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Old 06-06-2020, 01:28 PM   #1
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Flat towing a Jeep

Hey guys I am going to flat towing and have purchased a 2012 Jeep four door wrangler. Whatís the best base plates and tow bars? Also any help with auxiliary brakes? Thanks for the help
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Old 06-06-2020, 01:46 PM   #2
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I tow a '17 Wrangler. I have a Blue Ox base plate and a Ready Brute tow bar with ready Brake. I installed it all myself over the course of a few days. Read up on Ready Brute (NSA Enterprises). I love mine and have put about 5,000 miles behind 2 different motorhomes.
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Ditto on the Ready Brute. Recently put 3100 miles on ours towing out 2015 Wrangler. All mechanical, not complicated to install or use.
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Ditto on the NSA ReadyBrute. We’ve got about 5k miles in ours and it’s easy. The installation took about two hours in my garage.
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...depending on what OEM or after-market you have, you may be able to pull from the existing bumper tabs.....if you cant, I would consider getting an after-market bumper that can be pulled....money for a baseplate is nearly what you will pay for a new bumper--plus new bumpers are cool and you wont mess up your front approach angle. I like BlueOx tow products but not everyone does--so any of the major brands will do fine.
PS--I prefer aux. brake systems that don't alter the towed OEM equipment but those that do are convenient, once installed....
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Went with blue Ox bar plate and Reday Brute Elite. Works great. Next time round I might go with a custom bumper with flat tow points.
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I guess I'm just different. I went with Roadmaster base plate, Hopkings wiring kit, and M&G Engineering brake kit on our 16 JKUR. I already had a Roadmaster towbar, and I had the M&G brake on our last toad. Takes a bit to install, but once it is on, hooking up is super simple. Did the base plate, wiring and brakes myself in about 5 hours.
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...depending on what OEM or after-market you have, you may be able to pull from the existing bumper tabs.....if you cant, I would consider getting an after-market bumper that can be pulled....money for a baseplate is nearly what you will pay for a new bumper--plus new bumpers are cool and you wont mess up your front approach angle. I like BlueOx tow products but not everyone does--so any of the major brands will do fine.
PS--I prefer aux. brake systems that don't alter the towed OEM equipment but those that do are convenient, once installed....
Agree, if you are into off-roading at all (which you WILL be once you've found out how much fun it is and how many sites you will see that most won't be able to) the base plate lowers your clearance whereas an aftermarket bumper with tabs on it will give you more clearance and protect the towing stuff better... good luck !

We have a 10k demco that came with the rv, but since the jeep is < 6k lbs, I went with a new demco 6500lb bar with lot's of new features


but I've never heard of anyone towing a jeep :
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I have a Rock Hard 4x4 bumper with adapters for Roadmaster tow bar. M&G brakes. I love this setup. I have towed about 70,000 miles over 8 years with no problems.
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...money for a baseplate is nearly what you will pay for a new bumper...

From what I can see, bumpers that can handle a tow bar start around $700 while base plates are in the $400 range...
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We have the Rockhard bumper with Blue Ox tow bar. M&G for braking. Clean, simple to use and un-obtrusive setup once installed.
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I use a Currie base plate for our 2016 Wrangler. It doubles as a skid plate, and hooks up perfectly to our Blue Ox tow bar. The mounting points are just below the bumper so it is less of a riser I need to tow our lifted Jeep.
I chose the RVi3 system. I will be trading the Jeep in soon for a new Gladiator, so I wanted something that would be easy to transfer from one Jeep to the other.
So far I am really pleased with the RVi3. I love the fact that I can manually apply the toad brakes from the onboard tablet if I need to.
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Alan--yup that sounds right--so you get a really nice custom bumper with pull tabs and no approach angle issues for about $300...sounds like a good deal to me.....
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It depends on how to plan to use your Jeep. If youíre simply going to tow it around and not do any off-roading and are happy with the stock bumper a baseplate is a good option. If you plan to upgrade the bumper then do it now and get one thatís rated to tow.

A company that makes tow-rated bumpers, like LOD, will likely have options for any standard tow bar like the Blue Ox. Iím partial to LOD because their bumper is light, looks good and has stood up to some abuse

If you go with the NSA ReadyBrute, they can custom build the clevisí for your particular bumper.
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