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RicJones

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Posted: 02/18/12 08:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Demco tow bar and sometimes it's a PIA to get the arms to lock in. I have to move the toad forward and back and cut the wheel right and left sometimes before both arms lock in.
Those of you with Blue Ox and Roadmaster, what do you have to do, just drive away and they lock in automatically???

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That's the way my ReadyBrute tow bar works. After I've driven a few feet to let everything align and lock, I do go back and check that everything is as it should be.


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The instructions on the Blue Ox say to hook up and back the tow vehicle up until the bar locks. Sometimes only one locks until I drive off. Then the second one locks every time.


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Posted: 02/18/12 09:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have roadmaster, I hook up and then back up the toad until at least one bar locks, then after everything else is done, I just start out with the MH very slow and the second bar will lock in almost right away, you can feel it. Just make sure that you do the required maintenance on the tow bar as per the manufactures instructions.


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Posted: 02/19/12 05:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you tried (partial) disassembling, cleaning, applying anti-sieze compound then reassembling as recommended by DEMCO?

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Popsie wrote:

Have you tried (partial) disassembling, cleaning, applying anti-sieze compound then reassembling as recommended by DEMCO?

+1 That's the fix.


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Have you tried (partial) disassembling, cleaning, applying anti-sieze compound then reassembling as recommended by DEMCO?


No, I keep saying I'm going to have them rebuild it when I go to Quartzsite but haven't, it's just too heavy to lug to the tent.
I haven't checked, does Demco have something on their website about how to service it?

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So far it sounds like with all the bars you have to go through the same basic setup. I was hoping one was simpler than the others.

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RicJones wrote:

I have a Demco tow bar and sometimes it's a PIA to get the arms to lock in. I have to move the toad forward and back and cut the wheel right and left sometimes before both arms lock in.
Those of you with Blue Ox and Roadmaster, what do you have to do, just drive away and they lock in automatically???

Ric,
My Blue Ox arms extend as I drive away.

Typically after hitching the toad, I push it back by hand to see if they lock. My experience is one will lock doing this and the other locks driving away. I sometimes need to cut back and forth too to lock it extended.

I have a microphone on the rear camera of the coach, I turn up the volume on the screen in the cockpit and listen for it to lock in; it's a very distinctive sound. I then check the image to see if the arms are clearly extended.


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Popsie wrote:

Have you tried (partial) disassembling, cleaning, applying anti-sieze compound then reassembling as recommended by DEMCO?

x2. If mine was not cleaned regularly, one of the bars would fail to lock most of the time.


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