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Difference Between Demco and Roadmaster Base Plates for 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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I am looking to flat tow my 2019 jeep cherokee trailhawk. I see there are some base plates for this and was wondering if you could tell me the difference between the demco and roadmaster base plates for this jeep?

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The Demco Tabless Base Plate Kit # DM9519340 and Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521451-5 that fit your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk are extremely similar; even the manufacturers will tell you at this point that there is little difference between the base plate kits. The Roadmaster EZ5 does have fewer parts associated with it, as you can see by the linked install instructions, and Roadmaster has a long history of high-quality parts for flat towing which is why I recommend going with the EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521451-5.

There are a number of other parts need to flat tow your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, including a tow bar that is compatible with your base plates; for that I recommend going with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-522 because of how easy the tow bar is to connect to the base plates as well as its long arms, which make it easier to maneuver when towing; you will also need safety chains # RM-643.

For a wiring kit that will allow your 2019 Cherokee's lights to function while being towed you can use the Roadmaster 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 because it is designed to effectively prevent electrical feedback to keep your Ford's electrical system safe.

A supplemental braking system is a requirement in most states and I highly recommend the SMI Stay-IN-Play # SM99251 for this. This is a proportional braking system which is a one-time install which you can leave in so you'll never have to deactivate or reactivate it.

Finally, it is likely you will need a high-low adapter such as # RM-076 to keep your tow bar level with your tow vehicle. The adapter you need is going to depend on some measurements you'll need to take. I have added a link to a help article on high-low adapters which explains the measurements you'll need, as well as a link to our page with our selection of adapters.

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