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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Default What is the expected life span of a towbar?

We all know tires have a lifespan,and batteries do too.
but what about tow bars?
Mine is now 4 years old,it still works fine but after 2 trips to Alaska and i'm sure it has 60,000 miles on it.
Should they ever be replaced as a wear item?
Mine is a little loose,from the dust and dirt and overall wear.
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I've never pondered that question before . I would guess it is ok as long as it looks and feels good .

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Well Randy you were the one that talked me into the M & G tow-bar and I still thank you for that. Now if you still had that tow bar you would not be discussing longevity. Because it's built in such a way that there is practically no wear and if it gets a little tough to hook up, some simple tools and grease is all that's required. Unless you manage to bend one of the bars (good luck doing that). everything else is available at local parts store. To do a complete R & R your talking 4 freeze plugs, 2 wiper seals and a can of black Rustoleum. Also did I mention you can back up with it.
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Is the M & G Tow bar still made? I can't find much info on it, it seems interesting.
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Still using the Roadmaster Towmaster purchased by my dear parents in 1989. Couldn’t tell you how many miles are on it, but it’s been used with 6 different vehicles over 30 years. Every year when I have it inspected by the Roadmaster people at their Q booth (free), they tell me it was the best unit they ever built. All they ever do is inspect it, clean it up a bit, spray some silicone on it say “you’re good to go another year” .
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The M&G bar and patents were sold long ago,i had one of the very first ones built.
The company that bought the design has never done anything with it.
They did work well and i used one for years,until my 95 coach burned and the bar was on it during the fire.
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Yes, that seems the way of things. They design something that really works and lasts, then stop making it.
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I use a Blue Ox purchased 9 years ago. I had a conversation with Blue Ox at an FMCA rally last year about the life expectancy of the tow bar. They said a good rule of thumb is 100K miles with an average weight vehicle. When I told them I had at least 125K on mine, they pointed out a couple of joints that are subject to stress fractures after 100K miles. So far mine seems ok. Whenever I get somewhere where someone has the ability to do a Magnaflux test on it, I will get a better idea of it's condition.
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I had a blue ox overhauled by a retailer. Some new bushings and it was good. It was $50 or $75
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They service mine every year. For the last 4 years they have recommended that I buy a new tow bar because of the mileage on it. They service them but only do a visible inspection for stress cracks. They have no way of knowing if there are small stress cracks that are not visible to the naked eye. Magnafluxing costs about $125, if you can find a shop with the equipment to do it. Most larger engine rebuilding shops have one. Much cheaper than a new tow bar.
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