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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1988 Toyota Truck

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What all would be required for me to flat tow this behind my F250. When I go hunting I use my F250 haul my cab over camper but I would like to bring my Toyota with me to run around in so I dont have to off load my camper off my bigger truck.

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The first thing you will need to do is install a base plate kit on your 1988 Toyota Pickup. There are several options based on the configuration of your vehicle. If you have a 2-wheel drive model you would want the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # 1117-1.

If you have a 4 wheel drive truck without front leaf springs you would want the part # 1146-1, 4-wheel drive with front leaf springs part # 1123-1.

In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and not have to worry about cutting and splicing into the vehicle wiring.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Even Brake proportional system, # RM-9400, that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the two vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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