Our 5 Highest Rated Brake Pads for Towing in 2020

Hey, are you wondering what the best tow bars for RV would be? If you are a beginner or intermediate RVer, no worries as we shall delve into the tiny winy details to make your home on wheels and vacation a success.

There’s nothing as good as being fully prepared when it’s time for a vacation. RV provides a safe, budget-friendly, cozy, and customizable home for your trip. But to enjoy your trip to the fullest, you need a smaller vehicle for inner-city navigation. How do you move around with an RV and a small car? That’s where the best tow bar becomes handy!

Tow bars come specially designed to help anchor your vehicle to the RV when on a trip. But to get the job done, you need reliable tow bars.

So, where do you find this magical RV vacation wand? Let’s explore the 5 best in the market.

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 Our Top 5 Picks

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Roadmaster 576 All Terrain Tow Bar


Blue Ox BX7365 Alpha Tow Bar


Nighthawk Roadmaster 676 Tow Bar


Demco 9511009 Tow Bar


Smittybilt 87450 Tow Bar Kit


Power Stop Z36-1274

Blue Ox BX736 Tow Bar

Nighthawk Roadmaster 676 Tow Bar

Demco 9511009 Tow Bar

Smittybilt 87450 Tow Bar Kit

Best Tow Bars Of 2020

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When you need a tow bar that can navigate even the most challenging terrain, then it should be the Roadmaster 576. Forged from stainless steel aluminum and with an 8,000 pounds capacity, the Roadmaster can withstand the weight of your car, SUV, Mini-van, or RV.

I simply hitch the Roadmaster tow bar to the RV by mounting the receiver anchor to the bumper hookup and pin to the RV’s rear. The wiring and safety cables make the installation process fast and easy. Since it has self-aligning features, I worry less about the terrain’s roughness. And that’s because the weight automatically evens out.

When it’s time to detach, you can easily fold the Roadmaster upward and hold into place using the provided latch to secure it. The Roadmaster can beat the weather anytime, as it comprises lightweight, anti-rust aluminum.

What more, the lightweight makes it stress-free even though it comprises steel and aluminum.

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Very well-made, strong and secure. Towed our 2007 FJ Cruiser from Florida to Alaska without a hitch. (Bad pun – couldn’t resist). Super easy to connect/disconnect and this model has an ‘All Terrain’ safety feature to help control the pressure on the system (think weight) released from the tow bar (TB) when disconnecting. Haven’t used a steel model but this aluminum version was heavy; can’t imagine the felt weight of the steel version. If you are towing >6,000# you’ll need the steel tow bar.

There are 3 major components needed for the RoadMaster set-up: the tow bar, interconnect bar, and vehicle mount kit. The interconnect bar is included with the TB as seen in the pic and mates between the TB and the vehicle mount kit. The mount kit has to be purchased separately to match the vehicle being towed (Toad). Also, most every state require a brake controller, brake and license plate lights. It is much safer to use a proportional brake controller ($$), required or not.

Towing a vehicle safely ain’t cheap ~ several grand. Just make sure you don’t skimp on safety to save a few bucks only to find during a descent down a rainy 11% grade at night approaching Ouray clocking past 60mph that perhaps you needed a stronger towing system as you watch your Toad overtake you.

My Toyota FJ didn’t use the interconnect bar because I had previously installed an Expedition One aftermarket bumper with HD shackle mounts welded to the bumper frame at the same width as the interconnect bar attach points. The bumper is a huge hunk of welded steel far stronger and more robust than the interconnect bar. Interestingly, the bumper’s mount plate which bolts to the FJ’s frame, was the exact piece supplied with the ~ $250 vehicle-specific mount kit. I compared both pieces and verified with the bumper manufacturer that they did indeed used vendor-supplied steel mount plates unique to the FJ (duh) and of course, so did the folks who sold the TB mount kit. Reasonable. Safe.

The vehicle mount kit, if you don’t have a super cool bumper, bolts to the Toad’s frame out of sight behind the stock bumper with only two pins protruding out of the bumper to which the interconnect bar is attached. Then, the TB’s two telescoping arms attach to the interconnect bar along with the two safety cables, air line for brakes, and the emergency brake triggering cable connected to the tow vehicle and toad. The safety cables are supplied w/TB and the brake line and emergency brake trigger cable come with the brake kit that is purchased separately ($$). I highly recommend the ‘Air Force One’ proportional brake system if your TV has air brakes as my Fleetwood Discovery 40X does.

So: Tow vehicle’s 2″ receiver <- TB <- interconnect bar <- mount kit <- toad. If you use the interconnect bar, you can leave it connected to the vehicle or take it off and store it (pita). My bumper replaces the mount kit and it rocks! So if you’re towing a Wrangler you can deduct the cost of the mount kit from that super cool bumper you wanted to get. At least it’s a good way to approach your lovely bride.

Best Light weighted Blue Ox BX7365 Tow Bar

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Two things attracted me first to the Blue OX BX7365 is the portability and ability to fold the bar. That means less space consumption. Besides, the Blue OX lifting capacity of 6,500 pounds also means we can tow almost any vehicle, truck, or SUV out there. That, I must say, is a plus.

At 35 pounds weight, you would agree it is one of the most light-weighted tow bars. The self-aligning features make connecting the tow bar to the RV seamless. It is also sturdy and offers even weight distribution. And the impressive hookup pin mechanism makes disconnection a breeze.

In terms of ergonomic, Blue Ox comprises heavy-duty stainless steel and aluminum alloy. The durable rubber boots is best for dusty terrain and grime. The overall feel guarantees durability and high-level performance. With as much as 10,000 pounds of safety cables, you can connect the vehicle to the RV securely, and off you go!

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This tow bar is amazingly simple to use. We installed the baseplate on our car and this towbar on our RV only days before a 2500 mile trip. The trip went flawlessly. It is so easy to connect and disconnect the car, and we loved that this bar folds up and stays on the RV. We originally bought an economy bar but never used it. So glad we went with this upgraded bar. Also, of the dozen or more RVs we saw on our trip towing cars, most of them had this same tow bar and no one had any complaints about it.

 

Best for Night VisibilityNighthawk 676 Tow Bar

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I see the 300 LED light feature of the Nighthawk 676 as an exciting but rare additional value. It helps increase visibility at night, especially for other road users. Besides, when using the Nighthawk 676, you don’t require a ball mount, unlike other tow bars. With the self-aligning hookup radius, you can slide-in and have the RV receiver hitched to the vehicle’s bumper in seconds. Again, with the non-binding feature, you can disconnect the vehicle anywhere, even on a sloppy plane.

The Nighthawks also has ergonomic value plus exceptional sturdiness. Its corrosion-resistant steel makes usage safely during the rainy season. And its stainless steel works even for the inner telescoping arms, and gives room for easy maneuvering.

The Nighthawk 676 is one of the easy-to-use tow bars I have used in recent times. No wonder, it has passed all necessary tests, including the Finite Element Analysis (FEA testing).

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Waited until the end to review. This is the best value and super sturdy. Drove almost 5,500 miles in 13 days pulling a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport. South Texas to Arkansas then the scenic route to Kenai, Alaska. Zero issues. Some areas of this drive were pretty rough. Our 16 year old disconnected his Jeep at various stops with ease. We connected it directly to the frame of his Jeep with the provided hardware and it was a sturdy hold. In six months we’ll be towing it back south. This tow bar shows no wear and is ready to work for us again in the fall.

Highest Towing – Demco 9511009 Tow Bar

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The Demco 9511009 Excali-Bar multiple arms, latches, and release or connection angles are some of the features that make it one of my favorite. Also, when you require a towing bar that can take on the beating of any heavy-duty truck, van, or RV, then it must be the Demco Excali-bar.

It has an independent arm to make hookup a breeze. You can move each arm independently when the need arises to unhook or hook anytime using the non-binding latch. The 1½ inch drop or rise receiver tubes and the adjustable heads are another exceptional design not found in most tow bars. With both features, you align the up or down or parallel to the road.

Having the Demco self-align capability, all you need is to drive back, closer to the vehicle, and automatically hookup. That always saves me time and effort, trying to do that manually.

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I really like this bar. It’s easy to connect and disconnect, with judicious lifting (touchy back). It’s not light weight. The swivels work fine for slightly off-level alignment, I have’t had a large offset. The cables are the right length and the clips are easy. Packaging could have been more robust to hold up to home delivery handling but Demco replaced a crushed cable immediately, no hassle.

 

Best light-duty Tow bars – Smittybilt Tow Bar Kit

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Smittybilts has been in the business of manufacturing exceptional tow bars for over a century now. However, I only purchased the Smittybilt 87450 as a backup tow bar on one of my trips. No doubt, it is an impressive towing device, but when you need to deal with heavier trucks, SUVs, and more, you might likely experience a little strain. And that’s because it cannot lift weights above 2.5 tons.

Therefore, if you only intend to carry smaller vehicles, motorcycles, and sedans, you have no reason to worry about. But one thing you will find exciting is the solid materials and strength of the tow bar. For example, the 2-inch coupler, lateral strut brackets, and D-ring brackets all help ensure the Smittybilt does a great job keeping the vehicle in place.

In all, the Smittybilt offers excellent ergonomic value, plus as a backup tow bar, you surely can get some years out of it.

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Waited until the end to review. This is the best value and super sturdy. Drove almost 5,500 miles in 13 days pulling a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport. South Texas to Arkansas then the scenic route to Kenai, Alaska. Zero issues. Some areas of this drive were pretty rough. Our 16 year old disconnected his Jeep at various stops with ease. We connected it directly to the frame of his Jeep with the provided hardware and it was a sturdy hold. In six months we’ll be towing it back south. This tow bar shows no wear and is ready to work for us again in the fall.

RV Tow Bar Buyers Guide & FAQ

What Is a Tow Bar?

A tow bar is a utility device for anchoring your vehicle to another vehicle, trailer, or RV. It makes it safe and easy to pull movable loads for longer distances.

In most cases, they come in 'A' shape frame with other cables and wires, safety chains, and more for easy anchoring.

Are Tow Bars Universal?

Tow bar sizes differ from one country to the other based on the operations and the loading capacity. But the standard tow bars carry 47.6 millimeters, 50 mm, 2 inches, or 50.8 mm. However, the International Standard Organization (ISO) works with 1 31/32 inches.

How Does RV Tow Bars Work?

With an 'A' shaped tow bar, you can attach one end to the RV and the other to the vehicle. Since the RV stays in front most times, one end of the tow bar stays behind on the RV hitch receiver. The second part anchor to the front of the vehicle. It could remain under the bumper while the pair of bracket holds it in place.
However, the safety chain serves as additional security or safety to keep everything intact.

What To Consider When Buying an RV Tow Bar

Wire connectors
Wire connectors are electrical devices that link the brake lights to the four wheels of the vehicle. Conventionally, once the towing process is in motion, those light serve as a warning to others to avoid any accidents from occurring. However, not all tow bars have cables, but it pays to have additional security.

Towing capacity
The capacity will determine the weight it can carry. You need to know the capability so that you can purchase or make use of appropriate weights. Regular size vehicle can go with 2-ton weights. Bigger cars, SUVs might require up to 4 tons. As for more giant trucks or vans, 7 to 8 tons is more appropriate, while industrial vehicles can use 11 to 12 tons.

All-Terrain tow bars
All-terrain tow bars are not compulsory but optional. Some tow bars suffer from weather issues like freezing. And that's where all-terrain bars become more efficient and reliable. They can withstand material expansion during summer, rusting due to humidity, mud, grime, or snow buildup.

Towing brackets
The tow bracket helps you keep the cable, bar, and vehicle in place with even weight distribution. Some vehicles do not have towing brackets attached. Therefore, it allows you to connect with a hook easily. In some cases, you might need to weld or drill holes to hook the bracket to the vehicle, while others already have holes. Due to the amount of pressure they carry, you should get a steel or aluminum bracket.

Recommended Roadmaster 576 | Final Words

The clear winner of this round-up is the Roadmaster 576 All-terrain tow bar. Of all the tow bars discussed, There are only two key features I couldn’t find in the Roadmaster 576. One is the LED lighting present in the Nighthawk 676. However, the issue of crossbar style plates is a minus for the Nighthawk 676.

Also, the 576 is an all-terrain tow bar, making it suitable in any weather. It comes from high-grade steel and aluminum materials. At 6,500 pounds, the 576 has one of the highest carrying capacity compared to the Blue Ox. Smittybilt, on the other hand, it has 3,000 pounds less capacity than the 576. Demco does carry heavy trucks, but it is best suited for industrial and not for general use.

In a nutshell, our best tow bar for RV remains the Roadmaster 576 all-terrain tow bar. However, any of the 5 recommended tow bars in this article will make an excellent choice. Therefore, when deciding, you should consider quality stainless and aluminum steel. Durability, superior functionality, and versatility of the tow bar will make it an excellent choice. I guess budget could be a consideration. But alway go for budget-friendly but top-grade RV tow bars for your use.