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Old 02-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Did a search and read some of the posts on "How to Tow", but was looking for more information / recommendations on equipment used to tow the Wrangler; ie Tow Bar, Brake Conrtoller, Brake Assists Module, etc.

An recommendation, Pros/Cons and pricing would greatly be appreciated.

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Old 02-01-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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I have towed my 2001 CRV with a Roadmaster Sterling towbar and used a Brake Buddy suplemental barking system, I highly recomend them both. As for my 2012 JKUR once I get my AEV front bumper I will have new mounts fabbed so I can use the towbar and brackets I have.

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Lots of good information on rv.net, look under dingy towing.
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I tow my JKU behind my motorhome one a month at least. I use a $99 tow bar I bought from a local 4x4 store, fabbed up some trick mounts for my Hansen bumper, bought some $20 tow lights and it works great. I've put at least 15000 miles on the setup. Auto trans in park, t case in neutral.
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My used 08JK came with a set up to tow it behind something, although they never did.

JK has 2 small receiver-hitch tubes (1"?) mounted under the bumper to frame. There is a wired in receiver plug, and some wires back to under driver seat. These are long enough to reach to rear, as if they might mount brake lights, or maybe tie into rear light harness. I'm not sure if it was ever functional, but the small tow mounts as a pair, seem adequate to trail it behind some RV.

Here's one:
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:22 PM   #6
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Hi, I have a 2012 JKU and plan to Tow behind my MH.
I Bought the Currie Industries base plate and an Aladdin Blue Ox Tow bar. I am still up in the air as to which Brake system to use. The Currie is really strong and also doubles as a skid plate and is very inexpensive $199.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #7
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I just installed the Currie base plate on my 2012 JK Sport yesterday. $212 including shipping. Took me about 3 hours. It is built really well. I use a Blue Ox Alladin tow bar and I've been using a Brake Buddy for 5 seasons with no problems. The Currie is great if you're going to keep the stock bumper.
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My used 08JK came with a set up to tow it behind something, although they never did.

JK has 2 small receiver-hitch tubes (1"?) mounted under the bumper to frame. There is a wired in receiver plug, and some wires back to under driver seat. These are long enough to reach to rear, as if they might mount brake lights, or maybe tie into rear light harness. I'm not sure if it was ever functional, but the small tow mounts as a pair, seem adequate to trail it behind some RV.

Here's one:
That looks real similar to my roadmaster base plate on the CRV
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We have towed a Saturn Vue and a GMC Sierra 1500 behind our DP for four years using a BlueOx Aventa LX tow bar and BlueOx base plates with a BrakeBuddy braking system. But for our new JK I bought and installed a RockHard4x4 bumper with their BlueOx tow bracket and I installed TowDaddy wiring for the lights. I'm stll using the same BrakeBuddy. I can email you pictures if you want.
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I've been looking and researching Demco and can't find any real cons on their system. They have an 8000lb rating and made from billet aluminum, so light weight for handling. I especially like the simplicity of their non-electric surge brake system with nothing to attach or unattach at the brake pedal. Couple this with a newer JK and you don't have a steering wheel lock to be concerned about, so the ignition key isn't required either, which should amount to no more dead batteries.

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Did a search and read some of the posts on "How to Tow", but was looking for more information / recommendations on equipment used to tow the Wrangler; ie Tow Bar, Brake Conrtoller, Brake Assists Module, etc.

An recommendation, Pros/Cons and pricing would greatly be appreciated.

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I have a '12 JK. I use the Blue Ox Aventa with a Brake Buddy.
So far I have only towed it home from the shop, but I couldn't even tell that it was there. That was actually troubling. Since it was my first time I was a nervous wreck, so last week I installed a license plate back up camera and wired it into my tail light rather than my back up light. Now I can monitor my JK with the flick of a switch.
I paid full retail for the Blue Ox since I'm not quite set up to do something like that right now. It was a chunk of cheese, but I really like the product.
I picked up the Brake Buddy on CL for $40. Basically I got a smoking deal and couldn't pass it up. It is the red one and it is only 4 years old.

I have never tried any other system, but I am pretty happy with this set up.
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We have towed a Saturn Vue and a GMC Sierra 1500 behind our DP for four years using a BlueOx Aventa LX tow bar and BlueOx base plates with a BrakeBuddy braking system. But for our new JK I bought and installed a RockHard4x4 bumper with their BlueOx tow bracket and I installed TowDaddy wiring for the lights. I'm stll using the same BrakeBuddy. I can email you pictures if you want.
Does BlueOx make a bracket specifically for this bumper or does RockHard4x4 make one? I'm in the market now as well.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #13
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The bracket is made by Rockhard4x4. Here's what it looks like. The best thing is nothing lowering my approach angle plus if I do hit something and bend anything it cost $60 to replace both brackets while if I had a base plate it would cost at least $300. Just a thought but I didn't buy a Jepp to mall crawl. Oh by the way I've put over 36000 miiles on our DP towing with the BlueOx/BrakeBuddy setup.
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I made these brackets to attatch to my hanson bumper
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some pricing:

Tow Bars, Tow Dollys, BrakeBuddy & Dinghy Braking - PPL Motor Homes Bars - Blue Ox but it list alot of others and most of the other equipment needed to tow SAFELY.

Base plates:
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...ies/blueox.php
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I have a 2008 TJ 6 speed with Blue Ox base plates, Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and Patriot Brake system. Towed it 4 down behind a 2010 WINNIE 454 - 26 footer for a month and about 8k miles. A real easy, controlled tow up and down the east coast; mountains, cities (NYC), freeways etc. Brake system worked well just as advertised. Easy to hook up and unhook.

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