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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 10:23:46 pm »

Imichael, how do you like the Demco system tow bar? I have a blue ox and want something lighter. Do you mind, what does the system include and whats the cost? Have a Honda cr-v and looking at for a light weight truck. thanks, billy
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2011, 11:45:30 pm »

The Demco Cammander tow bar works great, and it is very easy & quick to hook-up.  It weighs 41 lbs and has a 6,000 lb towing capacity.  The self-supporting arms make hook-up and disconnect more convenient.  When disconnected, the bar swings to either side (both arms on same side, or one arm on each side) for out of the way storage.  It comes with safety cables, and there is an attached rod for holding the wire cord.  I ordered it from PPL Motor Homes (pplmotorhomes.com) for $422.  For the same price, you can get the same tow bar with blue ox adapter.  I've only towed the Jeep from Phoenix up the mountain to Pine, AZ (90 miles) so far, but next week I'll be towing it to San Diego.  I'll let you know if there are any issues on the longer trip.
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2011, 01:09:35 pm »

Imichael, this is what I have, is the Demco Commander the same? I guess I could call them but sometime they make you feel less the smart!   pulling hair out
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2011, 04:32:34 pm »

Hi Billy,

These are the end pieces that come standard on the Demco Commander.  The tabs are 5/8" thk by 1.5" wide, same as yours.  But the distance to the end is 1.5" from center of hole, if too much for your existing baseplate then they could be cut down.  Also, the hole is for a 1/2" pin.  You can purchase adapters from Demco to fit other brand baseplates, but they are pricey.

BTW, the sale at PPL Motor Homes that Imichael noted is a great buy, $422 and $8 shipping.  I paid $525 shipped 1 1/2 years ago, and that was the best deal I could find at the time.

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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2011, 05:27:04 pm »

I checked my adaptor on the Honda and I have just a tad over 1 1/2 ". With the rounded corners of the picture you show, I see no reason why it will not work.
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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2011, 05:42:52 pm »

Reply to my reply, Just a minute ago I ordered the Demco Commander with the Blue Ox adaptor. Not really sure what the adaptors are but they are included for the same price. ????????
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2011, 06:41:16 pm »

Billy,

This is the Blue Ox adapter that Demco makes, it is $85 purchased separately but I guess they could include it with the tow bar at the same price if they swap out the standard adapter.  It has three tabs where yours has only one?  I did a quick check on the Blue Ox website and all their adapters have three tabs.  Not sure why your Blue Ox is different or which you should order.

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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2011, 07:24:09 pm »

According to the web site they come with the hitch.
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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2011, 08:27:06 pm »

Bobander did a great job in his reply, so I have little to add.  A note of caution, though.  I thought the tow bar came out of the box ready to use--which I did.  Then I read the instructions/information more carefully and noticed two nuts need to be tightened after aligning the bar to the toad (85 ft/lbs). 
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2011, 09:44:16 pm »

We have to tighten 2 nuts every time we go on a trip. Most especially the one behind the wheel.
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« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2011, 08:05:37 pm »

Reply to my reply, Just a minute ago I ordered the Demco Commander with the Blue Ox adaptor. Not really sure what the adaptors are but they are included for the same price. ????????
"According to the web site they come with the hitch."

Remove head from butt and called PPL and got the correct tow Bar. Really don't know what I was (THINKING). Maybe that's the problem.
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2011, 10:55:05 pm »

Lmichael:

I am glad that the Demco worked well for you.  I always hate recommending something to someone when so few others use it. It is really easy to use and is more economical than the other name brands. 

@ Billy. The demco system should work fine for what you have.

Enjoy!

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« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2011, 11:04:54 pm »

We have to tighten 2 nuts every time we go on a trip. Most especially the one behind the wheel.

The Demco arrived today, looks like a great unit. Do you really need to tighten two nuts. I usually tell people  in my car, There is a "loose nut behind the wheel" The ends at the honda will work just fine.
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« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2011, 10:20:31 pm »

Billy:

I probably do not check my um... nuts too often. I am not as young as I used to be.  rolling on the floor

Seriously, I check them at least once while using them and I have only tightened them once and probably did not need to but you can never be too safe.

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« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2011, 08:28:11 pm »

The two nuts I mentioned were barely finger tight.  The instructions showed they should be torgued to 85 ft/lbs.
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