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I wish to flat tow a 2015 Jeep Cherokee and am considering a Demco Commander Tow Bar with appropriate base plate. There are several other options to consider including Roadmaster and Blue Ox. I would like to hear the opinions of actual users before deciding on which tow bar to buy.

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We started with a Blue Ox back in the 90's that used a ball hitch. In 2000 we took advantage of an offer of a slightly used Aladdin by Blue Ox, which is the aluminum one and since it was bargain priced we grabbed it and used it for 11+ years. In that time we twice shipped it back to Blue Ox for rebuilding with the first only costing me the price of shipping and the second time it was shipping and parts. By the time we downsized and sold the motorhome it was getting pretty worn and probably due for replacement but I consider that to have been excellent service from a highly respected company.

 

I can't say that one is better than another as Blue Ox is the only one of the companies that I have used. One thing that I do like about them which I think only they have is that the tow brackets can be removed from the base-plate when not in use so that nothing at all shows on the vehicle.

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I would vote for the Blue Ox Tow bar.

 

We also have the US Gear Unified Tow Break installed for a breaking system... and it works superbly. We pull four wheels down, and can easily hitch, and unhitch, in a matter of minutes. We have not used anything else since we started Fulltime RV'ing 21/2 years ago, so I can not provide a good relative comparison to anything But these two items were the results of my own queries and research, and have proven themselves out.

Jim

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Any of them is a good choice.

 

I have used a Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar to a Roadmaster base plate for 6 years.

Now using a Falcon 2 Roadmaster tow bar converted to pull a Blue OX base plate.

 

On both vehicles I used/using the Roadmaster BrakeMaster air brake system with a brake away connection.

It uses no toad battery power to operate

Also I now use a Protect-A-Tow on present Toad.

 

I do like the way the hook up to the Blue OX base plate is, over how the Roadmaster base plate was.

 

It takes me maybe 5 to 10 minutes to hitch/unhitch everything. But I am not on a NASCAR pit crew.

And retired so my time cost me 0$ and I am never in a big hurry at my age. :)

Probably takes me 1 minute to just take the storage bag off the tow bar and put it away in the toad. :D

 

On my 5 month summer trip I hitch up 1 time and hitch/unhitch 5 times until I get back home to Unhitch 1 time. ;)

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We also use the Blue Ox. We were new to towing 4-down and called their 800 number numerous times with questions. They answered every time, even on a Sunday. (Didn't even laugh at my dumb questions). I would go with them mainly because of their great customer service. Dave.

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Base plate = Blue Ox (strong and conceals nicely) As Dave said, their support is excellent.

 

Tow bar = Blue Ox or ReadyBrute/ReadyBrake with the Blue Ox clevis. Real easy to do the hook-up

 

Braking if using Blue Ox tow bar = user preference. We use the RViBrake 2 and are absolutely behind this little company. Their whole group seems dedicated to providing the best in customer support and quality product.

 

Note: While Blue Ox has a braking system with their brand on it, the price point in comparables tended to be on the high end. Also, it was the breadbox style; much too cumbersome for us.

 

Edit: add link to blog post Braking the Toad

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We're using a Roadmaster "Sterling All Terrain" tow bar setup to pull our Jeep Liberty. I really like the way that the towing apparatus that's on the front of the Jeep strips away when we're home and the Jeep is being used as my wife's "daily driving" vehicle. We're using an SMI Air Force One supplemental brake system as well ... and have no complaints with it. It wasn't a cheap solution - but it's certainly a good one!

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