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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2007 Ford F-150 4x4 Behind an Dump Truck

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I want to tow my 07 f150 4x4 auto trans with manual transfer case. I want to tow this from a Kenworth dump truck. I could install a pintle hitch or a reciever for a 2foot slide in, but would want to leave the tow bar on pickup or remove it to work the dump truck..Any Ideas? thanks

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Since your 2007 Ford F-150 4x4 has a manual transfer case and not the electronic shift on the fly feature, you can flat tow the truck. But, you will want to confirm this by consulting the vehicle owners manual for the proper towing procedure.

You will first want to install base plates on the truck. I recommend using XL style base plates # 495-1A because there are a lot of compatible tow bar options for the XL style plates. For a tow bar, you you will be using a pintle hitch and want a tow bar that will stay attached to the F-150, you can use # RM-581. If you will be using a regular trailer hitch and want a tow bar that will stay on the F-150 use # RM-501.

You will also need safety cables like # RM-643. The coiled design will help keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting, I recommend using the RoadMaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs, # RM-155. This kit does NOT require cutting into the vehicle wiring.

Most states now require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being towed. The easiest system to set up and use is a portable system like # RM-9400. This portable system is also proportional; it applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the towing vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

I have included a link to our series of FAQ articles on flat towing for you.

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