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Whether you are looking to tow a car behind your motorhome or improve your RV or tow vehicle ride and handling, Roadmaster has the tow gear and suspension upgrades you can rely on to take the hassles out of getting where you want to go.
No matter what kind of vehicle you want to tow, Roadmaster has a tow bar or dolly to fit the need. If your dinghy is towable on all four wheels, Roadmaster All-Terrain Tow Bars free you from the binding that makes other tow bars hard to release. All-Terrain Tow Bars release with just one finger, even when the tow bar is at a hard angle or the towed vehicle is out of level. Four familiar, classic Roadmaster tow bars—the Sterling, Falcon, BlackHawk 2 and StowMaster—are now available in the All-Terrain Series. Each is upgraded with Roadmaster’s exclusive Freedom Latch, which releases the tow bar an any angle, level or bind—first time, every time. A patented cam design inside the Freedom Latch transforms linear motion into rotary motion at a 400-to-one ratio—five lbs. of force against the latch equals 2000 lbs. of force against the lock. So you’ll never have to straighten and align your towed vehicle and motorhome to release the tow bar.
Other unique Roadmaster All-Terrain tow bar features include a quick-disconnect system that allows fast, easy one-person mounting or removal of the tow bar; a patented storage latch that lets you simply fold the tow bar toward the motorhome until it clicks, automatically locking in place; and a built-in cable guide that enhances appearance and helps keep safety cables and wiring from being crushed or damaged.
Roadmaster also uses more stainless steel than any other tow bar manufacturer. Stainless steel in virtually every moving component results in trouble-free operation, optimum corrosion resistance and satisfied customers—today and down the road.
If you can’t tow four-down or want to tow more than one of your vehicles, Roadmaster Tow Dollies let you tow almost any vehicle, from an ultra-compact car to a full-size pickup or SUV. With two models available, Roadmaster tow dollies are ideal for anyone who wants to tow multiple vehicles without having to buy a tow bar or install a tow bar mounting bracket. With a Roadmaster tow dolly, a transmission lube pump is not necessary for front wheel drive vehicles, since the front wheels are off the ground.
Both the premium and standard tow dollies share many features that make car towing trouble-free. The coupler handle is balanced over the axle for easy handling and maneuvering. Accu-Lube hubs let you easily repack the bearings through the grease fitting on each wheel. Raised TrueGrip tread pattern on the ramps offers positive traction in both directions for safer loading and unloading. Built-in electric brakes give you safer stops and reduce wear on the motorhome’s brakes. Heavy-duty trailer tires ensure long life and safety. The powder coat finish on the ramps, axles and deck offers maximum durability. Each dolly comes complete with adjustable tie down straps and ratchets that fit most tires from 12" to 16".
The premium model also offers self-steering wheels that allow the dolly to track with the motorhome without cutting corners; locking storage trays for tie down straps and other equipment (one key fits both trays); conveniently located bed tilt release that eliminates crawling under the car to tilt the bed; and full adjustability—it’s the only tow dolly on the market with patented adjustable-width ramps and axles to tow virtually any vehicle.
The standard model features an adjustable deck that swivels for easy cornering; high-density polyethylene fenders that won’t rust and eliminate metal fatigue problems; and many other features not found on other comparable tow dollies.
Safety is the number one reason most people add supplemental brakes to their towed vehicles. In an emergency, stopping distance is the critical factor between a close call and a tow truck—or worse. A proper supplemental braking system takes the load off your motorhome, allowing the motorhome and the towed vehicle to brake in tandem, taking about 33% less distance to come to a controlled stop.
Supplemental brakes also relieve stress on the tow bar and the mounting brackets—a panic stop without supplemental brakes is the leading cause of tow system failure. They also keep the combination straight as you brake, so there’s less chance of a “jackknife”. And supplemental brakes reduce the chance of a catastrophic brake failure at the motorhome as a result of sustained braking—for example, when you’re driving down a steep mountain grade.
Safety notwithstanding, there are several other compelling reasons to add supplemental brakes. According to the American Automobile Association, most states and many Canadian provinces now require supplemental brakes if the towed weight exceeds 3000 lbs. Visit roadmasterinc.com/products/braking/map.html to find the braking requirements in your state.
Warranty issues also come into play. Workhorse will void your chassis warranty if you tow more than 1000 lbs. without supplemental brakes; Ford stipulates 1500 lbs. Tow brakes also reduce wear and tear on motorhome chassis brakes. Because they aren’t braking for two vehicles, your motorhome brakes last longer.
Plus, tow brakes just make good sense. Every other trailer on the road today—5th wheel, travel trailer, boat trailer or semi-trailer—has its own braking system. When you’re towing two or three extra tons, shouldn’t you have a supplemental braking system to stop it?
AddaBRAKE is a portable system activated by the motorhome’s brake light wiring that applies a pre-set pressure to your towed vehicle’s brakes every time you brake the motorhome. Braking pressure is adjustable, based on the weight of the towed vehicle.
AddaBRAKE activates only when the motorhome brake lights are on so there is no false braking. It’s ready for the next stop nearly twice as fast as other portable systems with smaller air compressors. The compact unit has adjustable feet and an adjustable pedal clamp for a quick, secure and stable fit. It includes an emergency breakaway system and an LED motorhome monitor.
Even Brake is the ultimate portable, proportional towed vehicle braking system. It automatically increases or decreases braking pressure in direct proportion to the motorhome. In other words, it brakes evenly—at the same time, and at the same intensity, as you brake the motorhome. Even Brake offers a revolutionary motorhome monitor that gives you complete, continuous braking information at a glance. Power Save low battery protection warns you of a low battery in the towed vehicle with LED and LCD alerts on the motorhome monitor, giving you time to recharge the battery. If the battery’s voltage drops too low, Even Brake goes into sleep mode, while retaining emergency braking power. The monitor also alerts you after an extended period of continuous braking and releases braking pressure automatically, avoiding excessive wear on the towed vehicle’s brakes.
BrakeMaster is a classic favorite, time-tested and the easiest to use. It’s a truly proportional, truly synchronized braking system—however you brake the motorhome, BrakeMaster automatically applies the same pressure, every time. It connects directly to the motorhome’s air or hydraulic brake line, and connects and disconnects from the towed vehicle in under a minute, without any tools, adjustments or settings—just attach the brake pedal clamp, secure to the floor or seat adaptor, quick-connect the air hose and you’re ready to tow. Since it weighs just 3¾ lbs. and measures 17" long, it stores almost anywhere when not in use.
Here’s an urban legend that MythBusters hasn’t gotten around to yet—that motorhomes (or trucks, vans and SUVs used for trailer towing) are all supposed to handle like “big rigs”—in other words, poorly. So the reason you feel like you’re in a prize fight behind the steering wheel is simple—you’re driving a big rig. But piloting your motorhome or towing your trailer doesn’t have to be like driving a big rig when you utilize Roadmaster towing and suspension solutions.
Susceptibility to wind buffeting increases with the size of the vehicle’s sides. For this reason the factory anti-sway bars on camper-hauling trucks and Class A motorhome chassis may be inadequate, even if they show no wear. Roadmaster anti-sway bars virtually eliminate “body roll” during which the vehicle rolls from side to side, especially during cornering. Roadmaster anti-sway bars stabilize the vehicle, keeping it level through crosswinds, and dramatically improving stability and tracking, especially on curves.
Roadmaster steering stabilizers offer insurance against loss of control after a front tire blow-out. A combination shock absorber and spring, “return to center” stabilizers also offer protection against rut tracking, “bump steer” (the steering wheel jerks suddenly when the front tires strike potholes or other road hazards) and wind buffeting. Return to center stabilizers are also effective against “wandering” (the steering feels loose, making it difficult—and physically exhausting—to keep the vehicle in a straight line).
Another weapon to drastically reduce wandering is a Roadmaster TruTrac Bar, which locks the leaf spring stack in place laterally, preventing axle side play. The result is more precise, predictable steering. TruTrac Bars are also effective against soft steering, wind buffeting and rut tracking. If your motorhome is built on one of the following chassis, you may benefit from a TruTrac Bar: Workhorse—W16, W18, W20, W22, W24 (00-09)/Kodiak—4500, 5500 (03-09), Ford—F53, V10 (98-05)/Ford—F53, V8 (88-98)—Freightliner FRED (07 & 08).
The chart below identifies the primary benefits of aftermarket suspension products. By matching the problem to the product, you can see which Roadmaster aftermarket suspension products will enhance your vehicle’s stability, handling and maneuverability.
Whatever your towing or suspension upgrade need, a full selection of Roadmaster products are available at Camping World, with professional installation available at SuperCenters nationwide. Visit CampingWorld.com/stores for all Camping World locations.
Roadmaster is the 21st century version of a Horatio Alger success story. Jerry A. Edwards founded Roadmaster 36 years ago with not much more than a “can-do” attitude, and a philosophy of personal and corporate self-sufficiency. That self-sufficiency is Roadmaster’s core value. Roadmaster doesn’t outsource. All of the company’s products are designed, engineered and manufactured under the same roof. If it’s feasible, that includes building the tools and dies to make the equipment to make the products.
There are two reasons for “hands-on” manufacturing. The first is simple: quality. “Quality starts on the inside, and when you control the process, you control the quality,” says Edwards. To his way of thinking, “quality first” is the reason more Roadmaster towing products are on the road today than any other brand—by nearly a two-to-one margin. The second reason is equally important: in these economic times, Edwards would prefer to keep 200 jobs in America. Roadmaster now has 200 employees and 200,000 square feet of office and manufacturing facilities in the Vancouver, Washington metro area.
Roadmaster pioneered the use of computerized testing for tow bars and tow systems. That testing method is called Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA). If that sounds complicated, that’s because it is—FEA is the same method NASA scientists use to test their designs. The aerospace, automotive and biomedical industries, among others, also use FEA testing. Every FEA design is displayed as a full-scale, three-dimensional object, which engineers rotate and study on the screen as they apply thousands of pounds of force across the load-bearing components. Up to a million separate points can be analyzed. Stress in the steel is pinpointed and color-coded, and the design is manipulated to remove it. The result is an optimized design, in both materials and components, which has been tested and verified at maximum linear strain.
Every Roadmaster tow bar design is tested, refined and perfected through FEA before the first prototype is ever built. Tow bar prototypes are then further tested in “real world” fatigue tests, to the equivalent of 600,000 road miles (150,000 “push” strokes and 150,000 “pull” strokes on a laboratory simulator, at full capacity). Each prototype testing cycle takes almost a month to complete.
Roadmaster is the rare company that performs double-testing—computerized stress testing to refine and optimize the design, as well as “real world” physical testing—to ensure the structural integrity and longevity of their products.
In the RV towing products industry, testing standards are entirely self-imposed—there are no federal regulations in place, whatsoever. Roadmaster’s standards—“quality to ensure reliability; reliability to ensure safety”—are the highest in the industry.
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