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 wo...rks 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.
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 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.
Used with 2 "toads". Works like a WONDER. One-person hook-up.
by George P. Butler
– April 19, 2007
654 out of 944 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 Stowma...ster 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!
Purchased my first Stowmaster 5000 in 1998. Just purchased a replacement today
because the price was right! The original still f...unctions 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.
Due a number of different trim levels/editions/packages available to the Jeep Wrangler, there are numerous options to tow brackets that will fit. Please use the Roadmaster Tow Bar Bracket Guide, and then cross reference the manufacturer part number to the list below.
1439-1 = SKU# 66689
1439-3 = SKU# 66690
521448-4 = SKU# 72796
521448-5 = SKU# 77118
1438-3 = SKU# 50523
1438-1 = SKU# 50465
1430-3 = SKU# 39379
1430-1 = SKU# 37670
by Camping World – July 14, 2016
If I order this tow bar, can I install myself, do I need special tools or additional parts or does Camping World need to install?
The Stowmaster can be self installed, Stowmaster: Install Manual. However, to flat tow a vehicle, said vehicle must first be capable of being flat towed. Secondly, the vehicle will need tow brackets installed(Roadmaster: Mounting Bracket Guide), and brake light wiring/magnetic tow lights in which a professional installer is recommended. Supplemental braking should be installed in the towed vehicle, most of these systems can be self installed.
by Camping World – June 13, 2016
Can this be used to tow a 2005 Toyota Prius with a 2013 Winnebago Vista?
Refer to your owner's manual first to verify if your truck can be flat towed. Your Nissan Frontier may require a drive shaft disconnect from Remco to be installed.
To attach this tow bar, you will need to have Roadmaster brackets SKU#49065 (MX style bracket) or SKU#48707 (XL style brackets) installed first. Roadmaster: Bracket Types Explanation by Camping World – June 18, 2016
Will this work for a 1992 Jeep Cherokee to be towed behind a 25 ft motorhome?
The max tow capacity of this tow bar is 6,000 lbs.. Curb weight of a 1992 Jeep Cherokee is around 2985 lbs. which means this tow bar is capable of handling the vehicle.
by Camping World – March 16, 2016
Can I tow my ford 150 p/u with this stowmaster 5000
by vince – August 26, 2015
August 26, 2015
Have never done this before; brand new to the world of motorhome ownership
It might be possible. There are few factors involved. 1)What is the weight of your truck? If under 6000lbs. then the two bar will work. 2)Can your truck be flat towed? The owner's manual will usually state if it is possible. If not, you will need a Lube Pump Kit or Driveline Disconnect from Remco Industries. 3)Are there tow brackets for your truck? No all trim-levels have tow brackets available, feel free to visit Roadmaster and use the tow bar bracket page.
by Camping World – August 26, 2015
Can this be used on a dodge 2500 diesel 4wd 2005 yr
If you are trying to tow your Dodge 2500, you will need to double check the weight of the vehicle. Specs state a curb weight over 6,000 lbs. which exceeds the capability of this tow bar along with most others except the BlackHawk 2 All-Terrain.
Other items needed for towing are Roadmaster Tow Brackets(call Sales @ 888.626.7576 to order), a wiring kit or magnetic light kit for brake lights, and supplemental braking unit like the BrakeBuddy or InvisiBrake. For further assistance feel free to contact our Technical Service Group @ 800.622.6264
by Camping World – August 11, 2015
Roadmaster tow brackets for your vehicle, part#3123-1, is listed as SKU#35385. Tow brackets are not listed on our website, please contact Sales @ 888.626.7576 to order.
by Camping World – November 17, 2015
It is recommended that your owner's manual be checked to verify if the vehicle can be flat towed to begin with. Depending on the drive train, some vehicles can only be dolly towed or put on a flat trailer. Remco is a useful resource for towing vehicles.
This tow bar can be used with a vehicle like a Versa since the weight is below the capacity. However, you will also need tow brackets from Roadmaster to match the tow bar. Contact Sales @ 888.626.7576 to order as they are not listed on our website. Supplimental braking is required by a number of states. Safety cables are also needed along with some tow wiring(#23797) either for brake light control on the tow vehicle or magnetic tow lights(#69251).
by Camping World – October 30, 2015
Roadmaster Tow Bracket part# 483-1 fits the year/make/model of the vehicle provided and is Camping World item# 26036. To purchase these tow brackets, please contact Sales @ 888.626.7576 as they are currently not listed on our website.
by Camping World – June 15, 2015
Yes, this tow bar can pull up to 6,000 lbs. and for the most part is universal in application. Roadmaster tow bars such as this are designed to attached to hookup to Roadmaster towing brackets which are vehicle specific. For your vehicle use SKU# 37664 for tow brackets; as this is not listed on our website please contact Sales @ 888.626.7576 to order.
by Camping World – September 29, 2015
Yes, our store staff will be happy to help with installation.
by Camping World – July 04, 2013
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