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Old 11-25-2020, 01:34 PM   #15
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Are you planning on lifting the Jeep at all? Something to think about when setting up to flat tow. Both my previous JK, and current Gladiator have a small lift.
Due to the lifts, I chose the Currie tow plate on the JK, and the Maximus-3 tow loops on the Gladiator. Under the bumper tow connections kept the riser needed to a minimum.
If my Jeeps were not lifted, then a bumper with tow mounts would of made more sense to me.
Another thing to think about is how high the receiver on the motorhome is. Some are pretty high up there, like the Winnebago I walked passed the other day. It seemed like a foot higher than my Holiday Rambler receiver!
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I'm using a Currie/RockJock on my JK. With no lift and 33x12.5x18 tires the bar is level behind the MH
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Old 11-25-2020, 01:42 PM   #17
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Ditto on the Rockhard aluminum bumper. I installed myself and was pretty easy. Winch was very tight but I got it in there.....
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Old 11-28-2020, 11:53 AM   #18
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I use my AEV bumper. Just needed to buy adapters for the blue ox towbar to fit the lugs, see picture where the lugs show. Click image for larger version

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I have a 2015 JK Unlimited Rubicon Hardrock and like the OP was using the ReadyBrute braking system. I do a lot of offroading so I did not want to lose ground clearance or the shield under the factory bumper so a baseplate was out of the question. I modified the factory Hardrock bumper to house Blue OX tab retainers.

I did find one problem with the ReadyBrute system on the Jeep. The brake cable had to be too close to the drivers side exhaust manifold which melted the inside plastic cable sheath causing the cable to not release. I was able to fix the problem by routing the cable through a heat sheath material and some fiberglass material.

I now have a DP motorhome that had the Air Force One braking system on it so I added that system to the Jeep.
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Another thing to think about is how high the receiver on the motorhome is. Some are pretty high up there, like the Winnebago I walked passed the other day. It seemed like a foot higher than my Holiday Rambler receiver!
As I was setting up my Gladiator with the Maximus tow loops, I discovered that I need an 8" drop receiver on the Bounder!
At least I don't have to worry about smacking my shins on the Bounder's hitch.
My kneecaps, on the other hand...
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Old 12-01-2020, 04:45 PM   #21
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I ended up going with the Curry Rock Jock base plate. It replaced the original plastic shield under the bumper and ended up at a height that will work with my Gen X hitch. I already have the entire NSA Ready Brute system, so it worked out pretty much the same as my 97 TJ.
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For those using an after market bumper like the RockHard, is there a best place to locate the plug adapters for power and air? I need to use the winch cutout for a winch. Thanks!
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I might be setting up my lifted JKU for flat towing. I doubt my bumper is "rated" as it's from a small company (Evolution offroad) but it's made from 1/4" steel and the d-ring tabs look stronger than anything else I've seen.

Is it as simple as getting adapters for the d-ring tabs?

Obviously I need a wire harness for the lights- what do you guys use?

Brake system- What's good?

I also need to find a good spot for the safety chains.
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Old 12-30-2020, 09:30 AM   #24
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I have a 2013 JK with a 2.5 AEV lift and 33’s and use a Blue Ox base and use a Roadmaster tow bar behind our Valencia. I want to be able to tow our 2017 JKU which is a Sahara Edition with the winter package. It has steel bumpers and rock rails from the factory along with heavy duty tow hooks. Does anyone know if this set up can be used to flat tow without the need to upgrade the bumper yet again?
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I really like my setup. I have a road master tow bar, brake buddy classic, and a Currie Industries baseplate on the Jeep. I have the jeep wired with a connector so the RV controls the tail lights. I was able to run those wires through the frame on the driver side for a nice clean install. The safety chains connect into locations on the baseplate. Click image for larger version

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I might be setting up my lifted JKU for flat towing. I doubt my bumper is "rated" as it's from a small company (Evolution offroad) but it's made from 1/4" steel and the d-ring tabs look stronger than anything else I've seen.

Is it as simple as getting adapters for the d-ring tabs?

Obviously I need a wire harness for the lights- what do you guys use?

Brake system- What's good?

I also need to find a good spot for the safety chains.
"1/4" steel? Wow, that's a seriously heavy bumper. Most are around 3/16" thick. As for using your recovery tabs at tow points, well, only you and your bumper manufacturer can determine that. I use a Smittybilt XRC MOD front and rear bumper on our '15 JKUR and, I use the recovery tabs for towing. I've been using them now for 4 years and still have the Jeep, nothing's broke loose yet!

So many over think this stuff it's unbelievable. If you utilize those recovery tabs for towing and, you find that there's quite a bit difference in height between them and the attachment point on the coach, then get a riser or drop hitch, whatever you want to call it and, you're done. I've been using a 6" riser for decades and yep, the Jeep is still behind us when we tow.

As for where to put the plug for wiring, well, that was easy on ours. There were already knock-out holes in the front so, I just adapted to the last one on the left. Worked out perfect. You'll see it in the picture below which also shows my Blue Ox tow bar adapter hanging off the left side recovery tab.

And finally, pertaining to the safety cable or chain attachment points, at least on a JK, you'll also see in my photos where I installed those. I used the cross member just below the radiator. Those are 5/8" cast steel Eye-bolts. You can get the nuts and large flat washers for them, into the access hole for that cross member without too much trouble. Before anyone get's their panties in a wad, I tested them! I had my Blue Ox tow bar break loose on the drivers side while towing at 65 mph and that Eye bolt went to work, doing its job of holding the Jeep while I was maneuvering to slow the Amtrak down. Worked perfect!
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I also went with the Rockhard bumper. Just keep in mind that they build them to order. Right now that's a 4-6 weeks wait for your bumper.
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