Best 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Flat Tow Set Up Options

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Best 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Flat Tow Set Up Options


Hi there, Nautilus owners. Today we're going to be taking a look at the best flat tow options for your 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. In order to flat tow your Nautilus, there's five main components you'll need to do so. You'll need your tow bar, which is the connection between your motor home and your vehicle. This is our customer's Blue Ox tow bar. However, I'd recommend Roadmaster's Nighthawk tow bar.

That's going to be a premium tow bar that is not only going to provide a great connection between your vehicle and your motor home, it's also a lightweight tow bar, has the longest extended arms of any tow bar, and it's also going to come with a few extra features that's real nice. It has channels for your cables to keep everything nice and neat, whereas everything here is just going to be kind of flopping around. It has lights on the side to improve visibility of your vehicle and your motor home at night and it's also rated for 10,000 pounds, which is going to be more than enough for your Nautilus.You'll also need your safety cables. Now, if you purchase the Nighthawk, those also come included with your Nighthawk so you don't have to worry about it, but if not, then I would recommend Roadmaster's 68 inch safety cables. That's a good starting point for your system.

If you determine that you need a drop, rise or you're going to be using any extensions, you may need some safety cable extensions or longer cables.Next, you'll need is your base plate and this is the connection point that you'll install on your vehicle so you can get your tow bar hooked up. We're using Blue Ox's base plate and this is a nice looking base plate, as you can see here, and it'll work with any Blue Ox tow bars. However, after installing it, I'd say that this is one of the more difficult base plates out there to install. I'd recommend Roadmaster's Direct Connect base plate. It has a great look just like our Blue Ox, but it installs much easier.

There's a lot less drilling and the whole process is just going to be significantly faster.Next you'll need is your diode wiring or your magnetic lights and this takes the signals from your motor home and sends them to the lights at the back of your vehicle, so everyone around you knows your intentions when going down the road. Our customer's using Roadmaster's diode wiring and this is normally my recommended option for your vehicles because it's totally integrated. You just plug in and it uses your existing lights in the back and it's still an okay option on your Nautilus as it's going to function fine, but you are going to require some additional components and your normal diode wiring kit to get that up and running on your Nautilus, so it's some extra work and also some additional cost. If you're looking for an easier way to get your Nautilus set up for flat tow, then I would recommend magnetic lights as they just stick on. You can bring your wire up and plug it in.

It's a lot easier and faster.And last thing you'll need is your braking system. And we're using Demco's Air Force One. This is a fantastic system. It installs in your vehicle permanently and it's always ready to go when you're ready to use it. You don't really have to do any setup. You just plug it in when you're hooking up your tow bars and you're good to go. The Air Force One is specifically designed to work with air brakes so if your motor home has air brakes, this is my recommended system for your Nautilus. You won't go wrong with this system. Now, if your motor home has hydraulic brakes instead of air brakes, I would recommend Demco's Stay-IN-Play Duo, which operates very similarly, but is specifically designed to work for vehicles that do not have air brakes. This is a proportional braking system, which means the harder you press your brakes in the motor home, the harder the brakes are going to apply in your vehicle making for a smooth and easy stop.Now, you might be wondering, do I even need a braking system Well, let me give you a small example. If you're going down a heavy grade for long periods of time, your motor home is bearing all the weight of your vehicle and as you're riding the brakes down that hill, your brakes can begin to overheat and then begin to fade, which can cause a loss in braking performance, which could lead to a hazardous condition. By having a braking system, it's going to use your existing brakes in your vehicle to help it stop, which is going to take that weight off your motor home, ensuring that you can brake in control the entire way down. It's also going to keep you legal in all states because it's required.To flat tow your Nautilus there is a couple additional components you may need. One of them that I highly recommend is a battery disconnect switch because when you're flat towing your Nautilus, you do have to disconnect your battery. This way you can just hit a button and quickly disconnect your battery. You don't have to have it. You could just disconnect your battery cable. But if you want to save yourself some time and not have to have any tools with you to do so, you can get this set up.And lastly, you may need a high low adapter. You want to measure the distance from the ground to the center of your receiver tube, as well as the distance of the ground to the center of your base plate attachment. If there's a greater difference than three inches, then you would want to use a high low adapter to adjust for that to get a level tow bar plane as you're going down the road.And that completes our look at the best flat tow options for your Lincoln Nautilus.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Raymond A.

Jon G. You are definitely correct. I have the first Nautilus that RoadMaster set up. It has the battery shut off switch and a switch that puts power to the rear lights when battery is disconnected. The manual doesn't say to use the neutral function to tow because that is done when you go through the Parking Brake disable procedure. The tranny goes into neutral according to the dash readouts. NO need to push the N button twice. The last thing done is the battery disconnect switch.

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Reply from Jon G.

Thank you!

Dennis R.

Where does it say you must remove the battery power to flat tow?

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Reply from Jon G.

Under the "Manual Park Release" section in the manual (which is what you follow for flat or recreational towing) it stats in step 9 to disconnect the battery. In the online version I looked at this would be page 193.

Dennis R.

I looked at a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus today (with the 2.7L motor) and was able to see the owners manual. It said that when the vehicle is in neutral tow mode, if the battery gets too low or discharged, the vehicle will shift to park. I did not see anything about disconnecting the battery. If the battery were to be disconnected, wouldn't the vehicle shift from neutral to park?

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Reply from Jon G.

Could you maybe point me to what page and section you are referring to? In the online version that I was looking at it doesn't say anything about the the battery getting too low and the vehicle shifting to park.

Reply from Dennis R.

@JonG I read it in the owners manual that was in the glove box of the 2019 Nautilus. I no longer have access to the manual, but I saw it and even pointed it out to my wife and the salesman. We all agreed that was what it said and meant.

Reply from Dennis R.

@JonG Page 190-stay in neutral mode.

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Reply from Jon G.

@DennisR It does say that in the Stay in Neutral Mode section. It also says "Do not tow your vehicle in this mode" later on in the section. You will want to follow the procedures found under the "Recreational Towing" section of the manual.

Jim B.

Blue ox told me that they didn’t have wiring set up for a Nautilus because it put the transmission in park when applying the breaks IM CONFUSED

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Reply from Jon G.

Blue Ox might not have a solution for your Nautilus but it looks like the Roadmaster Kit # RM-15267 that we installed is working just fine so I'd go with that route. We also recommend installing the Automatic Battery Disconnect # RM-766 since you will need to disconnect the battery when you flat tow. You might need some additional parts depending on what brake system you install. I've linked our brake kit selection for you to filter through where you can see the additional parts that we recommend as well.

Reply from Jim B.

@JonG thanks for that info Jon is it necessary to put on a battery disconnect, I had a 2013 MKX towed it for 7+ years without a battery disconnect no problems. Whatever it takes I just want to do it right Cheers

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Reply from Jon G.

@JimB It isn't necessary to install the battery disconnect, but it is necessary that you disconnect the battery according to the online version of the owner's manual. The battery disconnect that I mentioned above just makes it a lot easier to do so. One other thing to note is that when I looked up the online owners manual is that it looks like if you have the 2.0L you cannot flat tow it, but if you have the 2.7L then you can. I recommend looking up "Recreational Towing" in your copy of the manual to make sure you can do this safely.

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