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Has anyone flat towed a TJ using a front mount receiver as a tow bar mount? I was considering buying a roadmaster setup and plugging the square hitch into the receiver on the jeep and mounting the tow bar mounts on my school bus. Is this a good route to go or just flip flop the configuration like normal?
I don't think that would be a good idea at all. The pivot point should be at the tow vehicle. I would think the Jeep would be very unstable. A disaster waiting to happen, IMO.
 

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I don't think that would be a good idea at all. The pivot point should be at the tow vehicle. I would think the Jeep would be very unstable. A disaster waiting to happen, IMO.


I've never flat towed anything before so I'm curious about options. I've seen aftermarket bumpers that pretty stout with eyes for shackles, would those same mounts be good to hook a tow bar too?
 

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Can you flat tow a Jeep... With another Jeep? Just curious because me and my dad have them, and were talking about going out to Moab this summer. No point in spending the money driving them both out when we can split gas jn one Jeep and tow the other. I know we'd get less mpg in one, but still better than two tanks to fill on the way out there, I would think.
 

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Can you flat tow a Jeep... With another Jeep? Just curious because me and my dad have them, and were talking about going out to Moab this summer. No point in spending the money driving them both out when we can split gas jn one Jeep and tow the other. I know we'd get less mpg in one, but still better than two tanks to fill on the way out there, I would think.
It'd put an awful lot of stress on the drivetrain and brakes of the front one; and you'd probably jack-knife it if you tried to brake on a corner...
 

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I've never flat towed anything before so I'm curious about options. I've seen aftermarket bumpers that pretty stout with eyes for shackles, would those same mounts be good to hook a tow bar too?
I used Roadmaster's TJ tow bar mounts when I flat towed, but a friend of mine has a tow bar that he rigged up to the shackle mounts on his bumper. Seems to work fine, but I would make sure the shackle mounts, and bumper are up for the task. I would not trust some cheapo bumpers.

Can you flat tow a Jeep... With another Jeep? Just curious because me and my dad have them, and were talking about going out to Moab this summer. No point in spending the money driving them both out when we can split gas jn one Jeep and tow the other. I know we'd get less mpg in one, but still better than two tanks to fill on the way out there, I would think.
Not a good idea. Especially if the two Jeeps are the same model and weight.

A properly set up tow bar system would cost a lot more than the extra gas it would take to drive both Jeeps there.
 

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We flat towed our 97 TJ over 85K miles with no problems, but after hooking up and unhooking all those times, I made some changes when we replaced the TJ after 16 years. We towed the TJ all those miles with a fixed arm tow bar. It works great and is inexpensive. The issue is hitching up. You have to be perfectly positioned, and without a spotter, it can be time consuming. Additionally, you either have to swing the tow bar up, which probably will block some of your vision, or remove it leaving you with needing a place to store it.

We went with an adjustable arm tow bar that makes hitching up quite easy, especially if you do it without a spotter. Our Blue Ox Adventa II tow bar stays on the RV all the time, and I use these D-ring shackle bracket adapters new from Blue Ox to attach to our recovery bumper.



You will need isolating diodes to use the TJs lights, or you can go with separate bulbs wired into the rear tail light housing, or magnetic lights. An outfit called CooltecLLC.com has a nice plug and play setup for your TJ lamps too.

Depending on your tow vehicle, you will likely need a supplemental brake system equipped with a break-away system. I know that my 2010 Ford E450 chassis class C RVs state in the owners manual that you need supp brakes over 1500 lbs as the force on the receiver is more than they design for, even though they rate to tow 5K or 10K depending on hitch type. Read this about supplemental brakes before someone talks you out of needing them... The Physics Of Towed Vehicles

If your RV is big and powerful, a trailer is a great choice! You can get a decent used trailer equipped with brakes for less than you will spend on a tow bar and supp brakes. The problem for RVers with a trailer is where to store it at your destination and perhaps at your home too. Most RV parks don't have storage areas for trailers so keep that in mind.

One other thing to keep in mind is the angle of the tow bar to the tow vehicle. This needs to be nearly level + or - 2 to 4 inches depending on manufacturer. Level is best by far! You may require an up/down hitch adapter on the tow vehicle. With our JKU, we needed to move the tow bar up 10" to be level with the Jeep bumper.
 

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I've seen aftermarket bumpers that pretty stout with eyes for shackles, would those same mounts be good to hook a tow bar too?
This is exactly how I plan on flat towing.
Warrior Products makes an adapter.

My aftermarket bumper has the D rings lined up directly into the frame rails. Solid steel through both sides of the bumper.
 

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Water Dog, what is the bracket below your bumper where the ready brake cable hooks to the jeep?
If you mean the one that the cable goes through, It's just a piece of 1/4" x 3" x 3" angle aluminum that I cut the center out of. I needed something to mount my 1979 Chevelle flip down license plate bracket to. Found a short piece of the aluminum angle at a local surplus metal supply.
 

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If you mean the one that the cable goes through, It's just a piece of 1/4" x 3" x 3" angle aluminum that I cut the center out of. I needed something to mount my 1979 Chevelle flip down license plate bracket to. Found a short piece of the aluminum angle at a local surplus metal supply.
I was actually talking about the flip down license plate bracket. I thought that's what it was, very cool. :)
 

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For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
 

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For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
That's a great idea...!
 

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For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
Yep, I made one for my CJ5. I used two pairs of Maglite clips. Worked great. I pulled it off when I sold the CJ in anticipation of a winch on the TJ.
 

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I don't use the shackle mounts on my ARB bumper, but I did use the bolt on Blue Ox brackets like these Blue Ox BX88230 General Purpose Adapter Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive on it, and it works very well. Here's a pic
This all good info. I think I have it narrowed down to the adapters mentioned above. I've seen them used with the stock bumper and I feel as if that will work in my case. Don't know if I can swing enough cash for a nice bumper then get the tow bar I want. I'm looking at a blue ox , forget the model, but it's a hitch mount. Close to 600 which is fine. Any preference towards blue ox or roadmaster?
 
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