From covered wagons to Airstreams, recreational vehicles or RV’s have come a long way in terms of comfort and convenience. Some RV’s come equipped with well-appointed, modern kitchens, while others offer state-of-the-art media technology. These days, most can even tow a car — an advantage which cannot be overstated when you’re on the open road but need to quickly dash to the supermarket for supplies, or if you wish to check out a place of interest without convenient RV parking.
Vehicles can be towed using a tow dolly or tow trailer, but both of these options take up a lot of space. Tow bars offer a more convenient alternative. Lightweight and easy to store, tow bars link your RV to your vehicle and allow you to conveniently flat tow your vehicle no matter the time or the place.
Tow Bar Mounting Options
Tow bars come in 2 mounting options: RV-mounted and car-mounted.
RV-mounted tow bars insert into your RV’s trailer hitch receiver and remain mounted on your RV. Because RV-mounted tow bars insert directly into your RV’s trailer hitch received, there’s no need for a coupler. Effectively, this means there’s one less spot for your towing system to become uncoupled! Generally speaking, RV-mounted tow bars offer an incredibly sturdy, stable and safe connection.
Car-mounted tow bars function the same as a conventional trailer by attaching to the trailer hitch ball on your RV with an integrated coupler. Car-mounted tow bars are relatively affordable and are ideal for the casual RVer.
Regardless of model, manufacturer or mounting option, all tow bars function the same. Ultimately, the quality of a tow bar depends on its design and towing capacity.
Blue Ox Tow Bars
At Vancouver Axle and Frame, we proudly sell Blue Ox tow bars. Blue Ox is a leader in recreational and commercial vehicle towing, offering quality aftermarket towing products that are not only rigorously safe, but easy to install.
Our selection of premier Blue Ox tow bars include the following stellar products:
Blue Ox Alpha – With a tow capacity of up to 6,500 lbs, the Blue Ox Alpha is steel-constructed and easily detaches from a vehicle baseplate with 2 pins.
Blue Ox Avail – Specifically designed for wide or narrow vehicles, the Blue Ox Avail has improved turning radius and better cornering, as well as a revolutionary “latch” design. The Blue Ox Avail can easily tow up to 10,000 lbs.
Blue Ox Ascent – Weighing 31 lbs with a 7,500 lb towing capacity, the Blue Ox Ascent can help you maneuver tight corners with ease. The Ascent is the newest member of the Blue Ox towing line with upgraded amenities such as offset triple lugs that make unhooking simple, rubber boots to prevent dirt and grime build up, and a beautiful, diamond vogel metallic coat.
Unsure which tow bar is right for your towing application? Consider both the type and weight of the vehicle you’re towing. A lighter tow capacity tow bar is sufficient for smaller vehicles. But opt for a tow bar with a higher towing capacity if you plan to tow a truck.
Choose Vancouver Axle and Frame
If you’d like to buy a Blue Ox tow bar or have it safely installed, call the experts at Vancouver Axle and Frame. We offer unparalleled customer service and convenient hours for the amateur and seasoned RVer. Contact one of our customer service experts today to learn more about Blue Ox tow bars.
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