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FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Installation - 2011 Honda CR-V

Today in our 2011 Honda CRV, we'll be having a look at and installing the Roadmaster Fusemaster Fuse-Bypass, part number RM76511. Here's what our fuse-bypass looks like installed. This fuse-bypass will allow us to safely and quickly remove a fuse from our system just by flipping a switch. This will prevent us from having to go underneath the dash of our vehicle in order to pull a fuse, so we don't have to worry about our battery being run down when our vehicle's being flat-towed behind our motor-home. When our vehicle is in drive-mode, we have our functions just as normal. But when we flip it down to tow-mode, we lose our radio, so we don't have to worry about, when the key is in the accessory position, the radio being on running down our battery. This will save us time and money and the frustrations of having a dead battery when we arrive at our destination when we're flat-towing. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get installed. The area we're going to be working on on our vehicle is right below our steering column. We're pulling this panel right here, and the this other panel underneath it in this area right here.


Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring HM56200 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles. This product fits certain years of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle, you can use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. This wiring kit allows you to wire your vehicle and get the signal lights required for flat towing without having to splice into your wiring. The unit features integrated diodes to prevent feedback from the RV allowing for safe operation. Ultimately, the unit's going to let you wire your vehicle to accept your RV's tail light, brake light, and turn signal lights for flat towing. It simply provides a 4-way flat plug at the front of the towed vehicle to connect easily to the motor home. The unit is going to plug in quickly and easily.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue we're going to be showing you how to install the Roadmaster Diode Towed Vehicle Wiring Kit with the seven wire to six wire flexo coil. Part number is RM-15267. Now, for the towed vehicle wiring kit our installation of our four pole wire, it's going to start well before you get the fascia put back on the car. We do this during the base plate process, and it's going to allow us to route our wire in behind that fascia where we wouldn't normally be able to reach so we can get it nice and secure, make sure we don't have any loose edges or anything like that, or any wires hanging any places we don't want. Get that to come down through. Basically, just going to go by the end of the battery here, and then we can route this across and down to our plug area here. Now, I've already attached the bracket just to give us an idea of where that's going to sit.


Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring HM56009 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles. This product fits certain years of the Ford F-150. To ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle, you can use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. This system's going to let you wire your vehicle to accept your RV's tail, brake, and turn signal lights for flat towing. It simply wires to the towed vehicle as a combined system so that the brake and turn signals travel along the same wire. It's going to provide a four way flat plug at the front of the truck to connect easily to the motor home and it's going to come with a dust cap that goes over the connections points when it's not being used. This system's designed to plug in quickly and easily.


Roadmaster Tow Bar Wiring Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Wrangler

Today on our 2015 Jeep Wrangler, we'll be having a look at and installing the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit. Part number RM-154. With our Roadmaster Wiring Diode Kit installed on our Jeep, we don't have to worry about using magnetic tow lights when we're flat towing our Jeep behind our motor home. This would utilize our factory bulbs in the factory tail light assemblies, giving us all the functions that are required by law in order to safely flat tow our vehicle behind our motor home. We'll have our working tail lights, turn signals, and brake lights, treating our Jeep like a trailer behind our motor home. With these diodes, we don't have to worry about any voltage from the RV being back fed into the sensitive electronic components of our Jeep causing damage. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get them installed. To begin our installation, we're going to start with swapping out our connector on the end of our wiring harness.


Roadmaster Universal Diode Wiring Kit Installation - 2016 Lincoln MKX

Today, on our 2016 Lincoln MKX, we'll be installing the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, Part #RM-152. The Roadmaster Hy-Power Diode Kit is a cost-effective and easy solution for when you're flat-towing your vehicle behind your RV. It'll allow you to have the required lights as necessary by law in order to safely tow behind it without having to worry about using magnetic tow lights or using mold-and-socket style lights where you've got to drill holes into your expensive tail light housings. This kit will work with both incandescent and LED style tail lights. Works without a problem there. It uses your factory lights, so it's a nice, clean look and your car functions just like it would normally. We already have our wires routed to the front of our fascia from when we did our base plate installation.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2016 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2016 Jeep Cherokee we're going to show you how to install the Roadmaster Flexo Coil Diode Wiring Kit for a seven pole to six pole connection. Part number is RM15267. The first thing I'm going to do is take my six pole plug, I'm going to take the provided screws here. I'm going to attach that plug right to the bracket. Once that's attached we'll pull the boot off the back, and we want to slide our wiring through the boot. Now, in typical applications here you're just going to have the four wires.


Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring HM56114 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins custom taillight wiring kit. This product fits certain years of the GMC Yukon. To ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle you can use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. This system lets you wire your vehicle to accept your RV's tail, brake, and turn signal lights for flat towing applications. It simply wires the towed car as a combined system so that the brake and turn signals travel along the same wire. It's going to provide a four way flat plug at the front of the towed vehicle to connect to the motor home.


TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, we'll be having a look at and installing the Trailer Mate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for towed vehicles. Part number TM780098S. So here's what our wiring looks like installed. This is a nice plug-and-play installation. There's no cutting of any of the factory wiring involved. You don't have to drill any holes in your tail light assemblies to add a second bulb kit to it.


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Tow Bar Wiring Questions and Answers

  • Can the Honda Fit Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • The information that we have is that the Honda Fit Automatic is towable as is for the 2007 to 2011 model years. If you have a 2012 model or If you would like to let me know the year of your Honda Fit, I would be glad to check to see if it is towable or not, or you can check your vehicle owners manual to determine the towability and pre tow procedures for your specific vehicle. Honda vehicles have special procedures for towing so you should check your owners manual. The items needed to...
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  • Recommended Wiring to Flat Tow a 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door with 2005 Bounder
  • I'm glad no one was hurt in the loss of your Liberty's brave fit against the cement truck, but don't worry, I can help you equip your Wrangler with the proper products to get it flat tow ready. First, I would recommend the Hopkins wiring harness # HM56200 over the TrailerMate # TM781124, because we've had better luck with them not having issues after installation. This wiring harness has diodes to prevent back-feeding built in but if you wanted to install more we offer # RM-790 or #...
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  • Are Additional Lights Needed when Towing a Car on a Tow Dolly that Has Lights
  • Additional lights are not typically required when using a tow dolly but you would want to check the laws in the states you will be traveling in to be sure. A lot of people want to use them any way for more visibility of the vehicle, which isn't a bad idea. Since your trailer connector is already in use with the tow dolly lights, you would have to splice into the tow dolly wiring to power the additional lights. In that situation, a wireless system like # NV-5164 would not work. You would...
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  • Parts Needed to Replace All Wiring a Single Axle Cargo Trailer
  • To completely rewire your cargo trailer, I would recommend picking up a trailer light kit like the Standard Light Kit, # TL5RK, or # TLL9RK for LED lights. These kits include all necessary wiring and hardware needed to install the lights on your trailer. The LED light kit does not include clearance lights. To add clearance lights, I would recommend using # MCL31AB. The best option would be the LED lights because they only use a fraction of the power that the incandescent lights use....
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  • Tow Bar Wiring For 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • For flat towing your 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the easiest wiring kit to install is the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # HM56000. This kit will plug into your vehicle's existing wiring at the taillights. I have attached an installation video of this wiring on a 2014 F-150 for you. If your RV has a 7-way connector, I recommend using the Blue Ox 7-wire to 6-wire, Coiled Electrical Cord # BX88206. Extensions help to connect the wiring from a tow vehicle to a towed vehicle. Since...
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  • Can 2016 Ford Fiesta Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • According to the information I found in the owner's manual for the 2016 Fiesta, the vehicle can indeed be flat towed. You'll want to look over the procedures outlined on page 152 of the owner's manual, and follow them exactly. The procedures vary according to the transmission that the vehicle is equipped with. I'll link you to some FAQ articles about flat towing, I hope you'll find them helpful.
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  • Does Hopkins Flat Towing Harness HM56200 Fit 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with LED Taillights
  • The Hopkins Flat Towing Harness part # HM56200 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with LED taillights and would not require anything else to install.
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  • Recommendation for Adding Taillights to Rear of Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack
  • We don't offer anything purpose-built to install taillights on a hitch mounted bike rack, but you could effectively modify an existing system very easily. If your bike rack is steel, you could simply use a magnetic mount tow light like part # C-ATL20A. There would be some extra wire you'd need to bundle up and secure with zip ties, but the installation would be very simple. Another option would involve using a light kit designed for a cargo carrier. I'd recommend the # 59516 kit and...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind a Motor Home
  • From what I have found the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited does NOT need to have fuses pulled to flat tow it. This means you will not need a fuse bypass. Consult the owners manual to confirm this and for other specific information on flat towing your Jeep. There are other items needed to flat tow your Jeep: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend the Roadmaster XL base plates # 1439-1. These base plates will fit without an...
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  • Can a 2013 Honda Fit Be Flat Towed
  • I have a copy of the 2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual that I found online, and it states that both manual and automatic transmission equipped Fit models can indeed be towed behind a motorhome IF the specific procedures shown are followed. You can find this information by doing a Google search on '2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual'. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely, as they're pretty specific and if they aren't followed to the letter, you can damage the drivetrain of your...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge Behind a Motor Home
  • The bulb and socket kit # RM-155 is one of the recommended tow bar wiring harnesses for your 2012 Fiat 500. But the only way to know for sure if there is space is to drill a tiny hole in the back of the tail light assembly and then use a depth gauge (straightened coat hanger) , push it in the hole until it stops, mark the depth on the hanger, then measure that distance. You will need at least 2-1/4 inches. In addition to the wiring you will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Behind a Motor Home
  • The best place to check to see if a vehicle can be flat towed behind a motor home is the owners manual. I found one online for the 2013 Fit from Honda and it states that you can tow the vehicle behind a motor home. There are special instructions for the automatic transmission you will want to look at so be sure to check your owners manual. You will need 5 items to flat tow your fit. First you will need base plates, # BX2253. These provide a safe mounting location for a tow bar. For a...
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  • Parts Recommendation for Flat Towing a 2014 Fiat 500L
  • I pulled up a copy of the owners manual for a 2014 Fiat 500L and found that the manual transmission vehicles are okay to flat tow as long as you put the vehicle in neutral. You need to check your owners manual to double check this. The first component you will need to flat tow your vehicle is a base plate kit. For that I would recommend the Roadmaster Base Plates # RM-522014-5. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental...
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  • Fuse Bypass to Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Actually, fuse bypass # RM76512 is not recommended for the 2014 Honda CR-V. The correct one is # RM76511. You should only have to pull that one fuse. But you can check your vehicle owners manual to be sure. I have included a link to a video to the right showing how the fuse bypass installs. Fuse bypass # RM76512 is listed for a 2012 - 2014 Chevy Cruze.
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  • Wiring 2012 Cadillac SRX so that Third Brake Light Operates While Flat Towing
  • Although it is not required by law, you can indeed tie in the third brake lamp so that it operates when your SRX is connected to the motorhome. You will need an additional diode, part # RM-790 to prevent backfeed into the SRX. The diode would be wired as shown in the diagram I have produced for you. I have looked online and have not been able to find any information regarding the location of the wiring harness that feeds the third brake light. Your best bet would be to check behind the...
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  • Using E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit, # EZT20B, with a Tow Dolly Already Connected to RV Trailer Connector
  • The Roadmaster Tow Dolly with electric brakes, # RM-2000-1, also already has lights on it which is why they did not provide an additional socket for lights. It also has a 4-Way flat trailer connector with extra blue wire for the electric brakes and not a 7-Way. Since your RV has a 7-Way, what I recommend is to change the connector on the tow dolly to a 7-Way, # PK12706, and then you can use the Hopkins mutli-tow adapter, # HM47570. This connector will allow you to plug in the 4-Way...
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  • Can a 2011 Ford Fiesta Automatic be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • I did some checking and it looks like a 2011 Ford Fiesta with an automatic transmission is good to tow as is. However, you should check with the owners manual to check for any limitations or recommendations. You will need a few things to accomplish this, the first thing being a Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit, part # 524425-1. This will install onto your Fiesta and be the attachment point from the tow bars. Next, you will need a RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar, part # RM-576 and...
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  • Can a 2015 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Be Flat-Towed With 4 Wheels on the Ground
  • According to one of our primary resources for flat-towing information, Roadmaster Engineering, the 2015 Honda Fit is flat towable. However, your new Fit owner's manual is the best place to check for any cautions or special requirements for flat-towing your exact version of the 2015 Fit Sport. We offer Roadmaster base plates for the manual transmission version of the 2015 Honda Fit Sport. That is their EZ4 Series Base Plate # RM-521569-4. Please refer to the linked instructions at right....
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  • Maintaining Battery in Vehicle Being Flat Towed Behind RV
  • First, you will need to confirm that the vehicle is suitable for flat towing. From what I have read on page # 319 through 321 of the owners manual, your GC can be flat towed if the transfer case has a Neutral position. If your 7-way on your RV has a 12-volt power feed (typically the pin in the 1:00 position), you can use that circuit to maintain your battery, however it will not charge a discharged battery. We offer a Flexo Coil Umbilical kit, part # RM-146-7 that would work well...
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  • Wiring Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • For the 2013 Honda CR-V getting the correct wiring harness for flat towing depends on a few factors. If you are going to be towing the vehicle often then using a custom harness like # TM783120 would be a good choice. But if you are using a supplemental braking system (which is required by law in most states) then you will also need a brake light relay # RM-88400. If you will not be towing often then I recommend a magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A. This bypasses the vehicle wiring so a brake...
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