Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles

Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles

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Relay works with your tow bar wiring system to ensure that your towed vehicle's turn signal lights flash in tandem with your RV's lights. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar braking systems from Roadmaster. Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles part number RM-88400 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Roadmaster Tow Bar Braking Systems - RM-88400

Relay works with your tow bar wiring system to ensure that your towed vehicle's turn signal lights flash in tandem with your RV's lights.


Features:

  • Keeps your towed car's brake signal from overriding the turn signal sent by your RV
    • Allows signal lights on towed car to flash in tandem with RV lights even when vehicle's brake pedal is depressed
  • Required on towed cars with combined lighting if you are using a supplemental braking system
    • Needed on applications with separate lighting if towed car is wired using a TrailerMate wiring harness or a 4-diode kit (instead of a 6-diode kit)
  • Does not interfere with towed car's electrical system
  • Activates automatically when RV running lights are turned on
  • Includes all necessary components for standard installation
    • May require additional connectors and length of wire for certain applications


The purpose of a brake light relay kit is to prevent your towed car's brake signal from overriding the turn signal that comes from your RV. When your towed vehicle is properly wired and connected to your RV, its indicator lights will illuminate as you engage the turn signals in your RV. However, if you have only a four-diode system in place, the turn signal will be overridden by your towed car's brake signal as soon as your supplemental braking system presses the towed car's brake pedal. As a result, drivers behind you know only that you're slowing down and not that you are turning.


Installing a brake light relay in your towed vehicle fixes this problem by ensuring that your car's brake signal does not override the RV's turn signal. Therefore, your towed car's lights will function in accordance with your RV at all times.


Is a Relay Required?

To determine if a brake light relay is needed to properly wire your vehicle to be towed, answer the following questions.


Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your towed car?

No - You do not need a brake light relay.

Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.


Do the brake lights on your towed car illuminate while the engine is off?

No - You do not need a brake light relay.

Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.


Do your towed car's brake lights act as both the brake signals and the turn signals?

No - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.

Yes - Your towed car has a combined lighting system. You will need a brake light relay to ensure proper activation of its signal lights.


Does your towed car have separate brake lights and turn signals?

No - Your towed car has a combined lighting system. You will need a brake light relay.

Yes - Your towed car has a separate lighting system. You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.


Are you wiring your vehicle with a six-diode kit or a TowDaddy custom wiring harness?

No - You will need a brake light relay to ensure proper activation of your towed car's signal lights.

Yes - You do not need a brake light relay.


Installation of the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay

Most towed cars require the normally open installation method. Ford and Lincoln models with neutral tow kits and most automobiles that have a push-button start function will require the normally closed installation.


Normally Open

The diagram and steps shown below demonstrate the installation for normally open applications. Be sure to follow the instructions included with your relay kit for a more detailed process.


Standard Normally Open Installation for Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay
  1. Remove the blue wire from the kit. This wire is not needed for normally open applications.
  2. Locate the brake-light-switch wire in your towed car.
  3. Remove the brake light fuse.
  4. Cut the brake light wire a few inches away from the "cold" side of the brake light switch.
  5. Attach the relay to the wiring for the RV braking monitor. The diagram above shows where the green wire attaches the relay to either a Roadmaster Even Brake or BrakeMaster system.
  6. Connect the black wire of the relay to the brake light wire near the brake light itself using the included blue butt connector.
  7. Identify a fuse that is only powered when the ignition is in the "run" position and not when it is in the "tow" position. Pull the fuse. Insert the fuse into the slot closest to the fuse blades, then insert the fuse tap into the empty slot in the fuse panel.
  8. Using the attached blue butt connector, connect the red wire from the brake relay to the wire from the fuse tap.
  9. Ground the white wire to your towed vehicle's frame.
  10. Secure the relay with the included wire ties.

Normally Closed

The diagram and steps shown below demonstrate the installation for normally closed applications. If you have a Ford or Lincoln that has a neutral tow kit or if your car has a push-button start feature that will not start the engine when the brake fuse is removed, then you need to perform a normally closed installation. Be sure to follow the instructions included with your relay kit for a more detailed process. Normally closed operations may require additional connectors and length of wire that are not included with this kit.


Normally Closed Installation for Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay
  1. Remove the green wire from the kit. If you are using a Roadmaster Even Brake supplemental braking system, set this wire aside to use later.
  2. Locate the brake-light-switch wire in your towed car.
  3. Remove the brake light fuse.
  4. Cut the brake light wire a few inches away from the "cold" side of the brake light switch.
  5. Attach the relay to the wiring for the RV braking monitor. The diagram above shows where the blue wire attaches the relay to either a Roadmaster Even Brake or BrakeMaster system. The green wire may be needed here.
  6. Connect the black wire of the relay to the brake light wire near the brake light itself using the included blue butt connector.
  7. Use a voltmeter to identify the wire in your aftermarket light harness that is conducting the tail light signal. Typically, this is a brown wire.
  8. Using a 16 - 14 gauge butt connector (sold separately), attach a section of 14-gauge wire (sold separately) to the end of the red wire. Trim the new 14-gauge wire and connect it to your aftermarket wiring harness.
  9. Start your engine and turn on your headlights. Test the tail light wire with a voltmeter. If your voltmeter doesn't register any voltage, move on to step 10. If 12V DC registers, you will need to install a single diode (RM-790; sold separately).
  10. Ground the white wire to your towed car's frame.
  11. Secure the relay with the included wire ties.


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Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles - RM-88400

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (95 Customer Reviews)

Relay works with your tow bar wiring system to ensure that your towed vehicle's turn signal lights flash in tandem with your RV's lights.

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I installed this on my towed vehicle about a year ago. The initial installation went well and the instructions provided the necessary information on installation. After a year, I have not had any issues with the equipment and the car's break lights work as expected as both a driven vehicle and a towed. There are a number of ways to setup a towed, and once I decided on using the vehicle lights rather than a light bar, this kit was kind of a no-brainer. Also, during the past 12 months I have purchased additional items from etrailer and have always been satisfied with both the products purchased and the support from etrailer. 602324



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I have a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited 4 door, after I installed the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles - HM56200, I found I had to install the Road-Master Brake Lite Relay for Towed Vehicles - RM-88400 , I'm using a supplemental brake system, when the brake is depressed with ignition off, the brake lights come on and cancel out any directional signal on my toad, installing the relay solved this problem. I watched the video and this was helpful. Installation took me a few hours, climbing under the dash was not an easy chore for me, I'm not as young as I want to be, had to purchase 16 gauge Red wire to run to Fuse box under the hood, also I recommend having extra wire ties to do this. I recommend both products, easy to install and good quality. 316372


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Products are working well, have not had any problems with the system

Rich L - 11/13/2017

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Relay works as advertised - cuts power to my 2013 Edge brake lights (with the key in the off/or accessory position) preventing the Edge brake lights from overriding the coach brake/turn signals when my supplemental braking system pulls the Edge brake pedal down. Bit of a chore to install, mainly due to close quarters under driver's side of lower instrument panel and forced to lay half way in/out of Edge over the door sill. Also, vehicle info on Roadmaster web site indicates the Edge brake light wire coming from switch is purple/white, but I found 2 purple and white wires on mine, both together in the same socket on the brake light switch. Guess it depends on one's color sensing, but one of mine was a lighter shade of purple and the other darker, more shiny. I spliced into the light purple one first and naturally it was the wrong one, so had to reconnect it and splice into the other one to make everything work. Not a biggie, but the mini fuse tap supplied in the kit will not work with the low-profile mini-fuses used in the Edge interior fuse panel - you have to use a regular mini-fuse. FYI - 2013 Edge Limited, V6/FWD; Air Force One supplemental brake system; DEMCO RV Tow Harness wiring kit (9523100) for tail/brake light connections (plug in/no splicing); DEMCO baseplate and Blue Ox Towbar. 124112


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John, do you have to pull fuses in your Edge? If so, which fuses do you pull?

-- comment by: Mike H - 04/22/2014

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The 2013 Ford Edge doesn't require a fuse to be pulled, but doing so will eliminate the need to cycle the engine. If you pull MAIN IGNITION # 28 in the driver footwell fuse box, you can skip the starting and running procedure at the end of the tow. To do this you can either the fuse to be removed or to install a fuse bypass switch like part # RM76511
Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass - 13" - 20-Amp Mini-Fuse
$58.38
. If you don't pull or bypass this fuse, you will need to follow the engine start procedure Ford outlines in the manual. Ford also indicates in the manual that if the Edge is a 2.0L 4 cyl. you must use a tow dolly to keep the front wheels off the ground, no flat tow. If it is a 3.5L or 3.7L V-6, you can either flat tow with all 4 wheels down or on a trailer. No tow dollies with front up and rear down.

-- Patrick B - 4/23/2014


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I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from etrailer.com. The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model. Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from etrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort etrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from etrailer that they have a price match guarantee! So my equipment consisted of the following Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep) Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look. Some of those extra steps: The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion. In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it. I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great! Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom. I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work. The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to. Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems. 413529


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Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you

Roy - 07/30/2018

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etrailer has been fantastic to work with...email traffic after the sale was timely and informative as to when my items would ship, when they would arrive and then follow up if I was satisfied...this base plate assembly was easy to install...I utilized the provided directions and videos provided on this site and others...happy with the service, happy with the product, will order again 545375



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Evidently Roadmaster had made some slight alterations from the depiction, for the better. The fuse wiring was a spade end with two fuse holders built in. The holder closest to the spades was for the original circuit and the other for the new circuit. This was very handy. I had watched the installation video and thought it would be fairly easy; therefore I attached the terminals to the green, black, and white wires before even going to the CR-V. I did however purchase different spade connectors as I thought I may want to remove the brake relay switch in the future for another vehicle should I trade. Also the yellow connector is quite large and the video showed bending the wire over itself so that it would hold on the smaller wires. This was a wise decision. What was the problem was the wiring in my CR-V. The video showed similar size wiring from the brake switch. What I found was smaller wire, loomed very close to the brake switch. Evidently Honda had made some modifications. I believe the wire was 22 gauge and there was no real way the blue or yellow connectors would have worked. That said, after disconnecting from the switch, stripping the loom back to get some exposed wiring, cutting and using the 22-16 gauge connectors, drilling a hole for the ground screw, etc. the switch worked perfectly. I did vary the fuse location from the 7.5 Amp #29 Occupant Detection System (ODS) to the 15 Amp #28 Washer as I figured it would less likely interfere with any operation. 445760


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Working great with no problems.

Richard - 10/24/2018

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I found this much more difficult to install than I expected. 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Reguired me "standing" on my head working with short wire connections where a mistake or need to rebare a wire was tough. Original mistake was using type of harness which required this. In hindsight would have gone with complete harness ( with bulbs) and completely bypassed the jeeps own lights 363067



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Relay works as described. your video installation in a 2016 jeep JK was great. product has an improved fuse box mount that is better than what is shown in the video. I also drilled a wire sized hole in the side of the fuse box on the fender side of box to run the power wire thru instead of cutting a chunk out as you did in the video. etrailers total shipped price was lower than XXXXXXX. 314713



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The Jeep Wrangler video was very helpful for the installation process. It should be updated to include the new type fuse holder. As with most vehicle repairs, having the correct tools for the job is very important. 472802



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Installed this along with a brake light diode kit. Watched the videos a few times to figure it all out. The instructions it comes with are too complicated for my simple brain. Took me about an hour or so to install as I had to take out my front seat to get access under my dash. I have 2012 wrangler unlimited and its tight under there. After it was all installed I tested it and it worked great. Thank you! 195133



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My 2015 Jeep Wrangler needed this harness to enable the turn signal and break lights to work correctly when I was towing it. The Roadmaster brake lite Relay hit did the job for me. It was relaticely easy to isntall and the directions and support helped me get it done quickly and easily. 256154



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I have now installed the following on my 2017 Wrangler: Brake light relay kit . Hopkins Towed vehicle Tail Light wiring kit. Blue Ox base plate. Blue Ox Patriot Portable RF Braking System. All of this has taken about 3 days of work spread out over a week or so. Overall it went well. Not too many surprises. Crawling around under a car at 71 is a bit of a strain but I'll get over it. I must say that Donna P. has been a wonderful source of great information and has stayed right on top of the process. eTrailer has been a great source for this project. I would recommend you all with no hesitation. 396394


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I am still in love with the products. My only issue is having enough time to use them more.

John M - 06/15/2018

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Great kit, easy to install! 651768



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Great product. Easy to install. 644020



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Have towed my truck over 6,000 miles and still working great. 642146



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Easy to install and works as intended. 641116



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Everything is doing very good. 635111



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As advertised 633788



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I am very please with the products I have received from etrailer. I hope no problems at all 627816



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Great product The electrical hook up was changing 621620



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Worked very well. 608071



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Installed easily. Works great with my towed vehicle. 608436



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Pulled entire length of route 66 and then some. We had absolutely no issues with all of our etrailer equipment. Thanks for all of your help. 601731



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Ground end does not fit over factory ground bolt on left side wall of foot well. Used self tapping screw included but not as clean as using the factory bolt. Otherwise great product. 600592



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Great support and video's. Product are top notch with lots of information on the products, Thanks 580266



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The Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay kit works good and easy to install 578570



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I ordered base plate, tow bar and all the goodies to hook up to our RV. Very good service and everything was delivered in 3 days. In the process of installing now. I have ordered parts from etrailer before and they have always been very good. 574632



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Product was as advertised. Quick turn around from order to delivery! 568030



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I open the package and all looks correct, have not yet installed on Jeep Again Great service from Etrailer!! 554325



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The product performs as advertised. Etrailer video was more helpful than the general Roadmaster paper instruction. Except for tight fit getting both hands under the steering column--the job took less than 30 minutes and works like a charm. Perfect companion to previously installed Hopkins HM56200 light kit--also went in easy--just plug and play. thanks 554309



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Very happy with etrailer for the purchase of a Blue Ox tow bar with needed hook ups for lights, etc and an Air Force One Brake system for my 2018 F150. Crystal did a great job of comparing options and matching pricing from across the web. She offered free installation. The Installer, Shane was awesome, I wanted all hookups hidden by the front plate on the F150 when not towing, Shane came through and then some. Finally, the manager Robert was excellent on follow-up as we had some air leak once we got home. etrailer stood behind everything and follow was exceptional. Very pleased! 553941



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easy hook up great vidio for help thx... 524130



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Works like etrailer said it would. Good advice and instructions 518351



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The product arrived on time. With step by step instructions, it was simple and easy to install. I've had no problems with this setup and am still using it today. Thank you etrailer. 513845



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Easy installation. Product works great. 501366



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Excellent service 497735



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Came right to door in promised time. Being installed as I speak. Will update after installed and tested. 493331



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I ordered an entire setup to flat tow my Subaru with my RV. Having never done this before I was nervous about missing something I might need. etrailer made it very easy when I called them on the phone. I told them what I was trying to do and they made sure I had everything needed to complete the job. I was given a name and phone number to call the same person if I had any issues. When one of the boxes was opened it was missing two pins from the manufacturer. A quick phone call and they had them in the mail in a matter of hours. This kind of personalized service is missing in our ever changing world. It was a pleasant surprise to find it here. Great Job etrailer. I will favorably recommend to everyone. 493271



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Innovative product. Excellent instructions. Fast shipping always appreciated. Thank you. Installed on 99 Chevy Tracker we pull behind a 2005 Coachmen Class C. Also have Roadmaster base plate and tow bar. Excellent products. Installing RM-15267 Wiring Kit soon. Been using magnetic lights on rear roof. Only question now is how to find our Tracker in Walmart parking lot without mouse ears in back. 486271



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I followed the instructions carefully and made sure I fully understood how the circuit worked. The only problem I had was the supplied red wire was too short to reach the fuse panel on my 2008 Ranger. I had to replace it with a longer piece of wire. I used the radio fuse location to install the fuse tap. It worked fine when finished. Now the brake lights only function when the ignition is on. 476372



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Works perfectly. I towed this car 10000 miles last year. Never had an issue. 476248



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Your web site was very helpful, the item's received were exactly what I needed and expected, fast shipping. 458787



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This product solved my problem only wished I would have known when I installed the wiring for my supplemental brake system. I had do go back and rewire it into the brake lite switch. The video on the 2016 wrangler was very helpful to look and compare especially at the fuse box. Thanks etrailer 454694



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One thing I love about etrailer.com are the vehicle specific installation videos. I don't know how many they have but I have a 2006 Jeep Liberty and for everything I've purchased to set it up for towing behind my motorhome there's been an installation video. The same goes for the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay for Towed Vehicles. I'm jealous because the guys in the video make it look so simple. For me I've got a few aches and pains from working under the dash. I think the installation video was more informative than the printed instructions. As far as installing the brake light relay it was pretty straightforward thanks to the video. I did notice that some of the parts in my kit were slightly different from the ones in the video but I was able to figure it out. Once installed I tested the relay like was done in the video, by hooking it to my truck. The relay works as advertised and should solve my problem. The real test will come when I tow my Jeep Liberty behind my motorhome but I expect the results will be the same. 449564



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Product was fine but isnt needed on a 2017 Equinox. 445737



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Works great. 437090



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Works as advertised. I have power coming from my bus for a portable brake system. This way I don't ruin the battery down. Since my Hummer H3 brake lights come on even with the key off, this allows the blinkers to work. Without it when my portable brake system depresses the brake pedal, it would override the blinkers. I energize this relay wth the power I feed to the brake system to open the brake pedal line in the car. Works exactly as expected. I installed and save a lot of money over other methods. 425124



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Perfect fir on my 2017 jeep rubicon rec on 414331



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All of the products I've bought from etrailer has been wonderful. There prices are inline and the how to videos are the best. Great company, great service and I will continue to buy from them. Tom S. 403583


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Love the products, everything is working great. We are on the road now in Montana. Having the Jeep with us is wonderful.

Tom S - 07/10/2018

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I am very happy with my new tow bar system. Lisa and her team at etrailer.com did a great job for me. I recommend then highly. 403554


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I am still very happy with the tow equipment and etrailer. Thank you.

Mike C - 07/10/2018

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  • For your 2019 Jeep Wrangler and Falcon 5250 tow bar you will just need to add base plates, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking as the other main components for flat towing. For base plates you can use # RM-521450-4. These are custom fit base plates for your 2019 Wrangler and fit models with the standard factory front bumper. These base plates are also compatible with Roadmaster Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars. I have included a link to the installation instructions...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk
  • For a Blue Ox base plate kit that is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk edition you would want the part # BX1136 which is a confirmed fit. Then for a tow bar the part # BX7365 would work well with this base plate kit. The Kargard you would want then is the part # BX8870. For lighting I would go with the custom fit kit part # HM56208 as it wouldn't require any splicing or drilling into the light housings. You will also need the brake lite relay # RM-88400. For...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Ford F-150 Behind Class A Motorhome
  • To safely and legally flat tow your F-150 behind your Class A motorhome you will require a few items. The linked article will cover each of these in detail for you but the basic items needed are a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of one kind or another, base plates, a braking system and a high/low hitch adapter to keep the connected tow bar level. I also included articles that specifically address the types of braking systems we offer and the way to select the correct high/low...
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  • Best Parts to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler TJ with D-Ring Adapters
  • Towing your Jeep Wrangler TJ behind your motorhome requires a tow bar, a kit to connect the tow bar to the Jeep, a lighting solution, and a braking system. You also may need a way to maintain the Jeep's battery while towing and a high-low adapter to keep the towing setup level. One of the best tow bars on the market is the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, part # RM-676. It's a non-binding tow bar that makes it easier to connect on unlevel ground. The arms are also self-aligning to...
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  • Difference Between Roadmaster EZ4 and EZ5 Base Plate Kits for 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The main difference between the EZ4, part # RM-521450-4, and EZ5, part # RM-521450-5, base plate kits is how they connect to the tow bar. The EZ4 kit uses Roadmaster's Quick Disconnects that are included with a lot of their tow bars. The EZ5 kit doesn't use the Quick Disconnects but uses pins and clips and clips instead. The tow bar's crossbar is used with the Quick Disconnects of the EZ4 but with the EZ5 the lugs of the tow bar fit directly into the base plate brackets. Take a look...
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  • Parts to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Custom Poison Spyder Bumper
  • It sounds like you're having trouble finding baseplates that will fit your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited because of a custom Poison Spyder front bumper so you can flat tow it. I may have something that will work for you, but first you'll want to check with the manufacturer and make sure your bumper is approved for flat towing. If you can flat tow your Jeep and your custom bumper has D-ring bumper shackle mounts you might be able to use Roadmaster's adapters. We have two sizes available,...
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  • Flat Towing Setup for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler with a Lift
  • If the aftermarket bumper on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler has the 1 inch D-Ring bumper mounts, which it looks like it does, then you can use the Adapter for Jeep D-Ring Bumper Mounts # RM-035-1 which is compatible with the Roadmaster tow bar like the Sterling # RM-576. You can determine if these adapters are compatible by measuring the thickness of the D-Ring mounts. If they are 1 inch thick then these will work great! A complete flat towing setup includes a Tow Bar, Base Plate Kit, Safety...
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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 2016 Ford Fiesta SE Behind an RV
  • I will be happy to recommend the parts you will need to flat tow your 2016 Ford Fiesta behind your RV. The first item needed will be base plates. The base plates are what will mount to the Fiesta. They provide a safe attachment point for the tow bar. For these I recommend # RM-524438-4. The tow bar is what connects the RV to the Fiesta. There are a lot of options but not to worry because I will recommend one that will work best with your Fiesta. Non-binding tow bars are the way to go...
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  • What is the Correct Wiring Kit to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56208 that you referenced will fit a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, but is not compatible with your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A similar wiring kit that is confirmed to fit your Grand Cherokee is the Tow Ready # TR118821. This will operate in much the same way as the Hopkins # HM56208. To complete your flat towing setup you will also need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a supplemental braking system, and most likely a...
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  • Is Brake Light Relay Required with Blue Ox Patriot System on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • On the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the brake light relay # RM-88400 is required to prevent the towed vehicle's brake signal from overriding the turn signal from the RV when applying the brakes during a turn. But if you were to use a light kit such as # EZT20B or # C-ATL20A then it is not required. With any other light kit you would need to use it.
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  • Recommended Parts Needed to Flat (Recreational) Tow a 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited
  • We do have the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521450-5 available for your 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited. This fits as long as your JL has the standard factory bumper without a winch or guard. For a compatible tow bar I recommend going with the Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 along with the coiled Safety Cables # RM-643 which gives you a great tow bar and safety cables rated for up to 6,000 lbs. Please note that a complete flat towing setup includes a base plate kit, tow bar, safety...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind 2017 Thor Miramar RV
  • A great place to start your flat towing preparation process is the linked article that covers each of the components required for safe and legal flat towing behind a motorhome RV. Additional articles on specific items are also included for you. Another place to do some checking is your Jeep owner's manual. Not all versions can be flat towed. The online manual for the 2016 Cherokee indicates on page 604 that only 4WD models with the 2-speed transfer case can be flat towed. 2WD versions...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Ford F-150 Behind an RV
  • You can use your Even Brake # RM-9400 with your 2017 Ford F-150. The brake light relay # RM-88400 will be needed if you are using anything other than magnetic tow lights such as # C-ATL20A. For base plates for the F-150 you can use # RM-524431-4. I do not know if you already have a tow bar but if not I recommend a non-binding tow bar such as the Falcon All Terrain # RM-522 rated for 6,000 pounds or the BlackHawk # RM-422 rated for 10,000 pounds. Non-binding tow bars like these mean that...
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  • How to Dinghy Tow a 2017 Nissan Versa
  • According to page 10-17 in the online version of the owner's manual for your 2017 Nissan Versa, if the vehicle has a manual transmission then it can be flat-towed with four wheels down but if it has an automatic or continuous variable transmission (CVT), it must be towed using a tow dolly under the drive wheels. If you have the automatic or CVT transmission then I recommend the Roadmaster Tow Dolly part # RM-2000-1. This dolly has self-steering wheels to improve maneuvering and electric...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Behind an RV
  • To flat tow your 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid it is best to match the base plates and the tow bar manufacturers. The height issue is not really an issue because there are hi-low adapters that will allow you to keep the tow bar level. Right now the kits for your Fusion are all Blue Ox base plate kits. If your 2018 Ford Fusion is the Energi Hybrid or regular Hybrid you can use base plates # BX2672. The kit works on both styles with or without adaptive cruise control. To fit the base plate...
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  • Recommended Equipment To Flat-Tow 2017-2018 Ford Fiesta SE Or 2017-2018 Hyundia Elantra SE
  • There are several items needed to flat-tow either a 2017-18 Ford Fiesta or a 2017-18 Hyundia Elantra that have manual transmissions with your 2016 Winnebago Minnie Winnie. You will need base plates to connect the car to a tow bar, a tow bar to connect the car to your RV, safety cables in case you have a break-away situation, wiring to connect the lights to the RV lights, a braking system for braking, and maybe a high-low hitch adapter for level towing. For the Ford Fiesta, 2017 or 2018...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited With Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper
  • You can absolutely flat tow your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper and you will not need a base plate kit. What you will need is the Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers # BX88301, which will attach directly to the bumper, as you can see in the accompanying photo and linked installation video. This bracket will require the use of a Blue Ox tow bar and for that I highly recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 because of its strong...
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  • Recommended Parts for Flat Towing a 2018 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521448-5 will work well with the Knighthawk tow bar # RM-676 which comes with the safety cables and wiring connector. The Roadmaster Tow Bar Cover # RM-055-3 is a confirmed fit. For the rest of your wiring, I recommend the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56200 and then cut and hardwire the 4 way into the 6-way connector # A10-6034VP using heat shrink butt connectors # DW05743-5. You will need to attach the ring terminal...
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