|Why should I use a tow bar
over a trailer or tow dolly ?
Ease of use, low cost, and practicality are the most common answers. Tow bars allow conveience in set up and use, along with a minumal amount of equipment. Cost is often less than a trailer or dolly set up and concerns over storage is never an issue, as the tow bar is attached to the coach and the base plate is attached to the vehicle.
What types or tow bars are available ?
There are 3 basic types, the self aligning receiver mount, the self aligning vehicle mount, and the basic rigid, or commonly known as A Frame tow bar.
Whats the right one for me ?
Self aligning tow bars are the most common due to their ease of use. A rigid or A Frame bar requires exact positioning and usually 2 people, a driver and a spotter, to make the hook up.
Why should I consider a coach mount tow bar over a car mount ?
The car mount tow bar adds weight to the front of your tow car, often reducing ground clearance, affecting suspension compliance and increasing wear to the suspension, brakes and tires.
When choosing a tow bar what Class should I use ?
There are 4 classes of towing equipment based on the weight of the towed vehicle. Class I is up to 2000 pounds in weight, Class II is from 2001 and up to 3500 pounds in weight, Class III is from 3501 and up to 5000 pounds in weight and Class IV is from 5001 to 10,000 pounds in weight. When choosing a Class be sure to determine the weight of the vehicle being towed along with any items also attached and being stored inside the tow vehicle. If close in weight to the maximum of the class limit go to the next class.
What if the Class of hitch is different than the Class of tow bar ?
Always adhear to the weight ratings of the lowest Class . It is best to match Classes to avoid confusion.
What kind of vehicle can I Flat Tow ?
There are the ever popular Saturns, the new Honda CR-V and 1997 and newer Chevy Malibus that can be flat towed even with a automatic transmission ! There are other various models available, but be sure to check with the vehicle manufacturer about the ability to flat tow and if any modifications are necessary before flat towing.
OK, I'm convinced about using a self aligning tow bar that will mount to my coach, What will I need ?
You'll need a receiver hitch, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring kit, and a base plate kit for the towed vehicle. Aside from these necessary items there are various add ons and towing accessories also available.
How hard is this to install ?
Its best left to a professional.
What information will I need to order the right equipment ?
The make and model of your coach, the height of the receiver hitch from the ground, the make and model of your tow vehicle, and a brief consultation with on of our specialists to determine what the right equipment is for yor and your vehicles.
Now that I have the equipment mounted and I'm ready to hook up, how is it done ?
First you should practice hooking and unhooking. You want to familiarize yourself with the equipment, the range of distance and angle to hook up and make a routine to follow that suits you.
I'm hooked up and it only takes a couple of minutes ! I'm ready to pull away, any last to do ?
After making sure of all connections, make sure the steering is centered and UNLOCKED, tha parking brake is OFF, and check all lamp operation to be sure signals, lamps and stoplights are working. Make a final check of tire condition and that the tow vehicle is completely closed with all windows up. You're ready to go !
Now that I'm on the road any tips ?
Just a few, remember that you now have additional weight behind you and stopping will take longer, so keep a safe following distance, also you've got additional length, so leave lots of room for lane changes and turning. Practice turning and parking in a large parking area or lot to get familiar with your set up.
A word for the wise, never ever back up with the tow vehicle hooked up, it can damage the tow bar.
What kind of products do you carry ?
We carry tow bars, base plates, safety cables, wiring, locks, hitchs, bike racks, front end covers, hood and windshield covers, various accessories for both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. At our retail facilities we also provide professional installation and general maintenance.
What are your hours ?
We're open 7 days a week, from 7am to 9pm Monday thur Friday and from 9am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 6 pm Sunday, PST.
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