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RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar Installation - 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install the RoadMaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar on a 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

Hi there Jeep owners. Today in our 2018 JL Wrangle Unlimited, we're going to be taking a look at Roadmaster's BlackHawk 2 All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bars.Tow bars are one of the main components you're going to need when flat towing your Jeep behind your RV. In addition to the tow bars you'll also need a base plate. This allows you to make the connection between the tow bar to your vehicle. You'll also need your braking system. This is going to go in your vehicle and it's going to be supplemental to help it stop when you stop in your motorhome.

You'll need safety cables. These connect between the vehicle and the motorhome like your tow bar. They're supplemental in the case of a catastrophic disconnect. You'll also need your diode wiring. This is going to allow the lights on your motorhome to be transferred back to your vehicle.

That was everybody behind you knows your intentions.The BlackHawk 2 is a premium non-binding tow bar. The non-binding levers here will allow you to release the arms inside of the tube here. This is useful when disconnecting your vehicle from your motorhome if you're parked on uneven pavement and terrain. The arms can be twisted and in a bind making them difficult to remove the pins and disconnect them. By releasing them, you can then move the arm around and get your pin out.Another feature that sets it apart from other tow bars is the channels down the side for running your safety cable and wiring connections.

This is nice because it keeps them up off the ground. It just gives it an overall nicer look.The BlackHawk 2 is rated at 10,000 pounds, which is higher than most tow bars and really is more than you would need to haul your Jeep but this is going to depend on what you have loaded inside your Jeep when you're pulling it. If you have it fully loaded down, the 10,000 pound capacity might be necessary over the standard 6,000 pounds that most tow bars have or if you just want that extra peace of mind knowing that this tow bar's going to be robust and capable of pulling your Jeep with no problems.If you're not going to be loading your Jeep down with a bunch of equipment and gear, you really only need a 6,000 pound tow bar to haul it. A very comparable tow bar that has a lot of the same features, such as the channels down the side, but is only rated for 6,000 pounds is Roadmaster's Falcon All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar.Another great feature, when not in use, you can tilt it up against the RV. The head of this bolt, here, will lock in to the lever here on top.

Push it off to one side, line it up and, that'll just snap in and hold it in place. You can then store your cables up and keep your tow bar connected when not hauling your vehicle.The first thing we're going to do is prepare our tow bar for towing. I've gone ahead and slid it into the hitch here. We'll use the included pin and clip to secure it. That'll hold it in place making it easier to get all of our tow bar set up.We'll then run our wiring down the channels on the side of our tow bar. We've got our 6-pole end removed. This is how your wiring typically comes. You want to make sure your 7-pole end is on the RV side. We're going to be going this way feeding it through. You can feed it through either channel, either side, just whichever side your connectors are mounted on. You want to pick the most appropriate one for the right cable length. We're going to be going down the driver's side because on our Jeep we have our wiring on the driver's side. Once you've got that fed through you can make your connections to your 6-pole connector. We'll just make those connections according to the instructions that comes with our wiring.Next we'll run our safety cables through. They don't come with the tow bar. You'll see that our ends here are different. We've got hooks on one end and loops on the other. The loops are going to go towards our RV. We're going to push those through the channels as well. There's enough room for your safety cable and your wiring to go through one side. They will fit here. It is a little tighter but it does work. Then on our RV we'll use the C-shaped hooks. Place those onto our hitch. We'll then take our safety cables, make sure that you cross those, and insert them into the hook and tighten them down. We're going to do that for each chain.We can then make our connection between our tow bar and our vehicle. We're going to go ahead and take our arms, we're going to line those up with the connection point on our base plate. Take the pins that come with your tow bar, slide those through. We're going from the outside in because on the other side we're going to be taking another smaller pin. It's going to slide through the base plate and our larger pin to keep it in place. We'll do that on the other side as well. We can then finish making up the rest of our connections. We'll hook up our safety cables, our wiring.Then on our RV end, we want to make sure we have our 7-pole connection plug in. As well as your breakaway switch for your braking system. Now depending on the braking system that you are using, you may have a couple extra connections that you need to make. You have air brakes on your motorhome and you're using an air brake style braking system, such as the Air Force One, you'll need to hook up your airline. We're using the InvisiBrake braking system so we do have an additional monitored cable that just hooks up between our vehicle and our motorhome. We're going to make sure we're going to do that too.With all of our connections made we're ready to place our Jeep into tow mode and then begin our adventure.That completes our look at Roadmaster's BlackHawk 2 All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bars on your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited.

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