How to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler Behind an RV

How to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler Behind an RV


This is our 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. Now there are all kinds of cars on the market that you can tow behind a motorhome. The Jeep for us was our preference because it’s very simple to do and there are a lot of aftermarket accessories for the Jeep to be flat towed behind a motorhome. We love this thing and we’ve towed it over 15,000 miles miles behind our motorhome. Today, I’m going to tell you all about how we do that. First thing is, starting off with the motorhome, truck any type of vehicle that actually has the capacity to tow something this large. Our Jeep weighs in at just around 4,500 pounds fully-loaded in the back with the tank of fuel and our motorhome has a 5,000 pound tow capacity and it tows this just fine. Now the weight of your Jeep is going to differ between whether you have the Sport, the Rubicon, what kind of accessories you put on it. We actually got a aluminum bumper to help keep the weight down. This weighs just about as much as the stock bumper. The steel bumpers away a lot more. So that’s something to take into consideration. After you figured out your motorhome’s tow capacity the next component you need to start
looking into is a tow bar. There are all sorts of tow bars on the market. We went with the Ready Brute Elite for a number of reasons that I’ll touch on in this video. But there are a number of other companies that produce tow bars like Roadmaster, Blue Ox, etc… You need to find one that has the amount of capacity to tow a vehicle like this. The Ready Brute Elite can tow up to 8,000 pounds. So for us that was perfect. Now you’re tow bar will connect to the motorhome via the motorhomes hitch receiver and then you’ll have two arms that will
come back to the Jeep and connect to the Jeep via these brackets. A lot of people will use base plates for their Jeep. We chose to go with a fully integrated bumper
from Rock Hard 4×4. If you want to review on that bumper or the tow bar were using, we’ll link to those videos here. The bumper is all aluminum. It has the brackets that are bolted directly into the frame of the Jeep, which we prefer. The next thing is to figure out how to stop your Jeep. For us, with the Ready Brute Elite tow bar, it’s an inertia driven braking system. Which means when we break the motorhome, the Jeep will push up against the motorhome and activate a lever that pulls a cable, that pulls our break. So this is directly tied into our brake. There’s no electronics or anything to really go wrong. There are electronic systems on the market
that you can consider, but we prefer to go with the inertia driven
mechanical system. The other thing is, when you’re braking, you need the brake lights and the turn signals to work. So this cable here is tied into our
light system in the back. This is a Cool Tech wire harness and we connect it to the RV via an umbilical cord that goes from here directly into the
7 pin adapter on the RV. The final thing on the list is to make sure you have a heavy-duty set of safety cables that could hook on to your bumper. As well as a breakaway system. That’s this little guy down here. Now, this is really in case something
happens with your tow bar or the hitch receiver breaks away from the motorhome. You don’t want your Jeep going down the road
without any brakes. So, the safety cable keeps it connected to the RV, but if the hitch receiver breaks off and the safety cables are no longer of any use. This cable is actually tied into the frame of the RV and as the jeep is moving away from the RV it’ll pull the brakes, lock those in place and the Jeep will stop in the middle of the road. This is a lot better than having your Jeep going careening down a highway. There are plenty of stories on the internet about things like this happening. And we actually met a couple who were driving down the road, started to slow down, and they saw their Jeep passing them on the highway. Luckily the Jeep went off into the dirt and they were able to go get it, but sometimes people aren’t that lucky and the car will go incoming traffic. You do not want that to happen because you are responsible for anything that happens with your Jeep. It’s very quick to hook the Jeep up to the tow bar. Just make sure that once it’s hooked up, you go through all the components and have a checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten any pins, all your cables are hooked in right places, etc… The final part is to put your Jeep in tow mode. Different Jeeps have different ways of doing this. So we suggest going through your manual and reading step-by-step how to do it as you put your Jeep into mode. It’s very simple to do, but there is a specific sequence that you have to follow in order to do it correctly. In closing, once you have a vehicle that can adequately flat tow your Jeep behind, it’s really about finding the right components that work for your vehicle in your situation. We will link to everything we’ve used to flat tow
our Jeep in the description below. Thank you guys so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up. Subscribe! And let us know in the comments what kind of vehicle you tow and how you do it. Thanks for watching guys. Bye!

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35 Comments

  1. Great vid! When I worked at Saturn we installed a lot of Blue Ox tow bars. The setup you use looks great. How did the Blue Ox compare to you? Some of our vehicles required a fuse or two to be pulled while towing. If we dingy towed we would probably use our GMC Terrain.

  2. I am assuming that you haven't experienced any of the Jeep "death wobble" issues while towing? I am just starting to understand that issue,…..I think it may just be for the Cherokee models,….??

  3. Nice video. We flat tow a '16 Subaru Forester (manual transmission) with blue Ox tow bar  and brake box. We towed some "five thousand miles plus" this past summer without issues, Towed miles are not reflected on the odometer of the Forester   When we arrive at a given destination, the Subaru gives us 30-32 mpg which is also a plus. The Subaru is all wheel drive which allows us some back roads  experience. We love it

  4. Wait! That's a new smaller Class A in the closing shot! Oh, we also tow a Jeep Wrangler with the same Rockhard front bumper.

  5. the few times we towed it was a Dodge journey front wheel drive, wheels up in front on a tow dolly, so simple to do. that was before we got our jeep however.

  6. We tow a Jeep Liberty with our Winnebago Aspect 27K and use a Blue Ox flat tow with Brake Buddy system. It works very well for us.

  7. I thought at one time I might flat town when I went south for the winter, but traded my standard transmission car for a new automatic that wasn't towable. With the Class B I found that I really didn't miss not have a toad so I've never bothered now. Belated Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017.

  8. Wow, I just bought the same bumper to pull my 2017 JKU Rubicon, I have a Roadmaster set up with the Brakemaster air brake actuator and just ordered the factory Mopar RV tow wire kit that is just plug and play.

  9. Going to be towing a Subaru WRX 2016 6 speed manual. Going to the Tampa Super RV show next month to help Liz and I narrow down the type of diesel RV to get. Leaning towards a Super C Dynamax. Stay safe and be good to each other.

  10. Silly question I know, but does the Jeep odometer work, i.e. does the mileage go up on the Jeep as you tow?

  11. I set up my jeep with the Rockhard bumper. It was a really easy DIY and very easy to hook up a tow bar. I selected the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain bar. Using the Brake Buddy for braking. Great setup. Nothing is easier to tow than a Wrangler.

  12. I didn't realize they were that heavy. They say I have a 5000lb towing capacity but I can't see my MH being hoss enough to manage that in the mountains.

  13. Question to the Russos and other people that tow Jeeps. I have an old 1979 CJ5 that I want to tow, but I was warned that the transaxles, diferentials and/or gearboxes can be damaged if I just tow the Jeep in Neutral. Any comments on this.
    Greetings from Mexico to you all

  14. I can't thank you enough for this video. It's was the BEST explanation I've heard. Your research saved me BIG BUCKS as I was considering a different system. I enjoy all of your videos but this was one was timely and helped me enormously!

  15. Great vid Joe! We're getting set up to tow our Equinox with a Demco baseplate and tow bar, behind our 2016 Canyon Star 3710

  16. I have a plastic bumper on my mini van wagon, its a smaller than most mini vans so they call it a wagon… and front wheel drive…. can I use one of these flat tows to tow behind an RV ? How much do they run to buy and install and who does it? help!

  17. How do I tow my grand Cherokee jeep automatic transmission two whell drive behind my bounder motorhome. 1 do I take out drive shaft ? 2. Do I just put in nuteral ? I have a single tow bar. Please I'm begging for the correct answer.

  18. Nice Video. Just bought a Class A (2004 Damon Intruder) and a Jeep Wrangler (2007). Both in mint condition. Now to learn the ropes. We've wanted to do this for years to escape the Idaho Winter. However, the Jeep's manual does not address "tow mode." I found that to be a bit odd. Any idea where I can get more info on this feature? Thanks! Mike Ah, just clicked on your website and found more info. And Your Book! Looking forward to reading that too!

  19. Hey Russos, we met while getting on the bus to the parking lot at the Overland East Expo. I do remember watching this video when we first bought our RV. Based on this video and your recommendation, we bought the ReadyBrute Elite and it has worked perfectly over the last year. We love the inertia driven braking system and the brake away system is also simple to hook up. Starting off not knowing anything about RVs and towing, your videos provided us with knowledge and more importantly courage to tackle the RV lifestyle. Thank you so much for everything you do 🙂

  20. Nobody says anything about whether or not you leave the key in the ignition and turn the ignition switch to on to unlock the steering column that should be pretty important to know.

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