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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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This base plate and tow bar came off a 2014 grand cherokee. Can this base plate be used on a 2016 jeep wrangler unlimited 4 door vehicle. thanks

Expert Reply:

You will need to get a tow bar setup confirmed to fit your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the part # 521440-1B you mentioned would not fit.

For that you would want the # RM-521448-4 as long as you have a factory bumper.

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 cables off of the ground.

For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and not have to worry about cutting and splicing into the vehicle wiring. You will also want the # BX88206 to connect this lighting solution to your tow vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot II, # BRK2016, that 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. To power this you will also need the outlet kit part # RM-9332.

Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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