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hypoxia

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Posted: 08/04/20 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FloridaRosebud wrote:

I was given a Blue Ox 10,000lb tow bar by my neighbor. They full-timed for 7 years, then it sat in their garage for 6 or 7 years. Everything appears to be in working order. No binding, and the arms extend smoothly and lock. I emailed Blue Ox to see if they would refurb it for me (just to be on the safe side), and they said no, they recommend replacement after 8-10 years so I need to buy a new one. So who out there is using an older tow bar, and have you had any issues? Should I just buy a new one? Thoughts?

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Blue Ox has made a Corporate decision which may be to increase sales or perhaps the legal department wanted it.

Blue Ox used to rebuild tow bars for about $20 which they raised to $125 recently. I have an older Blue Ox Aventa 10,000 lb. tow bar which was rebuilt by Blue Ox a few years ago and then put in storage. Although it is like new it is over 8 years old so Blue Ox will condemn it. That is a poor way to judge performance, IMHO.


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Posted: 08/04/20 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just rebuilt a blue ox. All the wear items are readily available, use only blue ox parts.





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If everyone just bought used and rebuilt, they would not sell many new towbars! Come on, support the economy. Throw away good stuff and buy new stuff.


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I don’t think I would want to buy from a company that won’t even stand behind their product even after they rebuilt it. If they only have a life span of 8 or so years with no repairs or maintenance available then I don’t want it.
I guess no more Blue OX products for me.


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dodge guy wrote:

I don’t think I would want to buy from a company that won’t even stand behind their product even after they rebuilt it. If they only have a life span of 8 or so years with no repairs or maintenance available then I don’t want it.
I guess no more Blue OX products for me.


That's kind of my thought as well. I'm in the forensic investigation world, and have been for almost 15 years. So I'm not the type of guy who believes that just because someone says something it means it right or OK. In this case, the tow bar was used about 7 years, towed a Jeep (the bar is a 10,000 pound rated bar) for about 50,000 miles, and then stored for the next 8 years or so. In my mind, it is only, say, 50% used. I have done investigations where the manufacturer of equipment (switchgear, circuit breakers, boilers, and so on) have said the item HAS to be replaced, but in the end we (my company and/or my engineers) have been able to have it repaired back to where it was prior the the incident. I understand the liability aspect (half my clients are Attorneys) but the statues have run out on this one.

The person who told me they would not even look at it was a sales person, NOT an engineer or designer, and she offered me a $150 credit if I bought a new one. So a couple of red flags went up for me right away. So there's the reason for my question on the first post. If folks here said they've been using theirs for 10-15 years with no issues, and so on then that would be enough anecdotally for me to probably move forward with using it. At this point it appears to operate smoothly with no binding. I might cut off the plastic tie that secures the boot over the two extensions to inspect the seals, and if they are not cracked or show any signs of wear re-secure the boot and use it.

And like you, if I buy a new tow bar it probably will be a Roadmaster.....

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Blue Ox instructions use to have procedure for cleaning, lubing and servicing tow bars. Look at their website and didn't find true support page.
When servicing use brake clean to remove dirt and old lube material.
Aluminum bars need to be inspected for cracked welds.
This may help!
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enblethen wrote:

Blue Ox instructions use to have procedure for cleaning, lubing and servicing tow bars. Look at their website and didn't find true support page.
When servicing use brake clean to remove dirt and old lube material.
Aluminum bars need to be inspected for cracked welds.
This may help!
Servicing


Thanks for the link! Mine is the Steel Aventa bar.

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FWIW, I bought my Roadmaster stowmaster 5000 (its a 6000lb rated bar) used. the owner used it once and put it in the garage until I bought it. I paid $300 for it with a brake system for the toad. the bar did look like new. no wear anywhere to be seen. I wouldn't hesitate if it looks good and shows no signs of abuse, damage or wear.

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I sent in my Demco tow bar they redid it over no charge it is not 20 years old. looks like new.


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demco aluminator 20 years old


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