Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar Review

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Review of the Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar

Hi there flat-towers. Today, we're going to be taking a look at Blue Ox's Acclaim Tow Bar. Your tow bar is what connects your motor home to your vehicle so you can pull it behind you when you flat-tow. What's unique and different about this tow bar is that rather than sliding into the receiver at the back of your motor home, it attaches to a two inch ball-mount. We've got that attached here.But the other difference that we have that's different about this tow bar is that it's storage position, when you're not attached flat-towing your vehicle, will go onto your vehicle. So the tow bar will stay on our vehicle here attached to it.

Where traditional tow bars that are inside the receiver on your motor home would fold up and stay on the back of your motor home. The big reason you would want a tow bar that stays with your vehicle is if you do a lot of deliveries and things like that, where you bring your vehicle to the location, you can then hook your vehicle up to the back of whatever you're going to be delivering, bring your vehicle with you. When you get to that location, you can happen to your vehicle and move on to your next job.Other customers really like it with it being on the vehicle because they find it to be much faster when hooking up to their motor home. Because typically you've got everything here on the back of your motor home. So you've got to lay down and attach both of these arms.

With everything staying on the vehicle side, we just drop this down and it clicks onto our ball. So it's just one less attachment. So it's a little bit faster and you've got everything here on the vehicle. So you can just pull right up and slam on down.And compared to traditional tow bars, this is going to be a more economical solution. So if you're looking to save a little bit in the bank, this is a great option that's going to provide you with all the necessities you need for flat-towing.

Because this is also a non-binding tow bar, which is one of the biggest things you want to look for when getting a tow bar. And you'll see here when we take off that our arms are self-aligning. They will extend and lock into place just like they did there. And they're going to remain locked in for the rest of our adventure here.As we go around corners, you'll notice the vehicle follows directly behind us. So this isn't like hauling a trailer where you got to take those turns extra-wide to make sure your trailer is going to clear.

The wheels turning on our vehicle behind us makes it follow you almost in the exact same path as your motor home so you can drive much more naturally.As we're taking it on our test drive, we're now back and we're going to show you how to unhook it and store it. But one of the things you'll notice is I pulled the pin and it's pretty stiff. If I really tugged on this, I could probably get it out of here, but I don't want to bend the ring or anything like that. So we're going to hit our non-binding lever and look at that. Now it's nice and loose and the pin slides right out of there. So we've got this side disconnected. We can leave this side connected for our storage position.But we do need to come over and disconnect the end here from our motor home. Now I've taken the vehicle out of flat-tow. You want to make sure you are out of flat-tow before you disconnect anything. So the vehicle doesn't roll away from you. So we'll just pull it up like we're disconnecting a regular old trailer hitch. And then we can bring this on over, and it will slide right in place, resting in the connection point on our base plate. We can then take the pin that we we're using before, slide it on through, lock it in place. And our tow bar is now attached here at the front of our vehicle.We can take our other arm on the opposite side here. We're going to have to lift up a little bit on the arm. So that way it's nice and straight. And then we can slide it down, take our pin that comes with it, lock it in place. And now we are set in our storage position here for our tow bar. All that would be left would be to disconnect our wiring and safety cables. Those safety cables could easily be wrapped around the tow bar. So you have your whole package here on the vehicle.So this is what it would look like if you've got it in the storage position and you're ready to go out. So whether you finish the job that you we're just at and you're onto the next one where you can hook up and then finish that up, or if you're at your camp site and you're just wanting to run up and pick up some supplies, we can easily store it like this, make our trip and head on back. And everything's going to stay right here where we need it.On the end where it attaches to our base plate it features Blue Ox's triple lug connection, which provides more surface area and metal here. So we have a more beefy connection. With this design it will work with any Blue Ox base plate. But if you have a different manufacturers base plate, you do have the option to change out the triple lug connection with adapters to fit whatever base plate that you have. And you can get those here at another thing that I really like about this Blue Ox tow bar over the competitor manufacturers is that they have a dust cover over the telescoping arms. A lot of the manufacturers just have seals on the end that are supposed to keep out any dirt, debris and moisture. But over time, eventually those seals are going to wear out and things are going to get in there. With this cover we're covering it all the way from the outside. So there's no chance of things getting in there. This just, it will ensure that we have smoother operation of our arms for a long time to come.It offers a 5,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much it can pull behind it. And that's going to be more than enough for our mid-size SUV's and your cars out there. But now for you heavy duty truck guys, unfortunately there's not going to be a ball mount option like this. But there is a traditional tow bar that will go into your receiver on your motor home, which is Blue Ox's Avail that offers up to 10,000 pound towing capacity. So you should have no problem with those larger trucks.Also included with your tow bar you will receive coiled safety cables. So you've got all of your connection between your motor home and your vehicle, right in one package.You will need some additional components though, to keep you legal in all states. You'll need your diode wiring to transfer all the lighting signals from your motor home to the lights at the back of your vehicle. As well as your supplemental braking system, which is going to apply the brakes in your vehicle when you hit them in your motor home. And if you haven't already installed one on your vehicle, you'll need a base plate to allow your tow bar to attach to.In addition to your safety chains, we've got another safety feature here on the coupler. Once you've got it hooked up, there is a pin that's pre-attached to it that we can slide through. And this will ensure that our handle can't accidentally come undone when we're going down the road, allowing our motor home to potentially come disconnected. Now, what's also nice about this is instead of using the pin that comes included with it, you could also put a lock on here to protect your tow bar, as well as your vehicle from making its way away from your motor home. We also have locking pins for the base plate side of your tow bar available here at as well. We've got custom fit base plates from Blue Ox available here at that'll hook directly to this tow bar.And flat-towing is not your only option when bringing your vehicle with your motor home. But this is definitely one of the easiest, especially if you are one of those people that drive your vehicle around to different locations and hook up to a lot of different vehicles and pull it with you. But some of the other options you do have is a tow dolly, which will hook onto the front wheels of our vehicle here and allow us to pull it that way. In some cases, you can hook it to the rear wheels. You just have to check your particular vehicle to see how you would properly tow-dolly it.The issue with a tow dolly is that it drives more like a trailer. It doesn't track nearly as nicely as our vehicle here. There are tow dollies that do have turning radius on their wheels to help them track like a flat-tow. But you still have the issue of what do you do with this trailer once you're home. You have to have someplace to store it, or even when you're at your camp site and you've unhooked your vehicle, you pick up some supplies stuff. You still have this trailer at your campsite that's just taking up your useful space that you could be using to play games and spend time with your family.And that completes our look at Blue Ox's Acclaim tow bar.

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