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Demco Commander II Non-Binding Tow Bar Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Demco Commander II Non-Binding Tow Bar


Hi there, flat towers. Today we're going to be taking a look at Demco's Commander 2 tow bar. One thing I've noticed about this tow bar is how easy it is to connect in comparison with others. A lot of customers that we do this setup for, they come out and I teach them how to hook it all up, and they say to me, "Hey, this tow bar is awfully heavy. I have to lift this thing up and connect it every time" Unfortunately, I have to tell them. "Yes.

Yeah, you have to hook it up every time you want to connect your vehicle to it." But with this tow bar, now it's heavy on the initial install. You got to get it hooked up to your motor home. But as long as you leave it attached to your motor home in its storage position like this, it's so much easier to reconnect it to the vehicle then your other tow bars out there. Those other ones, they drop down and you have to still lift them up and fight to hold it in position to get this pin in. I mean, just check this out.Pull it up.

It holds itself up. I mean, it's holding it up right now. So you don't even have to hold it up. You just pull it over and, boom, you can just slide it out, line it up, and it holds itself there. You're not working with this tow bar.

You're just hooking it up.So if that's one of your biggest concerns, to me, that's the biggest selling point of this tow bar is just how much you don't have to work when you're getting it connected. So you're here looking at flat towing, you're probably wondering why is flat towing a better option than a tow dolly, for example Well, a flat tow setup is going to be easier to pull behind you than a tow dolly due to the way your vehicle tracks behind you. Your tow dolly is going to track a little bit more like a trailer so when you turn, you're going to have to be keeping an eye on it in your mirrors to make sure you're not jumping any curbs or anything. Your tow bar will allow the vehicle to track behind you due to the wheels that stay unlocked in the vehicle. So the wheels actually turn and follow you.

So when you're making a turn, your vehicle's falling right behind you. So you don't have to worry about ramping up on a curb with your vehicle when you're trying to make those tight turns.Additionally, with your tow dolly, not all vehicles can work with a tow dolly. Depending on your particular setup, the tow dolly only lifts two of the wheels off the ground so the other two wheels need to be acceptable to tow, and if they're not, then the tow dolly is not going to be a good option for you. This is mainly the case with four wheel drive vehicle. The other big thing with a flat tow setup that makes a great versus your tow dolly up is when you're at home. When you're at home, you still have this tow dolly that you have to store somewhere, you have to do something with it.With a flat tow setup, we just hook this tow bar right up to our vehicle, click it in place and it just stays there until we're ready to use it again. On our vehicle side, well, everything's installed on it and it's just there installed in the vehicle ready to go when we ever want to go flat towing and out adventuring again. Your tow bar is one of five main components you'll need when flat towing your vehicle behind your motor home. In addition to your tow bar, you're going to need your safety cables, which is a supplementary connection between your motor home and your vehicle. What's nice about this tow bar is that it comes with your safety cables and it comes with the clips here that keeps it up off the ground to ensure long lasting cable operations so they don't drag on the ground.You'll also need your supplemental braking system, which installs in your vehicle to apply the brakes that exist on your vehicle when you hit the brakes in your motor home. Your base plate, which gives you the connection point for your tow bar to connect to on your vehicle side so you can get it attached to your motor home. Lastly, your supplemental wiring or lighting, which is either going to be a diode wiring kit or magnetic lights and stick on the back of the vehicle. Demco's Commander 2 tow bar is going to be rated for 6,000 pounds and it's going to be a non-binding tow bar, which is one of the things you really want to make sure your tow bar has. If your tow bar isn't non-binding and you get parked on a campsite and, let's face it, most campsites don't have perfectly level ground, usually the terrain's a bit uneven, and if your motor home's angled this way and your vehicle's angled this way a little bit, it can put a bind on your pins, making it very difficult to get them disconnected.The non-binding lever here, when pressed, will release the rod inside of here, giving us a little bit of freedom. You can see that it kind of moves in and out, which frees it up, making it easy to pull the pins and get our tow bar disconnected. If it was all bound up, we wouldn't even be able to get those pins pulled because it'd be so tight. One of the cool things about the Demco tow bar is our rod here, which allows you to help keep those components that could be hanging low up off the pavement. So for example, our wiring here, we can just take this, slide it over, and that just keeps that coily cable nice and neat up off the ground, which will extend the life of it, ensuring that road debris is not going to be causing any damage.Unlike other tow bars, Demco has come up with a design for the head assembly here to help alleviate the need for a drop or a rise. The shank that goes into the receiver has a one and a half inch offset. It's currently installed in the drop position. We've got a one and a half inch drop already to start right there. Then the head assembly here can tilt up to three inches, up or down, to help accommodate that further. This bolt here is always going to be in position and it pivots on this bolt. There's a bolt just like this on each side that comes just like this out of your kit. It's going to be loose. Don't worry. It's loose like that because there are slots located behind the washers here that allow you to tilt the head assembly up or down to get as level of a towing surface as possible.Once you've got it nice and level, you can then tighten these back down. You'll have up to three inches of tilt using this feature. Now, while most vehicles are going to want it in the drop position, because the motor home typically sits higher, if whatever you're flat towing happens to be lifted up and you needed it in the rise position, you can simply remove the bolt here, flip the assembly over, and then re-install it and you'll be in the rise position. Then you can use the slotted bolts here to get further adjustability. Now in extreme cases like we have here where our Jeep sits so much lower than our motor home, we still need a drop in order to get it to a flat tow level. But this is because we have a need of over six inches worth of drop in order to get our Jeep level with our motor home.But now if your motor home and your vehicle do you have an extreme offset like we do here, having an adjustable tow bar like this will allow you to minimize the amount of drop or rise that you may need to purchase. This can be a big factor if you're at such an extreme that there may not even be one available. This could be the savior till inaudible 00:06:06 get your flat tow up and running. Now we've gone over some of the niceties that this tow bar has to offer, but one of the big things you want to remember is that the weight rating for your tow bar should match your vehicle. This tow bar is for 6,000 pounds so it's great for any vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating less than that.But if your vehicle is higher, like some of your trucks out there that people are flat towing with, you may want to consider a more robust tow bar, such as Demco's Excalibar 3, which has a rating up to 10,500 pounds. When not in use, your tow bar can go into its storage position. The arms will lock into the red latches here. This pin is going to go in there. In order to get the pin in, we'll pull up on our tow bar first and this allows the pin to pivot down. Then we can push it off to the side and you can go on either side. The red latches are on both sides. We're putting this one towards the driver's side. Then you can just push the arm down and it locks it in and holds it in place. We're going to do the same thing with the other side.You can have them both go off to the same direction if you want, or you can have them go off, one, one side, one, the other. I prefer doing to one, one side, one, the other, just because it's a little bit easier to see when you're getting them latched in. You can see here with it in its storage position, we can leave it attached to our motor home all the time. And it's ready to go whenever we need to hook it up. I like having this extra lever here too, for our cable. Some of the other tow bars out there have channels under them that your cables can run through, and that's awesome. It keeps them up off the ground. But when you're in the storage position, the ends kind of want to just hang down. This makes a nice little way for you to wrap your cable up, too, to keep it off the ground. You can see we've got nothing underneath hanging down.The tow bar's arms are going to be self-aligning so you just hook it up and drive off, and when you do, your vehicles going to track right behind your motor home, aligning itself behind it, and the arms will lock into place, keeping it there. The arm length, fully retracted, is going to be 39 and a quarter inches. This is from the center of the hole at our base plate to the center of the hole at the end of our shank, and when fully extended, it's going to measure 51 and three quarter inches from the center of our hole to the hole at the end of our shank.Now we'll go ahead and show you a typical installation. Now, one of the first things you're going to notice here coming out of our receivers, that we've got to drop. Now, one of the cool things about the Demco tow bars versus some of your other manufacturers is that it comes with a one and a half inch drop or rise. It comes preassembled in the drop position. Now, unfortunately for our setup here, between our motor home and our Jeep, we need six inches worth of drop, so we're not going to be able to achieve that with just the tow bar alone. But majority of your setups out there are going to be close enough to where you won't have to purchase an additional component like this. So having this extra feature could save you an extra purchase.We'll now slide it into our receiver hitch or our drop or rise, if you're already using one, like we are. You'll see here that there's still a hole here. There are two holes in our tow bar to choose from. So you can choose the appropriate depth. Now, some of your hitches, you may be limited to just one of those holes, depending on the depth of your hitch and how it sticks out. But here, this is the first hole so we're further out. We can go further in. In here, you can now see that it lines up with our second hole. You can use whichever one works best for your setup. We're going to be using the second hole. By using the second hole like this, it reduces the length between our motor home and our vehicle and sometimes that's important depending on the length of your safety cables, for example. If it's too long, you may need to have safety cable extensions.We'll then slide the included pin and clip through our tow bar and lock it in place. Then on the other side, we're going to connect it to our base plate. Now, the ends that I have on here are Roadmaster adapters that you can install on the end of your tow bar if you have a Roadmaster base plate. So it's going to hook directly to our direct connect Roadmaster base plate. Your tow bar is going to come up with ends like this on it and this is for going into a Demco base plate. These simply just remove the bolt. There are some washers that come into your adapter kit. This is all the stuff that you get with the original one. You can see here on our Roadmaster adapter, it did need thicker washers and it came with a longer bolt. But they're both going to work fairly similar. Your Demco has a pin and clip that would go through like this into the base plate and our Roadmaster here, just a different shape, but the same basic idea, and it attaches with a pin-in clip.Another thing to keep in mind is that your base plate, if you did choose to go with the Roadmaster base plate, they do not come with these pin-in clips. These pin-in clips here come with Roadmaster tow bars. We do offer pin-in clips here at etrailer.com, so if you have a Roadmaster base plate, but you want to use a Demco tow bar, make sure you pick up some Roadmaster pin-in clips and the adapter set to get it all working. We can then hook up our safety cables. These come included with our Demco tow bar and they're pre-attached to the tow bar via a couple of clips. What's nice about these couple of clips that's holding our safety cable on is it keeps it up off the road and it gives us just an overall cleaner installation.When attaching the other end to your motor home, you want to make sure that you crisscross it. So this is our passenger side on the vehicle. We're going to hook it to the driver's side on our motor home. This creates a cradle at the front. So in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, our components will sit on this cradle and they won't dig down into the pavement. Next, we'll just hook up the rest of our flat tow components. So that's typically going to be your breakaway switch cable and your wiring connector. If you need those as well, we have all of those available here at etrailer.com. Now that we've made all of our connections, all we need to do is place our vehicle into tow mode and we're ready to hit the road. And that completes our look at Demco's Commander 2 tow bar..


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