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RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs

Roadmaster Tow Bars

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Code:   RM-501

Retail:$591.00

Price:$495.00


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Roadmaster Tow Bars - RM-501

With its stainless steel inner arm construction and Autowlok locking mechanism, this feature-rich, car-mounted tow bar will leave you worry free as you tow your vehicle to your vacation destination.

Features:

  • Popular, reliable tow bar lets you safely and effectively tow your vehicle behind your RV
  • Autowlok mechanism automatically centers and locks the arms as you drive ahead, preventing sway and making hookup quick and easy
  • Full-length crossbar with angle iron brace provides maximum strength and support
  • Self-lubricating nylon bushings eliminate friction between the inner and outer arms for a longer-lasting, better-functioning system
  • Welded steel plugs seal the ends of the tow bar to guard against corrosion
  • Stainless steel inner arm construction allows for smooth operation and corrosion resistance
  • High-tech, powder coat finish provides additional durability
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Capacity: 6,000 lbs
  • Attaches to ball with 2" diameter
  • Compatibility: works with Roadmaster vehicle-specific base plates - EZ, XL and Standard
    • Will not work with MX or MS series base plates
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: The StowMaster does not work with RoadMaster MX or MS series base plates.


Autowlok

Autowlok

The Autowlok system features stainless steel, telescopic inner tow arms that adjust independently for easy connection. When the towing vehicle pulls on the arms, they automatically center and lock in place. The arms also act as shock absorbers, reducing wear and tear on your tow bar.



Quick Disconnect

Quick Disconnects

Standard on most RoadMaster models, quick disconnects make it a snap to attach your tow bar. Their unique design lets you connect the tow bar to the bracket quickly and easily all by yourself and disconnect it the same way. These convenient brackets also make it simple to mount any number of RoadMaster accessories, from basic safety cables to the Guardian rock shield.




501 RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar







Video of RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs


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installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video review of roadmaster towmaster RM501
Roadmaster Stowmaster Review

Video Transcript for Roadmaster Stowmaster Review

Today we are going to be showing you part number RM-501, the Roadmaster Stowmaster car mounted tow bar weighted at 6,000 pounds. The tow bar centers and locks itself as you drive ahead. That is a 6,000 pound capacity. The tow bar itself weighs 48 pounds, however this will not work with the MX series base plates. We are going to go ahead and show you some of the distinct features about this 48 pound tow bar. The tow bar gets attached to your vehicle using these brackets here and you can see they actually offer a wide range of movement as you are driving on down the road. These are the locking bars here and back here is the coupler mount which will be hooking up to your ball mount. Before we put this on we are going to show you how this folds up. As you see here this is bar that hooks up to the car. Turning this around you can see that this is locking it up to make sure that it does not move. You simply just turn like so and it folds up to a nice neat little area here. It defiantly makes it much more easy for storage.

Here is an example of what this apparatus might look like when it is attached to your RV and to your vehicle. Now you can see here that these arms are uneven. However as you go driving on down the road these are self tensioning. So you can make a few turns and everything locks up and is secure, free to move left to right or where ever you may need. Now unlike the other models from Roadmaster. This tow bar actually. Does not detach from the bars themselves as mentioned before it just simply slides together and forms one piece that folds out as you need it. There you have it for part number RM-501 this is the Roadmaster Stowmaster car mounted tow bar rated at 6,000 pounds.




Customer Reviews

RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs - RM-501

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

With its stainless steel inner arm construction and Autowlok locking mechanism, this feature-rich, car-mounted tow bar will leave you worry free as you tow your vehicle to your vacation destination.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick F02/09/2011

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This is a very well made hitch. It was very easy to fit, is very robust and very easy to fold away. I bought the optional cover which makes the unit very neat when not in use. 6851






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: stan roberts09/23/2009

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best tow bar i ever used My tow bar came loose from the class 8 truck I was driving and the saftey chains and the solid steel in the tow bar kept my truck from comming loose and causing an accident. The tow bar is exceptional. 2424






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This is a replacement for a product I have had for about 10 years. Excellent service and an excellent price! 25929






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tony02/07/2013

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The tow bar is a great piece this is my second one that I've owned and I truly love the product 65314






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don S04/04/2011

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QUICK delivery, GREAT service 11017




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  • Are Roadmaster EZ Style Base Plates Compatible with the Roadmaster StowMaster Series Tow Bars
  • According to Roadmaster the StowMaster series of Tow Bars, like RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar, # RM-501, are compatible with the EZ style of base plates like # 521434-1 (installation details linked below) that you have referenced. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review of this tow bar below.
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  • Before you begin flat towing your new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you will want to verify a few things first. If your vehicle has a 1.4 Liter engine and an automatic transmission, then it cannot be flat towed and must be towed using a tow dolly, like part # RM-2000-1. If it has a 1.4L engine and a manual transmission, or has a 1.8L engine and is automatic or manual, then you can flat tow your vehicle. The items that you will need to flat tow your vehicle are a tow bar, base plate kit, wiring...
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  • Will RoadMaster StowMaster Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs, #RM-501, Fit on 1999 Jeep Wrangler with Flat Bumper
  • The RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs, #RM-501, is a very good application on your 1999 Jeep Wrangler with the flat U-channel bumper being towed by a GMC 2500 HD. It does not include any safety cables or base plate brackets. You will need to purchase the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 1420-1, which attaches to the tow vehicle frame. These brackets then allow the tow bar to attach to the tow vehicle. I also have safety cables available for the tow bar. You can...
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  • Tow Bar, Base Plate Kit, and Accessories Needed to Flat Tow a 2011 Ford Ranger
  • To start off with, you will need a base plate kit for your 2011 Ford Ranger. The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, item # 477-1, is the correct kit for your vehicle. Next, you will need a tow bar. If you are towing with a motor home that has a 2 inch receiver, the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, item # RM-520, would be a great choice. You will not need the Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, item # RM-201, that you selected with this tow bar, because the Falcon 2 comes...
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  • How To Operate the Tail Lights of a 2008 Mini Cooper while Being Flat Towed Behind an RV
  • For activating the tail lights of your 2008 Mini Cooper with your RV while the Mini is being flat-towed you will want to check out the FAQs I attached that detail how this is done. The process and installation will be the exact same as what you would need to do to install a diode kit on your vehicle. Basically, you will use a set of diodes installed in your vehicle to operate the tail lights of you vehicle with the tow bar wiring from your RV. This will not affect the functioning of...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • There are several components needed to flat tow a vehicle such as your 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first thing you will need is a base plate kit. For that I would recommend you get a Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit # 521440-1A. This should work well with the RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar # RM-501 that you referenced. This tow bar comes with quick-disconnects also. Now for safety chains I would recommend you go with RoadMaster 68 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables #...
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  • Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit for Pontiac g6 convertible
  • Yes there is a mounting bracket for the 2007 Pontiac G6 Convertible. It is item # 3146-1. The install will require trimming of the lower air dam, air deflector, cowling and or rock guard. You do need the mounting brackets and you will also need a tow bar, light kit and safety cables to attach the vehicle to your motor home. There are two types of wiring harness available one uses isolators to be able to use the original lights and the other uses a separate bulb installed in the towed...
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  • Can the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan be Towed with the Roadmaster Tow Dolly # RM-2000-1
  • Yes, it is required that the steering wheel is locked when towing with the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, item # RM-2000-1. The instructions state that the steering wheel must be locked or otherwise secured when towing. Failure to lock the steering wheel will allow the towed vehicle to pivot on the bed, causing it to hit the fender and wheel assemblies of the dolly. Severe damage will occur if the steering wheel is not locked. If your vehicle owners manual says not to tow...
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  • What is the Difference Between the StowMaster Tow Bar and the StowMaster All Terrain Tow Bar
  • The main difference between the standard, # RM-501, and all terrain, # RM-502, StowMaster tow bars are the non-binding arms of the all terrain StowMaster and the Autowlock system of the standard StowMaster. When you are parked on uneven terrain or at a hard angle the arms of the tow bar can bind making it difficult to disconnect the tow bar from your tow vehicle. The Freedom Latch on the all terrain tow bar releases the tension on the arms of the tow bar making it easier to disconnect...
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  • Base Plates, Light Kit, Safety Cables, and Braking System to Flat Tow a 2006 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 1175-1, are compatible with your 2006 Toyota Tacoma as long as it is not an X-Runner. They will also fit the Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar, # RM-501. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review of the tow bar for reference. To complete the towing set up for your truck, you will need safety cables, lighting, and a supplemental braking system as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend RoadMaster 64 inch Single Hook, Coiled...
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  • Base Plate Kit Needed for a 2011 Honda Fit Sport
  • Yes, I can help. You will need the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, item # 521190-1, for your 2011 Honda Fit Sport. This bracket kit is designed to fit all models of the 2011 Honda Fit. Along with the bracket kit you will need a set of car side quick disconnects, item # RM-222, if you did not retain them from your 2003 Suzuki for the the tow bar. You will also need wiring for the Fit. I would recommend using the RoadMaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs, item # RM-155, to keep the...
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  • Base Plates, Tow Bar, Wiring, and Safety Cables to Flat Tow a 1999 GMC Jimmy
  • If you have a regular model 1999 GMC Jimmy (not an S-15 model) then you will need to use a tow dolly like the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, # RM-2000-1, as there are no base plates available for the Jimmy. If you have an S-15 Jimmy, there are base plates available depending on what model you have. For a Jimmy Envoy, 4 wheel drive and not a Black Diamond, ZR2, or Xtreme, use # 179-2. For a S-15 Jimmy, 4 wheel drive and not a Black Diamond or Xtreme, use # 165-2. For...
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  • Base Plates, Tow Bar, and Accessories Needed to Flat Tow a 2001 Honda Accord
  • the first thing you will want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual to determine the proper towing procedure for your 2001 Honda Accord. From what I could find, the vehicle can be flat towed but has not been formally tested. To flat tow a vehicle you will need base plates, a tow bars, safety cables, a lighting solution, and supplemental braking. First, you can use base plates # 1545-1. The base plates provide a safe and secure attachment point for the tow bar. For a compatible...
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  • Can a Tow Bar be Mounted at an Angle When Flat Towing a 2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • I would not recommend towing your 2011 Chevrolet HHR at an angle. You will want the tow set up to be as level as possible. For your situation I would recommend using a tow bar that attaches to a ball mount like the Roadmaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar, # RM-501, with a ball mount that has the correct drop. I have attached an article to help you choose a ball mount with the correct drop. First you should measure from the ground to the top of the hitch receiver on your coach. Next...
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  • Is the Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar Compatible with XL Base Plate Kit on 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
  • The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 3160-1A, is compatible with all Roadmaster Tow Bars, including the Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar, part # RM-501. I believe the T-connector that you are referring to is the wiring harness for towing a trailer behind your vehicle. For wiring, you could use the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, part # RM-154. If you do not plan to tow your Equinox often, you could go with a set of magnetic lights like the Magnetic Towing Light Kit,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1995 Geo Tracker 2 Door
  • All of the base plate kits available for your 1995 Geo Tracker will require drilling to install. The Roadmaster Base Plates # 118-1 is no exception. The drilling isn't anything major though and wouldn't be too big of an issue as long as you have access to a drill. There are several other components needed to flat tow a vehicle. When choosing a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with standard base plates. I recommend the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar, part # RM-501. I have...
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  • Base plate fit on a jeep tj 2003
  • The 168-2 base plates are not the correct base plates for your Wrangler TJ. We carry the 1424-1 Roadmaster XL base plates for your vehicle. With these base plates an optional set of RM-201 Quick disconnects are necessary to remove the front extensions from the vehicle. I have no information on the tow master, but if you are referring to the RM-501 Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar then the combination I have mentioned will work very well with your 2003 TJ Wrangler.
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  • What is the Difference Between Coiled Safety Cables and Straight Safety Cables
  • The difference between coiled safety cables like # RM-643, and straight cables like # RM-645, other than the design, is the applications for which you would use each. For example, some tow bars, like # RM-422, have built in safety cable channels which would ideally work with straight cables. The channels hold the coils up so that they do not get caught on anything or drag on the ground. So for a tow bar with built-in channels, I recommend straight cables. Coiled safety cables are best...
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  • Is an Adapter Available for a Stowmaster 5000 Tow Bar to Blue Ox Base Plate on a 1997 Jeep Wrangler
  • Unfortunately, there is not an adapter available that will allow you to use the Stowmaster 5000 tow bar with a set of Blue Ox base plates. This means that you also would not be able to use the Roadmaster Guardian 2nd Vehicle Kit, # RM-4000-1, that you referenced. You have two options. First, if you want stay with your Stowmaster tow bar you could go with a set of Roadmaster base plates on your 1997 Jeep Wrangler. You would need part # 1424-1 if your Jeep has a U-channel or double tube...
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  • How to Wire a 1999 Suzuki Vitara Behind Motorhome For Towing With 4-Pole Connector Without Splicing
  • You have a couple of options for towing your 1999 Suzuki Vitara behind a motorhome without splicing into the vehicles wiring. The first, and easiest, option if you are not going to be towing often would be to use a Magnetic Towing Light Kit, item # C-ATL20A or # RM-2120, with your vehicles 4-way flat connector. The second option would be to use the RoadMaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs, item # RM-155. With this kit you will run wiring from the motorhome trailer connector to...
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  • Tow Bar and Accessories Required to Flat Tow a 2008 Nissan Tian
  • After you install the base plates, # 341-1, on your 2008 Nissan Titan, you will need a tow bar compatible with XL style base plates. The most economical tow bar available that will fit XL base plates is the Roadmaster Tracker, # RM-020. However, this tow bar is rated for 5,000 pounds and your Titan can easily exceed this weight limit. I recommend going up to the next level, a 6,000 pound capacity tow bar, # RM-501. I have included some informational links on this tow bar for you to view. And,...
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  • Can a Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar be Used to Flat Tow a 2010 Buick Enclave
  • To flat tow your 2010 Buick Enclave the first thing you will need are the base plates that install on the vehicle and provide a safe attachment point for the tow bar. For your vehicle you will need EZ base plates # 523149-1. I have included a link to a video that shows a typical installation for you. The # 523149-1 base plates feature draw bars that are easily removed when the vehicle is not being flat towed. Then you will need a compatible tow bar. The Stowmaster, # RM-501, is compatible...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a 2002 Jeep Wrangler With a RV
  • Yes, everything we sell is brand new from the manufacturer. We do have tow package options available for a RV to tow a 2002 Jeep Wrangler. We would just need to know the type of bumper on your Jeep Wrangler to get you the correct base plates for the a tow bar. Usually the bumper choices are single tube or double tube, or a flat U-channel bumper. We also have a few choices of tow bars available, one being the Roadmaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs, # RM-501, it attaches...
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  • Recommend A Roadmaster Base Plate Kit to Flat Tow 1999 Kia Sportage
  • The base plate kit that will fit your 1999 Kia Sportage is the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 2104-1. In addition to a base plate kit, to finish your towing setup you will also need a tow bar, safety cables, vehicle wiring or portable lights, and a supplemental braking kit. For a tow bar, I would recommend RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar, part # RM-501, which features the Autowlok feature. Autowlok has telescoping arms that extend and lock when pulled on by tow vehicle...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Jeep Wrangler With Double Tube Bumper Behind a Motor Home
  • You will want to check your owners manual or with the manufacturer for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your 1997 Jeep Wrangler. Some vehicles might need to be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect, or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. To tow your 1997 Jeep Wrangler with the double tube bumper, you will need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, wiring and depending on the states you are planning on towing the vehicle...
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  • What Is Needed to Safely Flat-Tow a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am
  • When flat towing a vehicle, there are 5 main components that are needed. Starting with base plates, the 2000 Grand Am will need Roadmaster Base Plates # 194-8. To install this you will need moderate mechanical skills and aptitude. It is hard to say exactly a numerical value for how difficult it would be to install this product, but I am confident that if you have access to basic tools you could accomplish this install. I am going to send you the installation instructions for this product...
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  • Can Roadmaster Stow Master 5000 Tow Bar be Used to Flat Tow a 2009 Honda Pilot Behind a Motor Home
  • Your Stowmaster 5000 tow bar will work with the base plates, # 1562-1, for your 2009 Honda Pilot. In addition to these two items, you will also need safety cables, # RM-643, a lighting solution and the supplemental braking system. For lighting I recommend the TowDaddy Universal system, # TD10000S. According to my research you will need to pull a fuse to flat tow the Pilot. Check the owners manual in the recreational towing section to confirm.To make disconnecting the fuse easier I recommend...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1987 Honda Civic 4-Door Behind a Motor Home
  • You will need to check your owners manual or with the Honda dealer to see if your 1987 Honda Civic 4-door can be flat towed. Some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. If the correct procedure is not followed it will cause severe damage to the transmission. If you are able to tow your vehicle with your motor home the other parts you will need are the base plates, safety cables,...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for Towing a 1995 Geo Tracker
  • You will need the Roadmaster Standard Base Plate Kit, item # 118-1, or the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, item # 118-3, for your 1995 Geo Tracker. If you will not be towing the vehicle often I would recommend the standard base plate kit but if you are planning on towing more often then I would recommend the XL base plates with one of the nicer tow bars for convenience. Along with the base plate kit you will need a tow bar and wiring for the towed vehicles taillights. With the Standard...
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  • Which Base Plates and Tow Bar are Needed to Flat Tow a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
  • You should be able to flat tow your 2001 Malibu. Check your vehicle owner manual to see what needs to be done with the transmission in order to flat tow. We do have base plate brackets for your vehicle. They are Roadmaster XL style brackets, part # 194-3. Most of the Roadmaster tow bars will work with this style of bracket. There are 3 tow bars linked below, sort of a good/better/best line up. All of them will fit the the XL base plates for your car. The first is the Roadmaster Tracker...
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