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Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System Review

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System with a Four Pole Connector, part number TR118821.Here's what our diode packs look like behind our tail lights. We're looking at our passenger side one. The driver's side one looks identical. The way these work is that they get the signal from your motor home. Then it will go into the diode pack, and then it will come out and go into the tail light. This way your factory lights still work as normal when you're driving down the road without having the vehicle hooked up to your motor home.


Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System Installation - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today, on this 2019 Jeep Cherokee, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System with a Four-Pole Connector, part number TR118821.Now, in conjunction with our diode wiring harness, we also use a Roadmaster 7 to 6 Coil Kit. That'll give us the six-way connector that we have on the front of our vehicle, and give us a seven to six-way coil cord. We'll have the six-way end going into the front of the Cherokee, and the seven-way on our motor home.This is great because not only can you run your turn signals, your brake lights and your tail lights, but you can also run a charge line kit to charge your vehicle's battery. If you have a braking system with an indicator light on it, inside the motor home, you can run the indicator light wire through the six-way connector, through one of the unused terminals, and run that as well. You can have all those functions at the same time.Now, our six-way connector is great because we have this nice spring-loaded door on it which not only will protect it from the elements when it's not in use, but it'll also help hold our wiring plug in place when we are flat towing our Cherokee. We can easily remove the coiled end just by using the two finger hooks here and pulling out.


Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Speaker 1: Today in this 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Fusemaster fuse bypass switch for towed vehicles, part number RM765121.Now, the reason you're going to want a fuse bypass for your Malibu is because when you're flat towing a Malibu behind your motor home, it does require the pooling of two fuses in your fuse box so your vehicle's battery doesn't become depleted. Because the transmission has to be in a neutral position, it can actually run down the battery while the fuse is being pooled.This will prevent you from having to open this cover every single time, remove the fuses, and when you get back to your destination, reinstalling the fuses in order for you to drive the vehicle. With the simple flip the switch down to the tow mode, it's like the fuses we're just renewed because it disconnects the switch. By flipping it up to drive, it's like you reinstalled the fuses because they are now supplying power to the fuse box, and all your accessories will work properly.To begin our install, we're going to locate our fuse box inside the passenger compartment of our vehicle. It's on the driver's side right here underneath our headlights switch.We'll remove our cover by using a flathead screwdriver to get inside this section here and popping it loose, and then our fuse box is behind it.Now, we need to remove our two fuses that need to be removed when the vehicle is in tow mode. We have number 10, which is this one right there, the 15 amp fuse.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today on in 2019 Jeep Cherokee, you're going to be taking a look at . I'm going to show you how to install the Roadmaster diode seven wire to six wire flex coil wiring kit, part number RM-15267.This is what our diode kit's gonna look like when it's installed. It's going to be one of five main components and a flat tow setup. The other four, you're going to be your base plate, safety cables, tow bar and your braking system.What the diode kit is going to do for you, it's going to allow you to transfer your light signals from your rv through your Jeep Cherokee so you can safely flat tow it. This diode's going to have an aluminum casing on it that's going to protect it from rust and corrosion. And it's going to tie into your factory tail light wiring.As far as our plug goes here in the front, it's going to be a six pole plug.


Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch Installation - 2012 Honda CR-V

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Honda CRV we're going to be installing Road Master's Fuse Master Fuse Bypass Switch, part number RM76512. This fuse bypass kit is going to make a quick and easy way for us to be able to haul our CRV behind our motor home. To get it into flat tow mode you have to remove two fuses from the dash every time you set it up. So rather than having to physically pull those out, we can install this quick fuse bypass so with the flick of a button the fuses are disconnected and it's ready to go into tow mode. Quick, easy, and less labor.You can mount your switch wherever you'd like. Once you've got it in, you can quickly change it with the change of a button turning it on or off.


Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster tail light wiring kit for towed vehicles with an LED bulb and socket, part number RM-152-LED.Now, the reason you're gonna want bulb and socket wiring for your Malibu is if you're flat towing it, this is your only option as far as lights that are internal. You can't use diodes on the Malibu because it's a variable voltage system that powers incandescent light bulbs. If you wanted not to have that, your other option is magnetic tow lights.Magnetic tow lights, they're kind of a hassle because they actually can scratch the surface of your paint, and you have to find a place to store them when you're not using them. Bulb and sockets, especially these being LED, you don't have to worry about replacing the bulb. They should last the lifetime of the vehicle for you. So it's one less thing you have to worry about.It's a separate bulb from what your vehicle uses from the factory.


Roadmaster Universal Diode Wiring Kit Installation - 2012 Honda CR-V

Speaker 1: But in our 2012 Honda CRV, we're gonna be installing road masters, universal, high powered diode wiring kit. Part number RM-152. And in conjunction with this, we'll be road masters seven wire to six wire flex-o coil kit, part number RM-146-7. This diode kit is gonna allow you transfer all of your signals from your motor home back to your vehicle while you're pulling it. So this way when you go left turn on your motor home, you show a left turn back here, so everyone behind you, knows what you're intending.The diode's installed right into your factory of lighting and they provide a pipeline for that signal to go here but also protected from going to the rest of your vehicle. The diode acts as a one way check valve that will only allow the current to travel in one direction, towards the bulb, not towards the rest of the vehicle.Now there are many options out there to get your lighting signals back here on your vehicle.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2012 Honda CR-V

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Honda CR-V, we're going to be installing Roadmaster's Diode Wiring Kit, part number RM-15267. This diode kit's going to allow you to transfer all of your signals from your motorhome back to your vehicle, while you're pulling it. This way, when you go left turn on your motorhome, you show left turn back here, so everybody behind you knows what you're intending. The diodes install right into your factory lighting, and they provide a pipeline for that signal to go here, but also protect it from going to the rest of your vehicle. The diodes act as a one way check valve, that will only allow the current to travel in one direction, towards the bulb, not towards the rest of the vehicle.Now, there are many options out there to get your lighting signals back here on your vehicle. There's roof mounted options that hook up magnetically, although those require a lot of hook-up time.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2006 Scion tC

Speaker 1: Today on the 2006 Scion TC, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Diode, 7-wire, to 6-wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit. Part number RM-15267.Here's what the diodes look like installed. Now what this wiring is going to allow you to do, is safely and legally flat-tow your TC behind your motor home, and give you all the necessary lighting functions that are required by law. You'll have your brake lights, your taillights, and your turn signals. This will alert motorists behind you that the vehicle is being flat-towed, and if you're slowing down or making a lane change, they'll be able to tell that as well.What's great about this kit is that this eliminates the need for us to use magnetic tow lights on our vehicle. Magnetic tow lights, even though they will stick to the side of it, they can move around over rough terrain, or high wind conditions, and that can damage the paint underneath it.


Articles about Tow Bar Wiring



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 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 # RM-690. To wire up the 4-way, that...
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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 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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  • How Does the Steering Wheel of a Push Button Start Vehicle Get Unlocked for Flat Towing
  • For your 2011 Ford Edge you want to first consult the owners manual to determine what the flat towing procedure should be and if there are any restrictions. Typically on vehicles with push button starts to get the vehicle to unlock the steering wheel you would need to have the key in the car, and without pressing the brake of the vehicle press the start button. That will put it in ACC mode which should unlock the steering wheel. The procedure you will need to follow will be outlined...
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  • Are Additional Lights Required on Towed Vehicle When Using a Tow Dolly
  • Generally you don't need additional lighting when using a tow dolly that already has lights. However, it's not a bad idea to check with the local laws in the states you'll be traveling in and in Canada. Some people like to add additional lights just to make it easier to see the vehicle that's on the dolly. If you wish to add lights you'll need to splice in a tow light kit, like # EZT20B, because the trailer connector on the back of your RV will already be in use with the dolly. Unless...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why Does Vehicle Battery Have to Be Disconnected to Flat Tow
  • When flat towing a vehicle you have to go by what is listed in the owners manual of the vehicle as the proper process otherwise you might damage something or end up being a danger to other motorists. Most likely you have to disconnect the battery of your vehicle so that the battery does not drain while you are flat towing it. Since the front wheels of a vehicle have to be unlocked and be able to be turned you will end up having the key of the vehicle turned on to accomplish this. Well...
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  • Flat Towing Setup For 2017 Jeep Cherokee
  • He is giving you the information he knows, and isn't incorrect...but is incomplete. There are limits to the battery and that can cause issues, where the manual doesn't have that issue. However, there are many wiring kits, like the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 that will allow you the features to charge your battery while you drive so you are not limited in your hours of towing based on battery. There is a wiring tech bulletin 68321424AB from Jeep...
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness to Flat Tow a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LED Lights
  • The LED lights on your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL use the same wiring harnesses available for incanescent lights. I've linked our selection for you. I like to recommend the diode kit, part # RM-15267, because it installs a 6-way at the front of the Jeep which may be handle for other functions. Depending on what braking system you're using you may need the additional function to maintain the Jeep's battery.
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  • Difference Detween the Blue Ox Fuse Bypass # BX88272 and # BX88271
  • According to my contact at Blue Ox, you will want to to use the # BX88272 in conjunction with the # BX88273. These parts are compatible with the ATM mini fuses, like those used in the fuse box of your SRX. If you look at the photo I have edited for you, you can see the depth of the switch. The BX88272 and BX88273 are the same depth. I have also linked you to some of our flat towing FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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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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  • Fuse Bypass Switch Recommendation for a 2012 Chevy Sonic
  • I checked with Roadmaster and they recommend the fuse bypass part # RM76510 for your 2012 Chevy Sonic so that you can flat tow it without having to pull out the fuse every time.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Needed Items for Flat Towing 2012 Honda Fit
  • For starters, you will need a tow bar and base plates. The tow bar mounts into the receiver on your Winnebago, and would use the base plates that permanently attach to the Honda Fit as an attachment point. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. The Falcon 2 is our best seller, and is easy to operate. The vehicle-specific base plate kit is part # 521190-1. I will link you to our video showing this kit being installed on a 2010 Honda Fit. Next, you will need...
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  • Flat Tow Light Recommendation for a Jeep Wrangler
  • For a Jeep Wrangler like yours there really isn't a good place to attach magnetic tow lights like the part # C-ATL20A. The E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit # EZT20B would be a much better option since it doesn't require a metal surface to attach to. You could shut it in the rear door or even the rear glass hatch. Check out the install video I attached as well.
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