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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Ford Explorer with Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar


Will his Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2inch Ball - 6,000 lbs mount on a 2002 Ford Explorer?


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For your 2002 Ford Explorer you would first need to start with a base plate kit to allow it to be flat towed with the Stowmaster part # Rm-501. For that you would want part # 480-1 for if it is not a Sport model. Or part # 474-1 for if you do have a Sport model.

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 III, # BRK2019, 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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