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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 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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  • 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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  • What is Needed to Flat Tow a 2007 Hummer H3
  • For a base plate kit for your 2007 Hummer H3 I would recommend the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 2505-1. Next you will need a tow bar, I recommend the RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576. This tow bar comes with wiring, safety cables and quick-disconnects. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. The next component you will need to flat tow the vehicle is lighting. There are actually several lighting methods depending on your needs and how often 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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  • Features of Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar BX7420
  • Both Roadmaster and Blue Ox make quality tow bars and related components like base plates for flat towing. You can refer to the two linked articles for a comparison of their features but I can tell you our installers do like the Blue Ox equipment. However, there are also a wide range of adapters available to allow use of a Roadmaster base plate with a Blue Ox towbar, and vice-versa, since there are many products in use and not everyone is starting from scratch with their flat towing set-up. If...
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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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  • How To Charge Vehicle Battery While being Flat Towed
  • Since your vehicle does not require the battery be disconnected to flat tow it and you are looking for a way to keep the battery maintained while it is being flat towed your best option would be to run a wire from the 12 volt power circuit of your tow vehicle 7-way to the vehicle battery so that it has a maintenance charge on while being towed. That is what we do here when we install supplemental braking systems. The setup will depend largely on what trailer connector you have at the...
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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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  • 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 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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  • Availability of Blue Ox Vehicle Guard for Towed Vehicles
  • We do have replacement parts available for the Blue Ox KarGard Vehicle Protector that you referenced, such as the Replacement Screen # BX270-0065, however the main assembly is no longer available from the manufacturer. For a similar product that will work great, I recommend looking at the Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening # RM-4750. This heavy-duty nylon screen will deflect rocks, gravel, and road debris down and away from your towed vehicle. It is compatible with Blue Ox...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 2015 Ford F-150 Behind Class A Motorhome
  • To safely and legally flat tow your F-150 behind your Class A motorhome you will require a few items. The linked article will cover each of these in detail for you but the basic items needed are a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of one kind or another, base plates, a braking system and a high/low hitch adapter to keep the connected tow bar level. I also included articles that specifically address the types of braking systems we offer and the way to select the correct high/low...
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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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  • 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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  • Aftermarket Anti-Sway Bar for 2018 Winnebago View 24D Class C Motorhome on Sprinter 3500 Chassis
  • For the 2018 Winnebago View 24D class C motorhome built on a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis we do have confirmed fits for aftermarket rear anti-sway bars. You can see both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox kits on the linked page. If your Sprinter chassis has both rear endlinks that measure 27-1/2 inches center to center and multi-leaf rear springs then you can use the Blue Ox kit # BXTH7254 for a no-drill replacement of your factory sway bar. For a supplemental sway bar that works...
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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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  • 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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  • Flat Towing Setup for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler with a Lift
  • If the aftermarket bumper on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler has the 1 inch D-Ring bumper mounts, which it looks like it does, then you can use the Adapter Lug for Off-Road Vehicle Bumpers to Blue Ox Towbar # BX88296 which is compatible with the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 that you mentioned in your question. You can determine if these adapters are compatible by measuring the thickness of the D-Ring mounts. If they are 1 inch thick then these will work great! A complete flat towing setup...
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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