Re: Flat towing behind an RV
Re the Blue Ox baseplate situation on Cherokee, especially on Trailhawk, very wide attachment points that limit tight turns, I got an update today.
Apparently, Blue Ox is NOT redesigning the baseplate. Instead it is offering a NEW tow-arms system, with LONGER ARMS so they can handle the wider spread. They also claim to have improved the arm latching system, easier to disconnect in situations where the existing latch is hard to unlock.
But, the longer arms increase the toad-swings-wide behavior that is the reason more than a few towed cars have front-end dents and scrapes. And the longer the distance between coach and toad, the more sideways/up/down leverage and force is involved, not desirable in my experience.
The BIG BUT: The new longer-arms tow system is approx $1000 (apparently not including baseplates), so for those (like me) who already own Blue Ox, it's not a solution, it's a start-over.
That means, all tow system makers are back in the game. My dealer doesn't have the new Blue Ox in-hand, but thinks Roadmaster now might be a better choice.
So, I'm wondering about Readybrake, either the tow bar alone, or the unit that includes a surge braking system. Apparently, it works with Roadmaster, Blue Ox and Demco baseplates, but I don't know if the arms are long enough for Trailhawk. In general I hear it's a simpler, lower-cost system, more reliable because the braking system is mechanical, not electronic. Anyone have experience with this?