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Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs

Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kristina F says:

Yes, if you:

  • Occasionally tow your small, compact car behind your RV and need a reliable, inexpensive tow bar
  • Want to use your 2” tow ball to tow your car instead of your receiver

No, if you:

  • Tow a larger vehicle or SUV - your loaded down vehicle may exceed the 5,000-lb weight rating
  • Have Roadmaster direct-connect base plates
  • Want to be able to store your tow bar on your car
Perfect for the occasional traveler who doesn't need all the bells and whistles, this dependable tow bar features a full-length cross bar and protected sealed arms. Powder coat finish provides excellent corrosion resistance and durability. Great Prices for the best tow bar from Roadmaster. Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs part number RM-020 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Roadmaster Tow Bar - RM-020

  • Fits Roadmaster Base Plates - Crossbar
  • Fixed
  • Coupler Style
  • 5000 lbs
  • Roadmaster
  • Standard
  • Stores Separately
  • Steel

Perfect for the occasional traveler who doesn't need all the bells and whistles, this dependable tow bar features a full-length cross bar and protected sealed arms. Powder coat finish provides excellent corrosion resistance and durability.


  • Tow bar lets you tow your vehicle safely and securely behind your motorhome
  • Full-length crossbar provides maximum strength and support
  • Foldable design makes it easy to store
  • Strong, corrosion-resistant tow bar is built to last
    • Sealed arms guard internal components
    • Sturdy steel construction
    • High-tech powder coat finish provides additional durability


  • Compatibility: works with most Roadmaster EZ, EZ2, EZ4, XL, and Classic vehicle-specific base plates
    • Will not work with Blue Ox or Roadmaster MX, MS, or EZ5 base plates
  • Ball diameter: 2"
  • Crossbar length: 33-1/2"
    • 31" From center of mounting hole to center of mounting hole
  • Weight capacity: 5,000 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: When attached to Roadmaster Classic base plates, the crossbar on this tow bar will remain permanently attached to your towed car. If you wish to be able to remove the crossbar, you will need to use either XL or EZ series base plates and you will need to purchase Roadmaster's quick-disconnect kit (RM-201).

Necessities for Flat Towing

For the RVFor the Towed CarTo Link the Towed Car and RV
HitchWiring kit/diodesTow bar
Wiring plugBraking systemSafety cables
Base platesWiring adapter cord

Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.

There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.

FlatTowing Components

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.

020 Road Master Tracker A-Frame, Coupler-Style Tow Bar

Installation Details RM-020 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar - 2" Ball - 5,000 lbs - RM-020

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (64 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for the occasional traveler who doesn't need all the bells and whistles, this dependable tow bar features a full-length cross bar and protected sealed arms. Powder coat finish provides excellent corrosion resistance and durability.


I purchased both the parts of the tow system. I just purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee (99) to pull behind our motorhome for week end trips. We just returned from the first week-end with access to a vehicle to move around the area, and short trips to town. It adds a wonderful dimension to the experience. This system allowed us to pull this vehicle with our motorhome, and I can say it pulled as if there was nothing behind me. It was quick to hook up, and easy to un-hook. My labor time to install was about 2 1/2 Hours, and went smoothly. This is a wonderful product, and works as desired. I have attached photos of the After installation, and the camp-site we stayed at, (proving we made it)

Hi.......I read your review of the Roadmaster Tracker tow bar and am considering purchasing this model. I have to admit, a major consideration is the affordability of this model. The RV dealers in my area are quoting me prices in the neighborhood of $4000 to outfit my RV to tow my Honda CRV. Base plate, tow bar, wiring, brake assist,,,,the works. Way over my budget, so am wondering if there is a more economical way to tow my vehicle.I am thinking of asking how much to only install a base plate on the Honda.... then going with this tow bar unit. I can get magnetic lights to use when I tow again, trying to keep the price down. Is this tow bar easy to connect and disconnect? Any feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks....Wayne
-- comment by: Wayne R - 10/09/2015


I've used this tow bar for my little Kia Rio5 Toad behind my 32' Itasca Class A motorhome. Reliable, easy to attach and remove, good construction. Had good experience recent trip from Seattle to Death Valley (7 percent grade in places!) and southern Arizona, over 4,000 miles round trip. It passed the acid test: driving I-5 south in Oregon, traffic suddenly came to a screeching halt ahead of us. We stopped with inches to spare from the car ahead of us. The TOAD stayed right behind, no jack knifing, etc. Good product.

Great. Use it for towing all the time. Have a tent trailer and a small flat bed for dump runs and what not. Tip: make sure you pay attention to how the light wiring is supposed to run past the bar. Get some good large zip ties.
Good B - 04/14/2020




The package was delivered fine and great timing. Missing four bolts but everything else was there. How in the world would four bolts be missing in something like this. That’s kind of ridiculous. Now I had to buy my own bolts so how does a person get credited for something so frivolous that should have not ever been forgotten .

Let me get you put into the right hands. I have sent your information over to our customer service department for them to get in touch with you about the missing bolts.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 08/12/2022


Very fast shipping. I haven't installed product yet.

This a a good solid tow bar that simply does the job.
Steve - 11/21/2022


Fairly easy to install base plate. Left all bolts / nuts loose, slid tow bar in to align while tightening up. Ready for motorhome.


Ordered base plate/tow bar for s10 blazer. Good quality parts all necessary hardware is included instructions were easy to follow installed on my truck in about 2 hours. Ordering and shipping was fast and followed up by email from etrailer.


Less than 5 miles on the tow-bar at this point, having completed only the "proof of concept" journey around the neighborhood. Simple bar, simple instructions. Keep the toad/dinghy brackets loose until the cross-bar is mounted and snugged - THEN tighten the toad mount brackets.


etrailer rocks. Very helpful helping me order what I thought I wanted. Tracker to bar and mounting acc. are very heavy duty and fit well. Thank you etrailer and Towmaster.


1) The unit arrived very quickly.
Instructions were not clear as to whether or not the spreader bar was required with the Roadmaster base plate I had previously purchased for the 2003 Explorer. There is no obvious to way for the pieces to attach without extensive drilling. This base plate is the style that allows us to remove the front pieces. But it dosen't seem to be compatible with the Roadmaster tow bar I bought. Clearly the tow bar attaches easily to the base plate but I was concerned about what additional stresses would be on the car frame ( if any ) without the spreader.
3) The clearance at the attachment points seemed a bit large and I expect chatter, but no real problem. My guess is that these points have extra clearance to allow for some twisting as the tow vehicle tilts one way while the towed vehicle tilts another.
4) All in all I expect the unit to work well but this review ( as most are ) was requested immediately. So at this time I have no over the road experiences to evaluate.

During the year since I purchased this tow bar we have towed the explorer from the Canadian border in the Rockies to the Mexican border in the southwest. Hundreds of those miles are over unpacked roads in the mountains. We have had ZERO problems. And would certainly recommend the product.
Marcus - 03/19/2021


I already have a "StowMaster" tow bar for my 1999 Chevy Tracker, but found that it interfered with my 4X4's ability to approach and climb steep slopes; It also weighed over 60 pounds,reducing my carrying capacity and producing a harsh ride.
The "Tracker" tow bar weighs less than half as much and increases my approach angle while improving the ride.
etrailer described the "Tracker"bar perfectly, suggested the appropriate quick disconnect kit,offered it for less than anyone else and shipped it quickly!
Whatever my future automotive needs I WILL go to them first (and this comes from a retired professional career mechanic/shop foreman).

Okay! Its been a year now totalin around 7000 miles, covering 6 western states, on everything from freeways to dirt desert tracks and everything in between. I wouldnt change a single word of my original review. To add: there are no signs of wear or need for repair. Even the paint is still perfect. The most satisfying purchase of the year.Add another star!
Don T - 07/06/2016


I purchased both the "Tracker" tow bar and the base plate kit, and had the base plate installed by my local mechanic. I was able to install the tow bar attachment plate to the base myself, using a 1/2" drive torque wrench. We've made several trips, some as long as 1200 miles, through mountains and flatlands, on interstates as well as US highways, State roads, and county roads, and have never had a problem with performance. We are very satisfied.

Still working as designed, a year later. Im satisfied!
Henry G - 06/19/2018


Tow bar has been great, easy to maintain and use. No issues. Very quality unit, great instructions, easy install.


Works good after one year..i use bungee cord to hold bar up vertically on my kia car,then try yo line up to motorhome hitch ball. Takes some practice when you are alone,but the price and quality is good.

Still working great, put on kia car yesterday to hookup and head north.
Tom S - 04/14/2019


I purchased the tow bar and base plate so we could flat tow our 2017 Ford focus. I was able to install the base plate myself in about 3 days only because I took my time.
Hooking up to our Motorhome is easy and we don't have any problems with the car going down the road.
When we get another vehicle I will get another Roadmaster Base Plate.


Easy and efficiant


This is a very good tow bar, and is the thirdroadmaster bar I have owned. My previous bars
were roadmaster falcon 2 bars. The tracker bar in a pain in the butt to hook up.
Save your sanity and buy a falcon 2, a breeze to hook up.




The Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar mounts on the Roadmaster Plates very easily and really looks nice on my 2017 Jeep Cherokee limited.


Excellent fitting and strong tow bar that is insures safe and towing behind my RV.

Louis G - 07/24/2020


Got the hitch and additional parts to connect to the base plate I had already purchased from etrailer. The installation took a little longer than I expected, but regardless, all of the parts were there and it fit perfectly!
Great products - heavy duty - quick shipping - all of the parts were there!
Thanks for making my purchase a great one.


Tow about 5K a month , probaly have 40k on it only issue I've had was swing bolt by hitch broke.


Cross Bar measurement was off ("NO" accident/damage to vehicle) it works great, not a problem using over the past year. They made OUTSTANDING effort to get it right, so We were able to take Tow Vehicle on the Trip.
THANK YOU etrailer


I have loved ordering from products came with good videos and instructions. I felt secure in what I was ordering


Haven't actually used it yet, but will for around 2 weeks in about 10 days. Could be a little awkward getting it lined up on the ball maybe. We'll have to wait & see. Seems strong enough though. It's heavy. Although it doesn't fold & stow on the car, it's easy enough to remove & it will fold flat for easier storing.

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See what our Experts say about this Roadmaster Tow Bar

  • Will Flat Towing a Vehicle In Neutral Hurt the Transmission
    The best way to determine if a vehicle with an automatic transmission can be flat towed is to consult the owners manual under the towing section to see what restrictions they list for the vehicle. Some vehicles only require that the vehicle be put in neutral whereas some vehicles will require lube pumps or drive shaft disconnects. If you want to email me back with the year and model of your VW I could do some research to see what is recommended for your vehicle to be flat towed. I attached...
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Base Bar
    I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Tracker tow bar # RM-020 to take the measurements you have requested. The overall length (D1) is 34 inches. The distance between the 2 outer holes on center (D2) is 30 inches. And the distance between the holes on center (D3) is approximately 1-1/2 inches.
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  • What Parts are Needed to Flat-Tow a 1990 Toyota Corolla GTS
    In order to flat-tow a vehicle behind a motor home a number of components are required: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, wiring/lighting and a supplemental braking system. I have linked an article that covers each of these items and review the various different types and options available. A first step is to confirm in your two owners manuals that your motor home can safely tow the weight of your Corolla and that your Corolla can be flat-towed. Certain autos will require modifications...
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  • Can 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Extreme Pickup Be Flat-Towed
    I did some research and found that the manual for the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup states that the vehicle is not to be flat-towed. The manual states that the transmission is not designed to allow it to be towed behind another vehicle. The suggestion in the manual is to place the truck with all four wheels on a dolly like a car hauler. I wish I had better news for you but I cannot recommend anything that will allow you to flat-tow your S-10.
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  • Do I Need to Install Brake Lite Relay if my Taillights Already Function on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler
    If you already have a harness that will function the tail lights of your 2012 Jeep Wrangler when it is being flat-towed then you will not need to install the brake lite relay system as that would be redundant.
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  • Will the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar work with EZ Base Plate Kits
    Yes, the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 that you referenced is designed to work with EZ Roadmaster base plate kits like the part # 521423-1 that you referenced. I attached videos for both products you mentioned plus a help article on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Can a 1996 Toyota RAV 4 Be Dolly-Towed
    Our usual source for flat towing procedures for a given vehicle did not have any information about dolly towing a first generation RAV4, due to the age of the vehicle. However, Roadmaster was able to provide me with some general information. If the vehicle is front wheel drive (FWD), it can be dolly towed. If it is rear wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive, (AWD) it cannot be dolly towed. I would recommend checking with your Toyota dealer to see if they have any recommendations.
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  • How to Unlock Steering Wheel of a 1996 Chevy Tahoe to Flat Tow It
    If you turn your key to the first position it should unlock the steering wheel with out energizing anything in your vehicle so you wouldn't have to pull any fuses. You need to put everything in your driveline in neutral as well. Your 4WD transfer case and your gear selector as well. You should be good to go after you do all of that. I attached an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out also.
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  • Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Arm Dimensions
    I spoke to my contact at Roadmaster and he informed me that the dimensions of the arms of the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 are 1-1/2 inches in tall and 1-1/2 inches in width. The length of the arms are also 34-1/4 inches. This tow bar is not sold without the cross bar either. I attached an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Using the Roadmaster Tracker Towbar Part to Tow a Ford Ranger Behind Motor Home
    The Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, will work to connect the Ranger to your Motor Home, but you will need to have Roadmaster standard, EZ or XL base plates fabricated installed on your Ranger. If you can tell me the year of your Ranger, I would be happy to give you all of your base plate options.
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  • Flat Towing 2000 Chevy Tracker
    According to what I read in the owner's manual on page # 4-44, 2WD Tracker models aren't supposed to be flat towed, even if they are equipped with a manual transmission. Doing so will damage the transmission. A 4WD model may be flat towed by shifting the transfer case into Neutral and placing the automatic transmission in Park or a manual transmission in 2nd. It's recommended to stop every 200 miles or so and start the vehicle in order to keep the transfer case lubricated.
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  • How Does Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar Attach to Vehicle
    The tow bar part number is designed to attach to a base plate kit which installs on the front frame of a vehicle. I would need to know the year/make/model of your vehicle to pick out a base plate kit. In the meantime I attached a couple help articles on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Should Key on a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser be On of Off for Flat Towing
    I looked up the online owner's manual for your 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and it states on pages 340 and 341 that if you have an automatic then it must be towed with all 4 wheels OFF of the ground. If you have a manual then it states the following: "If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transaxle, it may be towed with all four wheels on the ground, in a forward direction, at any legal highway speed, for any distance, if the transaxle is in neutral." Typically if there are special instructions...
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  • Roadmaster Tow Bar Recommendation for a 2007 Jeep Wrangler
    Either of the tow bars you mentioned would work well for flat towing your 2007 Jeep Wrangler that appears to have a Roadmaster base plate kit installed on it. I would recommend the Stowmaster part # RM-501 as it has telescoping arms that will make attaching to your Jeep much easier than the Tracker part # RM-020.
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  • Replacement Crossbar Recommendation for Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
    The replacement crossbar for the Roadmaster Tracker # RM-020 is part # RM-025.
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  • Safety Cable Recommendation for Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
    We recommend coiled safety cables like the Roadmaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643. With these you can wrap them around the arms of the tow bar and since they're coiled they'll tension themselves and not drag. I attached a review video for these cables for you to check out as well.
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  • Does 1998 Toyota RAV4 Need to Disconnect Battery if Flat Towed
    If your key needs to be in the ACC position so that the steering wheel is unlocked you would need to have the battery disconnected so that it wouldn't drain. I'd recommend using a Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect, part # RM-766. The disconnect would allow you to 'disconnect' the battery with a flip of a switch. When the battery is disconnected, the taillight circuit from the RV will maintain the battery in the towed vehicle (you'll need to leave the running lights in the RV on...
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  • Does the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar 63180 Fold Up For Storage
    No, the Tow Ready Adjustable does not stand up vertically or fold up for storage, but the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar for 5,000 lbs, part RM-020, does. You should also keep in mind that the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar, # 63180, limits your towing speeds to 45 miles per hour or less.
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  • Options for Towing 1999 Toyota Celica GT Convertible
    Your best bet would be to trailer tow your Celica or use a Tow Dolly like # RM-2050-1. In order to flat tow a vehicle, a base plate would be needed. The base plate installs to the vehicle frame members at the front of the vehicle and serves as the connection point for the tow bar. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much demand for flat towing a Celica, so neither of our base plate manufacturers, Blue Ox or Roadmaster offer a base plate fit for your Celica.
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  • Can a Roadmaster Tow Bar Attach to a Blue Ox Base Plate Kit
    Most likely by Roadmaster 5000 tow bar you are referring to the Tracker part # RM-020. Which if so there currently isn't an adapter available that will allow it to connect to Blue Ox tow bars. If you have a different tow bar check out the link I attached to the right that shows a chart that show what adapters work with different tow bars and base plates.
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  • Recommendation for Towing a 2005 Pontiac Wave Behind RV
    The final authority on whether or not a vehicle can be flat towed is the owners manual. The only solution I can provide for flat towing your vehicle would be a tow dolly like the part # RM-2050-1.
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  • Can a 2008 Ford Focus SE Automatic or 1998 Toyota RAV4 Manual be Flat Towed
    According to the owners manual for your 2008 Ford Focus SE with automatic transmission, the vehicle cannot be flat towed. But it can be dolly towed using a tow dolly, # RM-2050-1. I could not find any information on flat towing for the 1998 Toyota RAV4 in its owners manual. A local Toyota dealer/technician may have more information for that vehicle. If you needed to tow one of these vehicles today, go with the Focus using a tow dolly since I cannot confirm if the RAV4 can be flat towed...
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  • Inside Dimensions of the Replacement Swivel Collar # RM-900010-00
    I went to the warehouse and found that the Replacement Swivel Collar # RM-900010-00 measures about 1-5/8" on the inside. This part is a direct replacement for the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar # RM-020.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Jeep Liberty
    Towing a vehicle with another vehicle, legally and safely, requires a number of components in addition to a tow bar. All are outlined in the linked overview article on flat towing. These include safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of some kind and base plates and a braking system for the vehicle being towed. If you will be transporting the vehicle only once, to get it to a single destination, you may prefer to use a tow dolly like # RM-2050-1. Although such an item is not inexpensive...
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