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What Flat-Tow Setup do You Recommend for My 2017 Ford F-250?

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I am looking to tow my 2017 f250 and curious w I need including brake buddy, magnetic lights and tow bar for rv. I’d like to be able to tow other vehicles besides my truck if possible. If you could advise I’d appreciate it. Thank you. I have a 2022 magnitude 32 coach

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I have a great solution for you. Since you say that you are looking to flat-tow multiple vehicles, I strongly recommend the Blue Ox Patriot 3 Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System # BRK2019. This system is a much more reliable and higher-quality system than a Brake Buddy system. Also, with the Patriot 3, you do not need any additional extra vehicle wiring to use it in another vehicle. You simply remove the Patriot 3 from the F-250 into the other vehicle. For the F-250, you need the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles # RM-88400 in order to keep your F-250's brake signal from overriding the turn signal sent by your RV. Depending on your other vehicle, you may need a relay kit for that one as well. Feel free to respond to this answer with the year/make/model of that second vehicle, and I would be happy to confirm it for you.

As far as the lighting system, you will need to use a non-magnetic option for tow lighting. This is because magnets will not stick to your aluminum body. For that reason, I recommend the Demco Wireless LED Light Bar for Towed Vehicles # DM36MV. This tow lighting setup comes with suction cups and straps to bypass the issue with the aluminum. It is also easily transferable to your second vehicle.

For a great tow bar for your 2017 Ford F-250, I recommend the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar w/ LED Lights - RV Mount # RM-676. The Nighthawk includes an extra-large hookup radius makes connecting a breeze at any angle, even if your vehicle isn't perfectly lined up with your RV. It also comes with LED lights which add visibility if you have to make connects/disconnects at night. As an added bonus, it comes with safety cables to ensure a safe flat-towing experience.

If you need a compatible base plate with the Nighthawk, the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-524431-5 is a very solid choice. The base plate kit installs directly into your F-250s chassis with all mounting hardware included. It is important to note that you need another base plate kit for your second vehicle. As before, feel free to respond with the year/make/model of your vehicle, and I will be happy to point you in the right direction.

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