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Old 02-05-2019, 10:53 PM   #1
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Model: ACE 30.1
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Roadmaster - Direct Connect vs Quick Disconnect

When I set my 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk up for flat towing, I had a shop install a Roadmaster baseplate. The shop chose to provide me with a baseplate that had the Quick Disconnect tow arms and a cross bar that came with the Falcon All Terrain tow bar.

After towing for a season I'm thinking about getting a set of tow arms for a Direct Connect system. The Quick Disconnect raises my tow bar connection a couple of inches, which is a couple of inches higher than the hitch receiver on my 2017 ACE 30.1. That is within Roadmaster's specs, but with Direct Connect tow arms its dead straight across. I did get a Roadmaster 2" riser adaptor, but it increases the distance between the safety cable connection points and doesn't really level things out. I also had to add a couple of short safety cable extension cables, which I'd rather not have.

I'm looking for some input on why you would use one connection type over the other. Roadmaster does say you need the Quick Disconnect to use their Tow Defender (which I don't). Other than that, the only thing I can think of is you get a little more stiffness of the setup because the cross bar absorbs any lateral forces. But it seems that Roadmaster is fine with either connection time.

I also have an ulterior motive. When I installed the baseplate I lost my front recovery hooks, so I need an extra set of tow arms so I can have the tow bar connectors walked off and the recovery hooks welded on so I get my hooks back when I'm not towing. (And, no, I don't plan on actually using them as recovery hooks. It's all appearance. DW is way to skittish to go places where I might actually have a need).
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