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Best 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Flat Tow Set Up - Tow Bar Wiring

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Best 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Flat Tow Set Up - Tow Bar Wiring

Rob here, And today you're gonna be taking a look at all the components necessary to flat tow, your GMC Sierra 1500 down the road. There's gonna be a total of five components needed to flat tow. The first one is gonna be our baseplate. Now this is gonna be our secure connection point that's gonna attach directly to the frame on our truck, so that we can hook up our tow bar. Now the second component is gonna be our tow bar.

And that's gonna be what connects to the baseplate and connects to the motorhome. After that, we're gonna have our safety cables. Now, those are gonna be a safety device, just like on a trailer. In case there was a disconnection. These are gonna be our last line of defense, before our truck goes down the road.

Then we're gonna have tow bar wiring. This is gonna make sure we get all the signals to the back of our truck, when we're towing it. So we can get down the road safely, and everybody knows what's going on. Then finally, we're gonna have our breaking system. And that's gonna be useful, because we don't wanna rely on our motorhome purely to slow itself down.

Since we're adding so much weight to the back of it. Whenever it comes to baseplates, there are gonna be several different options out there. Here we have a Roadmaster Direct Connect. I really like it because it's extremely easy to use. Our tow bar is just gonna hook directly into it.

There's no other adapters, components, or a crossbar that we have to have installed to get it hooked up. And also whenever we're not towing, we can actually remove the arm, and give it a really clean appearance to it. But one of the biggest things you really need to look at when you're looking at a base plate is the compatibility of the tow bar that you're gonna be using. Now, when it comes to the tow bar we're gonna have even more options. Now, I always recommend, getting a motorhome mounted tow bar. And that's gonna be a tow bar that slides directly into the receiver on your hitch. So, we don't have to worry about having a ball mount, a coupler, or anything else to get everything hooked up. Now, here we have our Roadmaster Falcon 2. Which is a really nice tow bar, but I recommend getting a non-binding style. Cause, once we do start towing, those arms are gonna lock into a rigid position, and that's fine. But when we go to unhook, it does get a little bit tough, and can be a little cumbersome to try to get it unhooked. So, I like the Roadmaster Nighthawk Tow Bar. Because it is non-binding, and it does come with your safety cables and electrical cords already there. So that's a few things we don't have to worry about. Now, as far as the safety cables, the main thing you want to make sure you pay attention to is the rating. You need one, that's at least as high as the truck that we're pulling. If not, be safe, go a little bit higher. Here we have our Roadmaster 68 inch Coiled Safety Cables. which are gonna be really nice, if your tow bar does not have channels to pass 'em through. Cause the coil is gonna keep all that slack up off the ground. But they'll stretch, if we need that slack to 'em. Next, we're gonna have our Tow bar wiring. Now we're using the Roadmaster Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit. And I really like it because, it's not gonna change the hour appearance of our truck at all. Unlike some of the magnetic lights, where we're gonna have to put 'em off. Not to mention the dials, are gonna be a one time installation with nothing else to mess with after that. And they're also gonna protect our truck, in case there are any kind of problems on the motorhome end. It's not gonna go into our truck. Diodes are gonna protect any kind of backfeed. Another thing to keep in mind about diodes, is there are several different brands, and packages you can get 'em in. We chose to go with one with the coiled cable, again, for keeping that slack off the ground. But that's one less thing that we're gonna have to pick up is the cable. As well as the plug to mount of the front of our truck. Finally, we're gonna have our breaking system. Now, that's gonna be a very important component. Because it's gonna help our truck slow down. And we're not purely relying on our motorhome to slow it down. Since we're adding all this weight, and put a lot of strain and stress on the brakes. So, here we have our air force one. Which is gonna be made specifically for motorhomes that have air brakes. It's gonna be a proportional system, which means, that if we slow down easy coming up to a stoplight, our truck is gonna apply the brakes, nice and easy. But at the same time, we get in a panic situation where we slam on the brakes. Our Sierra, is gonna apply the brakes in the same time and intensity that our motorhome does. If your motor home doesn't have air brakes though, I'd recommend the Stay-in-Play DUO. Cause that's gonna work with motorhomes that have hydraulic brakes. And there can be more of an electronic thing, rather than air pressure. One final thing that I would recommend picking up, is the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect. Now it's not required, but if we look at our owner's manual it is gonna be required that we disconnect the battery on our Sierra, in order to tow it. So, instead of having to open up the hood, get our tools out, and disconnect everything manually. The Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect, is gonna be just a switch of a button, and we can cut all power. All this information has helped you whenever you're looking to flat tow your Sierra behind your motorhome. And you can find all these components and more here

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