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Recommended Tow Bar For Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates On A 2004 Jeep TJ


Have a 2004 jeep TJ with a Road master 1424-1 tow plates on it need tow bar please give me correct part # Thanks Dave


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The Roadmaster 1421-1 base plate kit you referenced is a crossbar-style base plate so you'll need a tow bar like the Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar # RM-501. This tow bar has a ball mount connection to attach to your motorhome and is a very basic "get the job done, A to B" kind of tow bar.

If you'd prefer a nicer tow bar that's going to make your towing much more enjoyable then I recommend the etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates # e44ZR. It features non-binding latches and telescoping, self supporting arms that make connecting and disconnecting your TJ on any terrain a breeze. It has an adjustable head that tilts up or down 3" and the shank has a built-in 1-1/2" rise or drop to keep tow bar parallel with road while towing without the use of a high/low hitch adapter. It also comes with safety cables included so you won't need to purchase these separately.

To flat tow your 2004 Jeep TJ you'll also need a tow bar wiring kit and braking system. If you haven't purchased these already then I have the following recommendations for you:

Tow Bar Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 4-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15247. This diode kit allows you to use your Jeep TJ's tail lights and wiring system while preventing feedback from your RV. A brake light relay # RM-88400 may be required if used with supplemental braking system. The wire you would tap into for this is white/tan.

Braking System: Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System # HM39524. This system offers intense, emergency braking or steady, smooth braking in a single portable system. Easily switch between proportional or full braking from the cab of your motorhome using the remote. The included charge line kit will keep your Jeep's battery charged while you tow.

If you end up using the # RM-501 then you'll also need safety cables, for this I recommend the RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643. The coiled design of these cables helps prevent them from dragging on the ground and being damaged.

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