RoadMaster Falcon Tow Bar Installation - 2018 Subaru Forester

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How to Install the RoadMaster Falcon Tow Bar on a 2018 Subaru Forester


Shane: Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar on our 2018 Subaru Forester. Flat towing our vehicle behind our RV is going to be a lot more convenient when we get to our destination. We can set up our RV, leave it set up. We're going to have a second vehicle that we can get around town. Go to the grocery store or go exploring.

There are five main components for a flat tow setup. You have your base plate, you have your diode wiring kit, you have your braking system, your tow bar, and your safety cables. Your base plate is going to attach directly to the chassis of the vehicle. It's going to give you a solid connection point for your tow bar. Your tow bar is going to be the attachment point from your base plate to your RV.Safety cables are going to be a secondary safety device in case your tow bar fails.

Your braking system is going to sit inside the vehicle or mount inside the towed vehicle and it's going to allow the vehicle to not only slow but stop itself, so we're not relying on the brakes in the RV to do both. Our wiring, that's going to allow our Subaru to receive light functions from our RV so that we're safe when we're flat-towing. People know what we're doing, whether we're braking, turning or driving at night. Now there is possibility of a sixth component that's going to be needed depending on the wiring system that you're using. If you're installing a diode wiring kit, it's going to require a brake light relay.

The relay attaches to the brake light wire inside the vehicle and it keeps your brake light signal from overriding your turn signal.If you're installing a bulb and socket kit, you're not going to need a brake light relay, but keep in mind you are going to have some drill a hole in the back of your taillight housing to get the bulb installed. And with these tail lights, there's not a whole lot of room to do that. As I mentioned before, our all terrain is going to be a non-binding tow bar, so it's going to make it much easier to connect and disconnect on unlevel ground. As we tow our vehicle, our arms lock out into place. These levers...

When we get to our destination, you pull the lever and it unlocks that arm. It releases that pressure to make it a little bit easier to disconnect it. Each arm is going to move independently, side to side, through this pivot point here. We're also going to have two pivot points here.This is going to allow our tow bar to shift when we're driving on unlevel ground. When we fold our arms together, this bolt is going to go right inside this hole. This is going to allow us to store our tow bar on the back of our RV. Another nice thing about this tow bar is we're going to have a channel on each arm. This allows us to run our safety cables and our wiring through it to help keep those items up off the ground, keep them from getting damaged. With our Subaru weighing just under 5,000 pounds, the all terrain has a tote capacity of 6,000 pounds, so you know it's more than enough to handle our Subaru or pull it behind our RV.We're going to have pre-lubricated nylon bushings and all of our pivot points, which is really going to help reduce friction to help our tow bar last us for a long, long time. Our tow bar is going to require a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening on our RV and it's going to come with the pin and clip. Another nice feature of the all-terrain tow bar is a quick disconnect bar. This allows you to disconnect and connect to your base plate a lot easier. Anytime you're flat towing a vehicle, you want to make sure that your tow bar is as flat as possible. What I'm going to do, since our base plate is installed on our Subaru, I'm going to give you a measurement. We're going to measure from the ground to the center of our base plate here.We're at about 16 and three quarters. Next, what you want to do, is you want to go out to your RV and you're going to want to measure from the ground to the center of your hitch, which is going to be like this. If those numbers are within three inches, it's not going to require a rise or drop. If those numbers are more than three inches difference, then it is going to require a rise or drop. When adding that rise or drop, keep in mind you will need cable extensions for whatever size or whatever length that rise or drop you choose. Those components can be found here at etrailer.com. To connect our tow bar, simply slide this right inside the removable arm, line up the holes, and slide your pin through. You want to make sure that the hole in the pin is going towards the inside. You're going to line it up with this tab, snap your pin in, lock it into place. Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video's helped you on your 2018 Subaru Forester.


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