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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1987 Jeep Wrangler Laredo Behind a Motor Home


With the RM-520 do I need to purchase the Base plate separate .and if thats the case do I need to get a special on to work with the RM-520 I have a 1987 Jeep Laredo


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You will need to install base plates on your 1987 Jeep Wrangler Laredo in order to use the Falcon 2 tow bar, # RM-520, or any tow bar. Most Renegades & Wranglers utilize a steel bumper that is shaped like a "U".

This steel bumper has a flat top and face, which the # 1409-3 or # 1409-1 base plate brackets bolt to. However, some versions incorporate bumpers without a flat face and top which prevent the use of these brackets).

In addition to the base plates and tow bar you will also need safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. For lighting a popular option for Jeeps is bulb and socket kit # BX8869. You will also need a wiring kit, # HM47054, in order to complete the installation of the bulb and socket kit and connect it to the tow vehicle. If the tow vehicle has something other than a 7-Way trailer connector let me know.

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.

Be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on flat towing the vehicle. I have also included some helpful links to our series of help articles on flat towing for you.

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