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etrailer XHD Non-Binding Tow Bar Review

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Review of the etrailer XHD Non-Binding Tow Bar


Hey everybody, Connor here today at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be going over and showing you how to install the etrailer XHD tow bar. So this is what our tow bar is going to look like attached to our towed vehicle. As you can see here, we have a nice durable powder coated finish here, which is going to help protect from rust and corrosion issues. So, the etrailer tow bar is going to be a great option for your vehicle. And the reason why, it actually has some specialized features that not many other tow bars have.

The first one we're going to talk about is down here at the shank or the stinger portion. As you'll see later in this video, this particular tow bar has a built in rise or drop compatible. Meaning, we can install the shank so the tow bar is in the rise position like it is now, or the drop position down below.Now, what this does is, it basically gives you a little bit more freedom in our motor home and towed vehicle. Now we need to make sure they're within three inches of one another. If we're not, normally you would have to buy a high-low adapter.

But that's not going to be the case for this etrailer tow bar, more than likely, because we have the built in adjustments here for the shank. So, if we work our way forward on the tow bar here, you're going to see a couple other features you might not be familiar with or have seen on other tow bars. Number one, we have these integrated clips here, which help hold our safety cables, so we don't have to worry about them dragging on the ground. And the other one is going to be on the other side here, we have this metal rod. It's basically going to be similar to the safety cable clips here.It's going to be sort of a support mechanism that is going to be used to hold our electrical cable.

Now, if we have a coiled connector, which we see here, we'll simply plug one side into the motor home, one side into the towed vehicle, and then we'll take our excess coil here and we'll simply slide it on that rod and we stick and secure it here with our pin. Basically, again, even though our electrical connector is coiled, it still has the risk of dragging on the ground and causing damage. But we're not going to have that issue with the etrailer tow bar because we have this nice metal support rod here that'll help take care of our extra slack.So, this now brings us to the biggest differentiating feature of the etrailer tow bar. Now I'm sure you're familiar with other tow bars and other base plate kits here. There's basically going to be three components for the connection.

You're going to have the base plates on the vehicle. You're going to have the base plate tab that inserts inside the base plates, which then in turn connects to our tow bar. We don't have to worry about those three parts with our etrailer tow bar. The base plate arms, or tabs rather, are going to actually get attached to the tow bar. Therefore, we're not going to have to worry about losing these base plate arms here, and we're not going to have to worry about that extra step. Everything's going to be integrated into the tow bar and the base plate kit. So, when we're ready to hook up, we'll simply align our tabs here, insert it into the hole and then twist to lock in place and follow this up with our little bale clip here.So, another great thing about our etrailer tow bar is, we're going to be able to use this tow bar no matter which base plate kit we have installed or tow vehicle. We can have the Roadmaster base plates, the Blue Ox base plates or the Demco/etrailer base plates, we're going to be able to use this each trailer tow bar. However, I do encourage you guys to check out the product page so we can make sure that we get the adapter if needed.So, another reason I really like the trailer tow bar, that's going to be specific to Demco and etrailer tow bars, is we have the self-supporting arms here. Now, as you can see, we aren't secured to the base plate kit on our towed vehicle, but our arms just aren't dropping to the ground. If you're familiar with other tow bars, such as those from Roadmaster and Blue Ox, when we we're not hooked up those arms are going to fall to the ground there. But the etrailer tow bar here, has what is referred to as the self-supporting arms. Meaning no matter which position we adjust or move them in, we don't have to worry about them falling down, potentially causing damage to the tow bar or hurting us in the process. In layman's terms, it's just a lot easier to manipulate, move and work with.So we've talked about some of the features that set the etrailer tow bar apart. Now, in addition to these, we still get some of the same great basic functions of our tow bar that other brands have such as Roadmaster and Blue Ox. What I'm referring to, is the self-centering design. Meaning, our arms are going to lock out when we pull forward. We don't have to worry about centering the towed vehicle directly to the motor home. Everything's going to straighten out when we pull forward and lock into place.So, in addition to the self-centering design, we also have the non-binding design, I'm sure you're familiar with. And essentially, what this does is, it makes it a little bit easier to release the arms once locked out when we arrive at our campsite, and we want to unhook our vehicle and going to town. Now, normally when our arms are locked out here, if we're not on a completely level ground, it's going to be really hard to release these arms. But the non-binding design of our etrailer tow bar is going to take away some of that stress. We're going to be able to disengage these levers here, and to release our tow bar arms pretty easily, no matter if we're on a level or slightly unlevel surface.So, our etrailer XHD tow bar has a 10,500 pound weight capacity. It's going to be one of the beefier tow bars on the market, and an excellent option here for our Jeep gladiator. So, once we arrive at the campsite, we're ready to unhook. It's super simple. All we do is remove the pin here, rotate the arm. We'll go ahead and do that on the other side as well.We will unhook our safety cables. And that'll bring us to one of the other features here on our etrailer tow bar, which is the stowaway position here. All we need to do is tilt both of the arms up. We can rotate them to either side, and then we can press them down. It's going to line up some pins here to lock it in place. We can further secure our safety cables to get them out of the way. But that's it. And that'll do it for our look in installation of the etrailer XHD tow bar.


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Employee Conner L
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