Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar Installation - 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How to Install the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar on a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Hi, there Jeep owners! Today in your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Roadmaster's Nighthawk tow bar. This is available with either Roadmaster ends, so it'll connect directly to any Roadmaster base plate, or we also have it available with Blue Ox ends if you want to go with a Blue Ox setup. And additionally, if you have a Demco tabless base plate, you're going to receive the arms that you'll need to attach to that base plate with the base plate. And you'll also receive all the hardware that you'll need to get it attached to a Roadmaster tow bar, so we can easily work with our Demco base plate like we are here. And we didn't have to spend any additional money or purchase any additional components to do.There's five main components you'll need when flat towing your vehicle behind your motor home. You'll need your tow bar, which is the connection point between your motor home and your vehicle.

You'll need your safety cables, which is a supplemental connection in addition to your tow bar. You'll need your base plate, which is the connection point on your vehicle that your tow bar will attach to. You'll also need your diode wiring, which will take all the lighting signals from our motor home and transfer to the lights on our vehicles, people behind us know our intentions when going down the road. And lastly you'll need your supplemental braking system, which will apply the brakes on our vehicle when we hit the brakes in our motor home. Roadmasters Nighthawk is kind of their flagship tow bar.

It's not the highest weight rated tow bar, but it is rated for 8,000 pounds, and that's going to be more than enough for most vehicles. But what this tow bar does offer in addition to being close to the highest from Roadmaster in it's weight capacity, is a bunch of additional just nice to have features.You can see here. We've got channels on bottom for both our wiring and our safety cables. And our safety cables and wiring do come included with it. Another nice feature about this tow bar is that it does have lights that run down it, this is going to help increase your visibility at night, and it does just really make this tow bar look pretty hardcore.

It's nice black textured finish with the nice yellow lights on it, it's definitely a fancy look that it has, very aggressive. And this wouldn't be a flagship fancy tow bar without non-binding levers. I highly recommend that if you're going with a tow bar, you choose one that has non-binding levers. And of course this one's going to have it. And what this is going to do for you is once you're done flat towing, your arms will extend when you take off, cause this is also self-aligning, they're going to extend, it's going to self align, they're going to lock into place.When you get to your destination, though, if you're on any uneven terrain, maybe parked on a hill, we know there's a lot of potholes and a lot of those campsites, they're not perfect.

And if you're a camper and your vehicle is slightly different, it can cause these to be in a bind. And it's going to be very difficult to get your tow bar disconnected from your vehicle. By having a non-binding lever here, we can pull up on this and that's going to release our lever, allowing it to extend and retract back inside of itself. And in most cases you we're just pulling it, it's not really going to move much, but this tiny bit of play you're going to get, it's going to feel just like this here. It's going to be just enough for you to be able easily disconnect the tow bar and not have to get out your mallet and fight the thing off.When we're ready to use our tow bar, we're just going to take the square end and slide it into our receiver. And we're going to line up the holes with our tow bar, as well as our hitch there. We'll then secure it with the included 5/8 inch pin. Now we do have locking pins also available at etrailer.com if you want to protect your investment. When you're not using your tow bar, you can go ahead and leave it attached to the back of your motor home. All your cables can be wrapped up around it, and to make it even neater, there are bags available here at etrailer.com to contain it and also help protect it against the elements. When you are ready to use it, we can go ahead and stretch everything out here.We'll go ahead and lift up on it. And then here at the back, we have a release tab. We're going to go ahead and press away, and that'll let the head of that bolt come out of the opening and our tow bar comes down and it's now ready to attach. And now when you are ready to use your tow bar, we can bring the arms up and attach it to our base plate. Now one of the things you are going to notice is different here is that the arms on our tow bar here have different ends on them because with a Demco base plate, with which we are using, the tabless style comes with ends that must be installed on the tow bar. And that's what we've got here. These will slide directly into our tow bar. So we'll just line them up. Find the right spot because they do twist into position.Once you have it twisted into position, your holes will line up and we can install the included pin that came with our base plate. We'll then do the same thing over on the other side. Once you've got your tow bar attached to the base plate, you can finish up connecting the rest of your flat tow components, such as your safety cables, wiring and braking system. When hooking up your safety cables on your motor home side, you want to make sure you cross your cables. So you'll see here, I'm taking the one from our driver's side and hooking it to the passenger side on our motor homes and vice versa over on the other side, to create a cradle in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, our components here will get caught in this cradle and that'll keep it from digging into our pavement. Now with the rest of our flat tow components hooked up, we're ready to place our vehicle into tow mode and hit the road..


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