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  • How To Connect 4-Way Flat Vehicle Connector To 7-Way on Trailer
  • To connect your vehicle that has a 4-Way flat connector to your trailer that has a 7-Way connector, you will need to install a 7-Way on the rear of your vehicle. If you just want or need the tail light functions to operate on your trailer you will just need Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole, part # 37185. If you need the complete 7-Way wiring to operate, you will need Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The 4-Way on part # ETBC7 will plug into the 4-Way on your vehicle...
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  • What Gear Should a Front Wheel Drive Car Be In When Towing On a Tow Dolly
  • When towing a front wheel drive car like your 2008 Honda Accord on a tow dolly like the RoadMaster Tow Dolly # RM-2000-1 you want to put the car in park and be sure to have the emergency brake OFF.
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  • RV on Ford E-450 Chassis is Hard to Steer and Sways
  • Just like a trailer, a vehicle being flat towed can pull around your RV, especially if the roads are uneven or wind joins in. There are several stabilizing products you could use to improve this issue and provide a better, safer tow. For a rear anti-sway bar you can use # RM-1139-147 which will provide an upgraded bar and bushings to improve stability at the back of the RV built on the Ford E-450 chassis. Also for the rear you can add an axle stabilizer, # TT2450, for even more stability...
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  • Equipment Needed for Flat Towing 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind Motorhome
  • According to my research and what I read in an online copy of the owner's manual for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, your vehicle is capable of being flat towed without major modification. There are specific steps that must be followed addressed in the owner's manual and you'll need to follow them exactly to avoid damaging your Jeep. To complete your towing system, you'll need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution to operate the taillights of the Jeep as it's being...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind Motor Home
  • To flat tow your 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk behind your motor home, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution and a supplemental braking system. Starting with the base plate kit, I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521446-5. I checked with Roadmaster and confirmed that these will fit your 2018 Cherokee Trailhawk. The EZ5 brackets are virtually invisible and easy to mount and remove. Then for a compatible tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster...
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  • Available Options for Rock Guards to Protect Towed Vehicle
  • There are other options for protecting your towed vehicle other than the Roadmaster Guardian you mentioned. The Roadmaster Tow Defender, part # RM-4700 stretches between the RV and the towed vehicle, deflecting rocks downward before they can damage your vehicle. The Tow defender attaches to the tow bar and the quick disconnects on the vehicle base plates. We also have the Rock Tamers Mud Flap system, part # ERT00108. These flaps install on the tow bar, and are adjustable.
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  • List of Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind an RV
  • There are several items needed to flat tow your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited behind an RV: base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates you can use the Roadmaster base plates # RM-521448-4. Please note the base plates do not fit Hard Rock or 75th Anniversary models. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a compatible tow bar you can use the popular Falcon 2, # RM-520. I have linked a video review of this tow...
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  • Does Steering have to be Locked out to Flat Tow a Vehicle Behind a Motor Home
  • You would not lock out the steering on the vehicle being flat towed. Doing so would cause the wheels to scrub (drag sideways) when turning. The steering needs to be unlocked and the wheels will turn accordingly and straightened back out when needed. It is sort of like pushing a shopping cart with caster wheels: if the cart is pushed to turn, the wheels will turn, and when pushed straight, the wheels will go back to being straight. I have included 2 helpful links on the right side of...
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  • Will Hitch Extender # HE18 Allow Camper to be Towed with Tailgate Down
  • The Roadmaster High-Low Hitch Adapter, part # RM-048-2, is intended for leveling a tow-bar when flat towing a vehicle behind a motor home. It cannot be used to tow a camper. You might be able to use part # HE18, which is a hitch extender. This item adds 18 inches to the length of the receiver but also cuts in half its tongue weight capacity. You will need to make sure that the combined weight load of what you intend to place in your vehicle plus the weight of your towed camper does not...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Smart Car Behind a Motor Home
  • To flat tow your 2015 Smart car behind your motor home you will need base plates on the car, a compatible tow bar to connect the car to the RV, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend the Roadmaster EZ base plates # 52285-1. These base plates feature removable arms so that the base plates can't be seen when you are just driving the Smart car like normal. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. It is a very popular tow bar...
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  • Can a 2017 Chevy Colorado be Flat Towed?
  • Yes, you can flat tow your 2017 Chevy Colorado so long as it has a Four-Wheel Drive Low setting. There are a number of things you will need to flat tow, starting with base plates. If your Colorado does not have Adaptive Cruise Control, I recommend going with the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. If you do have Adaptive Cruise Control or your Colorado is a Z71 Trail Boss or ZR2 model you would need to go with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1721. For a tow bar, a great option...
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  • What do I Need to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler JK with Factory Bumper
  • To flat tow your Jeep Wrangler JK behind your motorhome, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tail light wiring harness, and a supplemental braking system. Depending on the year of your Wrangler, you may also need a Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, (2012, 2013, 2015-2018) or a Stoplight Switch, # RM-751452 (2007-2011, 2014). For your base plates and tow bar, I recommend using the Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Kit, # RM-521448-5 for 2010-2018 or # 1429-3 for 2007-2009,...
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  • Towing Front Wheel Drive Vehicle Using Tow Dolly
  • As long as the vehicle you're towing has front wheel drive, the back wheels will simply freewheel. Towing a front wheel drive vehicle using a tow dolly would be perfectly acceptable. Be sure the front wheels are up on the dolly, don't tow the vehicle backwards.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
  • For baseplates on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1444-1 will work great with your Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-522. You can also use the safety cables # RM-643 and the installation of the base plates calls for Locktite # LT37420. For a wiring kit, the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil # RM-15267 is confirmed to work on your Jeep. It includes all the wiring, connectors, and diodes you'll need. It also comes...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System For 2017 Chevy Spark With Manual Transmission
  • According to the 2017 Chevy Spark owners manual, only the manual transmission vehicles can be flat towed. Automatic transmission vehicles can only be transported with all four wheels off the ground on a trailer. If you have the manual transmission, then I recommend the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523185-4 if you don't have active air shutters. This installation should use the Loctite Threadlocker # LT37420. For a tow bar that either stays with the vehicle...
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  • How to Improve Handling on 2018 Jayco Redhawk 25R Built on Ford E-450 Chassis
  • Hello! We can help you improve the highway handling on your 2018 Jayco Redhawk 25R with a few parts that will give you a more pleasant driving experience with your 2018 Jayco Redhawk 25R that was built on a Ford E-450 chassis and has a V10 engine. I recommend using Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer # RM-RBK24-RSSC which will help you control your Redhawk when encountering those windy conditions you referenced by working to keep your steering centered. I also recommend using Roadmaster...
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  • What is the Average Vehicle Tow Dolly Width
  • Most modern tow dollies are either wide enough to handle most any late model vehicle that can be placed on a dolly or width adjustable to accommodate a variety of vehicle styles. The RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, # RM-2000-1, is one of the latter. It adjusts from 93-1/2 inches to 101-1/2 inches. That is 7-3/4 feet to 8-1/2 feet. There are not too many vehicles that are wider than this and that can also be placed on a tow dolly.
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  • Improving the Ride Quality of an RV Built on a 2005 Workhorse W22 Chassis
  • Yes! Probably the single best addition you can make to provide better handling in your RV would be to install a rear anti-sway bar. Helper springs treat the symptom but not the cause like an anti-sway bar would. There are 2 rear sway bar options for your 2005 Workhorse W22: # RM-1259-108 and # RM-1259-109 (for applications 33 feet or longer). Additional products for even more stability include axle stabilizers: # RM-TRACW-22 or # TT2304 for the front and # TT2601 for the rear. And...
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  • What Are the Different Supplemental Braking Options when Flat Towing a Vehicle
  • There are a few different options for supplemental braking that you can use when flat towing the vehicle. The systems I recommend are what are called Portable Proportional Systems. One example is the Even Brake, # RM-9400. A proportional system works like a proportional brake controller would. It applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles. We actually have a handy FAQ...
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  • Choosing Bike Rack to be Used While Towing a Camper
  • The Dual Hitch Receivers such as part # RM-077-2 cannot be used for towing a trailer. These receivers are meant for use with a towbar carrying a rolling load and an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. We offer a Curt Ball Mount with 2 inch Receiver, part # D210, which should work for your needs. This ball mount has a tongue weight capacity of 750 lbs, so the trailers tongue weight and the weight of the bike carrier plus the weight of the bikes cannot exceed that figure. Another...
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  • Recommended Flat-Towing Equipment for 2017 Jeep Cherokee
  • The base plates we offer that are designed to fit your Cherokee is the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit, part # RM-521447-5. This base plate kit has drawbars that can be removed for a clean, almost-hidden look. The installation may require trimming of spoiler, air dam, grille or plastic fascia. We do not offer any Blue Ox base plates that are designed to fit your Jeep. There are five items needed when you are flat-towing. You need the base plates, like those mentioned, a tow bar, safety...
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  • Recommendations for Flat Towing 2018 Ford F-150
  • As long as you have all the components needed for flat towing, and they are all properly rated for the 2018 Ford F-150, you will not have any issues pulling this vehicle behind your Tiffin RV. There is no need to go to a lighter vehicle if a Ford F-150 is what you truly are wanting. In order to flat tow any vehicle, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. If you do end up deciding on the 2018 Ford F-150, recommendations...
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  • How to Tow Kia Soul with Automatic Transmission
  • Since the Kia Soul with automatic transmission cannot be flat-towed with all wheels on the ground, your best option for towing your Soul is to use a towing dolly, such as the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, part # RM-2000-1. This product is adjustable to fit many vehicles, and includes electric trailer brakes, radial tires, adjustable wheel nets, tail/brake lights and a 6-way round trailer connector. Since the front wheels are kept off the ground there is no need to alter your...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendations for a 1998 Honda CR-V
  • For your 1998 Honda CR-V you would want a Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1528-3. The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1418-1 that you referenced is vehicle specific to the 1991-2001 Jeep Cherokees. There is not anything you could purchase separately or modify on these to have it work on your CR-V. For a tow bar I would recommend the RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576. This comes with safety cables, quick disconnects, and wiring. I attached installation instructions for...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow a 2001 PT Cruiser Behind Motor Home
  • In addition to the Roadmaster Tracker # RM-020 tow bar you referenced, you will need a base plate kit, safety cables, wiring and depending on the states you will be traveling in, a supplemental braking system. The Roadmaster # 278-1, which fits all PT Cruiser models, is the base plate kit you would need. The base plates use removable draw bars that makes the base plate kit practically invisible when they are removed. Quick disconnects like part # RM-201 will also be needed. The #...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 F-150 Platinum 4x4
  • First you will want to start with a base plate kit for your 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4WD. For that you would want the Roadmaster kit part # RM-524431-5 that has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle. The arms of the kit are removable so when you aren't flat towing the vehicle you wouldn't have two large metal arms sticking out of the front of the vehicle. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Spare Tire Carrier for 2016 Thor Motor Coach Class C
  • I have a solution for you, but unfortunately, we do not have any frame or bumper mount tire carriers that are capable of carrying a Class C tire. For a motorhome tire carrier, you can use the Roadmaster Hitch Mounted Spare Tire Carrier # RM-195225. This hitch mounted carrier has a 2 inch receiver opening that can be used for flat towing or carrying a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessory. I have attached a review video and installation instructions for this carrier for you.
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  • What is the Difference Between the Roadmaster Even Brake and the Blue Ox Patriot
  • 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....
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  • Why Must the Negative Battery Cable Be Disconnected on a Jeep Wrangler to Flat Tow
  • Jeep recommends disconnecting the negative battery cable when flat towing to prevent the battery from draining. When you flat tow your Wrangler, the ignition must be left in the ACC position. This would leave certain electronic components on that could drain the battery. For your situation, I recommend installing the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect, # RM-766, on the positive battery cable so you don't lose your ground to the chassis. I know the owners manual says negative cable,...
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