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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Smart fortwo


I have a 2016 SmartCarForTwo Passion model and i want to tow it behind my Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 I need the correct Base Plate or Connector Hooks and appropriate tow bar please. Please advise. I want to do as little cutting or customization as possible, mine is leased and will go back to dealer in 36 mo.


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We have everything you need to flat tow your 2016 Smart fortwo, but to install the base plate kit you will need do some minor fascia trimming and some minor drilling which could be an issue for your lease agreement. Typically any modification is prohibited so a tow dolly option like the part # RM-2050-1 would probably be your best option.

To flat tow your vehicle you would want the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX2004.

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 Blue Ox Alpha part # BX7380 which comes with safety cable. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-152, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. 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 # BRK2019, 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.

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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