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Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2016 GMC Yukon

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A friend gave me his Roadmaster Falcon 5250 tow bar. Will this model work with the base plates you show for my SUV?

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The Roadmaster Falcon 5250 tow bar you have will work with Roadmaster base plates but it is not rated to tow your 2016 GMC Yukon. That tow bar is rated for 5,000lbs and the curb weight of the 2016 Yukon is 5,379 to 5,626lbs with nothing loaded into it. Instead I recommend the Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 2" Hitch - 10K Item # RM-422. It has plenty of weight capacity and a non-binding design that allows you to release your vehicle at any time, anywhere on even or unlevel ground.

The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Item # RM-523179-5 will attach to the recommended tow bar above and removable arms provide a clean and unobtrusive look when not in use.

To flat tow your 2016 GMC Yukon you'll also need a tow bar wiring kit, braking system, and safety cables. I have the following recommendations for you below:

Tow Bar Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit Item # RM-154. This kit will splice into your vehicle's wiring to use its tail lights to signal instead of having to run magnetic lights to the rear of the vehicle every time you need to tow it. Your Yukon's lighting system is separate so you'll want to find out if the wiring is combined or separate in your RV and then follow the4 corresponding wiring diagram I've attached.

Braking System: Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional Item # HM39524. This system offers intense, emergency braking or steady, smooth braking in a single portable system. Easily switch between proportional or full braking. One-touch Auto Start makes setup fast and easy and the remote lets you change settings from your RV. This also comes with a charge line kit to keep your vehicle's battery charged while towing.

Safety Cables: Blue Ox 7' Safety Cables - 10,000lbs - Qty 2 # BX88197. The coiled design will help prevent these coils from dragging on the ground and being damaged.

To flat tow your 2016 GMC Yukon you will also have to disconnect the negative battery cable. To make this as easy as flipping a switch you can install the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch for Towed Vehicle w/ Supplemental Braking System Item # RM-766.

Combined RV and Separate Vehicle Wiring Diagram
Combined RV and Separate Vehicle Wiring Diagram
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Separate RV and Separate Vehicle Wiring Diagram
Separate RV and Separate Vehicle Wiring Diagram
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