Picked up the Honda Fit from Cliff's Welding in Mesa, AZ last week & hooked up the Blue Ox bar, elec & safety cables to it. We had the split hitch installed so we can try out the bike rack in the top portion. The 2552 is a bit more sluggish - but that is to be expected I guess. All things considered, we're still doing fine & are comfortable with the ride.
No Ron, I have not initially set up a secondary braking system but I definitely know there is something else attached to the RV. Have only driven it back from the shop to home (~15mi) & consciously maintained a greater distance for stopping although it did not appear to need it. That being said, I keep a pretty safe stopping distance anyway so I may already be overly cautious (is there such a thing?)Tow bar appears to be extremely close to horizontal; definitely well within the 3" limit expressed in the manufacturer brochure (I think they actually say 4" but the shop went even lower). I think the dual hitch actually helped that as the Fit is fairly low to the ground in front. Remains to be seen how everything works in unison when I try the tow bar & bike rack together later this month when I travel to Sonoita/Bisbee.
Also, it's also hard to say where a vehicle is produced anymore. You can say where the final assembly is made, but the parts are likely to come from a dozen different countries.
2006 Jeep Liberty