Originally Posted by Wrangler part 2
I have used blue ox for the last 10 yrs on both my Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler and I have to say I am very pleased. It was a good investment. My Cherokee has been from NY to Yellowstone and back with out any issues.
Just an FYI in case you haven't done so or been told.
If you've been using the same Blue Ox tow bar for 10 years , it should be inspected and serviced on a regular basis depending on how much you use it. There are parts which wear over time and it should also be checked for any stress cracks at the weld seams as well as play/slop in the sliding links.
Contrary to some peoples belief, tow bars do have a service life as well as servicable components. Blue Ox and others offer inspection, repair and rebuild services at most of the major FMCA or Good Sam rallies. That's where I get mine inspected or any replacement parts neccessary.
Don't neglect an inspection on an older tow bar. I've seen several posts lately on different RV forums of the tow bar breaking and coming apart while in tow. In almost every single instance it was an older, high mileage tow bar that hadn't had an inspection or service ever in it's lifetime. Two of the instances the bar had been purchased used, with no knowledge of it's previous use or service.
Every mechanical device will wear out eventually. Maintenance and up-keep are the key to long service and getting your money's worth from a product. Be safe and many happy travels.