Thursday, February 2, 2023


Can I stow my Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bars in a different order?

Recently, our RV repair shop received the below email from Jerry regarding his Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bars:

I am looking at getting a Nighthawk tow bar for my dinghy tow.

The question I have has to do with folding it up to stow it when not in use. The videos I’ve seen show a 3-step process:

1. Bring the arms together
2. Rotate the arms up 90 degrees
3. Rotate the arms clockwise or counterclockwise 90 degrees

Question: Is it possible to stow the tow bar reversing steps 2 and 3? So it would look like this:

1. Bring the arms together
2. Rotate the arms clockwise or counterclockwise 90 degrees
3. Rotate the arms in 90 degrees

You end up in the same place.

The reason for my question is that I want to use a dual-receiver attachment so that I can put my bike rack on the upper receiver.

If I have to stow the tow bar using the original sequence, I would have to take my bikes and the rack off to stow the bar. If the alternate sequence works, I would be able to stow the tow bar without taking my bikes or the rack off my RV.

Your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Join me in this video as I sit down with my Service Manager, Zach. We share our thoughts on stowing a tow bar in a different order than the manufacturer recommends.

The short answer: Yes, yes you can

The reason the manufacturer recommends stowing the tow bars by rotating the arms up 90 degrees first and then rotating the arms clockwise or counterclockwise 90 degrees is because this option gives you the most leverage, which equates to ease of use. If you are comfortable switching steps 2 and 3, you can move forward with that progression—it won’t hurt anything.


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Stephen Snure
30 days ago

One potential option is to get a tow bar extension for the NightHawk. That may provide sufficient space between the tow bar (when raised in step 2) and the bikes allowing the steps to be performed in the recommended order. Just make sure that the extension has a sufficient tow rating for your application.

1 month ago

I have the same tow bar and a duel reciever with bike rack on top. They have about 8 inches separation. Yes you can turn the arms sideways and twist them up 90 degrees so they latch. Sometimes you have to try a couple times to get it to latch but it’s always doable.

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