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post #31 of 32 Old 01-11-2017, 03:41 PM
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BlueOx gear is expensive, but I did find a used Blue Ox Aventa tow bar. The cost of the tow setup:

Used tow bar: $300
Safety Cables and tail light cord came with the tow bar: $100 if purchased (but, also needed if trailering)
Receiver adapter: $80 (raises the motor home end of the tow bar to be level with my jeep bumper)
Custom front bumper/frame brackets: $300
Receiver & tow bar locks: $90 (kind of need locks no matter if you are trailering or towing)
Tail light harness with diodes: $50, self installed
RVi2 Brake: $1100 (ouch, used brakes were not around)

Total cost for me to flat tow was about $2000.

Very comparable to owning a trailer: $1500 - $2500 initial cost, but don't forget annual licensing, maintenance, storage
$300 for that Blue Ox is damn good. I wish I could have found one for that price. Those bars are easier to hook up than mine. The storage of a trailer is what kept me away from that idea. Even just a little front wheel dolly takes up too much space.


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post #32 of 32 Old 01-12-2017, 07:22 AM
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I flat tow my Jeep with my 3/4-ton Dodge diesel on occasion. Use a cheapo HF tow bar, warrior brackets for D-rings, cable safety hooks, and a plug-n-play diode tail light set up. I also use a heavy duty polyurethane isolated hitch on the tow vehicle to reduce dynamic loading. Works good so far.


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