Best RV Tow Bar in 2019? [Our Reviews and Comparison]

Now that you have your RV, you’re likely wondering about the logistics of towing your new vacation vehicle. It’s no secret that all tow bars are not built the same. If you’re wondering about the best tow bar to invest your money in, read further. We’ve reviewed five of the most popular tow bar brands, and list the best and worst of each one below.

You’ve worked hard to purchase your RV. Vacations should be worry free, and you should feel comfortable trusting the transportation of your investment.

In addition to the concerns covered in the buyer’s guide that follows the reviews, it’s important that you take the time to really consider how you plan to use your towbar. If you engage in general camping, or whether you tend to pick the rougher roads that transfer more road shock to your entire hookup.

The environmental conditions that you expose your towbar to have a lot to do with it’s ultimate performance and longevity. Be sure that you have a firm idea of what you really need before selecting a towbar.

If you’re new to the towing world, you might want to consider taking the towbar that you purchase to your dealer. You should be able to call them and schedule an appointment at a local service shop.

The technicians there can help show you exactly how to properly engage a towbar for maximum stability, as well as how to attach the wiring so that your towed vehicle brake lights work as they need to.

Once you’ve had a walk-through of the process, it will be a lot easier for you to work it out on your own. It’s a good idea to have your towbar inspected before you store your RV for the season, and to have a check of the mechanical systems before you take it on your first trip of the season.

After you decide on your purchase, take the time to review the movable parts of your tow package. Items like springs, spacers and pins are easily lost, bent or broken. If any of these small parts end up damaged on a trip, you could be facing a tow truck to get your RV home. Depending on the distance that you’ve traveled, this can be a very expensive ordeal.

Try to keep spares of these parts stored in your RV to help avoid this occurrence. Once you’ve made your selection, familiarize yourself with the hookup and have your spare parts ready, you can hit the open road with few worries.

Don’t forget to check all of your fuses and your tow hitch before each use. Damage can be inflicted from the weight of your load, especially if you’ve driven over rocky or rough terrain. A quick check to ensure that everything is secure is always a good idea.

COMPARISON CHART

IMAGEPRODUCT
 Blue Ox BX7365 review1. Blue Ox BX7365 Alpha
  • 6,500 pound capacity
  • Towbar is portable
  • Easy to connect and disconnect
  • Lot of security and stability
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 Smittybilt 874502. Smittybilt 87450 Ball
  • Very portable
  • Lightweight
  • Adapted to numerous vehicles
  • Two safety chains are included
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 Hiltex 20046 review3. Hiltex 20046
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Allows towing of up to 5,000 pounds.
  • Wide range for mounting options.
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 NSA RV review4. RB-9050 Ready Brute Elite
  • Foldable
  • Portable
  • Built-in braking system
  • Easily maneuvered
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 Roadmaster 520 review5. Roadmaster 520 Falcon 2
  • Foldable
  • Mountable to your RV
  • Easier for some users to connect
  • Autowork system is very easy to use
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OUR TOP 5 PICKS

#1 Blue Ox BX7365 Alpha

 Blue Ox BX7365 review

Specifications

Item Weight

41 pounds

Product Dimensions

6.2 x 6.2 x 43.5 inches

Warranty

Full Manufacturer's Warranty Applies

Features

  • 6,500 pound capacity
  • Easy to connect and disconnect
  • Towbar is portable
  • Lot of security and stability

The Blue Ox tow bar easily rose above all the competition in this review. With an easy, fold-away design, light carrying weight and a 6,500 pound carrying capacity, this towbar can be easily mounted on the back of your RV.

The bar features easy-release locking handles that allow you to disconnect with minimal effort, as well as quick disconnect hookup pins. The towbar is made of steel, with offset triple lugs for stability and proper alignment.

Also included are rubber boots, that help prevent road grime and grease from contaminating the towbar connections and 10,000 pound safety cables. The towbar measures 6.2 x 6.2 x 43.5 inches.

Of the five towbars in this review, this one carries the highest weight rating. It’s a powerhouse of a towbar, and the added cables instead of chains for hauling help to limit the noise that you’re subjected to when it’s in use.

This towbar is constructed of solid steel and features easy-release locking handles.

  • WHAT WE LIKE
  • WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

This towbar is very easy to connect and disconnect, one person is capable of setting up the towbar. The rubber boots add durability to the product and help to extend the life of your investment. The heavy-duty cables that are included with the towbar are a great bonus.

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#2 Smittybilt 87450 Ball

 Smittybilt 87450

Specifications

Item Weight

32.7 pounds

Product Dimensions

48 x 12 x 7 inches

Warranty

No Data

Features

  • Very portable
  • Adapted to numerous vehicles
  • Lightweight
  • Two safety chains are included

With a total weight capacity of 5,000 pounds, his towbar is capable of towing a lot of heavy items. It features as two inch coupler and connects with either two universal brackets or two lateral strut brackets.

You can also use D-ring brackets, if you have a Smittybilt Bumper. The towbar includes a ⅞ spacer that will help to stabilize our towing package if attached with a D-ring.The bar comes equipped with two vehicle safety chains and weighs in at 32.7 pounds.

While this might seem to be a lot of spare parts to keep on hand, it can help ensure that whatever you need to pull, you’ll be able to. If you alternate between the vehicles you take with you, it might be worth it to have a towbar that is highly adaptable.

Measuring 48 x 12 x 7 inches, the towbar is lightweight and small enough to be easily portable.

  • WHAT WE LIKE
  • WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

While the towbar is very lightweight, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The numerous attachments options make this a good, general-use towbar while the included chains are great for added stability. With a total load weight at 5,000 pounds, it might not be able to pull the largest trailer, but it will pull most vehicles.

#3 Hiltex 20046

 Hiltex 20046 review

Specifications

Item Weight

28.7 pounds

Product Dimensions

44.7 x 9.8 x 4.3 inches

Warranty

No Data

Features

  • Lightweight
  • Allows towing of up to 5,000 pounds.
  • Portable
  • Wide range for mounting options.

Equipped with a two inch fitting ball, the caveat to using this tow bar is that the vehicle you use to tow must always be heavier than the item you are towing. This tow bar will fit most bumpers, with a mounting area that measures from 24 inches to 41 inches wide, and it has successfully been used on a range of vehicles from SUVs, trucks and sedans.

The towbar is crafted from heat-treated steel and capable of towing up to 5000 pounds. Included with the bar purchase are two adjustable 30” safety chains, and the towbar can be folded up for storage.

Weighing just 28.7 pounds and measuring 44.7 x 9.8 x 4.3 inches, this is a decent, compact towbar.

  • WHAT WE LIKE
  • WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

It’s lightweight and capable of carrying a sizeable load. The manufacturer attempted to make this a more universal fit by giving a 17 inch range in the mounting area. The included safety chains appear durable and help stabilize your load.

#4 NSA RV Products (RB-9050 Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar)

 NSA RV review

Specifications

Item Weight

48.2 pounds

Product Dimensions

53.5 x 9.2 x 9 inches

Warranty

No Data

Features

  • Foldable
  • Built-in braking system
  • Portable
  • Easily maneuvered

The Ready Brute Elite is designed with a Ready Brake system, that engages the towed vehicles brake without engaging the hydraulic system, which enables it to use up to 80 percent of the towed vehicle brakes to stop movement. This towbar is crafted of aluminum and weighs 48.2 pounds.

The patented brake system claims to reduce wear and tear on your hauling vehicle’s brakes. It’s a nice feature, but the actual braking results tend to vary according to the terrain and the weight of the vehicles. You might not realize the advertised slow-down on each stop, however, the towbar does help the following vehicle slow more rapidly.

Measuring 53.5 x 9.2 x 9 inches, it’s a bit heavier than the other towbars that have been reviewed and is not as portable. The Clevis Connectors are sold separately from the towbar.

  • WHAT WE LIKE
  • WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

The built-in braking system can decrease stopping times by 10 to 30 percent. While it is a larger towbar, it’s still small enough to be easily maneuvered. This towbar has a level release system for connecting and disconnecting.

#5 Roadmaster 520 Falcon 2

 Roadmaster 520 review

Specifications

Item Weight

50 pounds

Product Dimensions

44.8 x 65 x 7.1 inches

Warranty

Full Manufacturer's Warranty Applies

Features

  • Foldable
  • Easier for some users to connect
  • Mountable to your RV
  • Autowork system is very easy to use

The Falcon 2 features the autowoik locking system, like all Roadmaster towbars. This is developed to allow one-person locking and unlocking for easy connection. It also has a large hookup radius, reducing your need to align and recenter to get it just right.

Can mount this towbar onto your motorhome when you reach your destination, and it’s constructed with a full-length steel crossbar and stainless steel arms.

Weighing 50 pounds and measuring 44.8 x 65.7x 7.1 inches, it’s capable of pulling up to 6,000 pounds.

  • WHAT WE LIKE
  • WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

The autowoik locking system is a patented design, and is only available on Roadmaster models. Having a larger hook-up radius is a benefit when it comes to loading and unloading. The towbar is capable of folding for storage.

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BUYER'S GUIDE

Before you invest in a towbar for your RV, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. These can help you decide on the best towbar package for your needs. As you look over our reviews, ask yourself the following:

  1. How often will you need to tow your vehicle? Obviously, if you’re a frequent tower, you’ll want to select a towbar that’s constructed of the most durable, high-strength materials. The last thing that anyone wants is to make it to their destination, only to have to call a tow truck to be able to leave. Take the time to carefully review the important construction notes, and if possible, carry extra springs and pins with you to avoid disaster.
  2. Can you store it at the campground? Just setting a towbar to the side is not only an eyesore, it’s a trip and fall hazard for anyone that comes around your campsite. Make sure that you can store you towbar at your destination to avoid accidents and enjoy your time.
  3. Do you want to be able to move your RV in reverse while towing? To do that, you need a special sort of towbar. If it’s not an issue or you never have the need to go in reverse, it’s not something to worry about.
  4. What are the towing weight limits for your RV? You’ll find these in your user’s manual. While these towbars might be rated for a specified amount of pounds, the number to go by is what your RV is rated to pull. If you try to pull over that limit, you’ll cause some serious damage to your RV.
  5. What type of towing brackets are on your RV? When it comes to towing, compatibility is key. You should always know the size and type of towing bracket on your RV hitch before purchasing a towbar, to ensure that you select the correct type that will provide the most secure connection.
  6. How will you be using to tow bar? Towing seems like a simple deal, but there are two main ways to tow. One, called flat towing, is where the towed vehicle has all four feet on the ground. The other, referred to as dolly towing, is where the towed vehicle has two wheels on the ground. It’s important to know this and use this in your towbar selection, because the angle differences can change a lot about how your tow package hooks up.
 It’s also important to consider whether you will need to be able to connect your towbar on your own, or if you will have help. Several of the featured towbars are designed to allow one person to do the job easier.

CONCLUSION

For all-around use, the Blue Ox BX7365 Alpha is the best choice. Easy to use, store and capable of pulling substantial weight, this one outshone the rest. It’s also constructed for heavy-duty work and is a pretty durable towbar.

For a second choice, the Smittybilt 87450 offers a decent weight limit while being formatted to attach to a wide radius. While it didn’t make top choice due to the inclusion of chains instead of cables and the inability to connect to some bumpers, if it will work with your hitch set up, it’s not a bad choice.

I hope this review has helped you realize all the different features towbars can offer. They may seem simple, but design specifics like load weight, material used in construction and hookup options can mean the difference between one that will work for your needs.

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