Recommended Components To Flat-Tow 2014 Toyota Corolla Behind A Motorhome.

Question:

Im interested in a tow bar setup for my 2015 Coachmen Freelander Motorhome 2015 Chevy 4500 Chassis, pulling a 2012 Toyota Corolla. I need to know what I need to purchase for a complete setup. I like the Roadmaster Falcon, or the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar. What else do I need for a complete installation, including a braking system? For the braking system, I want a fixed, one-time setup, but dont think I need the high dollar systems Invisibrake. Thank you!

Expert Reply:

I can certainly make some recommendations that will work for you.

You will need five items when flat-towing. You need base plates on the towed vehicle, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting for the towed vehicle and most states now require a supplemental brake system.

If you have a manual transmission in your Corolla I recommend the RoadMaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit, part # RM-521194-5. This has removable arms that make the brackets almost invisible when the arms are removed.

The tow bar you referenced, the Falcon, part # RM-520, would work great for you. This tow bar has quick disconnects and telescoping arms that make it easier to hook up and remove.

If you have an L and S automatic transmission in your Corolla, RoadMaster does not have a base plate kit that will work for you. We do offer the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX3788. This kit also has removable arms.

The tow bar I recommend for these base plates is part # RM-525. This is the RoadMaster Falcon 2 tow bar and it has telescoping arms that are designed to work with Blue Ox base plates.

The safety cables I recommend are part # RM-643. These are 68 inch long vinyl-coated coiled cables with spring loaded clasps.

For lighting on your Corolla I recommend The Hopkins universal Tail Light Wiring Kit, part # HM55999. You will then need to connect the wiring to your motorhome so I recommend part # BX88254. You will need to cut the 4-way connector off of the # HM55999 and use the 4-way connector included with the # BX88254.

You said you want a supplemental brake system that has a one time set-up. We do offer systems that are designed to be set-up only once like part # SM99251. This is a proportional system that applies the brakes in the towed vehicle with the same intensity as the motorhome. This system employs the use of an inertia sensor that signals the system to activate the brakes.

The system I recommend is the Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System, part # BRK2016. This is a wireless proportional brake system that can be removed anytime you change towed cars or possibly stop towing. It does cost a little more than the SMI system but I like the ability to use it with another vehicle if you want.

When flat-towing any vehicle you want to make sure the tow bar is as level as possible. You may need a high-low adapter for tow bars like part # RM-076. I have attached a link to the adapters we offer.

I have attached a link to a helpful article that explains flat-towing you can check out. I have attached some links to other help articles you can also check out.

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