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Compatibility and Height of Roadmaster Base Plates # 4427-1A on 2011 Ford Explorer

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What is the plate height for this product Im trying to determine if I need a hitch or not? Also, can I use a Blue Ox model BX 7335 with this product, and if so, what adapters will I need. Thanks for your help...

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The center of the receiver openings for the base plate drawbars are 21-1/2 inches above ground level, as shown in the photo I edited for you.

To use a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar with the Roadmaster # 4427-1A, you will need an adapter, part # RM-032.

To wire your Explorer for flat towing, you would need wiring kit # 154-792-118158.

Most states now require a supplemental braking system that would activate the Explorer brakes in tandem with the motorhome. You can see the available choices by clicking on the provided link.

Keep in mind that some vehicles are not capable of being flat towed, or will require modifications in order to be flat towed safely. According to my research, AWD Explorer models can be towed as-is, but 2 WD models are NOT capable of being flat towed and should be placed on a trailer. I would recommend you confirm this with Ford.

I have linked you to some flat towing FAQ articles that you might find helpful.

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