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Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar on a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Carter: Hey guys, Carter here etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox Avail tow bar here for our 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. So our Blue Ox tow bar here, it's just one of the many components we need to complete our flat tow setup. Some of the other components are going to include the base plates here, which are going to attach the tow bar to the motor home. We have our safety cables, then we have our lighting system, which is going to provide lights from the motor home to the towed vehicle. And then last but not least, we have our supplemental braking system, which is going to aid the motor home in helping stop our towed vehicle.

So this is what our Blue Ox Avail tow bar looks like. And me personally, I really like the looks of this tow bar in particular.We had this copper powder coated finish, which is both durable and it looks really nice. We also have the gold plated envelopes here on the side there, which again just makes for a nice finished look. We also have the components, the stinger that connects inside the hitch on the motor home with a nice shiny powder coated black finish. So our Blue Ox Avail tow bar here has a 10,000 pound weight capacity and this is actually going to be perfect for our larger trucks here like our Chevy Silverado 1500.

Now another feature about this Avail tow bar here is, which is going to be perfect for our larger trucks, is the arm links. Now when compared to most tow bars, the Avail definitely has a set of longer arms here and this is going to do a couple things. Number one, it's going to increase our turning clearance, which again can be an issue with some of our larger vehicles here.Therefore, we're going to be able to make much tighter turns with our Avail tow bar here. And number two is regards to ease of installation. Since we have these longer arms here, it gives us a lot more leeway.

We're pulling our vehicle up behind our motor home and we're attaching it via the lugs here to our base plates. So in addition to the high weight capacity and the long arms, something else the Blue Ox Avail tow bar has, which I will admit most other tow bars have as well, but it's just a really nice common convenient feature, and that's the nonbinding arm design. What this essentially means is after we get done tilling and we're ready to release our vehicle from the motor home here, sometimes our arms are at too sharp of an angle or our tow vehicle and motor home are at different angles and we cannot release the pins up here because they're just simply fused on there a little bit too tight and we can't get them out by hand.And this is where these release leavers come into play that we're going to lease the tension here from our arms so that we can easily pull out the pins and take off with our motor home or towed vehicle. So in regards to base plate compatibility, which is going to be the component that our tow bar attaches to, it's going to work with pretty much all Blue Ox base plates. However, if you want to use this tow bar and you have another brand of base plates such as Roadmaster or Gemco, there are adapters that allow you to use this tow bar.So another feature here that Blue Ox does with this Blue Ox Avail tow bar here, as you can see we have the triple lug connection.

This triple lug connection, it's just going to be a lot more durable. We're not going to have to worry about them breaking. We can just overall feel more safe and secure that our tow vehicle is going to be attached securely to our towed vehicle. So some of the additional features here with our Blue Ox Avail tow bar, this one's really nice. It actually comes with the safety cables. This is a required component for our flat tow setup, and again, we don't have to worry about purchasing things separately because they come with. Also there's a really nice safety cables here with the coiled design. That way we don't have to worry about them dragging on the ground. They also have a very large clevis style hook opening, so it's going to be super simple to attach these to both the safety chain loops of the trailer hitch on our motor home and the convenience tabs on the base plates of our towed vehicle.So although our Blue Ox Avail tow bar doesn't come with any locks, it does come with the pins and clips we need to secure it to both the towed vehicle and the motor home. However, if you would like a little bit more security, you can easily purchase some locks specifically for this tow bar here at etrailer.com. So the Blue Ox Avail is a motor home mounted tow bar. What this essentially means is we're ready to unhook the towed vehicle from our motor home. We want to go out to get a bite to eat, whatever you want to do, it's going to be super simple to unhook the two. We can also store the tow bar on the motor home so we don't have to worry about finding a place for this in the vehicle.All we would simply do is remove the pins. We would fold the tow bar up like so, collapse the two arms together and then we have a notch here on the side that has to line up with our tow bar here and we can just set it down in the store position. And if we purchase the additional locks we don't have to worry about anybody coming up and taking our tow bar while we're not near the motor home. So to start our installation today we're going to take our tow bar here. We're going to insert the stinger into the hitch receiver tube on our motor home here. Now keep in mind we do need the handles on our tow bar to be facing up.Then what we're going to do next is we're going to align the hitch pin hole in our tow bar with the hitch pin hole on the motor home. Then we can insert our included hitch pin and clip. Just like that. Now we want to pull our tow vehicle forward parallel with our motor home here. Now we can make the connection with our tow bar arms. So we're going to remove the pin from the lugs here then we're going to lift up into place and try to align it with the arms on the base plates for our vehicle.Once done so, we can take the included pin and clip and align the holes. Then we take our keeper pin here, insert it back down and then lock it in place. Repeat this process for the other side. So now once we have our tow bar connected between the motor home and the towed vehicle, we want to take our safety cables here which are included with our tow bar, we can go ahead and connect these next. One of the clevis hooks is going to go on the safety chain loops here on the motor home, then the other end is going to go on the convenience link for our base plates, just like so.Now as you can see now we have our tow bar attached to our motor home here as well as our towed vehicle and it's relatively straight. However, we would want to just make sure and verify our measurements. Measuring from the ground to the center of the hitch receiver tube on the motor home, and then from the ground to the center of the base plate tabs on the towed vehicle. Now these two measurements need to be within three inches of one another. If they're not, we can purchase, this is sold separately, but we can purchase a high low adapter here from etrailer.com to get us within that three inch margin. And that's going to do it for our look and installation of the Blue Ox Avail tow bar here for our 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500.


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