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Old 04-05-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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First time towing question

I have a 2007 1500 dodge ram quad I plan on towing behind my 2004 HR 40dst we just bought. Do I have to run a bungee cord around the steering wheel tied off somewhere for resistance? I have never towed before and don't want the truck flailing around behind the motor home. I have an Aventa II tow bar and am looking for a BX1988 base plate.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I don't know for certain, but I think if it drives without a death wobble it will tow the same.
Does the steering return to normal while driving? If it does, I would be inclined to think you'll be okay to tow without it. I hope I'm corrected here shortly if i'm wrong.

Best of luck and happy trails!
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The normal configuration of the steering system should keep the wheels straight when going forward, if your front end is aligned properly. The steering definitely needs to turn freely so the front wheels can follow the track of the motor home.
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NO to using a bungee cord for assistance.
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As JohnRR...
Also remember to unlock your steering wheel, father forgot, once. Took 20000 miles off the tires in 20 miles.
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I tow my 2004 Ram 1500 4X4 behind my MH. It does not flail! It tracks right behind the MH just fine. I use a Ready Brute Elite system with surge brake and emergency break away.
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I tow my 2011 Ram. Attach my Ready Brute Elite, put the transfer case in neutral and go!
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Great help thank you all. I am looking forward to the adventure.
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:58 AM   #9
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We are considering towing our Suburban behind our MH. Glad to see other people pull large trucks/suv. Our Suburban is an oldie so it requires next to nothing to tow it.
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Do you have the taillights/brake lights in your truck wired? If so, what kit did you use?

The Ready Brute system looks pretty slick.
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Do you have the taillights/brake lights in your truck wired? If so, what kit did you use?

The Ready Brute system looks pretty slick.
I didn't want to get fancy so I just ran a wire along the frame of the truck and I have magnetic trailer lights that I stick on the bumper.
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Might want to see if Hopkins makes a kit. I just used the Hopkins kit on my 2013 Silverado and it was very simple, 1 plug at the rear, then run the wires to the front bumper.
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As JohnRR...
Also remember to unlock your steering wheel, father forgot, once. Took 20000 miles off the tires in 20 miles.
AND, release the park brake on the toad after you get it hooked up. Remembered this about 300 miles too late. The ebrakes on a 2000 Blazer are no problem whatsoever for a 350 Cat.
Don't ask me how I know.
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I have some towing lights with a long wire 4 prong, that you just find a place to mount them on the back of the truck (temporarily). I think I want something more permanent that I do not have to put on and take off every time.
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