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Base Plates, Wiring, Safety Cables, and a Braking System to Flat Tow a 2008 Chevy HHR

Question:

Need base plate for infrequent use economical but safe for 2008 HHR. Have Reese 74950 tow bar. How do I determine if supplementary breaking is a legal requirement? Thanx in advance.

asked by: Richard W


Expert Reply:

There are several base plates available for your 2008 Chevy HHR depending on the model. For any model except the SS, you can use Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 3141-1. If you have an SS model, use # 523159-1. You will also need Roadmaster Base Plate to Tow Ready Tow Bar Adapter, # RM-025, to use the Reese Tow Bar and Quick Disconnect Kit # RM-201 to make the draw bar arms removable.

Mos states now require a supplemental braking system when flat towing a vehicle. You would need to check with the states you will be traveling in by visiting each states department of transportation website. For a braking system, the easiest to use and install would be the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System, # RM-9400. This system installs quickly so you are ready to go in minutes. It engages the towed vehicle brakes proportionally to how much the towing vehicle is braking, reducing wear of both vehicles brakes.

To complete the towing set up for your HHR, you will need safety cables and lighting as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend RoadMaster 64 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, # RM-643. For lights, there are a couple of options. If you do not plan on towing the HHR often, I recommend magnetic light kit # C-ATL20A.

If you do plan on towing it frequently, I recommend installing diodes, # 38955. I have included a video along with a couple of FAQ articles on tow bar wiring that should help in choosing the best light kit for your application along with how to go about wiring them.

Finally, you will need to check with the manufacturer and/or your vehicle owners manual for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your vehicle because 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.

expert reply by: Michael H




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Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms


Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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523159-1

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Magnetic Towing Light Kit, 20 ft. Long Cord

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RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs


RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs

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Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System


Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System

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Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms


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