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What Parts are Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Chevy Sonic Behind a Class C Motor Home

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What all do I need to flat tow a manual shift 2012 Chevy Sonic. What about brakes? It is fairly light at less than 3000 lbs. and we will be towing with a 31 foot class C.

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The first thing you are going to want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual for the proper towing procedure of the vehicle. If it states you can flat tow it then there are 5 items you will need.

First, you will need base plates on the vehicle to provide a safe attachment point for a tow bar. You can use EZ2 style base plates, # 523173-4. These base plates are compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars.

The most popular tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520 that you have referenced. I have linked instructions and a video for you. For the most economic tow bar, you can use the Tracker, # RM-020, instructions linked.

For either tow bar, the next item you will need is a set of safety cables like # RM-643. The coiled designed of these cables helps keep them off of the ground when towing the vehicle.

Next you will need a lighting solution for the vehicle so that when you operate the RV lights it will also operate the lights on the Sonic. The easiest system to install a magnetic kit such as # RM-2120.

And last most states do now require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest to set up and use is a proportional Even Brake system, # RM-9400. This system applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the RV is braking which reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

In order for the braking and lighting systems to function properly, you will also need a brake light relay, # RM-88400. I have included a link to our series of FAQ articles on flat towing for you to view.

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