Can I Flat-Tow 2011 Jeep Liberty w/1999 Ford F-350 That Has In-Bed Camper Overhanging Past Tailgate

Question:

I have a1999 ford 350 dually long box with a 9 ft 6 Okanagan camper and would like to tow a 2011 jeep liberty would this be possible as the camper overhangs the box by 20 inches. What would you suggest for parts if it is possible

Expert Reply:

You will first want to determine if it is acceptable to flat-tow your Jeep. From the research I found, some of the 4-wheel drive Jeep Liberty models may need additional parts or may not be able to be flat-towed. You will want to consult your Jeep dealer or vehicle owners manual to make sure it is acceptable to flat-tow your Jeep.

If you find that it is safe to flat-tow your Jeep, there is a way to use your 1999 Ford F-350 with the camper in the truck bed to flat-tow, but you will need a few items to do so. The main issue is providing clearance to mount the tow bar.

First, you will need a hitch extender so that you can mount the tow bar past the camper. I would recommend the Titan Hitch Box Extension # RP45292. This extension will extend the receiver opening out 24 or 34 inches. One end of the extension will fit in a 2-1/2 inch receiver and the other end will provide a 2 inch receiver opening. To use this extension, you will need a 2-1/2 inch receiver like the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # DT45508.

I contacted our Roadmaster representative and he informed me that using the extension to provide clearance would be acceptable. One thing you will want to caution is not overloading the Jeep with cargo, since the vehicle will be a bit farther away from the truck.

In addition to adding a hitch extension and 2-1/2 inch receiver, you will need a base plate kit for the Jeep, a tow bar, lighting or wiring and a supplemental braking system.

The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 521433-1, would be a good option for base plates. This kit will fit the Liberty models that do not have a brush guard, rock guard or skid plate. A nice feature of the # 521433-1 kit is the removable draw bars, which will make the base plates less visible when the Jeep is not being flat-towed.

If you do not have a tow bar, the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520, would be a good option. The Falcon 2 is a non-binding tow bar which makes for easier hook-up and disconnecting.

For lighting, you could either use a non-permanent lighting kit or have a kit wired into your vehicle lighting. I have linked an FAQ on tow bar lighting that shows the different options for lighting. One kit that will fit your Jeep and is a good option for lighting is the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit # RM-155.

Most states require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being towed. I would recommend the Roadmaster Even Brake, part # RM-9400. This is a proportional system that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the towing vehicle is braking. This system will allow you to slow down faster and help reduce wear on your truck and motor home brakes.

I have linked an FAQ on flat-towing, wiring and supplemental brake system for you.

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