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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Old 06-04-2015
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Default what all do I need to tow?

I may be buying a '97 Jeep Sahara today to use as a toad. I already have a Roadmaster Sterling hitch that cam with my coach. Other than a baseplate to mount on the Jeep what else do I need to safely tow?
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Dave, not completely familiar with the Sterling, but you can get brackets form RVupgrade.com, worldofrvparts.com or several others.
There are two types of Road master brackets, one that uses a cross bar and one that does not. Which means, if your vehicle and tow bar will work with the non cross bar brackets, that is what you want. Lots less clutter on the front of the tow car.
You will need a lighting kit and tow chains/cables too. You can install these your self, but if not totally knowable about installation you may want to contact a local RV supply to install them for you.
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In some states you will need a brake assist unit. In Oregon because of the ratio of weight between the toad and the coach, we don't have to but I added one anyway and am glad I did.
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Default Yearly Dingy Towing Guides

Three most recent guides free to download and back to 2000 for a fee - http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides

Roadmaster also has good information - http://roadmasterinc.com/vehicle_guide/-

Most confusing are rules for supplemental braking, which vary widely by state. Some states require it to travel through them (CA comes to mind), even if vehicle's home state does not.
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You will need to wire up some tow/tail lights for the Jeep. Some use external lights with mounts or magnets. Some add sockets to existing light housing and some of us use the existing lights already on the Jeep. The P.O. of my Cherokee wired in the Jeep tail lights using a kit. Here is some info.

http://www.roadmasterinc.com/product...lectrical.html


https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bar-Wir...er/RM-154.html
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Might consider the wireless remote set up that John Heckman uses. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
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Dave, are you confused yet? KC has meds for that.
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Well not totally confused...yet. I bought the Jeep so I now have a toad. I also called Roadmaster because the baseplate they had online didn't look right for the hitch I have. Glad I called. The roadmaster hitch I have has been converted to mount to a Blue Ox style of baseplate. Armed with this new knowledge, I ordered a Blue Ox baseplate from Amazon. I have also found that there are a variety of wiring options available. Not sure which option I'll go with. It seems I can't find a 6 pin plug to use the existing coiled wire that came with the coach. I'll figure something out. Thanks for all the links and helpful info.
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Dave, did you look up adapters on Amazon? like "6 pin to 7 pin adapter?"
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As far as the wiring harness, it is hard to beat those provided by CoolTechLLC.com. Plug and play.
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