Best Setup for RV Flat Tow

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Let it be said there is no one answer that fits everybody and all conditions, but I'm probably preaching to the choir. I see many folks using the tow light option - I'm just too OCD for it! There are other reasonable options along with strong opinions for towing gear on this forum, all good intentions I believe. As with any mod, we all choose for ourselves after digesting waaaaaaay too much information, then diving in! I started from scratch on this same topic and have many forum users to thank.

Yes, I run stock 33's and it's about 19" from level ground to centerline of the upper / forward tow loop hole. I had to add a 4" drop receiver on my class C (WBGO View) to get them to align within specs. I also used locking hitch pins with matching keys for the receiver mount to ward off casual knuckleheads that might want to ruin my trip.
Thanks, Al... your research is well share with us coming behind you knowledge. I'm lucky to tow my JLR 2 or 3 times a year at max and mostly locally or going to the shop for service. It is good to be OCD and my last hookup with my TJ it was wired in. Used it 4 times in 4 years.

Thanks again for your comments.





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Certainly no problems with the RVi3 towing our 18JL Wrangler behind a Winnebago Class C Mercedes Benz TD Sprinter.
Our Mountains have been limited to the Smokies and Cumberlands thus far.
Thanks for the confirmation... Did you install a braking system....?
 

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The OD on my JLR reads 8,731. I am currently in St. George, Ut. attending Winter 4x4 Jamboree. I now have more flat towing miles on my JLR than driving miles. To and from home flat towing will be just under 1,000. Today was 42 miles total driving in the JLR with next couple days having similar miles. BlueOx,Cooltech and RockHard works just fine IMHO.
https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/products/Alpha_2_Motor_Home_Mounted_Tow_Bar,BX7380
https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/products/Patriot_3_Braking_System,BRK2019
https://www.rockhard4x4.com/product_p/rh-90248.htm
https://www.cooltechllc.com/2018-jeep-wrangler-jl/107-jl-tow-harness-kit.html
I have my bumper loaded with accessories
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Let it be said there is no one answer that fits everybody and all conditions, but I'm probably preaching to the choir. I see many folks using the tow light option - I'm just too OCD for it! There are other reasonable options along with strong opinions for towing gear on this forum, all good intentions I believe. As with any mod, we all choose for ourselves after digesting waaaaaaay too much information, then diving in! I started from scratch on this same topic and have many forum users to thank.

Yes, I run stock 33's and it's about 19" from level ground to centerline of the upper / forward tow loop hole. I had to add a 4" drop receiver on my class C (WBGO View) to get them to align within specs. I also used locking hitch pins with matching keys for the receiver mount to ward off casual knuckleheads that might want to ruin my trip.
LOCKING HITCH PINS is a great suggestion for anyone towing any vehicle. Not only are there people who look to steal towed vehicles, but more likely are disenchanted truck drivers who hate RV'ers that have been known to pull pins in rest stops and truck stops out of spite - and I'm sure there's a few simply mean-spirited people who do the same. I still walk do a walkaround after stopping to check everything before getting out on the highway, but having locking pins means I don't have to worry about that.
 

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Thanks for the confirmation... Did you install a braking system....?
RVi3 Braking System. When I purchase the JL no one had any experience with the Stay N Play and it was beyond what I wanted to take on. It's also transportable.
We tow about 50% of the time and so far the RVi has worked well. The dash mounted tablet displays how much braking force is being applied so it's definitely not an all or nothing, indeed there is proportionality going on. The test feature allows testing of the system up to 30 MPH by pushing the test button on the tablet which fully activates the brakes which provides a level of certainty things are working properly.
The tablet has to be plugged in all the time as the battery life is limited, a downside, but not a big deal as the brake system is not dependent on the tablet or transmitter. No, It is not a flip of the switch, but now that I have become proficient it's up and running in under 3 minutes. Very small box so it's easy to store.
 

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RVi3 Braking System. When I purchase the JL no one had any experience with the Stay N Play and it was beyond what I wanted to take on. It's also transportable.
We tow about 50% of the time and so far the RVi has worked well. The dash mounted tablet displays how much braking force is being applied so it's definitely not an all or nothing, indeed there is proportionality going on. The test feature allows testing of the system up to 30 MPH by pushing the test button on the tablet which fully activates the brakes which provides a level of certainty things are working properly.
The tablet has to be plugged in all the time as the battery life is limited, a downside, but not a big deal as the brake system is not dependent on the tablet or transmitter. No, It is not a flip of the switch, but now that I have become proficient it's up and running in under 3 minutes. Very small box so it's easy to store.
Hypalon Man is one of several very helpful folks on these forums that posted valuable information that helped me get things worked out. I have the same RVi unit and have the same observations about it's use. Everybody has different needs, but the unit works well for us.
 

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I just finished setting up my 2019 Jeep JL to be towed behind a diesel pusher. I used the Maximus -3 Tow Loops, M & G 2.0 brake air system with break away. I wanted to conceal everything possible and this is what I came up with.

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That is amazing, great job.

I just finished setting up my 2019 Jeep JL to be towed behind a diesel pusher. I used the Maximus -3 Tow Loops, M & G 2.0 brake air system with break away. I wanted to conceal everything possible and this is what I came up with.

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I just finished setting up my 2019 Jeep JL to be towed behind a diesel pusher. I used the Maximus -3 Tow Loops, M & G 2.0 brake air system with break away. I wanted to conceal everything possible and this is what I came up with
Looks good. I like the stealth behind the license plate mounting. Similar to what I did but we don't need a front plate.

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I just finished setting up my 2019 Jeep JL to be towed behind a diesel pusher. I used the Maximus -3 Tow Loops, M & G 2.0 brake air system with break away. I wanted to conceal everything possible and this is what I came up with.

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Silly question, do you take off the license for towing and then re install for driving? Also after reading this forum it seemed like you needed a different bumper if you were going to tow off the tow loops, looking for education please
 

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Silly question, do you take off the license for towing and then re install for driving? Also after reading this forum it seemed like you needed a different bumper if you were going to tow off the tow loops, looking for education please
The Maximus-3 tow loops are rated to tow from, you are not connecting to the stock bumper. The Maximus-3 tow loops are connected to the frame. And yes the license plate is removed to tow.

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For anyone that has installed the Maximus-3 tow loops:

When installing the tow loops, what amount of torque did you use on the M10 (upper) & M12 (lower) bolts supplied in the kit that go to the chassis frame?

I had found documentation from jeep that the factory bolts that attach to the bumper studs were to be torqued to 67 ft-lbs

I inquired with Maximus-3 about the other bolts and they said the M10 was 75 ft-lbs and M12 was 85 ft-lbs

The factory bolts were no problem. The M10 bolt sheared off on me. So I stopped there.

I'm using a hand held Husky torque wrench, not any sort of electric/air impact with torque sockets. I haven't had any problem with anything else I have used the torque wrench on.
 

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For anyone that has installed the Maximus-3 tow loops:

When installing the tow loops, what amount of torque did you use on the M10 (upper) & M12 (lower) bolts supplied in the kit that go to the chassis frame?

I had found documentation from jeep that the factory bolts that attach to the bumper studs were to be torqued to 67 ft-lbs

I inquired with Maximus-3 about the other bolts and they said the M10 was 75 ft-lbs and M12 was 85 ft-lbs

The factory bolts were no problem. The M10 bolt sheared off on me. So I stopped there.

I'm using a hand held Husky torque wrench, not any sort of electric/air impact with torque sockets. I haven't had any problem with anything else I have used the torque wrench on.
I forgot to mention these are class 8.8 bolts. I did buy some 10.9 to replace it since that is what home depot had.
 

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Just finished the maximum 3 tow loops install about three hours from start to finish.
I was teetering between the rock hard aluminum bumper and the Maximus 3, the Rockhard stubby bumper the way I want it set up with run me about $1,000, the only part that was holding back was winch placement, I don't like all that cool that being blocked on hot NM day.
Maximus 3 setup on the stock steel Rubi bumper allows for the winch to be recessed inside and provides a clear the air channel for the radiator. JMO

This is a straightforward install are they going to have to do ia use a c-clamp to hold the brackets in place when you put the spacer washer between the bumper bracket and the new maximus-3 to loop bracket.
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