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Old 08-08-2019, 07:13 PM   #1
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Smile New Jeep "toad" - need help!

We just bought a new toad - a 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Please advise on baseplate, towbar, connections, brakes or no? Where did you buy it - local or online? Did you install it yourself or ??

We are open to any and all suggestions. Currently we tow a 1999 Chevy Tracker with a REMCO driveline disconnect which has worked well for the past 14 years (previous Itasca, now Freedom Elite).

Anyway, looking forward to all the opinions and advice .
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:36 PM   #2
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I just had our 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk outfitted.

We went with

Roadmast baseplate with wiring for taillights
Roadmast Sterling AT tow bar
Roadmast Invisibrake

I had my installation done during the Camping World 59.00 Install anything special.

I went with the crossbar style base plate so I can add the Roadmaster Guardian for TOAD protection and also so I could run the tow bar supplied safety cables through the tow bar channels.

With the weight of the Wrangler a braking system is required in most states.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:48 PM   #3
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We just bought a new toad - a 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Please advise on baseplate, towbar, connections, brakes or no? Where did you buy it - local or online? Did you install it yourself or ??

We are open to any and all suggestions. Currently we tow a 1999 Chevy Tracker with a REMCO driveline disconnect which has worked well for the past 14 years (previous Itasca, now Freedom Elite).

Anyway, looking forward to all the opinions and advice .
We have a 2013 Rubicon. We use the Mopar towing harness, as it uses the existing rear lights for braking, turns and tail lights. Use a Currie bash plate with built-in tow connections, and a basic a frame tow bar. Also a brake buddy for stopping.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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We tow a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk and have basically the same set up as dstankov. All Roadmaster components. (baseplate & wiring harness & Invisibrake) However our towbar is the Falcon All Terrain.
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:55 PM   #5
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we have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler 2-door as our Toad.

I went with Blue OX Base Plate, Tow Bar and Light Kit from Hitchsource (online). Their technical support is awesome & the guy helped me through everything.

Installed it with help from my brother-in-law.

I highly recommend using a brake system (I chose the Patriot II system).

Many states require supplemental braking system.


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p.s. - I also added a Protect-A-Tow to keep the rocks from flying up. Over 10,000 miles and no issues with any of it.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:02 PM   #6
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We tow a 2018 Wrangler with Roadmaster base plate, night hawk tow bar, and invisibrake. Have towed over 10,000 miles
We also have protect-a-tow
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:39 PM   #7
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20k as a toad
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:42 PM   #8
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:45 PM   #9
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I like this baseplate because it will accept 1.25 square tubing that I run tow hooks on when not towing.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:33 AM   #10
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I just installed a Currie Base plate on my Jeep TJ. I was able to use my Road master Falcon 5250 Tow bar. I also went with a Ready Brake. The Currie baseplate is an easy bolt on for the Jeep. I have a Blue Ox Apollo brake system that I havent used in 10 years. The Ready brake is much simpler
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:36 PM   #11
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Do a search. You'll find lots of threads on this subject

For my 2016 wrangler:

Roadmaster base plate
Hopkins lights assembly
Ready Brute Elite tow bar/ brake system. Imo best system

I suggest watching some youtube videos of ready brute elite. You'll be impressed

I purchased everything on Amazon and the install myself

If you can turn a wrench you can do this. Fairly simple job

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Old 09-04-2019, 12:17 AM   #12
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Do a search. You'll find lots of threads on this subject

For my 2016 wrangler:

Roadmaster base plate
Hopkins lights assembly
Ready Brute Elite tow bar/ brake system. Imo best system

I suggest watching some youtube videos of ready brute elite. You'll be impressed

I purchased everything on Amazon and the install myself

If you can turn a wrench you can do this. Fairly simple job

Jerry
Halfprice, I was going to go ahead and order your recomendations, then NSA threw me a curve and they are apparently migrating to a READYBRUTE ELITE II towbar. They say it is STEEL and ALUMINUM with STEEL CLEVIS..

Just when you think you have your decisions all made
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:38 AM   #13
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I had a 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-door that couldn't be towed 4 down...
it was ordered from the factory as a two-wheel drive model, maybe the only year they offered that option.

I later had a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4-door that also couldn't be towed 4 down...
it was purchased without the knowledge that without Jeep's ActiveDriveII, with a 'neutral' button, it was not towable all wheels on the ground.

of course, either of those you could tow with a tow dolly, and the later Jeep was, for a short while, until I realized I wanted a vehicle that was much easier to tow behind my motorhome, and with no dolly to deal with when arriving at campgrounds and rv parks....


a few months later I had my new toad... a nice 2014 Ford Fiesta fwd 4-door with a BlueOx Alpha bar... really nice and easy for my 2014 Thor Palazzo diesel pusher...

I've been a Jeep fan for a lot of years, but having a nice simple easy 40-50mpg 4-door sedan/hatch doesn't hurt at all : )
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:03 AM   #14
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Halfprice, I was going to go ahead and order your recomendations, then NSA threw me a curve and they are apparently migrating to a READYBRUTE ELITE II towbar. They say it is STEEL and ALUMINUM with STEEL CLEVIS..



Just when you think you have your decisions all made
New and improved system great. You'll like it a lot

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Old 09-08-2019, 06:49 AM   #15
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TurnerFam, we just bought a 2016 Ford Fiesta and will be researching all the options of what to buy so we can tow it behind our A.C.E. You really like what you have? I have a Subaru and thought we could tow 4 down, was so disappointed to find out we couldn't. Decided on the Fiesta b/c it was cheap, can be towed 4 down and it doesn't weigh much.
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:58 AM   #16
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i'll chime in. i just outfitted by 2013 jeep grand cherokee with a blue ox setup. but i went with some ABN wireless towing lights; they worked out great. I did, however, used some additional securing as i didnt trust using only the magnetic base.

i installed the baseplate(s) myself. probably a 3 hour job.

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