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Jeep Wrangler JK Flat Tow Components

FLAT TOWING PACKAGE

2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

Two of the most popular vehicles to flat tow are the Jeep Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited. How come? Maybe it's due to how easy the Wrangler is to set up for flat towing—maybe it's because we just don't like going without our Jeeps at our destination. Whatever the reason, we've done the hard work for you and selected the best flat tow products for your vehicle. Check out our custom pre-made packages below, or scroll down to learn how to piece together your own kit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO FLAT TOW A VEHICLE?1. Base Plates2. Tow Bars3. Safety Cables4. Tow Bar Wiring5. Supplemental Braking System6. Additional Components
What Do I Need to Flat Tow My 2007-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited?Every flat-towed vehicle requires the same 5 components: base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, wiring, and a braking system.That said, there's plenty of variety in these products, plus additional parts that may be required for certain vehicles. Your Jeep Wrangler, for instance, requires either a stop light switch (2007-2011 and 2014) or a brake-lite relay kit (2012, 2013, 2015-2018). You can also purchase optional covers, screens, and guards to protect your vehicle and flat towing components from wear and tear. We've hand-picked the best products confirmed to fit your JK Jeep Wrangler with a standard factory bumper (no winches or guards). Check them out below.
WHAT DO I NEED TO FLAT TOW MY JEEP?*Denotes required component1. * Base Plates2. * Tow Bars3. * Safety Cables4. * Tow Bar Wiring5. * Braking System6. Additional required or optional components, such as a *stop light switch, high-low adapter, and vehicle guard
Jeep Illustration with Numbered Flat Tow Components
Base PlatesBase plates are the custom-fit attachment points that install on the frame of your Wrangler and will allow you to connect a tow bar to your vehicle. This is the part of a flat towing setup that is truly vehicle specific and custom fit for a particular vehicle and style. These base plates are designed to fit 2007-2018 JK model year Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimiteds with standard factory bumpers that do not have winches or guards.
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Plates
roadmaster direct connect base plates
#RM-521448-5 2010-2018
#1429-3 2007-2009
  • Easily Removable Arms
  • Streamlined Design
  • No Quick-Disconnect Crossbar Needed
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Hitch-Mounted Tow Bars
  • Made in the USA
Installation: Requires Some Trimming of the Rock Guard
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates
roadmaster crossbar style base plates
#RM-521448-4 2010-2018
#1429-1 2007-2009
  • Easily Removable Arms
  • Requires Quick-Disconnect Crossbar
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster Tow Bars
  • Made in the USA
Installation: Requires Some Trimming of the Rock Guard
Blue Ox Base Plates
Blue Ox Base Plates
#BX1126 2007-2018 JK
  • Easily Removable Arms
  • Hidden Reinforcement
  • Compatible with Blue Ox Tow Bars
  • Made in the USA
Installation: Requires Removal and Reinstallation of Rock Guard and Metal Bumper for Installation, Requires Some Minor Drilling, Requires Some Trimming of the Rock Guard
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Tow BarsThe tow bar is the next necessary component of a flat towing setup. Tow bars come in two styles: those that mount and store on the motorhome and those that mount and store on the vehicle. While tow bars are not a custom-fit component, it is important to make sure that the tow bar and base plates you choose for your Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited are compatible with each other. A good rule of thumb is to use a tow bar from the same manufacturer as your base plate kit.
Roadmaster Nighthawk All-Terrain Tow Bar
Roadmaster Nighthawk All-Terrain Tow Bar
#RM-676
  • 8,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-Binding
  • LED Lighted Arms
  • Made of Lightweight Aluminum
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain Tow Bar
Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain Tow Bar
#RM-576
  • 8,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-Binding
  • LED Lighted Arms
  • Made of Lightweight Aluminum
  • Compatible with All Roadmaster Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
#BX7420
  • 10,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-Binding
  • Compatible with All Blue Ox Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
#RM-522
  • 6,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-Binding
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar
Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar
#RM-520
  • 6,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Compatible with All Roadmaster Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar
Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar
#BX7365
  • 6,500 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Compatible with Blue Ox Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
#RM-501
  • 6,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores on Jeep
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
#RM-020
  • 5,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores Separately
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates
  • Made in the USA
Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar
Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar
#63180
  • 5,000 Pound Capacity
  • Stores Separately
  • Includes Universal Mounting Brackets, Adapters Available for Roadmaster and Blue Ox
  • Tow Bar Rated for Max Speed of 45mph
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Safety Cables
safety cables
Safety cables are a necessary component of a flat towing setup. Keep the weight of your Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited in mind when choosing safety cables, as safety cables come in a variety of capacities. Blue Ox includes safety cables along with their tow bars, making it easy to complete your flat towing setup, but they do offer replacement safety cables. Some Roadmaster tow bars include safety cables, but most do not. They offer a number of capacites and both coiled and straight cables to best work with your flat towing setup. The coiled design helps keep the safety cables from dragging the ground, while the straight cables work best with tow bars that have channels for the safety cables to feed through.
Return to topTow Bar Wiring It is important for your Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited to be wired for flat towing. Tow bar wiring allows your vehicle to have functioning stop, turn, and tail lights while being towed. To make sure your Jeep has functioning tail lights when towed, a custom-fit plug-in harness can be installed to use the existing lights, the Jeep can be hardwired to use the existing tail lights, or a universal lighting kit can be used to add additional lights to your Jeep specifically for towing.
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
Plug-In
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
#HM56200
  • 4-Way Flat Plug
  • No Cutting or Splicing Needed for Installation
  • Won't Interfere with Jeep's Factory Wiring
  • Wiring Extension Sold Separately
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
Splice-In
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
#RM-15267
  • 6-Way Plug on Jeep
  • Hardwire Installation
  • Won't Interfere with Jeep's Factory Wiring
  • 6-Way to 7-Way Wiring Extensions Included
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Supplemental Braking System Using a supplemental braking system, also called a tow bar braking system, helps make sure your towed Jeep slows down as your motorhome slows down. This helps reduce wear and tear on both your Jeep and your motorhome, as well as helps shorten the braking distance of your towing setup. It is also important to keep in mind that supplemental braking systems are required by law in many states. It is important to check the requirements for areas you will be traveling through.
Fixed Systems:
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System
#SM99251
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-Time Setup
  • For RVs with Hydraulic or Air Brakes
Installation: Operating Unit Mounts Out of Sight, Commonly Under Hood
SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System
SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System
#SM99243
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-Time Setup
  • For RVs with Air Brakes Only
Installation: Operating Unit Mounts Out of Sight, Commonly Under Hood
Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System
Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System
#RM-8700
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-Time Setup
  • For RVs with Hydraulic or Air Brakes
Installation: Operating Unit Mounts Out of Sight, Commonly Under Hood
Roadmaster BrakeMaster System
Roadmaster BrakeMaster System
#RM-9060 - Hydraulic Brakes
#RM-9160 - Air Brakes
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-Time Setup
  • For RVs with Hydraulic or Air Brakes
Installation: Operating Unit Mounts Out of Sight, Commonly Under Hood
Portable Systems:
SMI Delta Force Supplemental Braking System
SMI Delta Force Supplemental Braking System
#SM99242
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring Setup
  • Compatible with Hydraulic, Air, and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • 12 Volt Outlet #RM-9332 Needed
Roadmaster Even Brake Supplemental Braking System
Roadmaster Even Brake Supplemental Braking System
#RM-9400
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring Setup
  • Compatible with Hydraulic, Air, and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • 12 Volt Outlet #RM-9332 Needed
Roadmaster 9700 Supplemental Braking System
Roadmaster 9700 Supplemental Braking System
#RM-9700
  • Pre-Set Braking
  • Recurring Setup
  • Compatible with Hydraulic, Air, and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • 12 Volt Outlet #RM-9332 Needed
Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency Braking System
Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency Braking System
#BRK2016
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring Setup
  • Compatible with Hydraulic, Air, and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • 12 Volt Outlet #RM-9332 Needed
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Additional Components To complete your Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited's flat towing setup, there are a few additional parts that are needed. These components, such as 12 volt accessory outlets, brake light relays, and high-low adapters, work to make your flat tow setup function properly. Other accessories work to protect your Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited from rocks and other road debris while your vehicle is being towed.
Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit
Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit
#RM-88400
  • Keeps Jeep's Turn Signal Functioning Correctly when Vehicle's Brake Pedal is Pressed
  • Required When Using Supplemental Braking System on 2012, 2013, and 2015-2018 model years
  • Not Required when Using Universal Tow Lighting Kits
Stop Light Switch
Stop Light Switch
#RM-751452
  • Activates Supplemental Braking System Monitor in Motorhome
  • Wires Directly into Towed Car
  • Custom-fit for 2007-2011 and 2014 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
12 Volt Outlet Kit, 20 Amps
12 Volt Outlet Kit, 20 Amps
#RM-9332
  • Provides Power for Portable Braking Systems
  • Required because Factory Outlet Does Not Have Power in Tow Mode
Tow Bar Cover
Tow Bar Cover
Various Options
  • Keeps Dirt and Road Grime Off Tow Bar When Not in Use
  • Various Bags Fit Various Tow Bars
Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard
RM Guardian Rock Guard
#RM-4000
  • Protects Front of Jeep from Rocks and Road Debris
  • Easily Removable
  • Fits all Roadmaster Tow Bars with Quick Disconnects
Blue Ox KarGard
Blue Ox KarGard
#BX8870
  • Protects Jeep from Rocks and Road Debris
  • Lightweight and Durable Aluminum Frame
  • Fits Most Blue Ox and Roadmaster Tow Bars
  • Does Not Fit Roadmaster StowMaster or Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bars
High-Low Adapter
High-Low Adapter
Various Rise/Drops
  • Allows Tow Bar to Remain Level
  • Tow Bar Should Be Within 3 Inches of Level
Roadmaster Tow Defender
Roadmaster Tow Defender
#RM-4700
  • Deflects Rocks and Debris
  • Lightweight, 15 Pounds
  • Fits Most Roadmaster Tow Bars with Quick Disconnect Systems
Roadmaster Tow Defender
Roadmaster Tow Defender
#RM-4750
  • Deflects Rocks and Road Debris
  • Lightweight, 15 Pounds
  • Fits Blue Ox Tow Bars with Blue Ox Brackets, Demco Tow Bars with Demco Brackets, and Roadmaster Motorhome-Mounted Tow Bars
Return to topRelated ArticlesWritten by: Victoria BUpdated by: Jacob JUpdated on: 3/28/2024


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