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  • Weight Distribution for 2,000 lbs Tongue Weight and 18,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight 2012 GMC Sierra
  • The shank that is included with the Blue Ox Sway Pro system, # BXW2000, is shank # BXW4018. According to Blue Ox, the shank by itself is rated for 2,000 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight.
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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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  • 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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  • 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 2013 Ford F-150 4x4
  • The first thing you will want to do is consult the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150 for specific information on flat towing it. You will need 5 basic components to flat tow a vehicle: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates there are several options depending on the trim level of your truck. Base plates # BX2606 will fit XL, XLT, STX models without EcoBoost. Base plates # BX2630 will fit King Ranch with or without Ecobbost, SVT...
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  • Parts Required to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Wrangler Behind Motorhome
  • Flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome requires a number of items apart from the tow bar and base plates. These other items include safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, a high/low hitch adapter and a braking system for the Jeep. Each of these items is explained in detail in the linked articles. Starting with base plates, I suggest the Blue Ox kit # BX1126, shown in the linked installation video, which will work great with their Alpha tow bar # BX7365. Safety cables are included with...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2009 GMC Sierra Behind Motorhome
  • For a larger truck your 2009 GMC Sierra the Blue Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420 would be the tow bar that would work best. It has a 10,000 lb capacity and has longer arms which helps with turning range. For a base plate kit the Blue Ox part # BX1674 is a confirmed fit and would work well. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the...
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  • Which Base Plate Kit Fits 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • That's pretty hard for us to say. We don't carry Fischer brand plow mounts but in general plow brackets, front hitches, and base plate kits will use the same install area on the front of a truck and you normally have to pick only one. The correct Blue Ox base plate kit for a 2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD is the part # BX1633.
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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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  • 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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  • 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-RBK22-RSSA. This complete kit includes the stabilizer itself, custom mounting brackets and all required installation hardware.
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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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  • 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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  • Availability of a Tow Bar with a 3 Inch Diameter Lunette Ring
  • I do have a tow bar with a 3" diameter lunette ring but they do not make a 3" diameter lunette ring for the Blue Ox Allure Tow Bar part # BX7460P. The only tow bar that we carry which has a 3" diameter lunette ring is the Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar part # RM-583. The StowMaster has a 6,000 lb capacity with telescoping arms that eliminate binding. The quick-disconnects let you connect and disconnect the tow bar quickly and easily, all by yourself. However, in order to use this tow...
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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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  • 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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  • Warranty Coverage of Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System
  • The # BXW1000 Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System you mentioned is protected by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects.
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  • Can You Have Too Much Tongue Weight
  • If you can find a way to reduce the tongue weight it would be ideal but there's only so much you can do. More so, make sure you aren't doing anything to add to the tongue weight like loading gear in the back of your truck behind the rear axle. Also, having too much tongue weight is definitely better than too little.
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  • Flat Towing a 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ with Front Mount Hitch
  • First, I recommend checking your owner's manual to verify that your vehicle is able to be recreationally towed. Based on my research, the 4 wheel drive model should be find to be flat towed, but the rear wheel drive model may not. The baseplate should not be attached to the front mount hitch. The hitch is not rated or designed for the kind of stress caused by flat towing. The front hitch and the base plates would occupy the same space, and would not both be able to be used. The...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Should a Tow Bar Sit Level Between the Towed Vehicle and the RV When Ready to Tow
  • Having your tow bar as level as possible would be the best way to have it set up. Because of that you would want the 6 inch drop adapter. I have spoken to tow bar manufacturers and they say one of the key factors in how long a tow bar will last is how close to being level it was used. The 6 inch Blue Ox Towbar Drop Adapter part # BX88130 that you referenced should work well for you.
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