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Old 11-04-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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name the base plate, please

What do we have here? We bought a Wrangler recently that already had base plates/brackets installed along with chain hooks and a wiring harness.

We'd like to try toting it sometime soon, but what kind of tow bar should I be looking for that works with these base plates?
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What do we have here? We bought a Wrangler recently that already had base plates/brackets installed along with chain hooks and a wiring harness.

We'd like to try toting it sometime soon, but what kind of tow bar should I be looking for that works with these base plates?
Looks like a Roadmaster!
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Note that the chains would be better if they were connected to the frame itself, not the same place as the tovar connects. The idea is that if the towbar fails, the chain keeps you connected. If the bumper comes off that jeep it is a single point failure.

Some may disagree on this because "lots of people do it that way" but I prefer to think it through and evaluate for myself. My jeep connects to the towbar on the steel bumper similar to that photo, but I crawl under and connect the chains to the frame rails. There are two holes perfectly situated there anyway. No single point failure for me.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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Thanks guys! I'll be looking for a Roadmaster soon!

Statgeek--I agree with your advise about chains. Chains on the frame saved our son from losing a vehicle from a tow dolly recently.
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There was a couple on the classifieds of this site a while back. Not sure the price was such a bargain, but might be a place to start looking
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You don't necessarily have to buy Roadmaster tow bar. I have brackets like these on our Wrangler. After buying a used Blue Ox tow bar from Craigslist at a great price I purchased an adapter bar that would mount on the Roadmaster mounts but hook up to the blue ox tow bar. I'm sure you could also adapt to demco if you found a great buy on one of their bars. You have options that might make your shopping easier. Adapter bars are available at RVUpgrades.com who by the way is an IRV2 sponsor.
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Note that the chains would be better if they were connected to the frame itself, not the same place as the tovar connects. The idea is that if the towbar fails, the chain keeps you connected. If the bumper comes off that jeep it is a single point failure.

Some may disagree on this because "lots of people do it that way" but I prefer to think it through and evaluate for myself. My jeep connects to the towbar on the steel bumper similar to that photo, but I crawl under and connect the chains to the frame rails. There are two holes perfectly situated there anyway. No single point failure for me.
My Jeep Liberty Blue Ox base plate came with a set of safety cables that connects between the baseplate and frame for the added safety margin.

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