What Parts Are Needed To Tow A 2003 Jeep Liberty With Blue Ox Tow Bar Behind a Motor Home

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We just bought a 2003 Jeep Liberty and are in need of a base plate and tow bar to pull it behind a motor home. Please advise if you have both of these and if so, what are costs, shipping, etc? Is this something that we can install ourselves? Thanks,

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To flat tow a vehicle, you would need a tow bar, base plates that mount to the vehicle and provide an attachment point for the tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution and a supplemental braking system.

The base plates I would recommend for your 2003 Jeep Liberty would be the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX1119. This kit has hidden reinforcements and the removable arm brackets that provide a clean, unobtrusive look when the Jeep is not being towed. This kit will work on Jeeps with or without a brush guard.

The Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar, part # BX7322, you have referenced could be used, but it is a car mount design tow bar that attaches to a hitch ball and has a low 5,000-lb weight capacity. Be sure to confirm the weight of your Jeep Liberty before towing with this tow bar. The safety cables are not included with this tow bar so you will need to purchase the Blue Ox Safety Cables, part # BX88196.

I would recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar, part # BX7365. This is a motor home design tow bar that will slide into a 2-inch hitch on a motor home. It has a weight capacity of 6,500 lbs and offers many more features than the Adventurer tow bar. It will also include the needed safety cables.

For lighting, If you do not plan on towing the Jeep often, I recommend the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, part # C-ATL20A. I am including a link to a FAQ page on choosing the best lighting kit for your application.

Most states now require supplemental braking on vehicles that are being towed. I would recommend the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Braking System, part # RM-8700. This braking system uses real-time braking action, ensuring that your towed car brakes at the same time and for the same duration as the brakes in your RV. In addition, there will be no false braking when you hit bumps or potholes. I am including a link to a video of the InvisiBrake system being installed on a Jeep Liberty.

These items can be installed by yourself if you have some basic mechanical knowledge and access to a good set of tools.

You should contact your Jeep dealer or consult your owners manual for additional steps needed to take when flat-towing. Some vehicles may require additional equipment before being flat-towed.

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