RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler

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How to Install the RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler


Hey guys. Rob here at etrailer.com. Today we'll be taking a look at the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain Tow Bar on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Now, a tow bar is going to be what actually connects your motorhome to your Jeep whenever we're flat towing it so we can have that secure solid connection point. And what I really like about our Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain Tow Bar is that it's going to have a lot of features that some tow bars aren't. It's going to make it easier to unhook and hook up.

Like one of them being the fact that it's a nonbinding design. And what that means is whenever we're towing our Jeep, the arms here are going to extend out and lock into place into a rigid position so we can safely tow it. But the problem comes in when we need to unhook it.Where it hooks up to our Jeep, It typically gets in a bind and it's extremely hard to unhook. But with a quick lift of this lever, it's going to take all the tension out of the arm and that way we can easily remove the tow bar from the base plate and get it unhooked. Another thing Roadmaster has done is they provided us with these channels on the outside of the arms.

That way we can run our safety cables or electrical cables through there, taking up that slack and just giving it a really nice clean appearance. Now if we look at the arms, you can already see that this arm is actually not extended out as far as this one, but you can see we still are hooked up and that's because the extra long arms on our tow bar are going to make it a lot easier to hook up to your Jeep even if you're not directly behind your motorhome, or off a little bit, or for unlevel ground.Now another big feature that I really like about this is that our tow bar is going to go directly into the receiver tube on our motorhome. That means we're not going to have to worry about having a fall mount or any other kind of coupling device. We just slide our tow bar in and hook it up to the Jeep. The tow bar is going to come with the crossbar here and the brackets to get bolted up to the base plate.

But it is going to work with direct connect based plates and the quick disconnects like we have here. Now I know a lot of people are looking at this and thinking, well where am I going to keep this where I'm not telling my Jeep. It's pretty large and me personally, I don't want to have to take it in and out every time I want to tow. Well, Roadmaster took that into effect and they thought about it and we can actually store our tow bar with all the cables and everything on the back of our motorhome and we don't have to take it out and find somewhere to put it.So the first thing you want to do is make sure you disconnect your electrical cables, your safety cables and any other components that you may have hooked up. Then we're going to come to the arm of the tow bar where this pin is and remove the pin.

Remove the large pin. Then we can lift up on that lever to kind of take some of the tension off. I always like to replace the pin so we don't have to worry about losing them. Then we'll move the other arm the same way we want to grab both arms, bring them together. Then we can rotate both arms up and you'll notice you're going to have a tab back here with a very large nut. You want that nut to fall into the hole on that tab. Lift up. Make sure that lever goes around the nut and then we have the option of rotating the arms to either side.We can store everything back here. Now with your safety cables and your electrical connections, you have a couple of different options. You can either wrap them around, keep everything nice and secure to the tow bar, or if you have a cover, you can slide everything inside the cover protecting the cables and the tow bar itself. Now one big factor whenever you're looking at a tow bar you need to pay attention to is the weight ratings. Now our Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain Tow Bar is going to have a 10,000 pound rating, which is going to be more than enough for our Jeep, but you do want to double check and make sure that all the components in your system are going to be able to handle the weight of your Jeep. Now whenever you're towing a vehicle behind your motorhome, you want to make sure that the tow bar is as level as you can get it.Now Roadmaster is going to give you a range that you can have the attachment on your base plate any attachment on your motor home, and that range is going to be three inch difference. They can be three inches higher or lower than the other one, but if it's not in that range, we're going to need you to get a high-low adapter to take up the difference. But now that we've seen our tow bar and gone over some of the features, let's show you how we got all the cables and electrical cords set up as well as bolting up the brackets onto the base plate. We can get our tow bar ready now.Now we have channels in ours who want to go ahead and utilize those and that's also why we have the street cable here. Now you'll notice that one end is just going to have these blunt cut wires on them and that's because the connector that is going to go to our Jeep is not going to fit through the channel, so you want to make sure that you run it through the hannel and your tow bar before you wire it up.We'll just find the blunt cut end and we'll start on the end that has the shaft on it and we're going to start feeding our cables through till it comes out the other side of our tow bar. You just kind of want to watch as you're pushing them through and make sure those wires don't come up through the channels like they're trying to here. We just push them down with your finger, make sure they go all the way through.Now that we have our cable ran through the channels in our tow bar, we can get our safety cables in place. Now the safety cables we're going to be using are a straight cable and they have one end that's going to have a hook on it and one that we're going to put a quick link. We want to make sure that the spring loaded clasps on the hooks on the end are on the car side or at the end of our baseplate where it attaches to the car. So we want to start taking the end that has the free end of the loop on it and we want to feed it through the channels. So we'll just kind of take that braided cable, push it in and start passing it through. Now since we already have our electrical cable there, it may be a little bit tight but it will fit. You just kind of need to work it through and watch your cable. Make sure it's not going to pull it through as well. Just kind of keep feeding it through till it comes out the other end and then we'll repeat that process for the other arm with our other cable.with our tow bar set up, we're going to go back to our Jeep and set it up so we can put the crossbar in place. So we've got a couple of brackets that we need to bolt up to the orange in our baseplate. Now this one is going to be labeled. They are labeled passenger and driver's side of the car, so you want to pay attention to that. But we'll grab the bracket and this plate washer that has two holes. Those align up with the slotted holes that are in the front of the bracket and we want to grab some half inch bolts, go all the way through the bracket going through the back side. Then that's going to line up on our baseplate. We just want to hold it loosely in place. Then on the backside on each one of the bolts, we'll take a flat washer, go over the bolt, take a split lock washer, and then we're going to take a hex nut.And for now we just want to get this real loose, just hand tight, just enough to where it's going to hold the bracket in place, but we can still move it around quite a bit. We'll do that for each one of the bolts and then we'll repeat it on the other side of the car with the side-specific bracket. So you want to grab your crossbar now. Now you'll notice that we're going to have this pin that's going to the front. That's what our tow bar is going to hook up to, but you'll see on top we're going to have this hole that don't line up with the pin that's coming up from the bracket. And then the pin on the bottom, we'll go through the hole. So we want to line up both sides at the same time.Make sure that everything's going through all the appropriate holes and then also double check that it's nice and centered on the vehicle. And if we need to, we can make any kind of adjustments by sliding the bar over left or right. But again, we want to get it as centered as we can and then we want to snug these bolts up, but obviously we can't get to them in the way. So you want to make sure the brackets don't move. We're going to remove the bar, tighten them up, and then double check that it hasn't moved and we can easily put our bar on and take it off. After you tested it and you made sure you can take that bar on and off- you want to grab a three quarter inch wrench and socket and we're just going to snug these up and again you really want to make sure the bar doesn't move cause if it does we're going to have to loosen it up and make a few adjustments.Make sure you tighten the other side as well. And now that the brackets can't move at all, we need to double check that we can still easily get both sides of the bar hooked on and take them out without fighting it too much or without having to make any kind of adjustments. If it is, we're going to pull the bar off. Now we're going to torque our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. And torque everything down again. We're going to be using a three quarter inch wrench and socket. We'll go through and torque all the remaining bolts that we have.Then once you have everything bolted down, we're going to take our pin right here in the top where that pin is coming through-go through that rod, you want to make sure that the ring goes all the way over and engages the pin itself. We'll do that on the other side as well.But now that we have our crossbar in place and pulled up behind our motorhome, let's show you how we're going to hook the tow bar up to the baseplate. First thing you want to do is you want to slide your tow bar directly into the receiver tube on your motorhome and put the pin and clip in place. Then we want to grab the arms on our tow bar. We're going to rotate them to where they're straight up and down, and at the very back of the tow bar we're going to have this lever here with a really large silver knob. We want to pull that lever towards the motorhome and that'll allow us to drop the arms down and rotate them towards our Jeep. Then we can come to the base plate, remove the large pins and the pins holding it in place. Open up the arms and slide the arm where it's going to fit into that notch and the baseplate and then simply just put the pins back in place and secure it down.Bring our other arm over and repeat that process for this side. Then we dig our safety cables. Make sure we hook up all of our other connections including the electrical.And then one last thing you want to make sure of when you hook your safety cables up, you want to make sure you cross them underneath the stinger that's by the receiver tube here. Now we did run into one thing where when we went to hook up our quick links and our safety cables; the opening wasn't large enough to get around the safety chain loop, so we did have to use some of these larger ones. These are available here at etrailer.com and you can pick them up if you need to. You just need to make sure you have enough space to go around the safe chain loop itself. But with our flat tow setup hooked up, we're ready to put our Jeep into tow mode and hit the road. And again, I'm Rob here at etrailer.com. That'll finish up your look at the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain Tow Bar on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler.


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