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Since April 11, 2012 was our 9-year anniversary of full-timing, we though that a video about something really integral to RVing (like towing) was a fitting way to kick off our 10th year on the road.
When the arms of your tow bar are feeling kind of “sticky” (requiring a stronger pull to extend or retract them) it means the grease inside the bellows has begun to get old or dry and needs to be replaced. We re-lubricate our tow bar every year as part of our annual spring cleaning and maintenance.
It’s a quick and easy job that can be accomplished in short order by just about anybody with a couple of basic tools. As you can see in the video, no special skills are required.
We bought our Blue Ox tow bar for our first motorhome, but we liked it so much that we kept it when we bought a new RV after 2 years on the road. Blue Ox is one of the most respected names in the RV industry, and we’ve now had 9 years of trouble-free service from our tow bar. It’s incredibly easy to connect and disconnect and requires very little maintenance.
Whether you have the Aladdin model like we do, or an Acclaim, Alpha or Aventa model, maintaining them is the same.
Simply cut off both zip-ties (the large one on the RV side of the tow bar, and the small one on the car side) with a pair of wire cutters, clean the old grease off the arm with silicone spray, apply fresh all-purpose lithium grease, replace the zip-ties and work the arm in and out a bit to spread the lubricant evenly. Then repeat the same process on the other arm and you’re good to go for another year.
Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.