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Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - Coupler Style for 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs

Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - Coupler Style for 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs

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Simple and affordable: without all the bells and whistles, this tow bar is perfect for the occasional traveler. Super-durable with a reinforcing crossbar and arms that are sealed against the elements. Folds down for storage. Great Prices for the best tow bar from Roadmaster. Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - Coupler Style for 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs part number RM-020 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Roadmaster Tow Bar - RM-020

  • Fits Roadmaster Base Plates - Crossbar
  • Fixed
  • Coupler Style
  • 5000 lbs
  • Roadmaster
  • Standard
  • Stores Separately
  • Steel

Simple and affordable: without all the bells and whistles, this tow bar is perfect for the occasional traveler. Super-durable with a reinforcing crossbar and arms that are sealed against the elements. Folds down for storage.


Features:

  • Safely bring your vehicle along behind your RV
  • Full-length crossbar provides maximum strength and support
  • Foldable design makes it easy to store
  • Strong, corrosion-resistant tow bar is built to last
    • Sealed arms guard internal components against the elements
    • Sturdy steel construction resists corrosion
    • High-tech powder coat finish provides durability


Specs:

  • Fits: most Roadmaster Crossbar-Style base plates
    • Will not work with Direct-Connect base plates
    • Can be used with either etrailer or Demco base plates with adapter (sold separately)
  • Application: 2" ball
  • Crossbar length: 33-1/2"
    • 31" From center of mounting hole to center of mounting hole
  • Weight capacity: 5,000 lbs
  • Weight: 38 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: When attached to Roadmaster Classic base plates, the crossbar on this tow bar will remain permanently attached to your towed car. If you want to be able to remove the crossbar, you'll need to use either XL or EZ Series base plates, and you will need to purchase Roadmaster's Quick-Disconnect kit (RM-201 - sold separately).


Fits etrailer and Demco Base Plates with Adapter

Base Plate Adapter
etrailer Invisible: e99037
Classic: e98984
Demco Tabless: DM9523128 or DM9523036
Classic: DM9523036


What You Need to Flat Tow

Flat towing can be a much more convenient way to take your car RVing with you than using a trailer or a tow dolly. It'll save you storage space both at home and at the campsite, and it takes less time and hassle to hook up.


To flat tow your vehicle, there are 5 basic components you're going to need: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a flat tow braking system.


For the RV Between the RV and Towed Car For the Towed Car
Hitch Tow bar Base plate
Wiring plug Safety cables Braking system
Wiring adapter cord Wiring kit/diodes

The custom-fit base plate installs on the frame of your toad so you can connect the car to your RV with a tow bar. Hook up safety cables between the vehicles to ensure that the toad does not separate from the motorhome if the tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring syncs your vehicle's signal lights with your motorhome's tail lights, as required by law in most states. Finally, the flat tow braking system - also required in most states - activates the brakes in the toad when you hit the brakes in the RV, making for smoother, safer braking, and preventing wear on your motorhome.



020 Road Master Tracker A-Frame, Coupler-Style Towbar for 2" Hitch Ball - Vehicle Mount - 5K Rating

Installation Details RM-020 Installation instructions



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Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - Coupler Style for 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs - RM-020

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (72 Customer Reviews)

Simple and affordable: without all the bells and whistles, this tow bar is perfect for the occasional traveler. Super-durable with a reinforcing crossbar and arms that are sealed against the elements. Folds down for storage.

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I purchased both the parts of the tow system. I just purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee (99) to pull behind our motorhome for week end trips. We just returned from the first week-end with access to a vehicle to move around the area, and short trips to town. It adds a wonderful dimension to the experience. This system allowed us to pull this vehicle with our motorhome, and I can say it pulled as if there was nothing behind me. It was quick to hook up, and easy to un-hook. My labor time to install was about 2 1/2 Hours, and went smoothly. This is a wonderful product, and works as desired. I have attached photos of the After installation, and the camp-site we stayed at, (proving we made it)

Wayne R.

10/9/2015

Hi.......I read your review of the Roadmaster Tracker tow bar and am considering purchasing this model. I have to admit, a major consideration is the affordability of this model. The RV dealers in my area are quoting me prices in the neighborhood of $4000 to outfit my RV to tow my Honda CRV. Base plate, tow bar, wiring, brake assist,,,,the works. Way over my budget, so am wondering if there is a more economical way to tow my vehicle.I am thinking of asking how much to only install a base plate on the Honda.... then going with this tow bar unit. I can get magnetic lights to use when I tow again, trying to keep the price down. Is this tow bar easy to connect and disconnect? Any feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks....Wayne



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Quick "free" ship (24 hours), easy install (once substrate work on vehicle completed, only takes 10 minutes), quality appears excellent.

Still need "hitch up" restraint, safety cables and wiring harness.



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I've used this tow bar for my little Kia Rio5 Toad behind my 32' Itasca Class A motorhome. Reliable, easy to attach and remove, good construction. Had good experience recent trip from Seattle to Death Valley (7 percent grade in places!) and southern Arizona, over 4,000 miles round trip. It passed the acid test: driving I-5 south in Oregon, traffic suddenly came to a screeching halt ahead of us. We stopped with inches to spare from the car ahead of us. The TOAD stayed right behind, no jack knifing, etc. Good product.

Good Basic Tow Bar

4/14/2020

Great. Use it for towing all the time. Have a tent trailer and a small flat bed for dump runs and what not. Tip: make sure you pay attention to how the light wiring is supposed to run past the bar. Get some good large zip ties.



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Was disappointed that the cross bar isn't easily removable from the base plate. This totally negates the ability to use the twist and lock feature of the base plate to get a clean look on the front of the car when not towing. I will have to unbolt the cross bar every time in order to not have this ugly mess on the front of my toad! I wasn't made aware of this when ordering. Other than that, it tows and functions well.



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Less than 5 miles on the tow-bar at this point, having completed only the "proof of concept" journey around the neighborhood. Simple bar, simple instructions. Keep the toad/dinghy brackets loose until the cross-bar is mounted and snugged - THEN tighten the toad mount brackets.



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Ordered base plate/tow bar for s10 blazer. Good quality parts all necessary hardware is included instructions were easy to follow installed on my truck in about 2 hours. Ordering and shipping was fast and followed up by email from etrailer.



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Fairly easy to install base plate. Left all bolts / nuts loose, slid tow bar in to align while tightening up. Ready for motorhome.



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I HAD A FOLD AWAY SOLD IT.. I HAVE TWO LOCKS TO GO WHERE THE PINS ARE..I WILL PUT THE PINS WHERE IT WILL HOLD IT UP.. THIS WILL STAY ON MY CAR.. I WILL GET A LOT OF USE OUT OF THIS..



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I already have a "StowMaster" tow bar for my 1999 Chevy Tracker, but found that it interfered with my 4X4's ability to approach and climb steep slopes; It also weighed over 60 pounds,reducing my carrying capacity and producing a harsh ride.
The "Tracker" tow bar weighs less than half as much and increases my approach angle while improving the ride.
etrailer described the "Tracker"bar perfectly, suggested the appropriate quick disconnect kit,offered it for less than anyone else and shipped it quickly!
Whatever my future automotive needs I WILL go to them first (and this comes from a retired professional career mechanic/shop foreman).

Don T.

7/6/2016

Okay! Its been a year now totalin around 7000 miles, covering 6 western states, on everything from freeways to dirt desert tracks and everything in between. I wouldnt change a single word of my original review. To add: there are no signs of wear or need for repair. Even the paint is still perfect. The most satisfying purchase of the year.Add another star!



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1) The unit arrived very quickly.
2)
Instructions were not clear as to whether or not the spreader bar was required with the Roadmaster base plate I had previously purchased for the 2003 Explorer. There is no obvious to way for the pieces to attach without extensive drilling. This base plate is the style that allows us to remove the front pieces. But it dosen't seem to be compatible with the Roadmaster tow bar I bought. Clearly the tow bar attaches easily to the base plate but I was concerned about what additional stresses would be on the car frame ( if any ) without the spreader.
3) The clearance at the attachment points seemed a bit large and I expect chatter, but no real problem. My guess is that these points have extra clearance to allow for some twisting as the tow vehicle tilts one way while the towed vehicle tilts another.
4) All in all I expect the unit to work well but this review ( as most are ) was requested immediately. So at this time I have no over the road experiences to evaluate.

Marcus

3/19/2021

During the year since I purchased this tow bar we have towed the explorer from the Canadian border in the Rockies to the Mexican border in the southwest. Hundreds of those miles are over unpacked roads in the mountains. We have had ZERO problems. And would certainly recommend the product.



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Excellent. This is my second one. Use it for driveaway and put alot of miles on the first one. Lasted for 3 1/2 yrs and countless miles.



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I purchased both the "Tracker" tow bar and the base plate kit, and had the base plate installed by my local mechanic. I was able to install the tow bar attachment plate to the base myself, using a 1/2" drive torque wrench. We've made several trips, some as long as 1200 miles, through mountains and flatlands, on interstates as well as US highways, State roads, and county roads, and have never had a problem with performance. We are very satisfied.

Henry S.

6/19/2018

Still working as designed, a year later. Im satisfied!



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The package was delivered fine and great timing. Missing four bolts but everything else was there. How in the world would four bolts be missing in something like this. That’s kind of ridiculous. Now I had to buy my own bolts so how does a person get credited for something so frivolous that should have not ever been forgotten .

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Katrina B.

8/12/2022

Let me get you put into the right hands. I have sent your information over to our customer service department for them to get in touch with you about the missing bolts.



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I purchased the tow bar and base plate so we could flat tow our 2017 Ford focus. I was able to install the base plate myself in about 3 days only because I took my time.
Hooking up to our Motorhome is easy and we don't have any problems with the car going down the road.
When we get another vehicle I will get another Roadmaster Base Plate.



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Works good after one year..i use bungee cord to hold bar up vertically on my kia car,then try yo line up to motorhome hitch ball. Takes some practice when you are alone,but the price and quality is good.

Tom S.

4/14/2019

Still working great, put on kia car yesterday to hookup and head north.



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This is a very good tow bar, and is the thirdroadmaster bar I have owned. My previous bars
were roadmaster falcon 2 bars. The tracker bar in a pain in the butt to hook up.
Save your sanity and buy a falcon 2, a breeze to hook up.



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The Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar mounts on the Roadmaster Plates very easily and really looks nice on my 2017 Jeep Cherokee limited.



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Got the hitch and additional parts to connect to the base plate I had already purchased from etrailer. The installation took a little longer than I expected, but regardless, all of the parts were there and it fit perfectly!
Great products - heavy duty - quick shipping - all of the parts were there!
Thanks for making my purchase a great one.



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etrailer rocks. Very helpful helping me order what I thought I wanted. Tracker to bar and mounting acc. are very heavy duty and fit well. Thank you etrailer and Towmaster.



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Haven't actually used it yet, but will for around 2 weeks in about 10 days. Could be a little awkward getting it lined up on the ball maybe. We'll have to wait & see. Seems strong enough though. It's heavy. Although it doesn't fold & stow on the car, it's easy enough to remove & it will fold flat for easier storing.



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Very fast shipping. I haven't installed product yet.

Steve

11/21/2022

This a a good solid tow bar that simply does the job.



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Easy to install



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Excellent fitting and strong tow bar that is insures safe and towing behind my RV.

Louis G.

7/24/2020

Excellent



by:

Cross Bar measurement was off ("NO" accident/damage to vehicle) it works great, not a problem using over the past year. They made OUTSTANDING effort to get it right, so We were able to take Tow Vehicle on the Trip.
THANK YOU etrailer



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Tow about 5K a month , probaly have 40k on it only issue I've had was swing bolt by hitch broke.


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See what our Experts say about this Roadmaster Tow Bar

  • Flat Towing 2000 Chevy Tracker
    According to what I read in the owner's manual on page # 4-44, 2WD Tracker models aren't supposed to be flat towed, even if they are equipped with a manual transmission. Doing so will damage the transmission. A 4WD model may be flat towed by shifting the transfer case into Neutral and placing the automatic transmission in Park or a manual transmission in 2nd. It's recommended to stop every 200 miles or so and start the vehicle in order to keep the transfer case lubricated.
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Base Bar
    I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Tracker tow bar # RM-020 to take the measurements you have requested. The overall length (D1) is 34 inches. The distance between the 2 outer holes on center (D2) is 30 inches. And the distance between the holes on center (D3) is approximately 1-1/2 inches.
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  • How to Unlock Steering Wheel of a 1996 Chevy Tahoe to Flat Tow It
    If you turn your key to the first position it should unlock the steering wheel with out energizing anything in your vehicle so you wouldn't have to pull any fuses. You need to put everything in your driveline in neutral as well. Your 4WD transfer case and your gear selector as well. You should be good to go after you do all of that. I attached an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out also.
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  • Can 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Extreme Pickup Be Flat-Towed
    I did some research and found that the manual for the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup states that the vehicle is not to be flat-towed. The manual states that the transmission is not designed to allow it to be towed behind another vehicle. The suggestion in the manual is to place the truck with all four wheels on a dolly like a car hauler. I wish I had better news for you but I cannot recommend anything that will allow you to flat-tow your S-10.
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  • How Does Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Attach to Vehicle
    The tow bar part number is designed to attach to a base plate kit which installs on the front frame of a vehicle. I would need to know the year/make/model of your vehicle to pick out a base plate kit. In the meantime I attached a couple help articles on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Flat Towing a Vehicle In Neutral Hurt the Transmission
    The best way to determine if a vehicle with an automatic transmission can be flat towed is to consult the owners manual under the towing section to see what restrictions they list for the vehicle. Some vehicles only require that the vehicle be put in neutral whereas some vehicles will require lube pumps or drive shaft disconnects. If you want to email me back with the year and model of your VW I could do some research to see what is recommended for your vehicle to be flat towed. I attached...
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  • Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Arm Dimensions
    I spoke to my contact at Roadmaster and he informed me that the dimensions of the arms of the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 are 1-1/2 inches in tall and 1-1/2 inches in width. The length of the arms are also 34-1/4 inches. This tow bar is not sold without the cross bar either. I attached an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar work with EZ Base Plate Kits
    Yes, the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 that you referenced is designed to work with EZ Roadmaster base plate kits like the part # 521423-1 that you referenced. I attached videos for both products you mentioned plus a help article on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Should Key on a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser be On of Off for Flat Towing
    I looked up the online owner's manual for your 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and it states on pages 340 and 341 that if you have an automatic then it must be towed with all 4 wheels OFF of the ground. If you have a manual then it states the following: "If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transaxle, it may be towed with all four wheels on the ground, in a forward direction, at any legal highway speed, for any distance, if the transaxle is in neutral." Typically if there are special instructions...
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  • Can a 1996 Toyota RAV 4 Be Dolly-Towed
    Our usual source for flat towing procedures for a given vehicle did not have any information about dolly towing a first generation RAV4, due to the age of the vehicle. However, Roadmaster was able to provide me with some general information. If the vehicle is front wheel drive (FWD), it can be dolly towed. If it is rear wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive, (AWD) it cannot be dolly towed. I would recommend checking with your Toyota dealer to see if they have any recommendations.
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  • What Parts are Needed to Flat-Tow a 1990 Toyota Corolla GTS
    In order to flat-tow a vehicle behind a motor home a number of components are required: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, wiring/lighting and a supplemental braking system. I have linked an article that covers each of these items and review the various different types and options available. A first step is to confirm in your two owners manuals that your motor home can safely tow the weight of your Corolla and that your Corolla can be flat-towed. Certain autos will require modifications...
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  • Roadmaster Tow Bar Recommendation for a 2007 Jeep Wrangler
    Either of the tow bars you mentioned would work well for flat towing your 2007 Jeep Wrangler that appears to have a Roadmaster base plate kit installed on it. I would recommend the Stowmaster part # RM-501 as it has telescoping arms that will make attaching to your Jeep much easier than the Tracker part # RM-020.
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  • Safety Cable Recommendation for Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
    We recommend coiled safety cables like the Roadmaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643. With these you can wrap them around the arms of the tow bar and since they're coiled they'll tension themselves and not drag. I attached a review video for these cables for you to check out as well.
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  • Does 1998 Toyota RAV4 Need to Disconnect Battery if Flat Towed
    If your key needs to be in the ACC position so that the steering wheel is unlocked you would need to have the battery disconnected so that it wouldn't drain. I'd recommend using a Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect, part # RM-766. The disconnect would allow you to 'disconnect' the battery with a flip of a switch. When the battery is disconnected, the taillight circuit from the RV will maintain the battery in the towed vehicle (you'll need to leave the running lights in the RV on...
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  • Do I Need to Install Brake Lite Relay if my Taillights Already Function on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler
    If you already have a harness that will function the tail lights of your 2012 Jeep Wrangler when it is being flat-towed then you will not need to install the brake lite relay system as that would be redundant.
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  • Does the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar 63180 Fold Up For Storage
    No, the Tow Ready Adjustable does not stand up vertically or fold up for storage, but the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar for 5,000 lbs, part RM-020, does. You should also keep in mind that the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar, # 63180, limits your towing speeds to 45 miles per hour or less.
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  • Inside Dimensions of the Replacement Swivel Collar # RM-900010-00
    I went to the warehouse and found that the Replacement Swivel Collar # RM-900010-00 measures about 1-5/8" on the inside. This part is a direct replacement for the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar # RM-020.
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  • Options for Towing 1999 Toyota Celica GT Convertible
    Your best bet would be to trailer tow your Celica or use a Tow Dolly like # RM-2050-1. In order to flat tow a vehicle, a base plate would be needed. The base plate installs to the vehicle frame members at the front of the vehicle and serves as the connection point for the tow bar. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much demand for flat towing a Celica, so neither of our base plate manufacturers, Blue Ox or Roadmaster offer a base plate fit for your Celica.
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  • Can a 2008 Ford Focus SE Automatic or 1998 Toyota RAV4 Manual be Flat Towed
    According to the owners manual for your 2008 Ford Focus SE with automatic transmission, the vehicle cannot be flat towed. But it can be dolly towed using a tow dolly, # RM-2050-1. I could not find any information on flat towing for the 1998 Toyota RAV4 in its owners manual. A local Toyota dealer/technician may have more information for that vehicle. If you needed to tow one of these vehicles today, go with the Focus using a tow dolly since I cannot confirm if the RAV4 can be flat towed...
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  • Can a Roadmaster Tow Bar Attach to a Blue Ox Base Plate Kit
    Most likely by Roadmaster 5000 tow bar you are referring to the Tracker part # RM-020. Which if so there currently isn't an adapter available that will allow it to connect to Blue Ox tow bars. If you have a different tow bar check out the link I attached to the right that shows a chart that show what adapters work with different tow bars and base plates.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Jeep Liberty
    Towing a vehicle with another vehicle, legally and safely, requires a number of components in addition to a tow bar. All are outlined in the linked overview article on flat towing. These include safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of some kind and base plates and a braking system for the vehicle being towed. If you will be transporting the vehicle only once, to get it to a single destination, you may prefer to use a tow dolly like # RM-2050-1. Although such an item is not inexpensive...
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  • Can Roadmaster Base Plate Kit RM-521453-4 Be Used with Tracker Tow Bar
    Yes, the Roadmaster base plate kit part # RM-521453-4 that you referenced is compatible with the Roadmaster Tracker tow bar part # RM-020.
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  • Recommendation for Towing a 2005 Pontiac Wave Behind RV
    The final authority on whether or not a vehicle can be flat towed is the owners manual. The only solution I can provide for flat towing your vehicle would be a tow dolly like the part # RM-2050-1.
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  • What Parts Do I Need to Flat Tow a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    For a complete towing procedure and to see if any additional transmission parts are needed, please refer to your vehicle owner manual. It should have a complete section on towing. The Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar, part # RM-020, includes the tow bar and crossbar. The tow bar attaches to the cross bar, and the cross bar attaches to a set of base plates. You will also need a set of base plates. These bolt to the underside of your Suburban frame, close to the front bumper. These are the attachment...
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