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Coiled or Straight Safety Cables for Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar

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See the QandA post where Jeffery recommends the Straight Safety Cables for the Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar. Everyone Ive talked to on the phone at etrailer.com recommends the coiled cables. Who is right?

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In general people tend to like the coiled safely cables like # RM-643 more simply because the design helps to keep the extra slack from hanging lower towards the ground or getting tangled on something. With that being said when it comes to tow bars like the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain # RM-522 that you referenced, which feature integrated cable channels, straight safety cables are the better option.

Straight cables like # RM-645 are just going to provide easier installation when feeding them through the channels and the very existence of the channels essentially eliminates the need for the above-mentioned benefits that the coiled design provides.

I have attached a couple images of safety cables being used on the Falcon Tow Bar, one with straight cables and the other with coiled, just so you can more clearly see the difference and why coiled cables might offer some frustrations during use.

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