Preparing to Tow Jetta
I haven't been on the forum for a while, winter not being RV season and all. Yesterday I decided to work on preparing my 1996 VW Jetta for flat towing behind my 1999 Itasca Sunrise SE Class A Motorhome. All in all things went pretty good. There are only two details to take care of now.
I started by installing the Roadmaster brackets. The instructions were very clear and everything bolted on just fine, except when it came to drilling the four holes up through the car's frame. The issue is simply that the clearance is too tight to get the drill up in there properly. I did manage to get three of the four holes drilled just fine but for the fourth hole I had to buy a longer 1/2" HSS bit. I'll give that a go tomorrow.
With the tow bar all but installed, I set up the Blue-ox supplemental brake system. I installed the break-away on the car and it all tested out great. I wired up the little gadget that monitors the brake pedal switch and relays the information to a receiver in the MH.
Then I installed the diode block for the tail/brake/signal lights. The instructions for that were also very good, that went without a problem too. My forte is electrical too so I had a leg up on most people for this part.
I only yet need to wire up the flat 4 wiring connector on the front of the car. Once that's in, I can give this setup a test.
One question. When I tow a trailer with safety chains, I cross the chains left to right when connecting to the tow vehicle. Do you guys cross the safety cables for a tow bar setup? All in all, I believe a crossed setup gives greater stability in the event of a mobile disconnect.
1999 Itasca Sunrise SE (32') Class A
1997 Great West Vans Class B