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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Hyundai Elantra

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I understand a Elantra with a manual trans can be towed wheels down behind a motor home. My question is should the trans be in neutral or 6th when towing, and can the ignition disengage the steering lock without running the battery down? Im planning on installing a airforce one breaking system. Thanks in advance for your help

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You would definitely want to have the gear selector of your 2015 Hyundai Elantra in neutral for flat towing. Check the owners manual of your vehicle for further instructions.

According to Roadmaster you would not need to disconnect the battery to flat tow your vehicle so that would indicate that there is a way for you unlock the steering wheel of the vehicle without draining the battery. This should be covered in your owners manual.

For a base plate kit you would want the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # 521632-1.

In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-154, and not have to worry about permanently modifying the taillight housings.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System # SM99243 as long as your RV has air brakes. This applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the two vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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