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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. Roadmaster also offers the Roadwing Removable Mud Flaps, part # RM-44000. The Roadwing is available in various widths, see the...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Anti-Sway Bar for Forest River 30DS FR3
  • The best solution for the problem you are experiencing is an anti-sway bar. An anti-sway bar will help with the side-to-side movement, or zigzag, you are experiencing. They are designed to help keep the motorhome going straight down the road If you are interested in Roadmaster, the anti-sway bar I recommend for you is the Rear Anti-Sway Bar for Motor Homes # RM-1139-145. This bar is designed to help assist the factory sway bar, not replace it. This anti-sway bar fits a Dana 150 rear...
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  • What Parts Needed to Use a Roadmaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar on a 2007 Jeep Wrangler for Flat Towing
  • Flat towing your Jeep Wrangler behind your Class A motor home will require the tow bar, a lighting/wiring kit, safety chains, base plates and a supplemental braking system. The linked article will give you background on each of these. The Quick Disconnect system for Roadmaster tow bars consists of both vehicle-side and tow-bar-side parts. Car-side brackets are available alone as part # RM-222 and tow bar-side brackets as part # RM-221. The complete bracket kit is part # RM-201; this...
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  • Complete Flat Towing Package Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • To tow your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with your motorhome there are several things that you will need. You will need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. The tow bar installs on your motorhome and then connects to the base plates on your Jeep. I was able to find that your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a gross vehicle weight of up to 6500 pounds, so a tow bar that is rated for this weight that I recommend is the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind an RV Using Sterling Tow Bar
  • To start, you can use the Sterling tow bar # RM-576 with the EZ 5 base plates, # RM-521446-5, on your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. But the cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver portion of the bracket. The crossbar is required when using the tow bar with EZ or XL base plates. It is not required on MX or MS base plates but there are only EZ base plates for your vehicle. The same goes for any Roadmaster tow bar. So it would be easier to just...
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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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  • Why Can't the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch Anti-Rattle Device be Used When Towing a Trailer
  • Flat towing is the term used when a vehicle is towed with all 4 wheels on the ground behind another vehicle, typically a motor home. It is also knows as dinghy towing or towing 4 down. The Quiet Hitch # RM-061 is not rated for or tested for anything other than flat towing. So you would not use it when towing a trailer or using a hitch mounted accessory where there would be higher tongue weights. Flat towing a vehicle will all 4 wheels on the ground has very minimal tongue weight because...
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  • Everything Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
  • I checked the owners manual of a 2016 GMC Canyon it states that the 4x4 models that have a Neutral and Four-Wheel Drive Low setting can be flat towed. For a base plate kit for your Canyon you would want the part # RM-523182-4 that has been confirmed as a fit. 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. For safety cables...
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  • Parts Recommendation for Flat Towing a 2014 Fiat 500L
  • I pulled up a copy of the owners manual for a 2014 Fiat 500L and found that the manual transmission vehicles are okay to flat tow as long as you put the vehicle in neutral. You need to check your owners manual to double check this. The first component you will need to flat tow your vehicle is a base plate kit. For that I would recommend the Roadmaster Base Plates # RM-522014-5. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
  • Before you begin flat towing your new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you will want to verify a few things first. If your vehicle has a 1.4 Liter engine and an automatic transmission, then it cannot be flat towed and must be towed using a tow dolly, like part # RM-2000-1. If it has a 1.4L engine and a manual transmission, or has a 1.8L engine and is automatic or manual, then you can flat tow your vehicle. The items that you will need to flat tow your vehicle are a tow bar, base plate kit, wiring...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The Roadmaster base plate kit part # 52922-1A is a great choice for a base plate kit for your 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Roadmaster makes high quality flat towing products that are easy to use and install. 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. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • Safe and legal flat towing requires a few components, including the tow bar like your Roadmaster Falcon 2 # RM-520 and base plates such as Roadmaster's MX Base Plate Kit # 1444-3. No crossbar is needed with this combination. These and the other items needed are detailed in the linked articles, which I recommend as a starting point for equipping your Rubicon for flat towing. Other items required include safety cables like # RM-643, a lighting kit like magnetic light set # TL21RK (or one...
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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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  • 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-4431-1A 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 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 2016 Honda HR-V with Manual Transmission Behind a Class C Winnebago
  • To flat tow your 2016 Honda HR-V you'll need a tow bar, base plates, wiring, and likely a high-low adapter. You'll also want to consult your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle is able to be flat towed without damaging it. The Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 is a great option to tow your Honda. It has a large hookup raidus and self-aligns so hooking up is easier and smoother. It connects right up to the EZ4 Base Plates # RM-521570-4 that are confirmed to fit your HR-V. To...
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  • Replacement Parts For RoadMaster Brakemaster 9000 Towed Vehicle Brake System
  • I think what you are looking for is the RoadMaster BreakAway kit, part # RM-98160. This kit was originally designed to be used for a second vehicle so all you have to do is move the cylinder and brackets. Since you have the bracket and cylinder, and need everything else, this kit should match your needs pretty well.
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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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Behind a Motor Home
  • There are several items you will need to flat tow your 2006 Jeep Wrangler behind a motor home. First, you will need base plates. The base plates provide the proper attachment point for a tow bar. For your Jeep you can use base plates # RM-521424-4. You can use the Tracker tow bar you referenced, # RM-020, but you will need to add quick disconnects # RM-201 so that the tow bar and base plate arms are easily removable. You will also need safety cables, # RM-643, which have the same...
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  • Best Supplemental Braking Systems to Flat Tow a 2015 Ram 1500 Behind a Motor Home
  • The best supplemental braking system for your 2015 Ram 1500 is going to depend on the type of braking system on the RV. If the RV has air brakes then the best system is going to be the SMI Air Force One # SM99243. If the RV does not have air brakes then the best option is going to be the SMI Stay-IN Play DUO, # SM99251. which is similar to the InvisiBrake but works better because the cable that pulls the brake pedal is not as long. Also, the stop light switch kit, # RM-751468, is recommended...
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  • Can 2001 Saab 9-3 be Flat Towed
  • Based on my research, the 2001 Saab is not designed to be flat towed behind an RV or motorhome. Doing this may cause damage to the vehicle. The only recommended way to tow your 2001 Saab 9-3 is with a Tow Dolly like the Roadmaster # RM-2050-1.
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