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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with a 2014 Silverado 1500

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Hi. Ill need to flat tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler behind my 2014 halfton Silverado. Im trying to figure out all the parts Ill need. Im looking at: Tow Bar: BX7380 Base Plate: RM-033 What else do I need to wire into Jeeps break lights, and hook to my trucks receiver? Also, my Silverado has a build-in trailer break system Is that possible to use while flat towing? Thanks!

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If you already have Roadmaster base plates installed on your 2005 Jeep Wrangler then the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter # RM-033 and the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7380 are a great selection.

If you don't already have a base plate kit installed then you will need to choose one from the linked selection as they are bumper specific. If you are unsure what you have just send me a photo and I can identify what you have.

Since the Blue Ox Alpha comes with safety cables you will only need a wiring kit, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter to finish up your flat towing setup.

If you will only be towing this way once in awhile then you will probably want to go with a magnetic tow light option like # TL21RK. Otherwise I recommend going with the Roadmaster # RM-15267 for wiring. Going this route you will also need the brake light relay # RM-88400 if you use a supplemental braking system (which it looks like you will be).

Unfortunately there are no systems that will activate the brakes in your Jeep with the brake controller in your 2014 SIlverado 1500. Again, if you will only be towing once in awhile the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR is an excellent portable system that can be transferred between multiple vehicles. If you will be towing frequently then a more permanent solution like part # SM99251 will be more beneficial.

To determine if a high-low adapter is needed for your flat towing application I have attached a link to one of our helpful articles. I have also attached a link to our selection of adapters should you need one.

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If you already have Roadmaster base plates installed on your 2005 Jeep Wrangler then the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter # RM-033 and the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7380 are a great selection. If you don't already have a base plate kit installed then you will need to choose one from the linked selection as they are bumper specific. If you are unsure what you have just send me a photo and I can identify what you have. Since the Blue Ox Alpha comes with safety cables you will only need a wiring kit, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter to finish up your flat towing setup. If you will only be towing this way once in awhile then you will probably want to go with a magnetic tow light option like # TL21RK. Otherwise I recommend going with the Roadmaster # RM-15267 for wiring. Going this route you will also need the brake light relay # RM-88400 if you use a supplemental braking system (which it looks like you will be). Unfortunately there are no systems that will activate the brakes in your Jeep with the brake controller in your 2014 SIlverado 1500. Again, if you will only be towing once in awhile the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR is an excellent portable system that can be transferred between multiple vehicles. If you will be towing frequently then a more permanent solution like part # SM99251 will be more beneficial. To determine if a high-low adapter is needed for your flat towing application I have attached a link to one of our helpful articles. I have also attached a link to our selection of adapters should you need one.

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If you have front leaf springs then you will need to use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1120. You can then use all of the equipment that was previously mentioned (minus the adapter bar # RM-033 of course).

However, if you do not have front leaf springs then I recommend installing the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-4 which has removable draw bars. This will give your Jeep much more of a clean look when you are not flat towing it.

You can choose to use the adapter bar and the Blue Ox tow bar that we discussed earlier, or you can just use a Roadmaster tow bar, like part # RM-520, along with safety cables, part # RM-643, which eliminates the need for so many different parts.

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