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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2011 Ford Explorer Behind a Motor Home

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do i have to drill new holes in the ford explorer frame, etc to attach this baseplate design

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You should not have to drill new holes in your 2011 Ford Explorer to install base plates # 4427-1A. But there are some holes that will need to be enlarged, a bracket that will have to be modified, and some fascia trimming to complete the installation. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.

In addition to the base plates you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For a tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. It has a 6,000 pound capacity and telescoping arms for easier hook-up. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

For lighting you could use a simple magnetic kit such as # RM-2120. Or for something more permanent you can use the 6-diode kit, # 154-792-118158. If you will be towing the Explorer frequently the diode kit is the way to go because once installed you will not have to set it up again.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. One of the preferred systems for our installers is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

I have also included 2 helpful links to our help articles on flat towing for you.

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