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Recommended Roadmaster Parts to Flat Tow 2017 Ford Fiesta Behind RV

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I read your recommendations for needed equipment to set up a 2017 Ford Fiesta as dinghy towable 4 down. What is the estimated installation costs? Roadmaster gear!

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We have everything you need to equip your 2017 Ford Fiesta with Roadmaster parts so that it can be flat towed behind your RV with all 4 wheels on the ground. To do this you will need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution, and a supplemental braking system.

Starting with the base plate kit I recommend the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit # RM-524438-4 if you have the non-ST model without EcoBoost or the EZ4 # RM-524441-4 if you have the non-ST model WITH EcoBoost. The EZ4 brackets sit further back than other traditional options which gives you a much cleaner look when you aren't towing the vehicle. If you happen to have the ST model Ford Fiesta then you will need to go with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2650 as it is the only kit available that is confirmed to fit that particular model.

Then for a tow bar I highly recommend the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain # RM-522. This is a non-binding tow bar that will let you release the vehicle at any time, even on unlevel ground. Its extra-long telescoping arms allow for better maneuverability and easier towing while its cable guides protect wires and safety cables from getting damaged or tangled. It has a 6,000 pound towing capacity. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. If you needed the above Blue Ox Base Plates then you can use the Roadmaster Adapter Brackets # RM-031 to make them compatible with this tow bar.

For a lighting solution I really like the Roadmaster Diode Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This kit will let you wire the Fiesta so that it accepts the signal lights from your RV while also preventing feedback. It includes a 6-Way that will get mounted to the front of the vehicle and enough coiled wiring to go from there to the 7-Way on the RV.

Then to safely stop your Ford Fiesta in correspondence with the RV I recommend taking a look at the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System # RM-8700. This is a great proportional system that will activate the brakes on the Fiesta at the same time and with the same intensity that you apply to them in the RV. The actuator box installs permanently so you never have to remove, adjust, or reactivate it as you transition back and forth between every day driving and towing. You will also need the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit # RM-88400 to prevent the vehicle's brake signal from overriding the turn signal from the RV when applying the brakes during a turn.

Lastly, you will likely need a high-low adapter in order to keep the tow bar within the "Safety Zone" (3 inches below or above level). I have attached a great article that explains how to choose the best one for your setup and a link that will take you to our available selection.

Unfortunately I'm not able to give a good estimate as to what the installation costs will be for your Fiesta. I have attached installation instructions and videos for the products mentioned. I recommend bringing these to a couple local shops so that they can provide you with an accurate estimate before you actually bring the vehicle in. I have also attached a couple articles on flat towing that you might find helpful.

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