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Recommended Parts for Flat Dinghy/Recreational Towing a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited w/ AEV Bumper

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Needing to tow 2014 Rubicon with AEV bumper, what parts will I need? Thanks

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Would you be able to send me a picture of your AEV Bumper? Most likely you will need D-ring adapters but a picture would be a huge help.

Also, you may want to go ahead and check to make sure that your bumper is rated for towing. Sometimes a bumper might look heavy-duty but isn't rated for towing the vehicle.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the bumper Jon. I also included a close up of the mount to the frame. I spoke to AEV, they said this bumper can be towed by the hooks.

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Great! Thank you for the pictures and the info!

A complete flat towing setup requires a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. Since you have D-Ring attachment points on your AEV bumper I recommend with the Roadmaster D-Ring Adapters # RM-035 if your D-Rings are 3/4" thick or Adapters # RM-035-1 if your D-rings are 1" thick. These will work great with the Falcon 2 # RM-520 and the Safety Cables # RM-643 which are both rated for 6,000 lbs.

Then for a wiring kit I recommend the Flexo-Coil Kit # RM-15267 which allows you to easily connect your Wrangler Unlimited to the 7-Way on your motorhome. This kit also allows you to add the Charge Line Kit # RM-156-25 to help keep your battery from draining. Since your battery must be disconnected when flat towing you may also be interested in the Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch # RM-766 to make things easier and less likely that you will damage a battery terminal.

One of the most popular braking systems (and the one I recommend going with) is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251. This will activate the brakes on your Jeep at the same time and with the same intensity as the brakes on your motorhome. Another plus-side to this system is that it installs in such a way that you won't notice that it is there when you aren't using it and it is very easy to setup when you do need to flat tow.

Most flat towing setups require a high-low adapter for the tow bar to remain level while towing. I have linked our selection of adapters for you to check out as well as an article that will help you determine which is the best one for your application.

I have attached some videos and helpful articles for you to check out. Be sure to check your owner's manual before flat towing as well.

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