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2012 Fiat 500 Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System

Roadmaster Tow Bar Braking Systems

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Code:   RM-8700

Retail:$1,081.27

Price:$899.00


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2012 Fiat 500 - Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System

Get automatic, real-time braking in your towed Fiat 500 with the InvisiBrake. Actuator box installs permanently so that you never have to remove, adjust or reactivate. System connects to RV and engages car brakes when the RV brake lights illuminate.


Features:

  • Braking system activates brakes on towed Fiat 500 when you engage the brakes in your RV
    • Cable pulley tugs towed car's brake pedal gently, gradually and with balanced pressure when brakes are applied in RV
  • Permanent installation - nothing to remove or disconnect
    • Actuator box mounts out of the way - typically beneath the driver's seat
  • One-time setup - no need to readjust or continuously activate
    • System automatically functions when connected to RV
    • Braking pressure does not have to be readjusted after initial setup
  • Compatible with hybrids and other continuous-power-assist automobiles
    • Braking pressure can be adjusted from 5 psi to 80 psi so that an appropriate amount is applied
  • No false braking - activates only when RV brake lights are illuminated
  • Integrated battery protection
    • Bypasses 12V outlet - connects directly to towed car's battery and constantly charges battery when you are towing
    • Provides a trickle charge to the Fiat 500 battery if the running lights are on on the tow Fiat 500
  • 2-Stage motor home monitor has audible and visual warnings
    • LED monitor illuminates when towed car's brakes are activated
    • Audible alert lets you know if brakes have been activated for too long (approximately 20 seconds)
      • System automatically begins to release pressure after 15 seconds of continuous braking
  • Emergency breakaway device included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Controller box dimensions: 8-3/4" long x 8-3/4" wide x 2-3/4" tall
  • Power draw: 6 mA - 10.8 amps
  • Maximum braking pressure: 80 psi
  • 1-Year warranty


Fully Automatic Braking Action

Wire the InvisiBrake into your Fiat 500, connecting it to the battery and electrical harness, and you never have to remove it. When you're ready to tow your car, just connect the it to your RV via the included electrical cable, and the system is ready to go.


The InvisiBrake is designed to activate the brakes in your towed car upon receiving a signal from your RV that the motor home's brakes have been applied. This signal is sent via the wiring harness whenever the RV's brake lights are illuminated. This way, you get real-time braking action, ensuring that your towed car brakes at the same time and for the same duration as the brakes in your RV. In addition, there will be no false braking when you hit bumps or potholes.


Adjustable Pressure Settings

The braking pressure of the InvisiBrake can be adjusted from 5 psi to 80 psi depending on your individual application and preferences. Typically, a braking system has to apply an extreme amount of force to activate the towed car's brakes because the vacuum-assist function of the brakes is not active when the ignition is off. This excessive pressure would cause damage to your car if it had "active" brakes. Because this system lets you adjust the braking pressure to a comparatively minimal amount, you can use it on automobiles that have continuous-power-assist brakes, such as Hummers and hybrids, without having to worry about any potential damage.


The pressure setting needs to be adjusted only once, during the initial installation, at which point you can test the system at different settings to determine which feels best. Once the setting is determined, it does not have to be readjusted, so your system is always ready to go.


Permanent, Out-of-the-Way Installation

Most often, the InvisiBrake actuator box installs beneath the front seat of your towed car, neatly tucked away so that you won't see it and it won't take up any storage space in your Fiat 500. You can, however, install it anywhere in your towed car that is convenient for you, as long as you can still access the adjustment knob.


A bracket and cable pulley will install on the arm of your Fiat 500's brake pedal. This will not interfere with normal braking function and does not have to be adjusted, removed or activated. The entire system can stay in your car year 'round, waiting for those times when you need to tow. And once you do hook up your car to your RV in preparation for towing, the system will function automatically.



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Video Transcript for Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System Installation - 2010 Hyundai Elantra

Today on our 2010, Hyundai Elantra, we will be installing the Roadmaster InvisiBrake, supplemental braking system; part number: RM-8700. Now, before beginning our installation, weve already gone ahead and removed the rear seat, the drivers seat and both the front trim, as well as the rear door trim. Weve already gone ahead and removed the left front tire, as well as the left front inner fender well. This will allow us access to the main wiring harness where it passes through into the passenger compartment. Now, as you can see here, weve got our InvisiBrake box set onto the floor of the vehicle, underneath where the drivers seat would be. Well find a good location, making sure that the bolts that we are going to use to hold the box down go through the floor and dont go through anything else underneath the vehicle.

Now, before mounting our box, well go ahead and plug in all of the connectors into the back. First, well plug in our four-pole harness here. Well then plug in the connector here, with the power and ground in it, as well as the breakaway switch wiring. Well then connect our air tube. Well use one of the two small vacuum tubes to connect the hard line to our InvisiBrake box.

Well slide the vacuum tube onto the box, then slide the hard tube into the vacuum tube. Well now take the small air tube and plug it into the back of the box. Now that we have all our connections made on the box, well go ahead and begin routine the wiring, as well as the hoses. Using this hole already cut in the carpet, well run it underneath the carpet, over to the drivers side door sill. Well now move to the drivers door sill here, where well take the small air tube and route it toward the drivers rear door sill.

Now that we have all our wiring and hoses ran, well now mount our InvisiBrake box. Well place it into position and using two of the self-tapping screws included with the kit, well screw it to the floor of the vehicle. Well go ahead and leave the air tube here for now where we can now route the rest of our wiring. Well bring it up the drivers side door sill underneath the dash. Now here, underneath the dash, well find where the main harness passes through to the outside of the vehicle.

Now were here in the drivers front wheel well and youll see here where the wiring harness passes through. We are going to go ahead and cut the slit here on the back side of the boot, just to offer a little more protection from the elements. Well now pass a piece of red air tube here as a pole wire through the boot into the vehicle. Well then attach our black air tube for the InvisiBrake to the red air tube that were using as a pole wire. Well pull it through the boot, where well now take the rest of our wires and attach it to the black air tube, using some electrical tape and then use it as a pull wire itself. Well bring all the wires through that are moving up to the front of the vehicle. Well also need to take the answerback wire for our RV and pass it through. Well bring it into the inside of the vehicle, attach it to the black air tube and again, using it as a pull wire, well pull it through the boot. We now have all our wires here on the outside of the vehicle in the drivers front wheel well area. Well now put our air cylinder into the vehicle and here, in the drivers front door, well need to find a good location for our pulley. Once we find a good location, well go ahead and peel the carpet back and expose the jute underneath. Well need to cut the jute so that we can mount the pulley to the firewall. Once we have cut the jute away, well use the included self-tapping screws and mount our pulley into place. Now, we want to keep the pulley at a slight angle so that our cable rides towards the center of the pulley. Well also want to make sure that we stay out of the way of the brake pedal, so that when its fully depressed, it doesnt come in contact with the pulley itself. Now, on this vehicle, it is a manual transmission, so we also want to make sure that we stay out of the way of the clutch pedal. Once it is secured, we will go ahead and attach our cable to the brake pedal. Well be using the L bracket and the straight bracket here with the two long bolts and nylon lock nuts. Well put the L bracket into position and slide the bolt through, passing it through the straight bracket on the other side. We can then put the nylon lock nuts on and repeat this same procedure, installing the other bolt. Youll notice that the two brackets have multiple holes drilled on one side. We want to make sure that when we pass the bolt through, we get as close to the brake pedal as possible. Well be using the closest two bolt holes to the brake pedal. Now that we have it loosely fitted to our brake pedal, we can go ahead and tighten them down, making sure that the bracket stays in line with the pulley mounted to the floor. With that done, we will pass the cable into the L bracket and go ahead and take the two nuts and secure it to the L bracket. With that done, we are ready to mount the cable to the floorboard. Now, included with the InvisiBrake kit is a small clamp and two self-tapping screws. Well find a good location for our cable and mount it to the floorboard. When we do this, youll want to make sure you take as much of the slack out of the cable as possible without pulling on the brake pedal itself. Now that our cable is attached to our brake pedal and secured to the floorboard, well walk the cable to the drivers rear door. Now, here is where were going to mount our cylinder. Well take the wire loom clamp, wrap it around our InvisiBrake air cylinder and using another of the self-tapping screws, well secure it to the floor of the vehicle. Now, the small air tube well route around and connect to the air cylinder. We can cut away any of the excess air tube, just giving it a cleaner look. Now that the air cylinder is in, that will complete the installation inside the vehicle so we can go ahead and reassemble the interior of our vehicle. Well replace the rear seat, the drivers seat and all the trim that we previously removed. Well now move back to the drivers front wheel well area, where well route the wiring, following the manufacturers wiring harness in the fender here. Well use some zip ties to make sure that it stays connected to the factory wiring harness. We can then pass it through the inner fender well into our engine compartment. Now, the four-pole as well as the answerback wire and the breakaway switch wiring, will all need to underneath the vehicle. So, well route it around, making sure to stay away from any hot components or moving components. The red and black wire that are connected together will be our battery positive and negative. So, well go ahead and route that to our battery and leave it sit for now. Well take the black air tube and route it towards our vacuum brake booster. Well now move underneath the vehicle where well need to connect our four-pole harness for the InvisiBrake to the four-pole harness for the rear lighting system. Well go ahead and cut the harness here for the lighting system and insert the four-pole harness for the Roadmaster InvisiBrake System. Well connect them color-for-color, white-to-white, green-to-green, yellow-to-yellow and brown-to-brown. Well now go ahead and find a suitable location for our breakaway switch. Now, on our particular vehicle, the best place that we found to mount it is right underneath the front bumper fascia. Well go ahead and remove one of the bolts holding the bumper fascia on. Well then need to cut away the plastic, using a RotoZip tool, so that we can mount our breakaway switch. With the plastic removed, well go ahead and put our breakaway switch into position and reinstall the bolt. Now that our breakaway switch is secured, well need to cut away a piece of the lower fascia to make it accessible to the breakaway switch wire that will run to the RV. Well again be using a RotoZip tool to cut away the bumper fascia. With that done, all we have left to do is connect the wiring to the breakaway switch and secure it underneath the vehicle. Now, for the answerback wire, well take one of these loom clamps and a self-tapping screw, and mount it underneath the bumper here on the front bumper fascia. Well again need to make sure that its accessible, so that you can plug in the wire running to the RV. With that done, well move up here to our air hose. Now, were going to go ahead and remove the upper air box, so that we can gain access to the vacuum hose running to the brake booster. Now, our vehicle already has a one-way check valve in the tube running to the brake booster. So, well go ahead and use it. Well remove the vacuum tube from the brake booster and using one of the two vacuum tubes that come with the Roadmaster InvisiBrake System, well attach it to the brake booster. Well then put in the T that well use to connect the black air tube. Well also want to make sure that the vacuum line that weve removed from the brake booster is secure and out of the way of anything that could cut it or pinch it. Well use a zip tie to attach it here to our throttle body, making sure it stays out of the way. Well now go ahead and cut off the excess of the air tube and using the other vacuum tube that comes with the InvisiBrake System, well attach one side to the T and the vacuum tube to the other side. We can then go ahead and reinstall our upper air box. Now that we have that done, well need to connect the powering ground for our InvisiBrake System. Well strip back the black wire, attach a ring terminal to it and attach the ring terminal to our batterys ground. Well then take the red wire, strip back the insulation and attach our fuse link here to it. Once weve done that, we can clip away the zip tie, grab our fuse open up the fuse holder, where well take the ring terminal and attach it to the positive side of our battery. We can then install our fuse, which will power up the InvisiBrake. With that done, our installation is complete and our InvisiBrake System is up and running; and that will complete our installation of the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System, part number RM-8700 on our 2010 Hyundai Elantra.


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System - RM-8700

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (12 Customer Reviews)

Get automatic, real-time braking in your towed vehicle with the InvisiBrake. Actuator box installs permanently so that you never have to remove, adjust or reactivate. System connects to RV and engages car brakes when the RV brake lights illuminate.


- RM-8700

by: Steve T.12/30/2015


This was part of many Roadmaster components I ordered from etrailer.com to set up my 2014 Honda CRV as a toad. Etrailer's website is excellent and their review videos and installation videos are very helpful. Their tech service department is excellent as well. Regarding the Roadmaster Invisibrake, I chose this unit because I did not want anything visible nor any connections to make when setting up to tow or disconnecting. The control unit is hidden under the driver's seat and hardware under the door trim panels. I varied slightly from the etrailer's video in where I mounted the locking clamp and pulley (I did not put the clamp on the raised emergency brake bracket because it was slightly out of line to the pulley that was mounted flush on the floor). Because I choose to route the separate lighting kit wiring on the inside of the vehicle... along the same trim panels and rear trim panels, this made a very convenient place to splice into the wiring next to the Invisibrake control box...nice and protected. The alternative locations of splicing into the lighting wiring harness is under the vehicle....not an ideal place because of road salt, grime and pinch points. I also used the lighting kit with separate bulbs to not interfere with the already installed trailer harness kit for the Honda trailer hitch, nor having to deal with diodes. The Invisibrake works well. I used the extra blue wire in the connecting tow bar wiring harness (7 pin to 6 pin), and the unused brake controller wire in the motorhome that runs to the dash of the motorhome, to operate the signal light. Works great and looks neat. I would recommend that Roadmaster provide some sort of adjustment of the cable at the air cylinder in future generations of this product if possible. This would help on shortening the distance between the mounting clamp and pulley in cases where there is not much room (like in this Honda). Because the only way of taking up the slack now is the combination of the clamp and pulley locations, it somewhat restricts the options on mounting locations and may make some extra work. Regardless of this suggestion, I like the design and initial quality of the Invisibrake and would recommend this unit to anyone wishing to install a supplemental braking system. This does take some pretty good mechanical skills and body contortions to install but if you have that ability...I recommend this unit to the serious do it yourselfer. Otherwise, have a pro install it. 234531



- RM-8700

by: Triplewide12/31/2015


Good quality materials. Fast delivery Good price. Complicated install. 16 hours labor for me to install toad portion, including bulb kit. 8 hours to install indicator light/warning beeper in RV. Worth the one time effort for me to not have to set and remove floor mounted brake system each time I want to drive the toad. 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with electric drivers seat. Controller would not fit under drivers seat, installed in cargo area behind rear seat. Good instructions for install. Kit included everything I needed. Due to controller placement, the controller power leads were not long enough. Air line to air cylinder connection was difficult to get right. Was not as "sure" as air line to controller. Took 3 attempts to get it to not leak. Overall a good product, I expect it will last a long time and be very reliable. 234586


Comments

Checked my review today as posted. I mistakenly marked 3 stars, meant to mark 4. Only negative was the hard to make connection at the air cylinder.Everything else was top notch.

comment by: Triplewide - 01/06/2016


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by: Randy S10/01/2015


I do virtually all my own maintenance on all 7 of my vehicles. This installation is not conceptually difficult, but working under the dash of a Jeep Wrangler is literally painful. The hardest part is figuring out where to mount the controller and route the brake cable. My Jeep is not the same as the video and I needed to install it a little differently. Take your time here and get it right the first time. I made several modifications to the standard installation - including hooking all the signals (including the Monitor) from my truck camper to my towed Jeep through a 7-Pin RV connector and hooking the power to the Invisibrake through a switch to the battery so I don't have to run my Parking Lights to power the controller. I had a couple questions that the folks at Roadmaster answered cheerfully and professionally. BTW Etrailer is a pleasure to do business with. 228761



- RM-8700

by: G.D.08/23/2015


Installed in a 2014 CRV. Worst part was getting all the wiring and under the door sill trim panel and routed up through the firewall into the engine compartment, and getting the cable and pulley installed up to the brake pedal. Pretty crowded under the dash in a CRV (my ribs are still sore)! had to use a different clamp on the vacuum cylinder because I had to move it forward of where the video showed in order for the cable to reach the mounting location under the dash. Had to clamp it around the larger end of the cylinder and the supplied clamp would not fit around the larger diameter end. Maybe Roadmaster has shortened the cable? Haven't tested yet but have high hopes! I used the videos extensively, and couldn't have done it myself without them! Not bad for a 72 year old! 221175



- RM-8700

by: Jerry R.04/27/2015


Just used for the first time. So far so well. Very easy to set the unit pressure and test. Then it becomes a plug and play system. 188491


Comments

Great braking system. Works great. Just plug in to the motor home and verify brake pedal movement and pressure and you are road ready.

Jerry R - 04/26/2016

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- RM-8700

by: Don A.04/10/2016


On my 2015 Jeep Wrangler, this installation is ridiculously difficult. The instructions, while extensive leave out key critical details. The video on this website makes the installation look a lot easier than It actually is. Most difficult is accessing the areas under the dash above the pedals. I would not buy this package again. Otherwise etrailer service, shipping and descriptions are exvellent. 243657



- RM-8700

by: Chris S06/09/2015


Again the etrailer video which I watched many times was very helpful. I did not want the controller installed under a seat so I installed it in the spare wheel well. See attached pictures. This required extending a couple of the supplied cables but that was easily done. Installation was long but went smoothly. I have yet to test it on the road behind my RV. 201945



- RM-8700

by: Jeff M07/22/2015


As always the team at e-trailer rock, always over communicating tracking status and delivery of their products. And while doing this they can help with install questions and always provide links to the install guides and what not. Awesome work! 213630



- RM-8700

by: Jack E.02/25/2014


Great product. I like this set up because I can now tow the jeep with any vehicle. I've towed many years without using auz. brakes but I decided I better get legal and it does break much better now! 117602



- RM-8700

by: jroller08/12/2013


Great braking system. It should be recommended to purchase the wiring harness. It takes the Roadmaster harness to do it right. 94741



- RM-8700

by: Dewey04/08/2015


Works great, third one I have installed for family. Just time consuming if you do it neat. 184061



- RM-8700

by: Dan D10/20/2015


Quick ship . Great price 230390

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  • Safety Cable Attachment Points on the Roadmaster MX Base Plates for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler
  • The safety cables attach to the loop at the bottom of the brackets. I have attached a photo showing where these attachment points are located on the brackets. The Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar, # RM-522, does not come with safety cables, but has channels on the side so the cables are not sagging near the ground. You will want to get safety cables, # RM-645, in addition to the tow bar and mounting brackets. You will also may also want a supplemental braking system and wiring harness...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2010 Honda Fit With a Class A Winnebago Journey 34
  • We have everything that you will need to flat tow your 2010 Honda Fit with automatic transmission behind your Class A Winnebago Journey 34. The Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, # RM-520, is a great idea and is one of our most popular tow bars that we sell. You may also be interested in the Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar, # RM-522, as well. I have attached installation instructions and video links for both tow bars for you to compare. The additional items that you will need are a base plate...
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  • Using the InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System Without Using the Brake Lights
  • The InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System, # RM-8700, will only activate when the tow vehicle brake lights are illuminated. This braking system has a connector that splices into the tow wiring setup on the towed vehicle and receives the signal from the brake light circuits. I have attached an image of the wiring diagram for the InvisiBrake Braking System. If the brake lights do not come on when you are only using the engine brake, then I would recommend the Blue Ox Patriot Proportional...
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  • Can TrailerMate Tow Bar Wiring # TM781124 and Trailer Wiring Harness #118416 be Used Together
  • The TrailerMate # TM781124 and the Tow Ready # 118416 can indeed be used together. However, if you are using a supplemental braking system in your Wrangler Unlimited, you will need to install diodes inline with the TrailerMate harness to prevent backfeeding into the RV wiring. In most cases, you will need two diodes like part # RM-690, one on the right turn/brake and one on the left turn/brake circuit, unless you are using a supplemental braking system that requires the RV running lights...
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  • Flat Towing Setup for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Towed by a 2015 Jayco GreyHawk 29MV
  • In order to complete your flat towing setup on your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, you will need tow bar, tow bar wiring, safety cables and a supplemental braking system. Since you are getting the Blue Ox base plate kit # BX1126, the Blue Ox Alpha tow bars # BX7365 you referenced is a confirmed fit. Custom wiring that I recommend for your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the Hopkins # HM56200 because you will not need to splice into your existing wiring. Since your Wrangler has a combined...
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  • Wiring Diagram And Orange Wire Connection for Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System
  • The orange wire, see wiring diagram attached, is not used for the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System, RM-8700. Roadmaster added that wire when developing the braking system and found that it was not needed, so it is not used for installation at all. I attached an installation video that should help you with your installation also. If you look closely just after the 8:48 minute mark you can see the orange wire and that it was not used in the installation. We just bundle...
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  • Diode Kit Recommendation for Installing Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring on Vehicle with InvisiBrake
  • The # RM-794 would be the correct kit to install the Hopkins Wiring Harness part # HM56007 in your 2012 Ford Focus with the Invisibrake part # RM-8700. I attached a diagram of how it will install as well.
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  • Can LED Indicator on the Invisibrake be Attached to Brake Lights on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • You will want to connect the alert wire as indicated in the instructions because in certain situations the lighting signals from the motor home could override the lights on the Jeep and the indicator would not give you the correct reading. If it is at the brake switch then you know that the brake pedal is moving and not just the lights lighting up. The wire you are looking for is most likely a white/brown wire. That is what it was on the 20012 and 2013 models so that is where I would...
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  • Location to Install Breakaway Air Reservoir for Roadmaster BrakeMaster # RM-9160
  • Thank you for your recent purchase from etrailer. The most common locations for mounting the air reservoir portion of the Roadmaster BrakeMaster # RM-9160 are next to the driver's seat and under the dash near the left kick panel. I have linked an installation video for a similar item, Roadmaster's InvisiBrake # RM-8700, which shows an application in a 2013 Wrangler. It will be necessary to temporarily remove trim panels to do the installation.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2009 Ford Flex Front Wheel Drive Behind a RV
  • You can flat tow your front wheel drive 2009 Ford Flex with your RV. Before flat towing any vehicle, you should check your owners manual for any restrictions or procedures that required to flat tow your vehicle. To flat tow your Flex, you will need 5 items, a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tail light wiring and a supplemental braking system. For a base plate kit, you can use the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 4418-1, that you referenced. This base plate kit has removable arms...
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  • Replacement Parts for the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar Used on a 2008 Jeep Liberty
  • The only other part you will need other than the Roadmaster Quick Disconnect Base Bar, # 910021-00, is the Roadmaster EZ Hook Safety Cable Anchors, # RM-910653. The quick disconnect base bar will include 2 pins to secure the tow bar arms and the top adapter plate to attach the crossbar to the base plates on your 2008 Jeep Liberty. The safety cable anchors will bolt to the bottom of the top adapter plate that will be attached to your base plates. I have included a video that shows how...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Chevrolet Astro Van 2WD
  • For your 1997 Chevrolet Astro Van 2WD we carry the Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 3138-1. These base plates were designed specifically for your vehicle and include all necessary installation hardware. These base plates do not include a tow bar. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, # RM-520, that you referenced on our website. I have linked a demonstration video of this tow bar for you to check out. You will also need a few other items that I have listed below to flat tow...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F-150 STX-4x4
  • I checked with Roadmaster and the part # 495-1A that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Ford F-150 STX so it would work well for you. The InvisiBrake part # RM-8700 that you referenced has also been confirmed to fit your vehicle. There is a Hopkins wiring harness that will fit your vehicle, but the # HM56005 that you referenced would not fit your truck. Instead you would want the # HM56000. The Falcon Tow Bar part # RM-522 that you already have would work great...
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  • Where Does the Air Used By the Roadmaster InvisiBrake # RM-8700 Come From
  • The Roadmaster InvisiBrake you referenced, part # RM-8700 has a small compressor in the control box that provides the necessary air pressure to actuate the towed vehicles brakes when needed. Although the box is typically mounted under the seat, it can be mounted anywhere in the vehicle that allows access to the adjustment knob. I have linked you to an install video showing the InvisiBrake being installed on a 2002 Jeep Liberty. Although the install is for a different vehicle than yours,...
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