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I have Blue Ox Towing system, fold up type with extending and retracting arms. My arms pull out easily and lock easily, but when I go to hook up my Nissan Frontier with brackets installed into factory holes, one side seems to be longer, and I have to hookup with arms unlocked, and hope that they will lock when I start towing. What could be my problem, please advise.

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Generally, you do hook up with the arms unlocked so you can connect even if the toad is not exactly in line. When you pull forward, both arms should extend and lock in place. I can usually hear and feel when mine lock. As part of hookup, have copilot stand and watch while you pull forward. We do.


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I generally have my co-pilot watch and see that they lock, even after pulling forward, sometimes they will not lock. The arms lock easily manually. Thanks

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We do it alittle different, I have DW pull up behind the coach(close enough to hook up both arms), shut off the engine, hook up the arms, then have her restart and back up til the arms lock,(I watch this).. If both arms don't lock, I have her turn the wheels toward the unlocked arm and when we check lights, I pull up alittle and it will lock the second arm and we're ready to travel.. That way we know there both locked..
Notee don't get between the vehicles when we're moving into position to do this.. Hope this makes sense.. Mike M..


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Johno02 wrote:

Generally, you do hook up with the arms unlocked so you can connect even if the toad is not exactly in line. When you pull forward, both arms should extend and lock in place. I can usually hear and feel when mine lock. As part of hookup, have copilot stand and watch while you pull forward. We do.


X2...hook up unlocked, then either pull the coach up till they lock...or back the toad till they lock. If only one arm locks, just pull off slowly, swing the coach opposite of the unlocked arm, and you'll hear it "click" in your rear monitor speaker.


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Johno02 wrote:

Generally, you do hook up with the arms unlocked so you can connect even if the toad is not exactly in line. When you pull forward, both arms should extend and lock in place. I can usually hear and feel when mine lock. As part of hookup, have copilot stand and watch while you pull forward. We do.



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I find that one side may lock in and the other doesn't. As I slowly pull forward and slightly turn in the direction on the arm that hasn't locked (Seems backwards but the rear end swag causes then back end of MH to kick in the opposite direction) it will extend the arm to lock in. Gotta play with it a bit to see what works best.


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Its no problem. Sometimes it takes a slight right or left turn to get the second arm lock. We always stop and double check after moving about 50 feet.

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I have slight different approach. Hook up as the rest of you with the leg unlock. Then pull up three feet with the rv, hit the brakes and do this three times and have never had a issue of them never locking. As stated you feel it and with the rear camer I see it also.

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My folks hook theirs up unlocked, then pull forward and lock them in place.


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And here is what Blue Ox says for the Aventa LX:

"On the towed vehicle disengage parking brake and set up the transmission for towing, see Safety section on Page 1 and unlock the steering wheel. Pull forward with the towing vehicle until one of the locking handles are engaged and locked. (When locked they will "pop" up)NOTE: If only one locking handle is locked, turn the top of the towed vehicle's steering wheel towards the unlocked tow bar leg approximately 1/2 to 3/4 turn, before continuing forward. Pull the towing vehicle forward one to two feet until the leg locks into place. IMPORTANT: Check to insure both legs are latched properly before towing. The steering wheel on the towed vehicle must be unlocked at all times while being towed. Failure to do so will create hazardous driving conditions."

And the instructions for other models of tow bars may be different. Read you instructions! And if you lost them, you can find them on the Blue Ox web site.


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