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RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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How to Install the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar on a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Rob: Rob here at, and today you're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500.Now our Falcon 2 Tow Bar is going to be designed to hook up into our motor home so we can safely flat tow our Sierra down the road. It's going to be what's connecting our motor home to the baseplate on our truck, so we have a solid connection point.Keep in mind this is only going to be one component for a complete, safe flat tow setup for your Sierra. For our Sierra, we're going to need a baseplate, a tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a braking system. And specifically for our GMC Sierra, I do recommend getting a battery disconnect, because it is going to make it easier rather than disconnecting the battery.Our Falcon 2 is a motor home mounted tow bar, which means that it's going to go directly into the receiver tube of the hitch on our motor home. We're not going to have to worry about a ball mount or a coupler in order to get it hooked up.On the other end, where our tow bar's going to hook into our truck, it's going to work with all Roadmaster baseplates, whether you have the direct connect style like we have here, or if you have the crossbar style, it's going to work with both of those.Now the Falcon 2 is going to work with other baseplates as well, like Demco and Blue Ox, with an adapter that is sold separately, and you can find those adapters here at the way it's going to hook up to our truck is going to be extremely easy. We're going to have a pin and clip, so we can remove our pin, we can pull out the large pin, and then the arm's just going to slide right out, and you can see we just slide it back in.

And once we have both of them disconnected, we can store it.Now whenever we're not towing, I don't know about you, but I don't want to leave it hooked onto the front of my truck, but at the same time it's rather heavy and I don't want to have to find a spot to put it. But we can bring both of our arms up, and actually have it clip into this little hook here. We can actually just rotate them to the side, you can either put them to the right or left, and it can actually live on our motor home and we don't have to find anywhere else to put it.And hooking it up's going to be just as easy. It's going to be the reverse order of storing it, so we'll just lift it up to the upright position. We'll grab that lever, rotate the arms down.

We can spread the arms out, take our pins out, line everything up, and put our pins and clips in.Now whenever we're unhooking and hooking it up, you might notice that the arm was actually sliding in and out. Now that's going to help us in a few different ways. When we're driving, it's going to give us a longer arm, which means the truck is going to track better behind our motor home, and it's going to maneuver a lot easier. But when we're storing it, it's going to give us a more compact design because the arms are going to come in and retract, so it won't take up so much space on the back of our motor home.Also, since the arms are so long, it's going to give us a really good area to hook up. We'll have a large hookup radius, so we're not going to have to be directly in line behind our motor home to get everything hooked into our baseplate.When we go to take off, the arms are going to extend and they're going to lock into a rigid position so we're ready to tow.

Now if we move up the arm, we'll see we're going to have this little black button. When the arms lock out, this button's going to raise up and be in the locked position, and that's going to make sure that they don't come unlocked and retract back in. But when we want to unhook, we can press down on that button, and that's going to take the tension out of the arm, making it a lot easier to unhook.Now one major thing you want to look at when you're looking for a tow bar is how much it can handle. Our Falcon 2 is going to have a 6,000 pound weight capacity, but you do want to double check your Sierra's owner's manual, because you don't want to exceed the 6,000 pound rating.Compared to some other tow bars on the market, our Falcon 2 is a nice tow bar and it is going to work. But it doesn't have some of the features as some of the other ones do.

Like the Roadmaster Nighthawk Tow Bar is an extremely nice tow bar, it's pretty much top of the line model, and it's going to have the same kind of connection and it's going directly into our motor home as well, but instead of having these buttons, it's going to have a lever that's going to be a lot easier to operate to take that tension off when you go to unhook. Just keep in mind that these buttons can get extremely stiff to unhook, especially after you've been towing, you're on unlevel ground, and the bar just gets in a bind. Now, Roadmaster does have a release tool specifically made for this style tow bar, and you can find that here at more thing to keep in mind when you're towing your Sierra is you want your tow bar to be as nice and level and as flat as you can get it. Because the manufacturer is going to recommend that you have a range, and we're going to be a three inch difference from your hitch to the attachment point on your baseplate. Now that's going to be three inches higher or lower than the hitch attachment point, so you want to double check your height and measure both, and we'll show you how to do that now.First thing you want to do is you want to make sure your motor home is parked on a flat, level surface, and then we're going to measure from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. Right about now, we're getting about 19-3/4". Then we can move over to our truck, and we'll make sure our truck's on a nice, flat, level surface, and we're going to measure from the ground to the center point of our attachment point on our baseplates. Now, we're getting a measurement right around 17-3/4", so there's a two inch difference. Our hitch is about two inches higher than our baseplate, but it still falls within that 3" window, and you can see that it's pretty nice and level.With all that being said, that'll finish up your look at the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, and we're going to go ahead and finish hooking up the rest of our towing setup and hit the road.

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