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Old 05-09-2018, 01:58 AM   #1
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Blue Ox Excessive Play?

So we have used our Blue Ox BX7445 towbar for about 4 years and 48k miles. We just returned from a 3200 mile trip and I noticed that our hitch seemed to have a considerable amount of movement in the ball joint connection. I took a couple of pictures and a short video. I called Blue Ox technical support and they told me they hadn't seen that sort of wear before.

How about a few of you take a look, look at your own hitches and then share your thoughts.

Blue Ox says I can send back and they will overhaul it for $150 plus part. I can buy a new hitch connector for $226.

Your thoughts please.

Here is a link to a video showing the hitch. https://youtu.be/SmYizv_U-hY
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:55 AM   #2
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Wow, that IS sloppy! I would trust what Blue Ox says, we've toured their plant and they are top notch. Check the cost of freight on both options. They will no doubt do an excellent job of refurbishing, but that is 2/3 of the new cost, so I would lean toward buying the new equipment. Sell the old iron to a junkyard that buys old iron.
Ask the Blue Ox folks what they recommend for lubricating that joint. My Blue Ox arms look to be the same, and mine are tight with many more miles on them.
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