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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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  • 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 System to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • For your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport, I recommend you start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1126. Then I recommend using the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs # BX7365. I recommend using the Blue Ox Base-Plate and Receiver Lock Kit - Qty 4 # BX88177 to keep everything secure. For your wiring, I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 which will allow you to use your factory wiring, have a clean connection...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Ford F-150
  • For lighting for flat towing your 2016 Ford F-150 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 front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV. The base plate kit part # BX2671 that you referenced is a confirmed...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System for 2016 Ram 4WD Behind Motorhome with Air Brakes
  • Your 2016 Ram 1500 4WD EcoDiesel is towable without any speed or distance restrictions. Page 714 of the online manual for the 2016 Ram 1500 says that the 4WD with automatic transmission can be flat towed if you follow the guidelines spelled out in the manual. Automatic transmission trucks should be shifted into PARK and the transfer case shifted into NEUTRAL. Pages 714 through 722 detail the procedures required. For your towing, I recommend we start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit...
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  • Tow Bar and Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-150
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you referenced, part # BX2671, is compatible with your 2015 Ford F150. The Blue Ox Avail, part # BX7420, is a good choice for you. Its 10,000 lb capacity will accommodate your F-150 with no problem, and the safety cables are included. There are several options for wiring your F150 for towing (see link), I would recommend the Hopkins Custom Wiring Harness, part # HM56000. This harness is compatible with supplemental braking systems like the Roadmaster InvisiBrake...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Steering Stabilizer and Anti-Sway Bars For 2017 F53 26000lb Chassis Motorhome
  • I reached out to my contact at Roadmaster and confirmed the parts that will fit your 2017 F53 26000lb chassis. My recommendation for a steering stabilizer is the Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer with Mounting Brackets for Class A Motor Homes, # RM-RBK22-RSSA. This stabilizer will help keep your steering in line by constantly working a sturdy steel spring to maintain its position. It will minimize wander and correct oversteering. You may also be interested in anti-sway for your...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Recon
  • I pulled up pictures of your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon and it has the same front bumper as the Rubicon Hard Rock edition. So for a Blue Ox base plate kit you would need the part # BX1134. For a tow bar the part # BX7365 would be a great option as well. 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...
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  • Parts Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2016 Cadillac Escalade with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate kit part # BX1716 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Cadillac Escalade with adaptive cruise control and because of that would not interfere with it. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. One of the most popular compatible tow bars is the Blue Ox Avail part # BX7420 which includes safety cables. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the...
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  • Weight Distribution for 2,000 lbs Tongue Weight and 18,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight 2012 GMC Sierra
  • The shank that is included with the Blue Ox Sway Pro system, # BXW2000, is shank # BXW4018. According to Blue Ox, the shank by itself is rated for 2,000 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight.
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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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  • 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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  • 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 2017 GMC Canyon with 4WD and Adaptive Cruise Control
  • The base plate kit you need is the Blue Ox part # BX1721. This is a confirmed fit for your 2017 GMC Canyon 4WD with adaptive cruise control. I attached an install video link for this as well. For a tow bar to go with this you'd want the part # BX7365 which is very easy to use and comes with safety cables. 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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