RoadMaster Falcon Tow Bar Installation - 2014 Mini Countryman

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How to Install the RoadMaster Falcon Tow Bar on a 2014 Mini Countryman


Hi there Mini owners, today on your 2014 Mini Cooper S Countryman edition, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install RoadMaster's Falcon All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar. The Falcon All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar is going to be one of five main components you'll need when flat towing your vehicle behind your motor home. Your tow bar is the connection between your motor home and your vehicle, but additionally also means your safety cables, which is a supplemental connection in addition to your tow bar, your base plate, which provides a connection point for your tow bar on your vehicle, your diode wiring or magnetic lights, which will take all of the lighting signals from your motor home, transfer it to your vehicle, and allow all of those signals to be transferred for people around you to see it so they know your intentions when going down the road.And lastly, your supplemental braking system, which will apply the brake pedal in your vehicle when you hit the brakes in your motor home. The Falcon All-Terrain is a non-binding tow bar and what that means is we have levers here that will allow us to release the arms here so they can be retracted back in. Why this is important is because when you're hauling your vehicle behind your motor home and you stop and you want to disconnect if you're on any uneven type of pavement or terrain, it can cause the tow bar to get into a bind, making it very difficult to remove the pins from your base plate by pulling up on the lever here. It will release that so we can then move our arm, twist it, push it in and out a little bit, and that little bit of movement makes all the difference in getting these pins removed.

And you can kind of see that here if I pull it all the way out. You can see it's locked in. If I pull the lever, it allows it full movement.In addition to it being a non-binding tow bar, we have channels that run down the sides of each of our arms, which gives us a location to mount our safety cables and our wiring to keep them up off the road. This provides us with a cleaner look and will also extend the life of these components, giving them a place to stay put and not drag on anything. Now when you're not using your tow bars, you can simply lift up on them and the head of the bolt here will line up with the slot there and it'll click in place.

We can then take our arms and we're going to push them off to one side. It'll keep up in this storage position here so it's up out of the way and also minimize the length at the back of your motor home. Your cables, you can then just take up and you can wrap them around it, time them up, to ensure they don't rub on the road.If you're planning on leaving your tow bar attached to your motor home for an extended period of time, I highly recommend that you use a cover which will protect all of the components from the elements. RoadMaster has available here etrailer.com. It features a 6,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much you can pull, which is going to be more than enough for our Mini here.

So this really is my choice tow bar for the Mini Cooper. It's got all the necessary options that I'd like. It has our release which makes it non-binding and it's got the channels which keeps everything nice and neat and our weight rating is perfect for our Mini.I'd also choose a tow bar over other ways of bringing your vehicle with you such as a tow dolly. Tow dollies are great, but they only work on certain vehicles. If you have an all wheel drive edition Mini, you won't be able to use one of your towed dollies because all the vehicles have to be off the ground on those all wheel drive models.

And also if you have a tow Dolly and you are able to use it with your Mini, you have to store it when you're not using it. So at home you've got to find a place to keep it. When you get to your campsite, you still got to find a place to keep it. But in this, you saw it just folds up and it can stay behind your motor home. Quick and easy cleanup.Before we place our tow bar into our hitch, if you haven't done so, I recommend you put your cables and your wiring through your channels. In order to do so, you'll want to make sure you have safety cables with this type of end on it so you can undo the hook here because the looped end can easily be passed through the channel. I highly recommend when you feed your cable through that you put the loop then like this towards the motor home side of your tow bar because often you don't get a hook like this with your safety cables. It's just a C-clamp and there's no way to quickly remove this. You have to unthread it each time and more often than not when you're storing your tow bar, you leave it on the back of the motor home so you can leave your motor home side connected and that way on the vehicle side you use your quick connect to get it hooked up to your base plate.RoadMaster has safety cables available here etrailer.com. A good starting point is their 68 inch cable. It's going to come with the necessary ends that will allow you to feed it through like we talked about here and as long as you don't need a high or low adapter for your flat tow setup, in most cases, 68 inches is going to be the perfect length. When feeding your wiring through, you are going to have to disassemble the six pole end and these often come disassembled when you purchase them so that way you can slide the cable through. Your six pole end is going to go on the vehicle side and then you can attach the six pole connector back to the wiring. There are straight cables available from RoadMaster here etrailer.com that you can purchase to get this set up as well.With all the pre-assembly out of the way, we're ready to get our tow bar hooked up. We'll start with our motor home side. We're going to place the end of our tow bar into the receiver, lining up the hole with our tow bar and the hole in the receiver. Then we can use the included pin and clip to get it secured. Now we'll hook up our vehicle side. You want to lift your arms up, extend the arm and line it up with the slot on your base plate. If you've got a RoadMaster Direct Connect base plate like this or any other RoadMaster base plate, your arms will be able to connect to it. I highly recommend the Direct Connect base plates just because they are less of a footprint at the front of your vehicle. We'll then take our pins, slide it through, lining up the hole on the opposite side where we can then lock it in place. We'll then do the same thing for the other arm.Now if you have a Blue Ox base plate, there are adapters available that will replaced these ends so you can hook up to those base plates. You can get those here etrailer.com as well.And now with the rest of our connections made, you can place your vehicle into tow mode and you're ready to hit the road. One thing I want to just point out, when you're hooking up your safety cables, when you get to your motor home side, you want to cross the cables from left to right to create a cradle, just like we did here. By placing a cradle here in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, your components would rest on this because if you think about it, your vehicle and motor home are going to be taught. The cable will be taught because they're a part and this will hold them up off the road. If you didn't cross them, your components could fall down in between and dig into the pavement, which could result in further damage.And that completes our installation of RoadMaster's The Falcon All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar on your 2014 Mini Cooper S Countryman.


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