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How to Flat Tow a 2005 Dodge Dakota Behind a Motorhome with a Roadmaster Nighthawk Tow Bar


What parts do I need to go with a Roadmaster nighthawk tow bar for my 2005 Dodge dakota?


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To flat tow your 2005 Dodge Dakota using the Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar # RM-676 you will need crossbar # 910021-00, sold separately, and base plates # 52276-1. The tow bar comes with safety cables so you will not need to add any additional cables.

You will also need lighting and supplemental braking. For lighting you can use # RM-152. This will wire into the connector that is included with the tow bar and to the vehicle so the RV will control the Dakota's lights when it is being towed.

You may also need a high/low adapter to keep the tow bar level. I have linked a help article showing how to measure and a link to the high/low adapters we carry.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. One of the preferred systems for our installers and what I recommend is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply 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.

The # RM-88400 relay is required to prevent the towed vehicle's brake signal from overriding the turn signal from the RV when applying the brakes during a turn. (The RM-88400 relay is not required when using magnetic tow lights.)

Be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on flat towing the vehicle. I have also included some helpful links to our series of help articles on flat towing for you.

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