Parts Needed to Flat Tow a Jeep CJ-7 Behind an RV with Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar

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Will this bracket fit BX7365 Blue Ox tow bar? Each side has 3 flanges, so looks like BX88230 should fit. I have a Jeep CJ7 that I plan to mount these brackets on the steel bumper.

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Yes, the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar # BX7365 is compatible with the Blue Ox Bolt-On Base Plate Bracket Kit # BX88230. You will just need to make sure that the base plates are spaced 16 inches to 36 inches apart on center. Anywhere within that range will work with the Alpha.

In addition to the base plates and tow bar (the tow bar comes with safety cables) you will also need a lighting solution and supplemental braking. If you have enough metal at the back of your CJ-7 then you could use a magnetic light kit such as # C-ATL20A. Or you may need to use EZ Mount light kit # EZT20B.

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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