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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2008 Honda Pilot AWD Behind a Motor Home


What do you recommend to flat tow a 2008 Honda Pilot AWD behind a motorhome? wiring also.

asked by: Ike

Expert Reply:

The Blue Ox Aventa LX Tow Bar, part # BX7445, that you have referenced, will be an excellent tow bar to flat tow your 2008 Honda Pilot AWD behind a motor home with a 2 inch hitch receiver. It has a weight capacity of 10,000 lbs.

You will also want to read your owners manual or check with Honda regarding any other guidelines or modifications necessary so that the vehicle can be safely flat towed. Some vehicles require modifications such as a drive line disconnect, transmission lube pump, freewheeling hubs or axle disconnects.

The parts you will need to flat tow your Honda Pilot, besides the tow bar, will be the base plates, lighting kit, and supplemental braking system. Most states now require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being flat towed.

The base plates you will need for your Honda Pilot AWD are the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX2244.

For lighting I recommend the bulb and socket kit # BX8869 because it does not require cutting into the vehicle wiring for installation.

For braking one of the easiest systems to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot RF Braking System, part # BRK2012. This is a proportional system that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the towing vehicle is braking. Proportional systems are the safest way to stop and they reduce wear and tear on both vehicles.

I am including a link to an installation video of a Blue Ox tow bar on a 2011 Ford Escape. The vehicle is different, but the installation would be similar. I am also including a couple of links to FAQ pages on Blue Ox base plates and parts that are needed when flat towing a vehicle.

expert reply by: Jeff D

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