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  • Flat-Towing Setup for a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • Before you purchase the necessary components needed to flat-tow your 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 behind your 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA you will want to review the "Recreational Towing" section of your owner's manual for any special clauses. In order to flat-tow your Colorado you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, supplemental braking system, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a possible high-low adapter. The only base plate kit we have for your Colorado with the ZR2 package...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Does Blue Ox Patriot RF Portable Braking System Work
  • The Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System, part # BRK2016 has a couple components in the package. The system includes an in-coach RF controller that plugs into a 12V outlet in the cab of the motorhome. This accelerometer in the RF controller senses the braking action of the motorhome and sends a signal to the brake system in the towed vehicle. Since it is a proportional system, it will apply the brakes in the same proportion to the braking action of the motorhome. We...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Components For Flat-Towing 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • We do offer base plates that are designed to work with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as long as it has factory bumpers installed. When flat-towing there are 5 items needed. You will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting for the towed vehicle, and most states not require a supplemental brake system. I recommend either the Roadmaster part # RM-521448-5 and part # RM-521448-4. These will not work with the 10th Anniversary Rubicon or Call of Duty Edition. The tow bar...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Wrangler Hard Rock Edition Behind Motorhome
  • We can help you get the parts you'll need to be able to safely and legally flat tow your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Hard Rock Edition behind your motorhome. A great starting point is the comprehensive article I linked for you which explains each of the items needed and the options available. Those items include a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, braking system, wiring kit and often a high/low hitch adapter to keep the tow bar level. Let's start with base plates for the Wrangler. I recommend...
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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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  • What Parts Are Needed To Tow A 2003 Jeep Liberty With Blue Ox Tow Bar Behind a Motor Home
  • To flat tow a vehicle, you would need a tow bar, base plates that mount to the vehicle and provide an attachment point for the tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution and a supplemental braking system. The base plates I would recommend for your 2003 Jeep Liberty would be the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX1119. This kit has hidden reinforcements and the removable arm brackets that provide a clean, unobtrusive look when the Jeep is not being towed. This kit will work on Jeeps with...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 GMC Acadia
  • I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2018 GMC Acadia. It states that the 3.6L V6 engine model, both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, can be flat towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. If you happen to have the 2.5L L4 engine, it states that this particular model cannot be flat towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. I just recommend verifying this information in your copy of the owner's manual, as it's possible that you have a slightly different model Acadia. The owner's...
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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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  • Installation of the Blue Ox 6-Wire Coiled Cord and 6-Way Round Plugs # BX8862
  • I could not find that there are any specific instructions for the Blue Ox 6-Wire Cord and Sockets, # BX8862. Are you looking for directions on how to wire the sockets to the tow vehicle and towed vehicle? If so, you will want to wire the 6-way socket on the tow vehicle as follows: beginning with the pin in 12 o clock position and moving clockwise, the 12 o clock pin is for the tail light circuit, the pin in the 2 o clock position is for the ground wire, 5 o clock is for the left turn...
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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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  • How Would the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Install in a Vehicle without Access to Brake Booster
  • The Blue Ox Patriot Brake System # BRK2016 that you referenced uses an inertia sensor to determine how much braking pressure needs to be applied in the towed vehicle. It does not require access to the vacuum lines to operate. Basically you just wire it up like the instructions state, attach it to the brake pedal, set it in the proper position and it will apply the correct amount of pressure to the vehicle brakes by sensing the amount of braking that the tow vehicle is applying. I...
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  • What Height/Angle Should a Tow Bar be At When Flat Towing
  • Basically you want the tow bar to set as level as possible when flat towing. You have 3 inches up and down that is considered safe. Check out the picture I attached that shows what I mean. I also attached a help article that covers how to pick out the correct high-low adapter to allow the tow bar to sit level.
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  • Ball Mount Height Setting When Setting Up a Blue Ox Weight Distribution System
  • The reason you go with a ball mount height that is 1 or 2 inches above level as the starting point is that because once you put the tongue weight of the trailer onto the tow vehicle's suspension it will compress slightly and once that happens the trailer will then sit level. If the spring tension is correct (meaning you used the correct spring bars and they are setup right) the vehicle will sit level (and lower) when the trailer's tongue weight is on the vehicle. Because of that you...
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  • Does the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Deplete the Battery of the Vehicle it is Installed In
  • The Blue Ox Patriot part # BRK2016 will be powered by the vehicle battery it is installed in so over time if the vehicle wasn't started periodically the battery would run down. To prevent battery draining on a towed vehicle we typically recommend the battery disconnect part # RM-766. This will disconnect the towed vehicle's battery while being flat towed and will charge the battery as well. This taps into the running light circuit (brown wire) of the 4-way you have on your vehicle...
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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Bulldog Stubby Bumpers on 1998 Jeep Wrangler
  • Thank you for the photos and the accurate measurements. Based on those, if that is a Bulldog Stubby Bumper on your 1998 Jeep Wrangler, the Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets # BX88303 will work for you, and are compatible with Alpha # BX7365, Aladdin, and Aventa LX tow bars.
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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 # BX2667. 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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  • Compact Cars with Automatic Transmissions that Can Be Flat Towed
  • It is very common for automatic transmission vehicles to need to be started and ran for a couple minutes every couple of hours or at every fuel stop. This is because the engine lubricates while running, so every couple hours of towing the engine will need to be lubricated again by running. Typically, an RV will need to be refueled every 5 to 6 hours, so the towed vehicle can be started whenever the RV needs fuel. In my research, I found several compact, automatic cars that can be flat...
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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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  • Flat Towing 2016 Mini Cooper with Manual Transmission
  • Generally manual transmission cars are more easily flat towed than automatics. I checked the Mini online owner's manual for information about recreational towing (flat towing) of your 2016 Mini Cooper with manual transmission. On page 217 the online manual indicates the vehicle can be flat towed with a tow bar, but I do suggest you review your manual since the vehicle could be offered in different versions. Your manual will correctly reflect the capabilities of your particular car. You...
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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 Prepare 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for Flat-towing Behind a Motor Home
  • According to page 485 of the online version of the owners manual for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the steps necessary to prepare the vehicle for flat towing behind a motor home are as follows: If equipped with an automatic transmission the vehicle should be in Park; if a manual transmission it should be in gear, not in neutral. The transfer case should be in neutral. The vehicle can be towed only in the forward direction. The Wrangler cannot be used with a tow dolly. Also it is...
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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 2018 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2018 Subaru Forester we have the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX3619 which is a confirmed fit and will work well. I attached an install video for this kit on a similar 2018 Subaru Forester as yours for you to check out as well. For a tow bar that comes with safety cables the Blue Ox # BX7365 will work great too. It's non binding arms will make connecting and disconnecting the tow vehicle very easy as well. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have...
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  • Flat Towing Vs. Using a Tow Dolly for Jeep Wrangler
  • Deciding between flat towing your vehicle with all four wheels down or using a tow dolly partly boils down to your preference and application. For your Jeep Wrangler, I recommend going with a flat towing setup. This is going to be simpler to hookup/unhook once everything is installed, so it's a better option if you plan on towing the vehicle more than once or twice. Also, as you mentioned, flat towing won't leave you with a tow dolly to find storage for when you reach a campsite or...
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  • Weight Distribution for Chevy Silverado 1500 and Toy Hauler Trailer with 860 lbs Dry Tongue Weight
  • When choosing weight distribution you need to go by the total tongue weight. 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. A dry tongue weight of 860 pounds means that when loaded it is bound to be more so you will want a system with a tongue weight capacity range high enough to cover the loaded tongue weight. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent...
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