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Old 10-13-2016, 05:43 AM   #1
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Toad and MH all hitched!

Had the install this week. Blue Ox and a dozen + other parts to safely flat tow the Jeep. I took photos and a movie of the tutorial given to me. He had me do the hitch-up, or whatever it may actually be called. Pretty easy, but many steps. Then, when I got home and tried to take it apart the frustration began when some parts were too tight to release after I took the pins out. Total time spent, 2 hours. I am going to call the RV place and ask if I put some graphite powder on the metal parts to make them go together and release smoothly, it's still safe. I am going to practice hitching and unhitching this weekend, so when we go camping next week it doesn't take me 2 hours to unhitch the Jeep before I can back in the MH!Click image for larger version

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Old 10-13-2016, 07:44 AM   #2
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We have the Blue Ox tow system with the invisibrake, I can do the whole setup by myself in 5 minutes or less. I think you should have your system looked at, it should not take that long to setup.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:07 AM   #3
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Evidently there is too much pressure on the blue ox arms to remove the pins. First step is to push down on the release levers, one on each arm, then place the jeep in drive and move forward a little. This will release the pressure on the arms and you should be able to remove the pins. If not then there is something else going on.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:16 AM   #4
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X2 on Locomo14's comment. Try this procedure (make sure you are on a reasonably flat surface):


1. Get your Jeep out of transfer case neutral.
2. Put the jeep in drive and s-l-o-w-l-y move forward @ a inch or so. (This should release pressure on the pins connecting the tow bar to your Jeep)
3. Unhook the tow bar.
4. Remove other components


Like Pennie said, I can do this solo in @ 5 min
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:51 PM   #5
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X3 - release the pressure on the arm and the pins will slide right out. Just remember too set the e-brake on you toad prior to pulling the pins.

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Old 10-13-2016, 02:15 PM   #6
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Agree with Locomo14. But, there are a few times I was unable to get the stress off the connector pins. So, I carry a long narrow punch and just tap them out.
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:31 PM   #7
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First time - Blue Ox

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We have the Blue Ox tow system with the invisibrake, I can do the whole setup by myself in 5 minutes or less. I think you should have your system looked at, it should not take that long to setup.
I used my Blue Ox tow system this weekend for the first time .. Sunseeker 2250 & FIAT 500 Pop ... takes me about 20 minutes by myself to hook up / unhook. Very happy with the system
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:02 PM   #8
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One additional thing I have found is that it is best if you are driving straight ahead before you begin and the toad is lined up straight behind your motorhome. If you are turning the release levers on the will be bound up.
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Illustration(s) of why I use Towmaster.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:43 AM   #10
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Congrats! We towed our Jeep for the first time a few weeks ago and then took it with us on our first "real" trip just last weekend. I have the Ready Brute tow bar and the first time I hitched up in my driveway I had the same issue - it was tough disconnecting from the MH. No problems since then - as others have said it helps if the TV and Toad are in the straightest line possible before trying to unhook. After a year of outings with no "local" wheels it's nice to have something to bomb around in at our destination now. :-)
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