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Old 02-01-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
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I picked up a 4" drop aluminum tow bar as I'm getting old and wrestling those 30 lb steel ones is getting old too.... anyone used these? any downsides other than the price ? the alloy bar is rated at 8000 lbs tow, 800 lbs tongue weight, which exceeds my Tacoma specs in both counts.

p.s. just because, I also got a stainless 2" ball for it, tired of the regular ones getting all rusty. this 2" ball is rated for 6000 lbs.
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:49 PM   #2
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I picked up a 4" drop aluminum tow bar as I'm getting old and wrestling those 30 lb steel ones is getting old too.... anyone used these? any downsides other than the price ? the alloy bar is rated at 8000 lbs tow, 800 lbs tongue weight, which exceeds my Tacoma specs in both counts.

p.s. just because, I also got a stainless 2" ball for it, tired of the regular ones getting all rusty. this 2" ball is rated for 6000 lbs.
Don't let this happen to you. Be careful.
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this is the tow bar...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GGI6MM/

and the ball...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009TAOG2
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John,

Those look nice.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:40 PM   #5
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That tow bar you bought looks much more robust than the one in John's photo. (No stress risers and potential weak spots caused by bending, etc.) You should be fine with that.
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I wish somebody would make the Reese style ball support for my Scamp19 (5th "wheel or ball") out of aluminum. I can still handle it, but would not mind dealing with 1/3 of the weight. Maybe I'll design my own some day...
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In my experience, stainless is really strong, resists corrosion and can be expensive. Aluminum is light weight, also resists corrosion but can be more brittle than steel which is more flexible.
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In my experience, stainless is really strong, resists corrosion and can be expensive. Aluminum is light weight, also resists corrosion but can be more brittle than steel which is more flexible.
there are a LOT of different aluminum alloys that range from soft and crack-prone to aerospace strong. This stinger is made of 6061 T6, which is the same alloy a lot of high end modern bicycle frames are made from, as well as aerospace, the Audi A8 chassis, etc etc.
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