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  • Why Must the Negative Battery Cable Be Disconnected on a Jeep Wrangler to Flat Tow
  • Jeep recommends disconnecting the negative battery cable when flat towing to prevent the battery from draining. When you flat tow your Wrangler, the ignition must be left in the ACC position. This would leave certain electronic components on that could drain the battery. For your situation, I recommend installing the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect, # RM-766, on the positive battery cable so you don't lose your ground to the chassis. I know the owners manual says negative cable,...
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  • How To Connect 4-Way Flat Vehicle Connector To 7-Way on Trailer
  • To connect your vehicle that has a 4-Way flat connector to your trailer that has a 7-Way connector, you will need to install a 7-Way on the rear of your vehicle. If you just want or need the tail light functions to operate on your trailer you will just need Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole, part # 37185. If you need the complete 7-Way wiring to operate, you will need Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The 4-Way on part # ETBC7 will plug into the 4-Way on your vehicle...
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  • Equipment Needed for Flat Towing 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind Motorhome
  • According to my research and what I read in an online copy of the owner's manual for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, your vehicle is capable of being flat towed without major modification. There are specific steps that must be followed addressed in the owner's manual and you'll need to follow them exactly to avoid damaging your Jeep. To complete your towing system, you'll need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution to operate the taillights of the Jeep as it's being...
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  • What Gear Should a Front Wheel Drive Car Be In When Towing On a Tow Dolly
  • When towing a front wheel drive car like your 2008 Honda Accord on a tow dolly like the RoadMaster Tow Dolly # RM-2000-1 you want to put the car in park and be sure to have the emergency brake OFF.
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  • Does Steering have to be Locked out to Flat Tow a Vehicle Behind a Motor Home
  • You would not lock out the steering on the vehicle being flat towed. Doing so would cause the wheels to scrub (drag sideways) when turning. The steering needs to be unlocked and the wheels will turn accordingly and straightened back out when needed. It is sort of like pushing a shopping cart with caster wheels: if the cart is pushed to turn, the wheels will turn, and when pushed straight, the wheels will go back to being straight. I have included 2 helpful links on the right side of...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Available Options for Rock Guards to Protect Towed Vehicle
  • There are other options for protecting your towed vehicle other than the Roadmaster Guardian you mentioned. The Roadmaster Tow Defender, part # RM-4700 stretches between the RV and the towed vehicle, deflecting rocks downward before they can damage your vehicle. The Tow defender attaches to the tow bar and the quick disconnects on the vehicle base plates. Roadmaster also offers the Roadwing Removable Mud Flaps, part # RM-44000. The Roadwing is available in various widths, see the...
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  • Sway Bar Recommendations for 2017 Thor Challenger Ford F-53 Motorhome
  • The Roadmaster swaybar part # RM-1139-140 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Thor Challenger on an F-53 chassis. Then for the rear sway bar you would want the part # 1139-144 that you also referenced. These are both fits for the V10 models of the RV like yours as well as ones longer than 34 feet like yours. Sway bars are great options to improve the overall ride quality and driveablity of the F-53 chassis RVs. Typically people see the biggest improvement with the rear sway bar and...
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  • How to Select High/Low Hitch Adapter to Keep Tow Bar Level
  • Ideally your tow bar will be level when it is connected to both your motorhome and your vehicle's base plates. At most it can be 3-inches high or low on either end. Based on your dimensions the 6-1/2-inch height difference you have means you'll want to use a high/low hitch adapter that provides 6-inches of drop. Three such items are shown on the linked page: Roadmaster # RM-048-6, Blue Ox # BX88130 and Roadmaster # RM-076. All fit a 2-inch hitch but they have different weight capacities,...
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  • List of Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind an RV
  • There are several items needed to flat tow your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited behind an RV: base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates you can use the Roadmaster base plates # RM-521448-4. Please note the base plates do not fit Hard Rock or 75th Anniversary models. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a compatible tow bar you can use the popular Falcon 2, # RM-520. I have linked a video review of this tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • You are on the right track. The Roadmaster Blackhawk part # RM-422 would do a great job flat towing your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. For a base plate kit to attach the tow bar to you would need the # RM-521448-4. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your...
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  • Complete Flat Towing Package Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • To tow your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with your motorhome there are several things that you will need. You will need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. The tow bar installs on your motorhome and then connects to the base plates on your Jeep. I was able to find that your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a gross vehicle weight of up to 6500 pounds, so a tow bar that is rated for this weight that I recommend is the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Replacement Cover For Roadmaster Falcon 2 All Terrain Towbar
  • We do have just what you need. for the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar the cover you need is part # RM-055-3. This is made of marine-grade black vinyl and protects the tow bar from the elements.
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  • Will Hitch Extender # HE18 Allow Camper to be Towed with Tailgate Down
  • The Roadmaster High-Low Hitch Adapter, part # RM-048-2, is intended for leveling a tow-bar when flat towing a vehicle behind a motor home. It cannot be used to tow a camper. You might be able to use part # HE18, which is a hitch extender. This item adds 18 inches to the length of the receiver but also cuts in half its tongue weight capacity. You will need to make sure that the combined weight load of what you intend to place in your vehicle plus the weight of your towed camper does not...
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  • Parts Needed When Flat Towing A 2014 Ford Focus Behind RV
  • In order to flat tow your 2014 Ford Focus, you will need several items. Most tow systems require some sort of hitch accessory to either raise or lower the tow bar to the appropriate height. The safe zone for a motor-home-mounted tow bar ranges from 3 inches above level to 4 inches below. RoadMaster high-low adapters will provide you with the necessary drop. Simply flip the adapter over to achieve the desired level. I have linked you to a product page for high-low adapters. One of the...
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  • Choosing Bike Rack to be Used While Towing a Camper
  • The Dual Hitch Receivers such as part # RM-077-2 cannot be used for towing a trailer. These receivers are meant for use with a towbar carrying a rolling load and an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. We offer a Curt Ball Mount with 2 inch Receiver, part # D210, which should work for your needs. This ball mount has a tongue weight capacity of 750 lbs, so the trailers tongue weight and the weight of the bike carrier plus the weight of the bikes cannot exceed that figure. Another...
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  • Rear Anti-Sway Bar and Steering Stabilizer for a 2015 Thor Miramar 34.1 Foot Class A RV
  • For the rear anti-sway bar # 1139-144 will fit the 2000 to 2016 Thor toy haulers and RVs on Ford F-53 chassis with the V10 motor as well as the 2012 to 2016 Thor Challenger with the V10. Steering Stabilizer # RM-RBK9-RSSA fits the same. So a 2015 Thor Class A on a Ford F-53 chassis fits that description so those are the correct parts!
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  • Can RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes Be Backed Up in Reverse?
  • The electric brakes on the RoadMaster Tow Dolly, part # RM-2000-1, only engage when you activate the brakes on your tow vehicle. Your tow vehicle brakes send a braking signal to the (required) brake controller which in turn tells the electric brakes on the towing dolly (through the required wiring harness) to activate. Operating your tow vehicle and the tow dolly in reverse gear for maneuvering purposes is not a problem; the brakes on the dolly will not engage unless told to do so by...
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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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  • 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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  • What Parts Needed to Use a Roadmaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar on a 2007 Jeep Wrangler for Flat Towing
  • Flat towing your Jeep Wrangler behind your Class A motor home will require the tow bar, a lighting/wiring kit, safety chains, base plates and a supplemental braking system. The linked article will give you background on each of these. The Quick Disconnect system for Roadmaster tow bars consists of both vehicle-side and tow-bar-side parts. Car-side brackets are available alone as part # RM-222 and tow bar-side brackets as part # RM-221. The complete bracket kit is part # RM-201; this...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow a 2001 PT Cruiser Behind Motor Home
  • In addition to the Roadmaster Tracker # RM-020 tow bar you referenced, you will need a base plate kit, safety cables, wiring and depending on the states you will be traveling in, a supplemental braking system. The Roadmaster # 278-1, which fits all PT Cruiser models, is the base plate kit you would need. The base plates use removable draw bars that makes the base plate kit practically invisible when they are removed. Quick disconnects like part # RM-201 will also be needed. The #...
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  • What is the Difference between Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar RM-525 and Other Roadmaster Tow Bars
  • The Roadmaster Falcon 2, part # RM-525, is a tow bar built to work with Blue Ox brand base plates. Most of the other tow bars we carry from Roadmaster are built to be used with Roadmaster base plates. If you write back with the year, make and model of your vehicle, I can provide you with a list of compatible parts. If you already have a set of base plates, the part number would be helpful as well.
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  • RV on Ford E-450 Chassis is Hard to Steer and Sways
  • Just like a trailer, a vehicle being flat towed can pull around your RV, especially if the roads are uneven or wind joins in. There are several stabilizing products you could use to improve this issue and provide a better, safer tow. For a rear anti-sway bar you can use # RM-1139-147 which will provide an upgraded bar and bushings to improve stability at the back of the RV built on the Ford E-450 chassis. Also for the rear you can add an axle stabilizer, # TT2450, for even more stability...
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  • Replacement Parts For RoadMaster Brakemaster 9000 Towed Vehicle Brake System
  • I think what you are looking for is the RoadMaster BreakAway kit, part # RM-98160. This kit was originally designed to be used for a second vehicle so all you have to do is move the cylinder and brackets. Since you have the bracket and cylinder, and need everything else, this kit should match your needs pretty well.
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  • What Comes with the Adapter for Jeep D-Rings to Roadmaster Tow Bars
  • I attached a picture that shows all of the components that come with the # RM-035-1. It does not come with safety chain loops so you would have to run them to the bumper of the vehicle.
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  • How to Tow Kia Soul with Automatic Transmission
  • Since the Kia Soul with automatic transmission cannot be flat-towed with all wheels on the ground, your best option for towing your Soul is to use a towing dolly, such as the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, part # RM-2000-1. This product is adjustable to fit many vehicles, and includes electric trailer brakes, radial tires, adjustable wheel nets, tail/brake lights and a 6-way round trailer connector. Since the front wheels are kept off the ground there is no need to alter your...
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  • Why Can't the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch Anti-Rattle Device be Used When Towing a Trailer
  • Flat towing is the term used when a vehicle is towed with all 4 wheels on the ground behind another vehicle, typically a motor home. It is also knows as dinghy towing or towing 4 down. The Quiet Hitch # RM-061 is not rated for or tested for anything other than flat towing. So you would not use it when towing a trailer or using a hitch mounted accessory where there would be higher tongue weights. Flat towing a vehicle will all 4 wheels on the ground has very minimal tongue weight because...
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  • Difference Between Base Plate Kits for 2016 Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary
  • The difference between the two Roadmaster base plate kits you referenced is the design of the removable arms of the kit. The part # 1444-3 is a MX kit which does not use a crossbar and would be easier to install in my opinion. The XL part # 1444-1 uses removable arms that require attaching to a crossbar like what comes with the Roadmaster tow bars. The kit would be just as involved as the Blue Ox kit part # BX1134 as the attachment brackets are very similar. In addition to the base...
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  • Base Plates Compatible to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plates # RM-521448-5 will not fit the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversay Edition. For base plates that will you can use the Roadmaster XL # 1444-1 or Roadmaster MX # 1444-3. I've attached videos with both kits installed.
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