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  • Can the Honda Fit Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • The information that we have is that the Honda Fit Automatic is towable as is for the 2007 to 2011 model years. If you have a 2012 model or If you would like to let me know the year of your Honda Fit, I would be glad to check to see if it is towable or not, or you can check your vehicle owners manual to determine the towability and pre tow procedures for your specific vehicle. Honda vehicles have special procedures for towing so you should check your owners manual. The items needed to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Behind a Motor Home
  • The best place to check to see if a vehicle can be flat towed behind a motor home is the owners manual. I found one online for the 2013 Fit from Honda and it states that you can tow the vehicle behind a motor home. There are special instructions for the automatic transmission you will want to look at so be sure to check your owners manual. You will need 5 items to flat tow your fit. First you will need base plates, # BX2253. These provide a safe mounting location for a tow bar. For a...
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  • Parts Needed to Replace All Wiring a Single Axle Cargo Trailer
  • To completely rewire your cargo trailer, I would recommend picking up a trailer light kit like the Standard Light Kit, # TL5RK, or # TLL9RK for LED lights. These kits include all necessary wiring and hardware needed to install the lights on your trailer. The LED light kit does not include clearance lights. To add clearance lights, I would recommend using # MCL31AB. The best option would be the LED lights because they only use a fraction of the power that the incandescent lights use....
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  • Can a 2013 Honda Fit Be Flat Towed
  • I have a copy of the 2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual that I found online, and it states that both manual and automatic transmission equipped Fit models can indeed be towed behind a motorhome IF the specific procedures shown are followed. You can find this information by doing a Google search on '2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual'. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely, as they're pretty specific and if they aren't followed to the letter, you can damage the drivetrain of your...
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  • Are Additional Lights Required on Towed Vehicle When Using a Tow Dolly
  • Generally you don't need additional lighting when using a tow dolly that already has lights. However, it's not a bad idea to check with the local laws in the states you'll be traveling in and in Canada. Some people like to add additional lights just to make it easier to see the vehicle that's on the dolly. If you wish to add lights you'll need to splice in a tow light kit, like # EZT20B, because the trailer connector on the back of your RV will already be in use with the dolly. Unless...
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  • How Do the Custer 3 Wire Strobe Lights Wire Up
  • On the Custer Light part # STRL4R that you referenced white is ground, black goes to a constant 12v for a steady light, red would go to constant 12 to strobe.
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  • Can 2016 Ford Fiesta Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • According to the information I found in the owner's manual for the 2016 Fiesta, the vehicle can indeed be flat towed. You'll want to look over the procedures outlined on page 152 of the owner's manual, and follow them exactly. The procedures vary according to the transmission that the vehicle is equipped with. I'll link you to some FAQ articles about flat towing, I hope you'll find them helpful.
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  • How Would a Custer Back-Up Alarm Install on a Reverse Light Circuit of a Vehicle with a 7-Way
  • What you could do to install this Surface Mount Back-up Alarm # BK97DB is install it inline with the purple wire of your 7-way. You would cut the purple wire and then attach one end of the wire to one of the contact studs and then attach the other wire to the other stud, and then when there is voltage on this circuit the voltage will run through the # BK97DB activating the alarm and then go to the 7-way. I attached an FAQ article on trailer wiring for you to check out also.
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  • Are There LED Strobe Lights Available In Round Style Light
  • Yes, we have round LED strobe lights available that are similar to the LED Amber Quad Flash Kit, part # CPL65A-STR. For round LED strobe lights, we have the Optronics Triple Flash LED Warning Light, part # SLL43AB1, and the Optronics Triple Flash LED Warning Light, part # SLL43AB2. Checkout the short video I produced for you that shows the functionality of these LED strobe lights.
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  • Can a 2011 Ford Fiesta Automatic be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • I did some checking and it looks like a 2011 Ford Fiesta with an automatic transmission is good to tow as is. However, you should check with the owners manual to check for any limitations or recommendations. You will need a few things to accomplish this, the first thing being a Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit, part # 524425-1. This will install onto your Fiesta and be the attachment point from the tow bars. Next, you will need a RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar, part # RM-576 and...
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  • Needed Items for Flat Towing 2012 Honda Fit
  • For starters, you will need a tow bar and base plates. The tow bar mounts into the receiver on your Winnebago, and would use the base plates that permanently attach to the Honda Fit as an attachment point. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. The Falcon 2 is our best seller, and is easy to operate. The vehicle-specific base plate kit is part # 521190-1. I will link you to our video showing this kit being installed on a 2010 Honda Fit. Next, you will need...
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  • Replacement Lenses for Haul Master Trailer Lighting Kit
  • The trailer lighting kit you referenced includes both red and amber lenses. The larger red lenses measure 4-1/2- x 4-1/2-inches according to my research. Since I do not know which lenses you need, red or amber, I have linked you to our main page for trailer light replacement lenses. You can search by lens shape and color, and even by brand if you can find a manufacturer name on your original parts. If you wish to advise the details about the lens you need - shape, color, dimensions...
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  • Recommended 6 Inch Oval LED Backup Light For Brightness
  • We have 6-1/2 inch oval LED lights that are very bright, that are typically referred to as 6 inch lights in the trailer industry. I recommend the Optronics GloLight LED Backup Light for Truck or Trailer - Submersible - 22 Diodes, # BUL111CB, because it is a very bright replacement light that that meets the DOT compliant standards. They have a very clean look and are sonically sealed so they can handle all the weather thrown at them. They require a recessed mount # a70gb, and a 2-prong...
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  • Wiring a LED Amber Quad Flash Kit for Use on a Snow Plow Truck
  • The flashing by part # CPL65A-STR is done inside the light. These lights will flash, or strobe, 4 times per second as long as 12 volt power is supplied to the circuit they are attached to. You will need a switch to activate and shut down the flashing lights. We have the Derale Lighted On/Off Switch, item # D16740, that can be used for this install and would be good to keep you alerted that the flashing lights are on, if you hook up the lighted function of the switch. The first light...
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  • Can a 2012 Honda CR-V with Automatic Transmission be Flat-Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2012 Honda CR-V with automatic transmission can be flat-towed behind a motor home. Honda cautions that before flat towing your CR-V transmission fluid level and condition be checked. If you will flat tow often or for long periods (8 hours or more at a time), then it is suggested to change your transmission fluid at shorter intervals than specified in the manual. It is also necessary to follow a pre-drive conditioning process...
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  • Using E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit, # EZT20B, with a Tow Dolly Already Connected to RV Trailer Connector
  • The Roadmaster Tow Dolly with electric brakes, # RM-2000-1, also already has lights on it which is why they did not provide an additional socket for lights. It also has a 4-Way flat trailer connector with extra blue wire for the electric brakes and not a 7-Way. Since your RV has a 7-Way, what I recommend is to change the connector on the tow dolly to a 7-Way, # PK12706, and then you can use the Hopkins mutli-tow adapter, # HM47570. This connector will allow you to plug in the 4-Way...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2011 GMC Terrain FWD Behind A Motor Home
  • The 2011 GMC Terrain FWD can be flat towed behind your motorhome if you have the six speed automatic transmission. Also, you are correct, the Discrete Logic Ignition Switch fuse (fuse #32) needs to be removed from the instrument panel fuse box. The instrument panel fuse box is located on the passenger side of the center console, behind a cover. That fuse needs to be removed to keep the battery from being drained when towing. With that done you should be able to flat tow your Terrain with...
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  • Wiring Instructions and Diagram for the LED Amber Quad Flash Kit for Trucks and Trailers
  • I pulled one of the units off the shelf in our warehouse and I have copied the directions that are included in the package for you. I called my contact at the manufacturer and the LEDs have a lifetime manufacturer warranty. Instructions: Your light kit includes 2 lights, 2 grommets and 2 plugs. The first light is called a master (master is imprinted on back of light); the second light is called the slave (SLV is imprinted on back of light) First, install the master light on one...
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  • How to Wire Custer 4-LED Strobe Light or Running Light STRL4A
  • On the Custer 4-LED Strobe Light or Running Light # STRL4A the black wire powers the steady-on running light and if power is applied to the red wire the strobe effect is activated. The white wire is of course the ground. A signal on the red wire will override the steady-on running light signal on the black wire and cause the unit to strobe, according to my contact at Custer. I actually went to our warehouse and tested the light and it operates as stated. LEDs are always on when the...
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  • Can Kia Soul with Manual Transmission be Flat Towed
  • Some model years of the Kia Soul with manual transmission can be safely flat towed with 4 wheels down, but you will want to check your owner's manual to confirm that your particular model year is capable of being flat towed. This should appear in your manual under the heading "recreational towing". This section of your manual will tell you if there are any required preparation steps to ready your Soul for flat towing. Safe and legal flat towing requires a number of components: tow bar,...
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  • Rewiring the 4-Way Trailer Connectors on the Magnetic Towing Light Kit # C-ATL20A
  • If the wires pulled out from one of the 4-Way connectors and you cannot access the inside of the 4-Way housing to re-attach the wires, what you can do is add a new 4-Way. You can use the Quick Fix(TM) 4 Pole Flat Car and Trailer Ends, # 48195. With this kit you get one trailer end and one vehicle end. All you have to do is place the wires in the appropriate location and close the lid on it. The vehicle side has one exposed pin and that is for the white ground wire. Next to it will be...
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  • Flat Tow Light Recommendation for a Jeep Wrangler
  • For a Jeep Wrangler like yours there really isn't a good place to attach magnetic tow lights like the part # C-ATL20A. The E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit # EZT20B would be a much better option since it doesn't require a metal surface to attach to. You could shut it in the rear door or even the rear glass hatch. Check out the install video I attached as well.
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  • Can a 2015 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Be Flat-Towed With 4 Wheels on the Ground
  • According to one of our primary resources for flat-towing information, Roadmaster Engineering, the 2015 Honda Fit is flat towable. However, your new Fit owner's manual is the best place to check for any cautions or special requirements for flat-towing your exact version of the 2015 Fit Sport. We offer Roadmaster base plates for the manual transmission version of the 2015 Honda Fit Sport. That is their EZ4 Series Base Plate # RM-521569-4. Please refer to the linked instructions at right....
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  • Can Automatic Transmission 2012 Ford Focus Be Flat Towed
  • I did some checking and it looks like the automatic transmission 2012 Ford Focuses can be flat towed as long as you keep it under 70 MPH. I would still recommend checking the owners manual for recommendations on this as well. For a base plate kit you would want the part # RM-524430-5 which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. See install video. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your...
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  • Recommendation for Magnetic Tow Lights That Can Be Used as Back-up Should Trailer Lights Fail
  • It sounds to me like you are looking for a spare set of lighting that would allow you to move your trailer even if the trailer's lighting had failed. If this is the case, if your tow vehicle is equipped with a 4 way, I would recommend going with the Roadmaster Standard Magnetic Tow Lights, # RM-2120. These magnetic lights ensure that you have emergency flashers and the signal lights required for towing without having to tap into existing wiring. Just plug the lights in and you are ready...
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  • Can I use a Halogen Spotlight as a Reverse Light to See Better Behind my Horse Trailer
  • These will certainly provide enough light. My concern would be that they provide too much light and would considered rear-facing headlights. There are DOT restrictions about how bright rear-ward facing lights can be so as drivers behind you are not blinded. The Custer Halogen Light you were looking at does not comply with this regulation. I would suggest instead, using brighter reverse lights. We have several backup LED lights that will be brighter than standard incandescent lights,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Hyundai Accent
  • I did some checking and it looks like the 2014 Hyundai Accent is only flat towable if it is the manual transmission model. The 2014 Honda Fit can be flat towed with either transmission style but it is not recommended to exceed 65 miles per hour. I would recommend consulting the owners manual of either vehicle or contacting a dealership to be sure. We only carry base plate kits for the Hyundai Accent though. So that might be the deciding factor. If you were to get a manual transmission...
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  • Recommended Way to Flat Tow 2012 Nissan Versa with CVT Transmission
  • If your owners manual says you cannot flat tow your vehicle with all four wheels down on the ground we can't recommend you do so as that would void the warranty of the vehicle and potentially damage it. I checked with Nissan and they recommend that your vehicle only be flat towed with a dolly like the Roadmaster Tow Dolly part # RM-2000-1 which keeps the front wheels off the ground. Tow dollies are nice as they really aren't that much more than a decent flat towing setup, don't have...
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  • How Much Current Does Custer LED Interior Dome Light Draw
  • The Custer LED Interior Trailer Dome Light, part # CPL33C, uses LEDs instead of incandescent light bulbs with filaments. LEDs draw far less current than an incandescent bulb of similar light output. I spoke with my contact at Custer and he said it draws less than 1/4 of an amp.
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  • Wiring Recommendations to Flat Tow a 2013 Buick Enclave Behind a Motor Home
  • A magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A or a kit that fits in the hatch gap like # EZT20B would definitely work since they bypass the factory wiring. These kits are ideal if you will not be towing the vehicle very often. A more permanent alternative if you will be towing the Enclave frequently and that still bypasses the vehicle wiring is a bulb and socket kit, # RM-155. The only things to think about with this kit are the space needed for installation and the drilling required. You will need...
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