. I use this (along with Blue Ox base plate BX1703) to pull my 2015 Chevy Sonic behind out Winnie motor home. Has worked great with no problems.


Comments
Excellent. No problems, just keeps working as designed!
Mark B - 08/12/2018



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I just love the service I get with etrailer. The products are of high quality and the customer service is always great. Thank you Phyllis for everything you did for me, you went above and beyond.


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