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Availability of Base Plates for 2022 Honda Civic and 2022 Subaru Crosstrek to Flat Tow

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Im considering between two vehicles to flat tow behind my motorhome. Both are 2022 models with manual transmissions. One is the Honda Civic Hatchback and the other is the Subaru Crosstrek. I didnt see any base plates for tow bars listed. Will any be available

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To flat tow any vehicle properly and safely requires at least 5 components:

1) Base plate kit installed on the towed vehicle
2) Tow bar making the connection to tow vehicle and vehicle being towed
3) Safety cables in case the tow bar fails (some tow bars come with this added item)
4) Wiring to synchronize your RV’s indicator lights and the towed vehicles lights
5) Supplemental braking system to synchronize your RV’s brakes and the towed vehicle's
There may be additional components needed to specific set-up to adapt your towed and RV. Example, a high/low adapter to adjust the tow bar height.

The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX2265 is confirmed to fit the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback - with Manual transmission. This is the first year of the 11th generation Honda Civic so doubtful any major changes will come out for the 2022 year model, making it most likely that this component will fit the 2022 Honda same as the 2021. However, we have not yet had a 2022 model made available to us to confirm fitment. If you are willing to make your vehicle available to confirm fitment in exchange for a free installation, please contact our Customer Service.

With this base plate kit, I suggest the Blue Ox Alpha 2 Non-Binding Tow Bar, # BX7380. The non-binding latches make it easy to unhook tow bar on any terrain, this has self-centering arms that make hookup very easy. The older style that is more economical has rigid arms that are essentially locked in place so you have to maneuver your towed vehicle into the exact position necessary for hookup. And this comes with the needed safety cables/chains.

The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX3622 that you linked to is similar in that it has not yet been confirmed for the 2022 model of the Subaru Crosstrek. It is confirmed to fit the 2018 thru 2021. If this is confirmed to fit the 2022 model year too, I suggest this option along with same Blue Ox Alpha 2, # BX7380 tow bar.

For a supplemental braking system, I suggest the Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251. Since it never has to be taken out of the towed vehicle. it is the easiest of systems to use once installed.

For needed indicator lights, the best option is the Custer Wireless LED Tow Bar Light, # LIW-LDTL-7B.

If you are weighing your decision of which vehicle to buy for flat to in part by what components are available, the situation appears to be fairly equal. Both have base plates potentially available but not yet verified. For each I suggest the same tow-bar and other components.

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