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  • Comparing Blue Ox Patriot BRK2012 and Roadmaster Even Brake RM-9400 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 # BRK2012 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is Brake Light Relay Required with Blue Ox Patriot System on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • On the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the brake light relay # RM-88400 is required to prevent the towed vehicle's brake signal from overriding the turn signal from the RV when applying the brakes during a turn. But if you were to use a light kit such as # EZT20B or # C-ATL20A then it is not required. With any other light kit you would need to use it. The Patriot braking system # BRK2012 will also need a 12 volt outlet kit # RM-9332 for power because the regular outlets in the vehicle won't...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 # BX88255. 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 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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  • 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 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Edition Behind a Motor Home
  • There are 2 base plate kits that will fit the Hard Rack models of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Roadmaster base plates # 1444-1 and Blue Ox base plates # BX1134. In both cases the front cross member will be visible. These are the only options so there isn't anything that is any more hidden than them. the Blue Ox base plates cost a little less so I would go with them. For a compatible tow bar the most popular option for Wrangler owners is the Alpha, # BX7365. It is rated for 6,500...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with AEV Front Bumper Behind a Motor Home
  • All of the base plates for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are designed for models that do not have an aftermarket bumper. Since yours does you will need base plates # BX88266. These base plates mount to a flat, metal section of your vehicle's bumper. Most bumpers will need to be modified for use with these brackets. It is possible that you could use an adapter with the bumper. If the bumper has D-ring mounts in the front that can be removed and the hole diameter is 7/8 of an inch...
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  • Difference Between the Blue Ox Alpha and Avail Tow Bars
  • Both tow bars you referenced will work with the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX1721 that you just bought. The biggest difference will be that the Avail part # BX7420 is designed to allow for better maneuverability in tight turns. This is accomplished by having longer arms than the Alpha # BX7365. The Avail also has a 10k capacity whereas the Alpha only has a 6,500 lb capacity. If you think you will need to make some tighter turns I would highly recommend the Avail.
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  • Is Brake Light Relay Required for Blue Ox Patriot Braking System BRK2012
  • A supplemental braking system like the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012 is one of the essential components for flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome. All of the required items to flat tow are outlined in the linked overview article. Since the Patriot is wireless and portable the installation process is quite simple as compared to other braking systems. The only other electrical component needed is a 12V outlet kit # RM-9332 which provides operating power to the Patriot. If you are using...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 Tow a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Behind a Motor Home
  • Since your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has the Hard Rock package you will need to use Blue Ox base plates # BX1134. Model # BX1126 will not fit. The tow bars that will fit is ascending order of price are: Adventurer # BX7322 rated for 5,000 pounds (safety cables would need to be added # BX88196) Acclaim # BX4330 rated for 5,000 pounds and includes safety cables Alpha # BX7365 rated for 6,500 pounds and includes safety cables Aventa LX # BX7445 rated for 10,000 pounds and includes...
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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 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Behind Newmar Bay Star Class A Motorhome
  • We can help you get your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon ready for flat towing behind your Newmar Bay Star class A motorhome. Safe and legal flat towing requires a few items, all of which are detailed in the linked article. Our installers really like Blue Ox products so you're already off to a good start. Starting with base plates for your Rubicon, if you have the standard factory bumper (with no winches or guards) then I suggest the Blue Ox # BX1126, or if you have the Rubicon Hard Rock...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind RV
  • Flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome does require the tow bar, base plates and braking system you referenced, but additional items are also needed. The linked article concerning flat towing details each of the components required, which include a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting/wiring kit of some type, a high-low hitch adapter, a wiring umbilical as well as the toad's base plates and supplementary braking system. Additional articles are included for other items. Starting with...
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  • What is an Underslung Coupler and Are there Compatible Weight Distribution Systems
  • Underslung couplers are couplers that look like the trailer frame is sitting on the coupler. For an example of what one looks like check out the Atwood Coupler part # 82680. I attached a picture of one for you to check out as well. Blue Ox makes several underslung weight distributions systems. For one with the same weight ratings as the Blue Ox System # BXW1001 that you referenced you would want the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System # BXW1004. The best way to pick out a weight...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blue Ox Weight Distribution Hitch Ball Size for a Trailer with 6 Inch Frame
  • I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox and she said you do not need a hitch ball with a rise. A standard hitch ball will work. If possible, I would recommend using a SwayPro system with the bolt-on frame brackets, so the brackets do not sit at the top of frame rail on the trailer. When determining the tongue weight of your trailer for a weight distribution system, you must also consider the weight of any cargo that is loaded in the tow vehicle behind the rear axle. If 895 lbs is the...
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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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  • 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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