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Roadmaster Falcon 2 Motorhome Mount Tow Bar Review

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Review of the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Motorhome Mount Tow Bar


Hi there flat towers. Today we're going to be taking a look at Roadmaster's Falcon 2 Tow Bar. What's nice about this, if you've ever towed before, but not with a flat tow but maybe like a tow dolly, you notice that it kind of follows behind your motor home like a regular trailer does. You got to take those turns and you got to take them a little bit wider because you've got to compensate for that trailer at the back. When flat towing, and keeping your vehicle self-aligned and since the wheels on your vehicle also turn when you turn, it allows the vehicle to track directly behind their motor home staying in the same path so you don't have to make those corrections that you would if you we're using a towed dolly or some other type of trailer to haul your vehicle.Another thing our customers like about flat towing versus using a tow dolly or a trailer to haul their vehicle, is that there's less to store. Your tow bar here can stay on the back of your motor home, it's got a storage position where it folds up.

But with your tow dollies, you've got this trailers that you got to put somewhere. So when you're at home, you have to store it in your garage or out back. And if you're at your campsite, those campsites are often not very large, so you've got to find some place on your campsite to keep your tow dolly as well. We'll get rid of all of that and just get a tow bar here and look at all the space you've now freed up.The Falcon 2 Tow Bar is going to be your entry-level tow bar. It's going to get the job done, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that a lot of the other tow bars have.

But let's go over the main features of this tow bar and how it's going to allow you to tow your vehicle behind your motor home.The arms on the tow bar are also very adjustable, so you don't have to pull directly behind your motor home when you want to hook it up. You can see here, this is the pivot point for the arms. So they spread apart so you can adjust the width as you need, and you can also adjust the angle. So if your vehicle was off to one side a little bit, you could swing both arms over. The arms also extend out of the shaft here, which allows you to make up the distance.

So if you're a little bit too far away, you just pull the arm out until it lines up. You're a little too close, push the arm in. The arms are self-lubricating between the two components, so there's no maintenance required. You don't have to get out here and grease it or anything because it's being taken care of all on its own.It features a 6,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much that it can pull. Now, it's going to be plenty for our Mini here, and it's also going to be great for some larger vehicles such as your smaller SUV, like your Chevrolet Equinox.

Now if you've got a large vehicle that you want to flat tow, such as like a Ram truck, you might want to step up to a larger tow bar. I'd highly recommend Roadmaster's Nighthawk if you need that extra towing capacity as the Nighthawk goes up to 10,000 pounds.Another thing you'll notice on the Nighthawk that's different from our Falcon 2 is that it's a non-binding tow bar, meaning that it has levers built in to release the arms so you can easily disconnect those. Our Falcon 2 here is considered a binding tow bar because it does not have any way to release the arms except for these buttons here. But once you've got it locked in like we've got it now, we're not even really that uneven of terrain right now, the more even the terrain, the easier it is for this arm to lock up and be difficult to disconnect. But just with the minimal bind that we're in now, I cannot push these down to release it to get it unlocked. With your non-binding tow bars, they're going to have levers on them, which will give you more leverage to allow you to get those released.Now, that being said, that doesn't mean your Falcon to here is out of luck and you're just stuck. You can use a rubber mallet or something to hit on here that could potentially lead to wear over time. So Roadmaster does have a tool available. You can purchase this separately here at etrailer.com, you can keep it stored in your motor home and whenever you need to disconnect, it gives you that necessary leverage because it hooks in on the tow bar there and gives you a way to push down on it to get that release. We heard it pop and now we've got a little bit of play in our arm, so we can get it disconnected.So you can see here on this one that I used the tool on, I can now press it down because the arm has been released. This one here that I haven't used the tool on, there's, not pressing this guy down without any kind of tool. So on this one that's not released here, you can see that when I go to pull the pin I can get that pin out. But this pin here is going to be jammed in tight and I can't twist it, pull it, nothing. But once I've released both the arms, it's going to free up the tension between the two. And you can see here now I've got some play which allows me to easily slide my pin out.So with this being an entry level tow bar, it's not going to have quite the easy use as the others with the integrated release. But as you saw here, it's definitely doable. You can release it, you might have to have a little tool there, but the tow bar works great, and we we're able to get disconnected easily just like the other ones once you've got those released.So you can see here that all of our cables and everything are hanging down below our tow bar. The Falcon 2 being an entry-level tow bar doesn't really provide any cable management and that's okay. You know, these aren't going to really catch on the road or anything, but there could be some debris on the road that could potentially rub on these and as you're going up and down, it could occasionally just give a little scrape which can wear on the coatings over time.But Roadmaster does have other tow bars available, such as their Falcon All Terrain, which has channels located on the bottom for your safety cables and your wiring to go in. As well as the Nighthawk, which also has those channels. Since we don't have any cable management on our Falcon 2, I highly recommend that you use coily cables. This way as you're turning and stuff it can stretch to meet the needs of the system as you're moving around, but it's going to keep tension on it, which keeps it up off the road. Now if you had the tow bars with the channels, you would want to go with the straight cables and wiring so you can feed it down through those channels easily.Now even though this is an entry-level tow bar, it's still going to go through all the same rigorous testing that Roadmaster performs on all of its tow bars to ensure that it exceeds all their standards, so it's going to be capable of flat towing your vehicles with no issues for a long time. Being an entry-level, really just means we're missing out on some of the bells and whistles like those channels and lights. It's steel construction has a black powder coat finish on it to ensure long-lasting corrosion free operation. While our extendable arms are made of a stainless steel so they won't corrode either.When you're not using your tow bar, you can leave it attached to your motorhome and the head of the bolt here when flipped up will lock into place here and you may have to twist it a little bit to get it to line up. And then I recommend you push your arms off to one side, whether it be the passenger or driver's side, and then you can take off down the road again. And if you plan on leaving it on your RV for an extended period of time, I recommend that you put a cover on it to keep everything nice and neat and protected from the elements. Roadmaster has covers available here at etrailer.com.Now some of you out there may already have a base plate installed and it's not a Roadmaster base plate. Well don't fret, the Falcon 2 can hook up to other manufacturers' base plates by replacing the ends here. There are adapters available here at etrailer.com.The Falcon 2 Tow Bar is one of five main components you'll need when flat towing your vehicle behind your motor home. The tow bar provides a connection point between the hitch on your motor home and the base plate on your vehicle. So in addition to your tow bar, you'll also need your base plate, which is the connection point on the vehicle. You'll need your safety cables, which is a supplemental connection in addition to your tow bar. Your diode wiring, or your magnetic wiring, whichever you're going to use, which takes all the lighting signals from your motorhome, transfers it back to the lights at the back of the vehicle so people around you know your intentions when going down the road. And lastly, your supplemental braking system, which will apply the brakes in the vehicle when you hit the brakes in your motorhome, helping you come to a safe stop.An additional component you may or may not need depending upon the angle of your tow bar when it's installed, is a high-low adapter. You want to have a as level of an angle from your motorhome to your vehicle for your tow bar here. A good rule of thumb is to be no more than three inches difference between your base plate and the receiver. So one of the ways you can do that is you can measure from the ground to the center of the hole where it connects to your base plate, and then from the ground to the center of the receiver on your motorhome. And as long as those are within three inches, you're fine.If your motor home is higher, because it often is going to be a little bit higher, where it's over three inches, you'll need to purchase an appropriate drop to bring that angle down so your towing flat. If your motor is up too high, what's going to happen is it's going to lift up on your vehicle every time you take off and hit the accelerator, and that's going to wear your suspension components on your vehicle by doing so. Likewise, if it was lower on our motorhome, we'd be pulling it down and this would also wear the suspension components on our vehicle.Your tow bar will fit into your two-inch receiver at the back of your motor home. We'll line up the hole in the end of our tow bar here with the hole in our receiver, and we want the flap here to be facing towards the top. Line up and slide it into the receiver. We want to use the second hole on this particular hitch because that first one you see there is for a J-Pin. We'll then take the included hitch pin and clip, slide it through . and then secure it in place. Then we can take our arms and line them up with our base plate. These will just go in between your direct connect arms on your Roadmaster base plate and then we'll secure it with the included pin and clip. We're going to do the same thing to our other arm, and secure it. And that's it, our tow bar is now connected. We can connect all the other components that we have for our flat tow setup, such as your safety cables, your braking system's breakaway cable, and your wiring from your 7-pole connector.Now we just showed you how you would connect it to your direct-connect Roadmaster base plate, but Roadmaster also has crossbar style base plates. The crossbar you see here comes included with your tow bar and this is going to bolt onto the crossbar style base plates using these brackets here. And then the crossbar actually slides off. There's two pins here and this whole crossbar will slide off. But if you look here on each end of our crossbar, we've got the exact same style of connection point as our direct-connect, so our base plate is going to hook into this exactly the same. You just have to install the crossbar brackets onto your base plate before connecting your tow bar.And once you've got this connected to your base plate, really, you can just leave it on there all the time. The part where it's bolted in can stay there. If you don't like the look of the cross bar, you can pull the pins and then just take that off, and then you've got a cleaner look here at the front. And now with the rest of our connections made, we're ready to place our vehicle into flat tow mode and hit the road.And that completes our look at Roadmaster's Falcon 2 Tow Bar.


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