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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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  • 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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  • How to Power Supplementary Braking System In Jeep Liberty that Has Battery Disconnect Switch
  • A flat towing wiring harness cannot be plugged in to your Liberty's standard 4-pole trailer wiring harness, the one that you would use to tow a trailer. Flat tow wiring needs to remain separate from the toad's own trailer wiring. A magnetic tow light kit like MaxxTow # MT70097 makes for quick and easy installation without having to interfere with existing trailer wiring. For powering a supplementary braking system such as the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2016 while your toad's battery is shut...
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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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  • 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 The Blue Ox Patriot II Flat Tow Braking System Work?
  • The Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional # BRK2016 uses an in-coach RF controller that plugs into a 12V outlet in the cab of the motorhome. This accelerometer or deceleration sensor 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. This also allows you...
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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 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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • The Blue Ox base plates, # BX2238, do not fit the 2002 Honda CR-V. They are designed for the 2005 to 2006 CR-V. For a 2002 you would use # BX2232. Instructions do come with the base plates and I will also send you a copy of them. We do not yet have a video showing installation. In addition to the base plates you will also need a compatible tow bar like the Blue Ox Avail, # BX7420. I usually recommend this tow bar because it is versatile and it comes with another part you will need, safety...
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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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  • Does Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Drain Vehicle Battery
  • 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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  • 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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  • Parts to Flat Tow a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek with a Manual Transmission
  • I wasn't able to find anything that said the manual transmission model cannot be flat towed. With that being said it's not up to me, it's up to Subaru. And I can't recommend you going against what they're telling you. There very well could be other factors that prevent the car from being flat towed other than the transmission. I can't recall the exact model/year but there are some Subarus that cannot be flat towed because the front bumper is rated or towing. Not sure if this is the...
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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 2017 Buick Enclave with Automatic Transmission
  • Page 297 of the online owner's manual for the 2017 Buick Enclave indicates that both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive automatic transmission versions can be flat-towed from the front(also called dinghy towing) but they CANNOT be dolly towed. Specific important preparation steps are needed at the start of each towing day and these are outlined on pages 298-300. You will want to check your own printed manual just in case it differs. Flat towing requires a few items and all of...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Fiat 500 Pop Behind and RV
  • To flat tow your 2015 Fiat 500 Pop behind your RV you will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend the Blue Ox base plates # BX2801. Our installers find that the Blue Ox base plates are easier to install than other brands. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Blue Ox Alpha, # BX7365. this tow bar is rated for 6,500 pounds, more than enough for your Fiat 500, and it comes with safety cables so you will not need...
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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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  • 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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  • Heavy Duty Tow Bar Availability
  • The most heavy duty tow bar we offer is the Blue Ox Trion Tow Bar part # BX7520P which has a 20k capacity and is designed to attach to the tow vehicle with a pintle style hitch. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Ford F-150 Behind Motorhome
  • Safe and legal flat towing of a vehicle behind a motorhome requires several components. The linked article that describes each of these is a great place for you to start. I also linked articles on high/low hitch adapters and braking systems in case you care to get into more detail on those items. I suggest the Blue Ox base plate kit # BX2671 along with their Alpha tow bar # BX7365, which includes the required safety cables. For a lighting kit you can use a diode kit like # RM-154 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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  • What Hitch Ball Does Blue Ox Weight Distribution System Use?
  • For the weight distribution hitches from Blue Ox that have a gross towing weight of 20,000 lbs, # BXW2000 and # BXW2003 you only need a hitch ball with either a 1" or 1-1/4" diameter shank. For a 2" hitch ball you can use # 63845 and for a 2-5/16" hitch ball you can use # 63847. To put it on the system, you only need to slide the ball into the hitch head and tighten it. If you go to 5:45 of the linked video review you can see exactly how to install the hitch ball.
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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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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System With Sway Control For 29 Ft Arctic Fox Trailer
  • To find the best weight distribution with sway control you will need to know a couple things. First, you already know the weight of the trailer as you said you had it weighed when it was unhitched and that was 11,200 lbs. The next thing you need to know is the tongue weight. This should be done when the trailer is loaded and ready-to-tow condition. You need the tongue weight of the trailer added to the cargo weight in the tow vehicle behind the rear axle. You then try to find a system...
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  • Recommended Flat Tow Setup for Blue Ox Tow Bar on 2008 Honda CR-V
  • For your 2008 Honda CR-V, you will want to start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX2246 which will be directly compatible with your tow bar. The tow bar you are describing is likely the old alpha or avail model, either of which will work just fine. If you want to determine which model you have, you can find it printed on the driver's side leg under the latch handle according to my contact at Blue Ox. If you don't have the safety chains, you will also want # BX88196....
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  • Is it Possible to Flat-Tow a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Behind a Motorhome?
  • You can tow your 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 behind your motorhome if it is four-wheel drive, so long as you have a 2-speed transfer case with a neutral setting. While it is also possible to do so with a two-wheel drive version, it will take an extra step. For a 2WD with a 4.3L V6, as well as a 2WD with a 5.3L V8, you will need to have a lube pump kit installed, or for a 6.2L V8, you will have to have a drive shaft disconnect. A base plate kit such as the Blue Ox, # BX1710, is a confirmed...
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  • Blue Ox Sway Pro for Airstream Flying Cloud 28 and Ford F250 with Tongue Weight of 1,300 lbs
  • For your tongue weight range the correct Blue Ox Sway Pro would be the # BXW1500 but you would need a drop ball mount shank to allow you the drop you need. For that you would need the part # BXW4002.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX1128 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with adaptive cruise control and would work great with the Aladdin tow bar part # BX4325 that you have. I attached an install video for this tow bar for you to check out as well. 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. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520....
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  • What Will I Need To Flat Tow a Toyota RAV4 Behind a 2008 Volvo Semi Truck
  • Assuming that your 2008 Volvo semi truck has a reinforced utility bumper, I recommend installing the Bolt-On Pintle Hook, # 63014. This hook has a gross tow rating of 20,000 pounds and can be directly bolted to the bumper. In order to tow your 2008 Toyota RAV4 you will need a few different items starting with the Blue Ox Allure Pintle Style Tow Bar, # BX7460P. This heavy-duty tow bar allows you to safely and securely tow a vehicle up to 10,000 pounds. The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, #...
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