Purchased my first Stowmaster 5000 in 1998. Just purchased a replacement today
because the price was right! The original still functions as new, only minimal bushing
wear. The stainless construction held up through it all, the design makes it easy for one
person to hook up to the toad to the coach. One only needs to get close, the tow bar
collapses and can be maneuvered in and out and from side to side, once the coach is
driven forward, the tow bar automatically locks itself inline. I chose to have the tow bar
remain mounted to the toad when in travel mode, but you can have it set-up to remain on
the coach if you wish. Bottom line, after all the miles, it still performs as designed. If you
purchase another toad, all that is needed is a base plate for the new rig, and the tow bar
can be switched over to the new rig. The only maintenance I performed was: wash off the
road debris and occasionally spray the tow bar with a lubricant.(WD40 or equivalent)
Virtually worry free for years. I also purchased the tow accessories, which like the tow bar,
worked effortlessly in tandem, the right parts for the complete package.
Used with 2 "toads". Works like a WONDER. One-person hook-up.
648 out of 938 people found this review helpful.
April 19, 2007
I used this Stowmaster to tow my Jeep Cherokee four-down on a solo, five-week, nine-western-states tour in 1999. I got the Stowmaster accessory and wiring kit and the behind-bumper base plate installed.
Hook-up and disconnect was a breeze.
The self-aligning feature is nice!!! One-person hook-up is simple, when you don't have to get the hitch directly over the ball before connecting. Just get it near, hook to the ball, then pull the tow vehicle forward and the arms lock.
I kept the Stowmaster attached to the Jeep the whole trip, even when 4-wheeling. Not a rattle nor rumble.
When I got ready to move to a new job, I sold the Jeep and bought a Saturn.
I only had to buy a new Saturn base plate and the minor portion of the wiring for inside the car, and I was again towing.
The same Stowmaster tow bar again fit perfectly and performed flawlessly on the trip from California to Georgia, towing the Saturn four-down.
Stowmaster makes the bar to be interchangeable, then "worries" about the actual fit through its base plates. Good design!
I have had my Stowmaster for over 12 years and have never had a problem with it. Since I RV year round I have come to appreciate the quickeness and efficient way I am ablr to hook the dingy up by myslef in all kinds of weather. Good design with high quality workmanship.
I've used the Stowmaster tow bar for about 18 months and find it to be easy to use, simple to hook-up, reliable, and easy to take on and off of the tow vehicle. I perfer the Stowmaster with it's ball mount over others models that connect directly to the motorhome's 2" stinger adapter. The Stowmaster stays with the toad which I find more desirable than tow bars that stay on the motorhome. This is a personal prefence thing I guess, but it's MY preference. I'm in the process of trading my Jeep Wrangler for a Chevy Colorado, and all I have to do is buy base-plates for the Colorado and I'm ready to roll.
I bought this and have used it about a half a dozen times to tow our 2004 Jeep Wrangler behind our Class A Motorhome.
It all works fine, unhooked fine, but the darn thing just weighs way to much to take it off and put it on when arriving/departing, put it in it's bag and stuffing it in one of the compartments under the motorhome for storage.
See item 1040D (configure for vehicle specific application).
April 04, 2014
Do I need to buy any other parts to hook this up to my 2010 Ford Escape?
by AnonymousJanuary 12, 2014
Mounting brackets would be needed as well. They can be found here: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/roadmaster-tow-bar-mounting-bracket/1040d
January 14, 2014
what else comes with it like attachments hooking to car 2006 Saturn vue
by bertJanuary 02, 2014
Mounting brackets are sold separately, and can be purchased here: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/roadmaster-tow-bar-mounting-bracket/1040D
January 02, 2014
Will Camping World install this tow bar?
by katieJune 29, 2013
Yes, our store staff will be happy to help with installation.
July 04, 2013
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