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Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar Installation - 2018 Lincoln MKX

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How to Install the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar on a 2018 Lincoln MKX

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Lincoln MKX we're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar, part number RM-676. Keep in mind this is only one component of our flat tow setup. You're going to need a base plate and a braking system, along with the tow bar wiring.Our tow bar is going to serve as the connecting point between our Lincoln and our motor home making sure that we can go down the road safely. Our Nighthawk is going to be the first tow bar that has integrated LED lights inside the arms. That's going to illuminate the area in between us, letting all the other drivers around us know that we're flat towing something and it's not someone just driving really close behind our motor home.Our Nighthawk is a motor home mounted tow bar, which means it's going to directly into the receiver tube or into the adapter like we have here. We're not going to have to worry about having a ball mount or any other kind of coupler to hook it up to.

The extra long arms on the tow bar are going to make it a lot easier to hook up, even if we're not directly in line with our motor home.Hooking up isn't always that bad but sometimes when you go to unhook, a lot of times the arms get bound up and they don't want to let go. These levers here will release some of that tension because of the non-bind design, making it a whole lot easier to get those pins out.Our Nighthawk is going to come with safety cables, as well as a seven way to six way cord in the vehicle plugin. That way we'll have all of our lighting functions and our safety cables to hook up. Our Nighthawk is going to be compatible with all Roadmaster base plates, as well as some Blue Ox base plates with an adapter that is sold separately.Our tow bar's going to have a rating of 8,000 lbs, which is going to be more than enough even for our Lincoln. You always want to make sure that every component in your flat tow setup is up to the task.Whether we're hooking up or unhooking, we're just going to have a few connection points.

We're going to have this safety pin here, so if we pull the ring open and pull the pin out, we'll see that the large pin is going to line up with that hole. Whenever we're hooking up, we want to make sure those pins go into each other and that ring is fully seated around our large pin.Down hook, we'll just reverse that, take the large pin out. If you lift up on the lever and take some of that tension out and we can slide the arm back in. I always like to put the pins back, that way we don't lose them.Then our safety chains just have a spring loaded hook on them. We can just pull on them at the attachment point, open the door on the electrical connector, pull the cord out.

We'll repeat that for the other side as well.One thing I do want to mention with our safety cables, we want to make sure we cross them right here underneath the stinger. From the driver's side on the motor home, we'll go to the passenger side on the car, and the passenger side on our motor home will go to the driver's side.Now that we have both arms unhooked, we'll push them together and we'll rotate our tow bar straight up until this large nut goes into this locking tab here. Then we can just rotate the arms to the side.We can wrap our safety cables and electrical connector around our tow bar. We can actually store it right here on the back of our motor home so we don't have to take it out every time that we're not towing. There are covers available for our tow bars, so we can keep everything in a nice neat package and out of the elements.Hooking it up is going to be just as simple.

It's going to be the same process in reverse. We're going to lift our arms straight up and down, then we'll come to that tab again. We're going to push it towards our motor home and then rotate the arms down. Then all we have to do is make our connections again with our pins and the arms.One more thing to consider is that you want to make sure that the tow bar is going to be as level as possible. The manufacturer recommends no more than three inches either above or below the mounting location on your motor home.The way we're going to measure, you want to make sure that your motor home is on nice flat level ground. If you do have air suspension, make sure it's aired up at the traveling height. We can take a tape measurer and we're going to measure from the ground just right to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. In our case, it's just a little bit over 22-1/2 inches.Now we can move over to the car side. Again on the car, you want to make sure that it's on nice level ground. We'll go ahead and park it. This time we're going to be measuring right to the center of where our tow bar is going to attach at. Here you can see it's just under about 19-1/2 inches. We're right at that three inch difference, maybe a tiny bit over.In our case, since the car connection point is lower we're going to need a drop. If yours was higher, you would get a rise. There is that three inch difference there, so we're going to need anywhere up to a three inch drop to make it nice and level.With your tow bar hooked up, you want to make sure all your other components are hooked up like your braking system or a breakaway switch, then you can hit the road.That will finish up your look at the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar, part number RM-676 on our 2018 Lincoln MKS.

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