RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar Installation - 2017 Ford F-150

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How to Install the RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar on a 2017 Ford F-150


Hi there F-150 owners. Today we're going to be taking a look at Toastmaster's BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Nonbinding Tow Bar. The tow bar is one of the main components required for flat towing your vehicle. In addition to your tow bars, you're going to need a base plate installed on the vehicle. The base plate provides the attachment point that connects your tow bar to your motor home. In addition to the base plate and tow bar, you'll also need your diode wiring and this transfers all the lighting signals from your motor home back to your vehicle, so people behind you know your intentions when going down the road.

You'll need your safety cables that will supplement the tow bar in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, and a braking system to assist applying the brakes in the vehicle so that way it feels more natural when stopping in your motor home.Roadmaster's BlackHawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar is going to be great for your F150 due to its 10,000 pound rating. This extra weight is going to be required for your larger trucks such as this, and it's got some additional features that really sets it apart from the rest. It has channels down the sides to keep your safety cables and wiring up off the road. This gives it a cleaner look and it also extends the life of your components that are dangling and moving around. It's also a nonbinding tow bar.

You'll find the release levers here on top, and these will allow the arms to insert back into the tube if they're fully extended, and this can be useful if you are parked on uneven terrain, you're trying to disconnect your tow bar from the vehicle, it can get into a bind and get stuck and be very difficult to pull your pins out. By releasing the lever you can move it in and out just a little bit and that little bit of wiggle room will free up your pin making it much easier to disconnect the arms.When you're ready to disconnect your tow bar, it's simply is pulling the pins and releasing it. Now again, if it does get bound, you can use the arm here to help release it and I'll show you that here. You can see our arms fully extended, it locks in and this can potentially get into a bind on the uneven terrain. At pulling up on the arm, it releases it and you can slide it in and out and that just makes it a whole lot easier when disconnecting.When not using your tow bar, you can fold it up and the head of the bolt that's here in the center.

Will click in place holding it in position and then you can simply fold it off to one side, tie up your cables and you're now ready to hit the road with your tow bar still attached to your motor home. And unlike tow dollies, there's no trailers to store, whether you're at home or at your destination.We'll begin using our tow bar by performing some pre assembly. Included with your kit, you get a quick connect bar that's going to attach to the base plate. I've got it fully out of the box and just assembled here. We'll start by installing these two components onto the base plate.

We'll take one of the plates, slide a bolt through each one. We'll then slide that through our quick connect bracket that goes on the base plate and we'll slide our piece onto our base plate. On each bolt we're going to place a flat washer followed by a lock washer and a nut. And we're going to do the exact same thing on the other side.We'll now take the crossbar. We're going to slide it in place, lining up the holes with the pegs. Once you've got that on there, we're going to take a three quarter inch wrench and we're going to tighten up the bolts in the back. We just want to kind of snug these up on each side because we're just trying to hold it, we're trying to bolt down the pieces that we installed in the first step onto our base plate. Trying to get those held in the right position to where it's easy to slide our cross bar on and off.Now you just want to take your bar on and off, making sure that it slides on and off easily just like this. If it slides on and off easily, you can go ahead and take it off and then torque your bolts to the specifications found in your instruction. You can then place your bar back in place. Put the locking pins on and the base plate side of our tow bar is now assembled. We can now assemble the tow bar that will connect between the two.For our tow bar it's easiest if you go ahead and put it in the receiver on your motor home. That'll make it easier to do the pre-assembly that you need to do. So go ahead and slide it in and then insert your hitch pin and clip to hold it in place.Now we'll be taking our safety cables and wiring and running it to the channels in the side. These are designed to keep your wires and cables up off the ground when going down the road. We've got our wiring here. We're going to start with that. You want to make sure you put your seven pole in towards your motor home, and you want to pick the arm that's closest to your connectors. We're going to be putting ours on the driver's side. We'll then take the side that doesn't have any connector on it. We're going to slide it down the channel so it comes out the other side. And then we'll put our six way connector onto our wires here and we're going to wire it up according to the instructions that come with our cable.Next we'll take our safety cables and we're going to slide those through our channels as well, and we're going to take the looped end and we want to go from the vehicle side towards the motor home side. And then we're going to do that again on the other side. It is a little tight with the wiring in there, but it does fit.Now we'll take the C shaped hooks and we're going to place them onto the hitch on our motor home, hooking them onto our safety chain loops and take our safety cables with the looped end and we're going to slide those on to these. You want to make sure that you cross your cables from driver's side to passenger side when you hook these up. We'll just go ahead and slide those on there, tighten the nuts down, and then we can go ahead and plug in our seven way connector into our seven pole plug. And we've got our motor home side all hooked up.Now on our vehicle we can remove the pins from our attachment point on the base plate and then just go ahead and pull the pins out of each side and then we can lift our tow bar up and attach it to the base plate. You'll slide your tow bars' arms between the connection point and you're going to slide the pin that we just pulled out through the base plate connection point and the tow bar, and then lock it back in place. We're going to do to the other arm as well.Then you can take your safety cables and hook them to the safety chain loops on your base plate. Plug in your electrical wiring to your six pole connector. And then attach the breakaway switch cable between your breakaway switch and the safety chain loop on your motor home's hitch.Now you've seen me place your F-150 into tow mode and you're ready to hit the road. And that completes our look at Roadmaster's BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Nonbinding Tow Bar on your 2017 Ford F150.


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