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  • Comparing Blue Ox Patriot and Roadmaster Even Brake Towed Car Braking Systems
  • The main difference between the Blue Ox Patriot and the Roadmaster Even Brake systems is that the Roadmaster # RM-9400 uses compressed air to actuate the brakes in the towed vehicle, while the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2016 uses an electrically-operated actuator to engage the brake pedal. As a result the Blue Ox system uses less power (since it does not incorporate an air compressor) and is a bit simpler to install. The Even Brake can only be used with vehicles that have power brakes. Roadmaster...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab Behind RV
  • Flat towing a vehicle like your 2016 Ram 1500 Crew cab behind an RV requires a number of components including a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, and base plates and a braking system on the towed vehicle. Often a high/low hitch adapter is needed to keep the tow bar level (or at least within 3-inches of level) and a wiring extension is often used to make the electrical connection between RV and toad a little easier to make. A great starting point for you is the linked article...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • We have everything you would need to flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V. First lets start with a base plate kit as that is the attachment point on the vehicle. For that you would want the Blue Ox Base Plate kit part # BX2258. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. The Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365 is the most popular tow bar we offer that has been confirmed to work with the base plate kit so it should work very well. It also comes with safety cables. For trailer wiring you...
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  • Equipment Needed For Flat Towing Vehicle Behind Motor Home
  • To flat tow a vehicle, you'll need a hitch on the motor home, a towbar, a base plate kit installed on the tow vehicle, a tow bar wiring kit so that the taillights on the vehicle work along with those on the motor home, safety cables and a supplemental braking system. You'll also need to determine if your vehicle is capable of being flat towed, or if it must be modified in some way in order to flat tow it safely. I'll link you to some of our help articles about flat towing. If you...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 Behind a Motor Home
  • It all depends on how the truck is equipped. For a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 you can flat tow it only if it has a 2-speed transfer case that has a Neutral and four-wheel drive (4 (down arrow) setting. I would go to the dealer and flip to that page of the manual and perhaps they have the exact same truck that fits that description (if the one you are looking at does not). To flat tow the truck you would need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking....
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  • Flat Towing a 2016 Chevy Sonic Behind a Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 2016 Chevrolet Sonic you're going to need several items. For starters, I recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 which connects to your RV by your trailer hitch receiver. The arms swivel, making it easier to connect to your Sonic and the Alpha comes with safety cables. Next you'll need the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1703 which is compatible with your Sonic. It's fairly easy to install, with no welding and is barely noticeable when the tabs are removed. For...
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  • Items Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind Class A Motorhome
  • Since you already have your Alpha tow bar with safety cables # BX7365, you'll need only base plates, a braking system, a wiring/lighting kit and a high/low hitch adapter. We can help you with each of these. A great place to start are the linked articles on flat towing, as well as your Jeep owner's manual, which will tell you about any special preparation steps, if any, required to flat tow your particular Cherokee. I recommend Blue Ox base plates # BX1136 which are shown in the linked...
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  • Steering Stabilizer Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F53 Chassis with V10 Engine
  • For a 2015 Ford F53 V10 chassis we recommend the sway bars and stabilizers shown on the linked page. The Blue Ox TruCenter Steering Stabilizer # TC35160 that you referenced is not among the confirmed fits. The steering stabilizer recommended for your 2015 Ford F53 V10 chassis is Roadmaster's Reflex # RM-RBK9-RSSA. This complete kit includes the stabilizer itself, custom mounting brackets and all required installation hardware.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • There are at least 5 items you will need to flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Cost of installation is going to be different depending on where you go. You would have to know what a place charges for labor per hour. I can give you rough estimates for installation time. For base plates you can use Blue Ox model # BX2258. I have included a link to a video that shows how they install. Blue Ox gives them an installation...
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  • Blue Ox Weight Distribution System For Trailer With Underslung Trailer Coupler
  • I spoke with my contact at the supplier. They explained that a weight distribution system for underslung couplers has the spring arm pivot positioned lower to accomodate the lower coupler placement on the trailer tongue. I have attached a couple of photos that show the difference between standard and underslung trailer couplers. I have also linked you to a couple of FAQ articles that explain weight distribution and also determining trailer tongue weight. Keep in mind that when you are determining...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Towing 2014 Honda CR-V
  • You are correct with the parts you listed. I double checked for you, the Blue Ox Base Plates # BX2258, Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365, Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring # HM56304, Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System # RM-8700 , Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay # RM-88400, Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass # RM76511, and Roadmaster 7-way to 4-way Extention # RM-164-7 will all fit and will be needed to flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V. The Blue Ox Base Plate and Receiver Lock Kit # BX88177 is...
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  • Compatibility of Flat-Towing Base Plates for 2015 Jeep Wrangler with Aftermarket Bumper Installed
  • All of the base plates we offer for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon can be seen on the link at right. Every one of these base plates from Blue Ox and Roadmaster are designed for use on Wranglers WITHOUT aftermarket bumpers, winches, and guards. Any given base plate will deliver its rated capacity only when installed exactly as intended by the manufacturer who has tested the installation. The issue with doing any non-standard installation, such as welding base plates to an aftermarket...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Chevy Equinox Behind an RV
  • You are correct about active air shutters; they are motorized. Since your 2017 Chevy Equinox does not have them or adaptive cruise control you can use Blue Ox base plates # BX1689. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. This tow bar is rated for up to 6,500 pounds and it comes with safety cables. For lighting I recommend the diode kit # RM-15267. It also comes with a coiled umbilical and...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium with 3.5 Liter Motor Behind a Motor Home
  • According to the 2015 Ford Edge owner's manual you can flat tow the 2015 Edge Titanium if it has the 2.7 liter EcoBoost or 3.5 liter motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. Since you have a 3.5 liter then as long as you have the 6-speed automatic you can flat tow your Edge using Blue Ox base plates # BX2656. And for a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. This tow bar also comes with safety cables. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford F150
  • You are on the right track, the Blue Ox Aventa LX Tow Bar, # BX7445, is a good starting point for flat towing your 2012 Ford F-150. This tow bar includes safety cables so you will not need to purchase those separately. Next, you should check your trucks owners manual for towability and pre tow procedures to make sure it can be flat towed. My information shows that if you have a 2 wd manual transmission, Raptor or SVT, the vehicle is not flat towable. If you have a 4 wd automatic the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 GMC Canyon Behind an RV
  • At most the 2017 GMC Canyon will have a curb weight of 4,545 pounds for the 7,500 pound capacity of your Class C RV is more than enough. The truck can be towed with 4 wheels on the ground only if it is a 4x4. If you have a 2-wheel drive model it will have to be put on a tow dolly and towed with the front wheels on the ground and the rear wheels on the dolly. For more information check the owner's manual starting on page 354. Roadmaster has base plates confirmed to fit the 2017 GMC...
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  • Tow Bar and Flat Towing Parts Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • Between the three tow bars you mentioned I would highly recommend the Blue Ox Aventa LX part # BX7450 (it used to be BX7330). Blue Ox flat towing products are preferred here by the installers as they tend to install a bit easier and work a little better. The ball and socket of the Aventa is an excellent design that makes connecting and disconnecting on less than level ground much easier. For a base plate kit you would want the part # BX1126 as it has been confirmed as a fit for your...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Ford F-150 4x4
  • The first thing you will want to do is consult the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150 for specific information on flat towing it. You will need 5 basic components to flat tow a vehicle: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates there are several options depending on the trim level of your truck. Base plates # BX2606 will fit XL, XLT, STX models without EcoBoost. Base plates # BX2630 will fit King Ranch with or without Ecobbost, SVT...
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  • Difference Between Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution # BXW1500 and # BXW1503
  • The only difference between the two Blue Ox Sway Pro units you mentioned is that the # BXW1503 is designed for trailers whose couplers are mounted to the underside of the trailer tongue, while the # BXW1500 is designed for couplers mounted in the standard way, on top of the tongue. Is the 1310 lb weight you mentioned the actual fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight? Or does is represent the maximum trailer tongue weight? If the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of...
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  • Recommend Base Plate and Tow Bar For 2010 Smart For Two
  • For your 2010 Smart For Two, we have the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, part # 52285-1, and the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX1987. Both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox base plate kits feature removable drawbars, so that the base plate kit is less visible when you are not towing the vehicle. Both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox base plate kit would be a good option for your 2010 Smart Car. In addition to a base plate kit, you will need a tow bar, safety cables, wiring or lighting, and a supplemental...
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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 a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Blue Ox does make some good products and the Patriot # BRK2016 is one of the best braking systems you could use. It is relatively easy to install, much more so than some other braking systems out there. And it can be used with active power assist braking systems. I would go with it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. I have also included a link to an FAQ article on supplemental braking systems for you to view. For the BX2258 base plates, make...
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  • How to Identify the Weight Rating of a Blue Ox Spring Bar
  • There is a way to identify the weight rating on the Blue Ox Spring Bars. On the end of the spring bar that inserts into the head of the weight distribution system, you will see small circular notches (see photo). These notches indicate the weight rating of the spring bars. One notch means it is rated for up to 550 lbs tongue weight. Two notches indicates up to 750 lbs tongue weight. Three notches indicates up to 1,000 lbs tongue weight and four notches indicates up to 1,500 lbs tongue...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • For your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk I recommend the Blue OX Base Plate Kit # BX1136. All base plates for your Cherokee will require about the same amount of trimming. I've attached a video of the install on a 2015 Cherokee you may find helpful. You should know that your vehicle may have Mortorq fasteners that require a special bit from Snap-On to remove. I recommend going with the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 for your supplemental braking system. The wireless systems will work but...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback
  • Your Blue Ox Aladdin part # BX4325 can be used easily to flat tow your 2017 Ford Focus. For a base plate kit you would then want the part # BX2663 which is a confirmed fit. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the...
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  • Proper Adjustment of a Blue Ox Weight Distribution System
  • Ideally there should be 5 chain links on your Blue Ox weight distribution hitch between the spring bars' ends and the top of the rotating lift brackets. If there are fewer than 5 links you can try adjusting the hitch head back (toward the trailer and away from the tow vehicle) until you have 5 links between them. If this cannot be done you should consider re-installing the system from scratch; the installation instructions are linked for you. For the system to work as intended the angle...
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  • Tow Bar Recommendation for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK
  • The price difference between the Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar, # BX4325, and the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar, # RM-422, is basically due to the fact that the Blackhawk 2 is a heavy-duty steel tow bar designed to flat tow full-size trucks and SUVs. The Aladdin is a lightweight aluminum tow bar designed to tow mid-size vehicles like your 2012 Jeep Wrangler. For your situation, I recommend using the Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar for a few reasons. First, to use a tow bar, you will...
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  • Recommendations on Flat Towing a 2017 Honda Fit with a Manual Transmission.
  • According to the Owner's Manual, the 2017 Honda Fit is towable behind a motorhome if it has the manual transmission. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) model cannot be flat towed. The base plate that I recommend for the Honda Fit is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2261. The Blue Ox base plate is a custom fit piece that is hidden beneath the vehicle's body. Blue Ox also provides all the hardware needed. Blue Ox does state that the bumper fascia will have to be removed and...
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  • How to Determine the Tongue Weight of a Trailer to Choose Weight Distribution
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I have included a link to a help article that shows how to determine tongue weight. A tongue weight scale, # 5780, is a pretty easy way to determine a trailer's tongue weight. Trailer tongue weight is typically...
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  • Flat Towing Equipment Recommendations for 2016 Ford F150
  • The first thing you'll need to do is confirm that your truck is capable of being flat towed. According to my research, 4WD models can be towed without modification as long as the procedures outlined in the owner's manual are closely followed. 2WD models need a transmission lube pump installed before they can be safely towed. To flat tow the vehicle, you'll need a tow bar, base plates, a wiring solution so the lights on the RV and towed vehicle act in tandem, safety cables, a supplemental...
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