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Which Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, EZ4 or EZ5

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We need base plates for towing our 2006 Jeep Wrangler. You have two for this application - part numbers 521424-4 and 521424-5. I need to know the difference between the two parts, if you have them available, and the cost. Thank you for your help.

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As long as your 2006 Jeep Wrangler has a double tube bumper either Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-4 or # RM-521424-5 would fit and work well. The difference is the attachment style the removable arms of the kit have. The EZ4 kit requires you to use the crossbar that comes with the tow bar you use and the EZ5 does not. If it was me I would go with the EZ5 kit as they are easier to connect/disconnect in my opinion.

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-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR, that applies 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.

Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry.

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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