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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 213 Fiat 500 Behind an RV


Is this correct one for 2013 Fiat 500 Pop with steel wheels. Which tow bar? I have lighting and chains from other toad.


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Demco base plates # DM9518300 fit the 2013 Fiat 500 Gucci and Lounge models. If you have a Pop or Sport model you would instead use # DM9518298.

All of the compatible tow bars come with safety cables so you can use them or the ones you have; either way will be fine as long as you are using something. The most cost effective is the coupler style Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar # BX7322. You'll also need safety cables like # RM-643.

But if you are going to be doing a lot of towing I strongly recommend going with a non-binding tow bar such as the Commander # DM9511012. Non-binding means that you won't have to be perfectly straight and level to hook up/disconnect. If you have ever had to fight with a tow bar that was bound up you know how frustrating it can be. A non-binding tow bar takes away that frustration and gives you more time to enjoy your travels.

You mentioned that you have lighting already. If you ever wanted to change the lighting the most popular option is a diode kit such as # RM-154.

You may also need a high/low adapter to keep the tow bar level. I have linked a help article showing how to measure and a link to the high/low adapters we carry.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. One of the preferred systems for our installers and what I recommend is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply 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.

Be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on flat towing the vehicle. I have also included some helpful links to our series of help articles on flat towing for you.

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