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Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs

Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kristina F says:

Yes, if you:

  • Tow a Jeep, sedan, or mid-size truck
  • Worry about how your car might track behind your RV during turns and need a better turning radius
  • Want to use your 2" tow ball to tow your car instead of your receiver

No, if you:

  • Tow a larger vehicle or SUV - your loaded down vehicle may exceed the 6,000-lb weight rating
  • Don’t want to have to drive your car around with your tow bar folded up on the front
Tow bar with 2" ball coupler has stainless steel, telescoping arms that automatically lock into place. Large hookup radius allows you to connect without perfectly lining up your vehicle. Quick-disconnects make it easy to attach to base plates. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar from Roadmaster. Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs part number RM-501 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Roadmaster Tow Bar - RM-501

  • Fits Roadmaster Base Plates - Crossbar
  • Coupler Style
  • Telescoping
  • 6000 lbs
  • Roadmaster
  • Standard
  • Steel
  • Stores on Car

Tow bar with 2" ball coupler has stainless steel, telescoping arms that automatically lock into place. Large hookup radius allows you to connect without perfectly lining up your vehicle. Quick-disconnects make it easy to attach to base plates.


Features:

  • Tow bar lets you tow your vehicle safely and securely behind your motorhome
  • Large hookup radius makes connecting a breeze at any angle, even if your vehicle isn't perfectly lined up with your RV
  • Quick-disconnect system lets you quickly and easily mount the tow bar on your towed car
    • Quick-disconnect brackets on tow bar match up with brackets on base plates and are held in place with sturdy pins
  • Self-aligning design - just hook up and drive RV forward
    • Arms extend into rigid, tow-ready position and automatically lock in place
  • Extra-long telescoping arms allow for better maneuverability and easier towing
    • Stainless steel construction of inner arms allows for smooth operation
    • Safety straps inside each arm provide extra security in case the latches malfunction
  • Full-length crossbar with angle iron brace provides maximum strength and support
  • Strong, corrosion-resistant tow bar is built to last
    • FEA testing guarantees a strong finished product
    • Self-lubricated nylon bushings eliminate friction between the inner and outer arms for a longer-lasting, better-functioning system
    • Welded steel plugs seal the ends of the tow bar to guard internal components
    • High-tech powder coat finish provides additional durability
  • Simple, secure storage alongside vehicle
    • Just fold up the tow bar and secure it using the collar under the coupler
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Compatibility: works with most Roadmaster EZ, EZ2, EZ4, XL, and Classic vehicle-specific base plates
    • Will not work with MX, MS, or EZ5 base plates
  • Ball diameter: 2"
  • Arm length (as measured from center of hitch ball to center of quick-disconnect bar):
    • Extended: 53-1/2"
    • Retracted: 43"
  • Weight capacity: 6,000 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Necessities for Flat Towing

For the RVFor the Towed CarTo Link the Towed Car and RV
HitchBase platesTow bar
Wiring plugBraking systemSafety cables
Wiring kit/diodesWiring adapter cord

Quick, Easy Hookup

This Roadmaster tow bar has a large hookup radius to ensure simple, secure hookup. What this means is that, even if your towed car is not perfectly aligned with your RV, you will still be able to make the necessary connections. To achieve this, the StowMaster has stainless steel, telescopic inner arms that adjust independently. In addition, 1 of these arms is able to pivot in and out, changing the spread. So, if your car is angled a bit behind your RV, you'll still be able to hook up by bringing the arms closer together and staggering the length so that 1 arm is longer than the other, allowing it to reach the more distant base plate.


The fact that the arms are extra-long also allows for a better turning radius. By putting more distance between your motorhome and your towed car, your entire setup will become easier to maneuver so that your towed car will track behind your motorhome without running the risk of hitting your RV during turns.


Autowlok

The Autowlok mechanism features a spring-loaded pin that locks the telescoping arms into place for towing. Once the tow bar is connected to both your RV and to the base plates on your towed vehicle, simply drive the RV forward until the tow bar arms fully extend, at which point they will automatically lock into place.


Once you've reached your destination and you're ready to unhook your vehicle, press the release button to disengage the spring-loaded pin. The arms will be able to telescope again, making it easier to disconnect. However, if you're on uneven terrain, or if your towed vehicle is not perfectly aligned behind your RV, chances are you'll experience tow bar binding. This is the result of tension that can build up in the telescoping arm, and it can make it difficult to disconnect your vehicle. Using a release tool (RM-066 - sold separately) will give you the leverage necessary to disconnect.


The internal self-lubricating nylon bushings help to absorb road shock and reduce wear and tear on the tow bar by eliminating friction between the inner and outer arms as they telescope in and out. Inside each arm, a built-in safety strap provides extra peace of mind by ensuring that the inner and outer arms won't separate in the event of a latch failure.


Quick-Disconnects

Quick-Disconnect

Standard on most Roadmaster tow bars, quick-disconnects make it a snap to attach the tow bar to your vehicle. Other methods require you to maneuver each tow bar arm individually and perfectly line up tabs on the arms with tabs on your base plates. Roadmaster's unique design lets you connect and disconnect the tow bar quickly and easily, all by yourself.


The quick-disconnect brackets come in separate pieces. The pieces that are positioned on the ends of each tow bar arm interlock with matching brackets that attach to your Roadmaster base plates. Sandwiched between the tow bar arms is a sturdy crossbar that essentially turns the arms into a single structure. This crossbar allows you to lower the tow bar as a single piece onto the quick-disconnect brackets on your towed car so that you don't have to connect each arm separately. When lowering the tow bar onto the brackets, make sure that the tab on each bracket lines up with the hole in the matching bracket. Then just insert the linch pins through the holes in the tabs on top to secure the brackets together. To remove the tow bar, simply remove the pins and lift the tow bar off of the brackets. These convenient brackets also make it simple to mount any number of Roadmaster accessories, from basic safety cables to the Guardian rock shield.


Superior Testing Ensures Excellent Quality

FEA test

This StowMaster tow bar has been subjected to rigorous physical and computerized testing to ensure that it meets Roadmaster's exceptionally high standards. Throughout the design process, Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA) is done. Each of these tests display a 3-dimensional image of the tow bar while it is put under thousands of pounds of pressure. Areas of stress in the tow bar can then be located and studied so that those areas can be strengthened. This process is repeated until any weak spots, particularly those found in load-bearing components, are completely removed. The result is a durable, strong, and safe product.


Simple Storage

FOLDED STOWMASTER

The StowMaster can easily be folded up and stored on the front of your towed vehicle when not in use. After disconnecting the tow bar from your RV, push the arms of the tow bar together so that they are side by side and fold them up towards the vehicle. There is a collar under the coupler that fits over a vertical post on the crossbar. This secures the tow bar in the stored position on the front of your car.


Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.


There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.


FlatTowing Components

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.



501 Road Master Stow Master Coupler-Style Tow Bar for 2" Hitch Ball

Installation Details RM-501 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs - RM-501

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (66 Customer Reviews)

Tow bar with 2" ball coupler has stainless steel, telescoping arms that automatically lock into place. Large hookup radius allows you to connect without perfectly lining up your vehicle. Quick-disconnects make it easy to attach to base plates.

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If you are thinking of towing a car this is the company to see. Just installed a base plate and tow bar to my Toyota. Took just 2 hours. With the video and instructions, no problems, very easy. Customer support excellent, very helpful. If you don’t think that you can do this install yourself, think again. I would recommend this tow bar, with the telescoping arms connecting to the car is very simple and secure. This is a 5 star product. Thank You



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The StowMaster Tow Bar works great. We used to trailer our jeep behind the motorhome, but now wouldn't do it any other way. The tow bar makes for a way better towing experience.



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It was a tough installation, but we got it installed. The tow bar works well. It takes some strength to attach to a the ball on my RV.


Comments
Only used it twice. It worked fine when I was towing a four door Jeep. Releasing the tow bar took some muscle.
BJ C - 01/11/2021


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This product is well made and well engineered. It performs the functions of allowing a reasonable amount of flexibility in coupler/ball alignment, locking into place, smooth vehicle towing and securing into the "stowed" position. Because of my bumper mounted winch, I needed to make some adaptations to the mounting system which the RM-501 accommodated very well. I am very pleased with this purchase. I will send a couple of installed pictures by seperate email.



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Love this tow bar! Relatively easy to install. Super easy to hook up to towing vehicle! Stows nicely on front of vehicle being towed.



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Bought this from Etrailer with all the supporting hardware needed to flat tow my Durango. The quality is excellent (stainless steel, very strong), the install was pretty easy. Only issues I had were because of the are of my vehicle. Towing with it and hooking up is simple. It takes only a minute to go from stowed to hooked up. Etrailer.com was easy to deal with, helpful, and shipping was very fast. This is my second order with them, both have been flawless. Their pricing also proved to be the lowest.



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I've used this on my Honda and it works fantastic. I also have a set up to use with my FJ Cruiser, looking forward to using it there also.



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Appears to be a high quality product, that came with good instructions, and all the parts for installation on the base plate already installed on my Honda Fit. This will allow me to flat tow the car behind my class A motor home.


Comments
The road master tow bar is still functioning properly with no issues, a safe,reliable well made product.
Frank - 07/20/2020


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This tow bar with the base plate and rock guard is the finest set up I have seen for towing a rig behind a RV. Combined with the patriot brake system and magnetic light system makes me ready to go in style with safety. I'm a happy boy!



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Seems to be a good solid tow bar; no problems, easy to hook up tow vehicle by myself.



- RM-501
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Arrived on time, fit as promised, good quality parts, performs as expected. Really, what more can you ask for?



- RM-501
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I am pulling a Jeep behind a pickup camper so I don’t have a place to stow the tow bar like a motor home. This tow bar folds nicely and fits on the front of a Jeep well.



- RM-501
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Love this towbar. By myself, I can hook up to my motorhome and be ready to hit the road in 10 minutes .



- RM-501
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This is a very well made hitch. It was very easy to fit, is very robust and very easy to fold away. I bought the optional cover which makes the unit very neat when not in use.



- RM-501
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Absolutely love my Roadmaster tow bar from etrailer.com. Easy to hook up and easy to unhook, a great edition to our camping gear!!! Thanks etrailer.com great price and great service!!



- RM-501
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Works like a charm as advertised. Easy install and use.



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I will open the box when the rest of the delivery is compleat , please keep me updated, thank you



- RM-501
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Went in easy and works great.



- RM-501
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The tow bar works as advertised



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Install was so easy, works great. No co mplaints.



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I use mine professionally to tow my jeep behind semi tractors that i deliver from the factory.



- RM-501
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Tow bar folds and fits nicely on front of car. It also fits nicely in trunk. Easy to adjust to fit ball on hitch. Good product works, well with Roadmaster EZ base plate kit with removable arms. Used to tow car behind RV.



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A quality product. Very easy install Used the frame mount from the same company, same review



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I bought the RM baseplate for my jeep because they may an adaptor for the Duncan tow bar. I got the Duncan on craigslist and it looked great. But I didn't know that I needed a DUNCAN quick release kit. It wasn't on it. The RM quick release only attaches the RM Duncan adaptor to the baseplate. So learn from my mistake don't buy a used Duncan unless you are sure you have all the parts. I out $200 for very nice looking hardly used but worthless Duncan tow bar plus the return shipping for the RM 038 and RM 021. The only solution to this was to buy the RM-501 tow bar which is what I should have done in the first place. It is very well made and easy to stow or remove. How much are they getting for scrap metal these days.



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I was very pleased with the products I ordered from you. I was also extremely pleased with the professionalism, informative, friendly and helpful young lady that took my order. Her name is Katie. Everyone else I dealt with was also very good and knowledgeable. My order was, Tow Bar, Base Plate, Rear Trailer Hitch, Light Bulb, Wiring Kit and other accessories. Everything fit perfectly. Thanks for all of your help.


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