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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Mini Clubman S


I have 2012 mini clubman S, which base plate will be easiest to install with least modifications to fascia etc, blue ox or roadmaster? Thanks for your help, i want to tow4 down but dont want to disfigure the MIni.


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There are two base plate kits that are a fit for your 2012 Mini Clubman S. We have the Roadmaster kit part # 521879-1A which only fits Clubmans before the mid-year change and the Blue Ox kit part # BX1307. Both will require about the same amount of time and modifications for install. There will be fascia removal and reinstallation, trimming of bumper, some minor drilling and trimming of air damn.

I would go with the Blue Ox kit because it will fit the mid-year changes as well.

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 Alpha part # BX7380 which comes with telescoping arms and safety cables. 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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