Jeep Wrangler JK Flat Tow Components

FLAT TOWING PACKAGE

2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

Two of the most popular vehicles to flat tow are the Jeep Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited. How come? Maybe it's due to how easy the Wrangler is to set up for flat towing—maybe it's because we just don't like going without our Jeeps at our destination. Whatever the reason, we've done the hard work for you and selected the best flat tow products for your vehicle. Check out our custom pre-made packages below, or scroll down to learn how to piece together your own kit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO FLAT TOW A VEHICLE?1. Base Plates2. Tow Bars3. Safety Cables4. Tow Bar Wiring5. Supplemental Braking System6. Additional Components
What Do I Need to Flat Tow My 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited?Every flat-towed vehicle requires the same 5 components: base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, wiring, and a braking system.That said, there's plenty of variety in these products, plus additional parts that may be required for certain vehicles. Your Jeep Wrangler, for instance, requires either a stop light switch (2007-2011 and 2014) or a brake-lite relay kit (2012, 2013, 2015-2018). You can also purchase optional covers, screens, and guards to protect your vehicle and flat towing components from wear and tear. We've hand-picked the best products confirmed to fit your JK Jeep Wrangler with a standard factory bumper (no winches or guards). Check them out below.
Complete Package #1 by RoadmasterStandard Factory BumperWHY GO WITH ROADMASTER?
  • Falcon All Terrain tow bar's Quick-Disconnect system makes hookup easy
  • InvisiBrake System provides vehicle battery charge while you're towing
  • Hidden bracket base plate design offers clean look
Jeep Wrangler JL Flat Tow Components
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Base Plates Roadmaster
Base Plates*# RM-521448-4 for 2010-2018# 1429-1 for 2007-2009
Stop Light Switch
Stop Light Switch*# RM-751452 for 2007-2011 & 2014Brake-Lite Relay Kit*# RM-88400 for 2012, 2013, & 2015-2018
Complete Package #2 by DemcoStandard Factory BumperWHY GO WITH DEMCO?
  • Demco Commander II's independently adjustable tow bar arms make it easy to connect and disconnect -- plus, safety cables are included
  • SMI's Stay-In-Play DUO braking system provides natural, proportional braking
  • Tabless base plate design offers clean look
Jeep Wrangler JK Flat Tow Components
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Complete Package #3 by Blue OxStandard Factory BumperWHY GO WITH BLUE OX?
  • Blue Ox's Avail tow bar features long arms for easy maneuverability -- plus, safety cables are included
  • Blue Ox's Patriot II braking system's built-in supercapacitor provides backup power if a breakaway occurs
  • Blue Ox's hidden bracket base plate design offers clean look
Jeep Wrangler JL Flat Tow Components
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Through our "Ask an Expert" system, our customers often ask which flat tow products we recommend for their vehicle. Our experts hand-select the top products available based on brand quality, durability, ease of use, and convenience.In order to help even more customers find the best products, we took the top products hand-picked by our Experts and created our etrailer Expert Recommended kit just for your vehicle!
Complete Package #4 by etrailerStandard Factory BumperWHY GO WITH ETRAILER?
  • Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar's hassle-free latches are easy to connect and release - plus, built-in LED lights illuminate the dark
  • SMI's Stay-In-Play DUO braking system provides natural, proportional braking
  • Roadmaster direct-connect base plates are easy to connect and practically invisible
Jeep Wrangler JL Flat Tow Components
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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler UnlimitedTo flat tow your Jeep Wrangler JK behind your motorhome, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tail light wiring harness, and a supplemental braking system. Depending on the year of your Wrangler, you may also need a Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, (2012, 2013, 2015-2018) or a Stoplight Switch, # RM-751452 (2007-2011, 2014). For your base plates and tow bar, I recommend using the Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Kit, # RM-521448-5 for 2010-2018 or # 1429-3 for 2007-2009...view full answer...
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Want to create your own flat towing package? Check out these product options below.

Base Plates for 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

Base plates are the custom-fit attachment points that install on the frame of your Wrangler and allow you to connect a tow bar to your vehicle. This is the part of a flat towing setup that is truly vehicle specific and custom fit for a particular vehicle and style. The base plates below are compatible with 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wranglers with standard bumpers. Check our fitguide for compatibility with other Jeep models and special editions.
STANDARD FACTORY BUMPER
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Kit
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Kit
# RM-521448-5 2010-2018 JK
# 1429-3 2007-2009
  • Easily removable arms
  • Streamlined design
  • No Quick-Disconnect crossbar needed
  • Compatible with RM motorhome-mounted tow bars
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Requires some trimming of rock guard
STANDARD FACTORY BUMPER
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
# RM-521448-4 2010-2018
# 1429-1 2007-2009
  • Easily removable arms
  • Requires Quick-Disconnect crossbar
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Requires some trimming of the rock guard
STANDARD FACTORY BUMPER
Demco Tabless Kit
Demco Tabless Kit
# DM9519292
  • Easily removable arms
  • Tabless design for seamless look
  • Compatible with Demco Victory Series tow bars
  • Made in USA
STANDARD FACTORY BUMPER
Blue Ox Kit
Blue Ox Kit
# BX1126
  • Easily removable arms
  • Hidden reinforcement for clean look
  • Compatible with Blue Ox tow bars
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Requires removal and reinstallation of rock guard and metal bumper for installation. Requires minor drilling, requires trimming of rock guard
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Tow Bars for 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

Another necessary component of a flat towing setup is the tow bar. While tow bars are not a custom-fit component, it is important to make sure that the tow bar and base plates you choose for your JK Wrangler or JK Wrangler Unlimited are compatible with each other. A good rule of thumb is to use a tow bar from the same manufacturer as your base plate kit. If you have base plates or a tow bar of one brand and wish to use a counterpart from a different manufacturer, you will likely need an adapter. Check out our base plate adapter table for help on choosing the correct product.Tow bars come in two styles: those that mount on the motorhome (hitch mount style) and those that mount on the vehicle (coupler style). For frequent RVers, motorhome-mounted tow bars are generally preferable. They provide a more stable connection, are easy to adjust, and do not require a separate coupler. On the other hand, those who RV less frequently may consider a vehicle-mounted tow bar for a more economical option.
PREMIUM
Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
# RM-676
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  • 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • LED lighted arms
  • Safety cables and wiring included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Direct-Connect base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
PREMIUM
Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
# RM-576
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  • 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables and wiring included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum
  • Compatible with all RM base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
PREMIUM
Demco Dominator Tow Bar
Demco Dominator Tow Bar
# DM9511008
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  • 7,500-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum & durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
PREMIUM
Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
# BX7420
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  • 10,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Compatible with all Blue Ox base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 3-year warranty
VALUE
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain
# RM522
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  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with all RM base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
VALUE
Roadmaster Falcon 2
Roadmaster Falcon 2
# RM-520
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  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with all RM base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
VALUE
Demco Excali-Bar Tow Bar
Demco Excali-Bar Tow Bar
# DM9511009
  • 10,500-lb. capacity
  • Hitch mount style - stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
VALUE
Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar
Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar
# BX7365
  • 6,500-lb capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Compatible with Blue Ox base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 3-year warranty
ECONOMY
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
# RM501
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  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Coupler style - stores on Jeep
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with Roadmaster crossbar-style base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
ECONOMY
Demco Kwik Tow Bar
Demco Kwik Tow Bar
# DM9511011
  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Coupler style - stores separately
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
ECONOMY
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
# RM020
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  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Coupler style - stores separately
  • Compatible with Roadmaster crossbar-style base plates
  • Made of durable steel
  • Made in USA
ECONOMY
Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar
Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar
# 63180
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  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Coupler style - stores separately
  • Includes universal mounting brackets, adapters available for Roadmaster and Blue Ox
  • Tow bar rated for max speed of 45 mph
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Safety Cables for 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

Safety cables are a necessary component of a flat towing setup. Keep the weight of your JK Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited in mind when choosing safety cables, as safety cables come in a variety of capacities. Blue Ox and Demco typically include safety cables with their tow bars, making it easy to complete your flat towing setup. Both manufacturers also offer replacement safety cables. Some premium Roadmaster tow bars include safety cables, but most do not. Roadmaster offers a number of capacites and both coiled and straight cables for your flat towing setup. The coiled design helps keep the safety cables from dragging the ground, while straight cables work best with tow bars that have channels, or cable guides, for the safety cables to feed through.
Straight Safety Cables
Straight Safety Cables
  • For use with tow bars with cable guides
Coiled Safety Cables
Coiled Safety Cables
  • Prevents cables from dragging on ground
  • For use with tow bars without cable guides
Safety Cable Tow Bar Cable Channel Guide
Pictured: Tow Bar Cable Channel Guide
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Tow Bar Wiring Kits for 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

It is important for your JK Wrangler or JK Wrangler Unlimited to be wired for flat towing. Tow bar wiring allows your vehicle to have functioning stop, turn, and tail lights while being towed. To make sure your Jeep has functioning tail lights when towed, the Jeep can be hardwired to use the existing tail lights, or a universal lighting kit can be used to add additional lights to your Jeep specifically for towing.
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
# RM-15267
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  • 6-way plug on Jeep
  • Hardwire installation
  • Won't interfere with Jeep's factory wiring
  • 6-way to 7-way wiring extensions included
Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit
Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit
# RM-152
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  • Ideal if wiring included with tow bar
  • Hardwire installation
Demco Tow Bar Combo Kit with Diode System
Demco Tow Bar Combo Kit with Diode System
# DM9523057
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  • Diode wiring kit
  • 6-way coiled lighting cable
  • 7-way to 6-way adapter
  • Vinyl storage cover included
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
# HM56200
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  • 4-way flat plug
  • No cutting or splicing needed for installation
  • Won't interfere with Jeep's factory wiring
  • Wiring extension sold separately
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Supplemental Braking System for JK Wrangler

Using a supplemental braking system, also called a tow bar braking system, helps make sure your towed Jeep slows down as your motorhome slows down. This helps reduce wear and tear on both your Jeep and your motorhome, as well as helps shorten the braking distance of your towing setup. It is also important to keep in mind that supplemental braking systems are required by law in many states. It is important to check the requirements for areas you will be traveling through.
FIXED SYSTEM
Brake Buddy Stealth
Brake Buddy Stealth
# HM39530
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  • Proportional Braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, and air-over-hydraulic brakes
  • Controller also works as a trailer brake controller
  • Installs out of sight and remains virtually invisible when your car isn't being towed
  • 5-year warranty
  • Never has to be removed, replaced, or reset. Actuator installs out of sight and remains virtually invisible.
FIXED SYSTEM
Roadmaster InvisiBrake
Roadmaster InvisiBrake
# RM-8700
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  • Pre-set braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Integrated battery protection
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hood
FIXED SYSTEM
SMI Stay-IN-Play
DUO
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO
# SM99251
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  • Proportional Braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hood
FIXED SYSTEM
Roadmaster BrakeMaster
Roadmaster BrakeMaster
Hydraulic: # RM-9060
Air brakes: # RM-9160
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  • Proportional braking
  • Recurring setup
  • Options for hydraulic and air RV brakes
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Anchors to required seat adapter at floorboard and clamps around brake pedal # RM-88291 for 2011-2018 2-door# RM-88130 for 2007-2010 and 2011-2018 4-door
FIXED SYSTEM
SMI Air Force One
SMI Air Force One
# SM99243
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  • Proportional braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with air brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hood
PORTABLE SYSTEM
SMI Delta Force
SMI Delta Force
# SM99242
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  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Note: 12 Volt Outlet # RM-9332 Needed
PORTABLE SYSTEM
Roadmaster Even Brake
Roadmaster Even Brake
# RM-9400
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  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Note: 12 Volt Outlet # RM-9332 Needed
PORTABLE SYSTEM
Roadmaster 9700
Roadmaster 9700
# RM-9700
  • Pre-set Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Note: 12 Volt Outlet # RM-9332 Needed
PORTABLE SYSTEM
Blue Ox Patriot II
Blue Ox Patriot II
# BRK2016
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  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Note: 12 Volt Outlet # RM-9332 Needed
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Additional Flat Towing Components

To complete your Jeep JK Wrangler or JK Wrangler Unlimited's flat towing setup, a few additional parts may be required or recommended. Some of these components, such as brake-lite relay kits, stop light switches, and 12V outlet kits, ensure that your flat tow setup functions properly. Other accessories work to protect your Jeep from rocks and other road debris while your vehicle is being towed.Required AccessoriesIn addition to your main wiring harness, you'll also need a few additional components to make your setup fully functional. A stop light switch activates your RV monitoring system to alert you when the brakes of your towed car are being applied. A brake-lite relay kit keeps your turn signal functioning correctly when you brake. A 12-volt outlet kit provides power to portable braking systems but is not required for fixed systems.
REQUIRED
Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit
Brake-Lite Relay Kit
# RM-88400
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  • Keeps Jeep's turn signal functioning correctly when vehicle's brake pedal is pressed
  • Required when using supplemental braking system on 2012, 2013, and 2015-2018 model years
  • Not required when using universal tow lighting kits
  • Made in USA
REQUIRED
Stop Light Switch
Stop Light Switch
# RM-751452
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  • Activates supplemental braking system monitor in motorhome
  • Wires directly into towed car
  • Custom-fit for 2007-2011 and 2014 Jeep JK Wrangler and JK Wrangler Unlimiteds
  • Made in USA
REQUIRED FOR PORTABLE BRAKES
12 Volt Outlet Kit
12v Outlet Kit
# RM-9332
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  • Provides power for portable braking systems
  • Creates 12-volt power outlet with 20 amps power
  • Required because factory outlet does not have power in tow mode
Recommended AccessoriesIf your tow bar is level when you attach it to your Jeep and RV, then great! You don't need a high-low adapter. However, if your tow bar is not level, you will need a high-low adapter. Your tow bar should always be within 3 inches of level. A tow bar cover is also recommended to protect your tow bar when not in use.
OPTIONAL
High-Low Adapter
High-Low Adapter
# Various Rise/Drops
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  • Allows tow bar to remain level
  • Tow bar should be within 3 inches of level
OPTIONAL
Tow Bar Cover
Tow Bar Cover
# Various Options
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  • Keeps dirt and road grime off tow bar when not in use
  • Various sizes available
OPTIONAL
Roadmaster Combo Towing Kit
Roadmaster Combo Towing Kit
# RM-9243-1
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  • Kit includes wiring, safety cables, tow bar cover, and storage bag
  • Wiring provides 4-pole and 7-way connectors
  • Straight safety cables offer 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Tow bar cover protects stowed tow bar from elements
  • Storage bag lets you keep components organized for easy access
Protective Shields Protective guards such as the RoadMaster Guardian Rock Guard and Demco's Sentry Deflector attach to your tow bar and protect the front of your Jeep from road debris. Always check the product descriptions to ensure an accessory is compatible with your base plates.
OPTIONAL
Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard
Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard
# RM-4000
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  • Shields Jeep from road debris and protects finish
  • Easily removable
  • Attaches to tow bar mounting bracket and side panels
  • Fits all RoadMaster tow bars with Quick Disconnects
OPTIONAL
Sentry Deflector for Demco Tow Bars
Sentry Deflector for Demco Tow Bars
# DM9523135
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  • Shields Jeep from road debris and protects finish
  • Attaches to connecting ears (20-30 in.) of Demco tow bars
  • Adapter kit required with Roadmaster and Blue Ox tow bars
  • Easy installation - no tools required
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year warranty
OPTIONAL
Blue Ox KarGard Vehicle Protector
Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector
# BX8870
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  • Shields Jeep from road debris and protects finish
  • Mounts onto tow bar arms
  • Fits most Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars
  • Shield extends beyond KarGard frame and flexes during turns for improved coverage and aerodynamics
  • Made in USA
  • 1-Year warranty
Protective ScreeningThe RoadMaster Tow Defender provides a heavy-duty nylon screen to deflect rocks, gravel, and road debris down and away from your Jeep. The Tow Defender may also be used in conjunction with the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard for ultimate protection. Always check the product descriptions to ensure an accessory is compatible with your base plates.
OPTIONAL
Roadmaster Tow Defender Screening for Quick-Disconnect Systems
Sentry Deflector for Demco Tow Bars
# RM-4700
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  • Deflects road debris and protects Jeep's finish
  • Lightweight - 15 lbs.
  • Fits most Roadmaster tow bars with Quick Disconnect systems
OPTIONAL
Roadmaster Tow Defender Screening for Motorhome Mounts, Demco, & Blue Ox
Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening
# RM-4750
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  • Deflects road debris and protects Jeep's finish
  • Lightweight - 15 lbs.
  • Fits most Blue Ox tow bars/brackets, most Demco tow bars/brackets, and Roadmaster motorhome-mounted tow bars
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