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  • Does Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Drain Vehicle Battery
  • The Blue Ox Patriot part # BRK2016 will be powered by the vehicle battery it is installed in so over time if the vehicle wasn't started periodically the battery would run down. To prevent battery draining on a towed vehicle we typically recommend the battery disconnect part # RM-766. This will disconnect the towed vehicle's battery while being flat towed and will charge the battery as well. This taps into the running light circuit (brown wire) of the 4-way you have on your vehicle...
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  • How Does The Blue Ox Patriot 3 Flat Tow Braking System Work?
  • The Blue Ox Patriot 3 Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional # BRK2019 uses an in-coach RF controller that plugs into a 12V outlet in the cab of the motorhome. This accelerometer or deceleration sensor in the RF controller senses the braking action of the motorhome and sends a signal to the brake system in the towed vehicle. Since it is a proportional system, it will apply the brakes in the same proportion to the braking action of the motorhome. This also allows you a...
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  • How to Use Safety Chains with Blue Ox D-Ring Adapter # BX88304
  • When using D-ring adapters, like part # BX88304, to flat tow your Jeep you generally need to connect the safety cables to the Jeep's frame. One way to connect to the frame using cables like # RM-643 is to add extensions # RM-910648-20.
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  • Best Flat Towing Setup For A 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk With 4 Wheels Down
  • The best setup to tow your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk behind your RV would involve the use of a flat towing system. This option is only compatible with 2 speed power transfer units. Please consult your vehicle's owner's manual for further information. In order to flat tow your Jeep with 4 wheels down, you will need a few items. The five main components of a flat towing system are base plates, tow bars, safety cables, brake harness wiring, and supplemental braking system. I have attached...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk
  • For a Blue Ox base plate kit that is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk edition you would want the part # BX1136 which is a confirmed fit. Then for a tow bar the part # BX7365 would work well with this base plate kit. The Kargard you would want then is the part # BX8870. For lighting I would go with the custom fit kit part # HM56208 as it wouldn't require any splicing or drilling into the light housings. You will also need the brake lite relay # RM-88400. For...
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  • Adapter to Join Blue Ox Tow Bar with Aftermarket Bumper D-Rings
  • My technical contact at Blue Ox advised that the only adapter kit they offer that could potentially work on your M.O.R.E. aftermarket Jeep bumper is kit # BX88307. He was not familiar with the M.O.R.E. brand of products. There is a MOVE brand of bumper and based on photos of the D-rings on their products the above kit looks to be a good match since the included pins are 1-inch in diameter.
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  • How To Determine Blue Ox Spring Bar Weight Capacity
  • Blue Ox has an easy system for determining the weight capacity of your spring bars, whereas other companies may use measurements or printed capacity to assist. With Blue Ox, there is a 5 dimple system: No dimples means it is rated for up to 350 lbs total tongue weight. One dimple means it is rated for up to 550 lbs. Two dimples indicates up to 750 lbs. Three dimples indicates up to 1,000 lbs. Four dimples indicates up to 1,500 lbs tongue weight. Five dimples indicates up to 2,000 lbs...
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  • Comparison Of Three 15,000-LB Blue Ox Weight Distribution Systems
  • We have three 15,000-lb Blue Ox SwayPro weight distribution systems. Part # BXW1500 has an adjustable shank that has an 8-inch maximum rise and 2-inch maximum drop. Part # BXW1506 includes a shank that has a 13-inch maximum rise and 7-inch maximum drop. Part # BXW1503 has a shank with -inch maximum rise and 2-inch maximum drop, but is an underslung system that is designed for trailers with a lower coupler. All three systems are rated for 15,000-lbs with tongue weight capacities...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Ford F-150 Behind Class A Motorhome
  • To safely and legally flat tow your F-150 behind your Class A motorhome you will require a few items. The linked article will cover each of these in detail for you but the basic items needed are a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of one kind or another, base plates, a braking system and a high/low hitch adapter to keep the connected tow bar level. I also included articles that specifically address the types of braking systems we offer and the way to select the correct high/low...
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  • Replacement Shank for Blue Ox Aventa LX 7445 Tow Bar
  • I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox regarding your Aventa LX 7445 Tow Bar and the Short Hitch Connector Assembly # BX84-0051 that you mentioned. She stated that this assembly is technically compatible and will work with your tow bar, but it will reduce its capacity to 6,500 pounds. Since your Blue Ox Aventa LX 7445 is rated at 10,000 pounds, a better option is with the Standard 2" Hitch Connector Assembly # 84-0186. My contact confirmed that this will work as a replacement shank for...
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  • Replacement Parts for a Blue Ox Aventa II BX7335 Tow Bar
  • We do have some replacement parts for the Aventa II tow bar. The yoke is not available by itself but does come on the replacement hitch connector assemblies. Below is a list of the available parts. Current pricing is available on all of the product pages. Once you have items in your Cart you can go to the cart where there is an option to view shipping estimates and cost: Replacement washer kit # BX84-0089 Replacement Hold Up Bolt # BX229-0436 Replacement swivel lug # BX84-0142 Replacement...
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  • How to Determine the Correct Replacement Springs Bars for a Blue Ox Weight Distribution System
  • The Replacement Spring Bars for Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System part # BXW4008 are best suited for a towing setup with a total tongue weight (TTW) between 1,000 and 1,500 lbs. The TTW is calculated by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer by an weight stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. As long as these two things do not exceed 1,500 lbs then the above spring bars will work well for you. However, if the TTW of your towing setup exceeds 1,500...
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  • How to Power Blue Ox Patriot II Braking System with Vehicle that Requires Battery Disconnected
  • There are several vehicles that require you to disconnect the vehicle battery when flat towing. The solution then to power a braking system like the Blue Ox Patriot II # BRK2019 is to use an outlet kit like the part # RM-9332. This wire directly to the vehicle battery so that you can get power for the system directly while still allowing the vehicle battery to be disconnected.
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  • Wiring 2019 Ram 1500 to be Flat Towed Behind RV
  • When wiring up your 2019 Ram 1500 so that it accepts the signal lights from your RV, you will indeed need to probe/test the wiring behind the tail lights for function to ensure you are making the correct connections. The process should not be any different for your truck's LEDs than with standard incandescent bulbs. If you already have a wiring kit and it does not include diodes, these will still need to be added to prevent feedback to the RV. We do have diodes available with part #...
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  • Comparing Blue Ox Sway Pro # BXW1000 to # BXW1006
  • The Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # BXW1000 is only different from the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # BXW1006 in the shank as you stated. The # BXW1006 has a much larger vertical adjustment ability. I've attached two photos to assist in the comparison but the hole size and spacing of 1-1/4 inches on center is identical as are all of the other dimensions of the shank. The rise and drop are the only differences but it is a 5 inch rise an a 5...
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  • Reducing Movement in Reese Titan Hitch Box Extension on 2017 GMC Sierra 3500
  • The product I recommend to help reduce the play when using your Reese Titan Hitch Box Extension # RP45292 is the Blue Ox Hitch Receiver Immobilizer III # BX88312. This immobilizer is made specifically to keep a 2" hitch adapter stable inside a 2-1/2" receiver. Due to the length of the Reese extension, there is still going to be a bit of play with this set-up, but the immobilizer is going to make a noticeable impact when towing with your 2017 GMC Sierra 3500.
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  • Tow Bar for Using D-Ring Bumper Mounts on 1997 Jeep TJ With Bulldog Stubby Bumper
  • I spoke with a representative of Blue Ox, who informed me that the older BX7330 tow bar would not work with the Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Bulldog Stubby Bumpers # BX88303. To flat tow with a Bulldog Stubby # BDW21000 you would need a Blue Ox tow bar compatible with the Blue Ox Adapter Brackets such as the Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365. I've added links to video reviews of each tow bar for you to take a look at.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL With BrakeBuddy Supplemental Braking System
  • To flat tow your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL you will need to start with compatible base plates; because you have a Blue Ox tow bar and assuming you have the standard factory bumper the best option is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1139 which will be compatible with Blue Ox tow bars Alpha # BX7365, Avail # BX7420 as well as Aventa, Aladdin, Adventurer, Ambassador, Acclaim, Allure, and Trion. If your Blue Ox tow bar does not have integrated safety cables you will need those and can use the Blue...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon
  • Tow bars are not vehicle-specific but base plates are and for some Jeeps that have special bumpers the parts needed to flat tow the vehicle can change. All flat towing set-ups require the tow bar, base plates (or a towing-compatible bumper), safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, a high/low hitch adapter and a braking system. You can check out the linked article for more on each of these items. Part # BX1126 fits the standard factory bumper only, and for your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited...
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  • Installing the Blue Ox Replacement Latch Handle Kit # BX84-0178
  • There are no instructions included with the Replacement Latch Handle Kit # BX84-0178, so you will just need to take note of how the current one is installed when you are changing it out. There is a special tool that you can use. It is the Blue Ox Latch Handle Springs Installation Tool # BX84-0180 which helps with the spring. I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox who said that you can do the install without the tool though if you wanted to try. You will need to use 2 flathead screwdrivers...
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  • Recommended Base Plate Kit for a 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Smittybuilt XRC Atlas Bumpers # BX88304 that you referenced are custom fit for 2007-2017 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Jeeps that have the Smittybuilt XRC Atlas bumper. It should not be modified to use with the tube-style bumper on your 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ. I have attached a picture with the dimensions that you asked for, but with that being said, it is better that you go with a setup that was designed to be used either with a U-channel...
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  • Can Demco Baseplate Kits Connect to Blue Ox Tow Bars
  • You can pair the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, part # BX7365, and Demco tabless base plates for your 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, part # DM9519292. You just need the adapters # DM9523127 and you're all set.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind RV
  • Flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome does require the tow bar, base plates and braking system you referenced, but additional items are also needed. The linked article concerning flat towing details each of the components required, which include a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting/wiring kit of some type, a high-low hitch adapter, a wiring umbilical as well as the toad's base plates and supplementary braking system. Additional articles are included for other items. Starting with...
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  • Replacement Parts for Blue Ox Aventa II Tow Bar
  • Both parts you're looking for are parts of the arms and are not sold individually. However, we do carry the arms themselves. The parts you'll need are # BX84-0054 for the passenger side and # BX84-0053 for the driver side. You currently have the Blue Ox Aventa two bar which is quite an old model. If you're interested in upgrading to the new version, teh Blue Ox Aventa LX # BX7445 is the correct model.
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  • Blue Ox Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Ford Focus
  • For your 2016 Ford Focus the correct base plate kit is the part # BX2663 which is a confirmed fit for yours that is built in 2015. You didn't say what tow bar you have but this will work with Blue Ox tow bars. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector...
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  • Baseplate Compatibility with 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition and Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1133 is compatible with your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition. It is also compatible with the Ready Brute Elite tow bar when you use the adapter bracket # BX88297. This will work with the integrated Ready Brake system. For your tow bar wiring, I recommend the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56200 which will plug directly into the factory wiring harness behind your tail lights. For your safety cables, I...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2014 Honda CR-V Behind Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar # BX7420 to you will need to install a baseplate kit. The kit for your vehicle that will work with the Avail is # BX2258. This is a custom design, specifically for your CR-V. To power the Honda's lights you can use the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit # RM-155. This bypasses the CR-V's wiring system so there is no splicing necessary. It works independently of the vehicle by installing additional plugs and sockets inside...
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  • Recommended Parts to Dinghy Tow a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LT Sedan
  • I have the perfect setup to dinghy tow your 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LT. For a tow bar I recommend using the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX1703. This kit does not require any welding and has base plate tabs that can be removed for a very clean look when you are not towing your Sonic. The next thing that you will need is a tow bar. I really like the Blue Ox Alpha, part # BX7365, for this setup because it works well with the base plate kit and it comes with safety cables. This tow bar...
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  • What is the Tongue Weight Rating for the Blue Ox High-Low Adapter BX88128
  • In most cases whenever you use an adapter you will be cutting your Tongue Weight (TW) capacity in half. So if the trailer hitch receiver on your Ford F-150 has a TW of something like 900 lbs then an adapter will make your TW 450 lbs instead. I contacted Blue Ox and they were unable to supply me with a TW rating for their High-Low Adapter # BX88128 so it would be safest to just cut your TW rating in half. Now in the case of the Roadmaster High-Low Adapter # RM-048-2, if your TW was...
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  • Will Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Fit Gen-Y Torsion Weight Distribution Shanks
  • Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution system # BXW2003 is compatible with the following Gen-Y Torsion Weight Distribution Shanks: # 325-GH-1302 (video linked) # 325-GH-1102 # 325-GH-1202 The Gen-Y shanks accept weight distribution heads with holes spaced 1-1/4 inches apart on center with 3/4 inch diameters.
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