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post #1 of 5 Old 10-31-2011, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Preparing TJ for flat tow

I may possibly be traveling cross-country to pick up a motorcoach. Knowing that a TJ is rather simple/easy to flat tow, I was thinking about driving there and towing it back. The coach is a class A diesel pusher, so towing capacity isn't a concern nor am I worried about aux brakes. Seems like the only things needed are magnetic towing lights and tow bar. I was going to go to Harbor Freight. My TJ has the stock front bumper (ends cut off). Is the bar compatible? Any other ideas for tow bar on stock front end of TJ. If I end up getting it, the TJ will probably be flat towed from time to time, yet I'd prefer if the mounting brackets don't effect clearance under the bumper.


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post #2 of 5 Old 10-31-2011, 10:02 AM
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A TJ is perfect for flat towing behind a motorhome. I did it for years without a problem before I bought a car trailer. TC in neutral, tranny in gear, first click on ign to unlock steering wheel without draining battery.

Equally as important is to have the towbar as level as possible. With the long overhang on most motorhomes, crossing sidewalks, driveways, large bumps, etc. may pry/pop the towbar off the ball if you do not have max. travel in both directions.

They make towbar mounts that attatch to the stock towhook location above the bumper. With your 4" lift, that would make for a pretty tall riser/hitch to keep your towbar level. But, I have seen it done.

I used Roadmaster's XL removeable frame mounts. They are expensive, but I found a used set for cheap. The towbar was at least 6" lower than mounting it above the bumper. I never had a problem off road except cleaning some dirt out of them a couple times. The mounts are more solid, and gave me piece of mind while towing. Now, they are just sitting in my garage.




BTW, I used magnetic lights on the rear bumper and never used an aux. braking system. My state does not require them. I never had a problem.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-01-2011, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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The motocoach has a rear cam w/ monitor on the dash, great for keeping an eye on things. I'm not as concerned about the mounting point being below the bumper, if it bolts on,a it can always be removed. Where can I cheaply get a setup like that? Will the Harbor Freight bar be easy to mount/modify? If I end up getting it, I need to have it ready in about 2.5 weeks.

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-1990 BMW 325i Convertible 5spd e30 - extensive overhaul in progress

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-04-2011, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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any other insight as to how/where to mount the Harbor Freight tow bar attachment points?

-Rick

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-1990 BMW 325i Convertible 5spd e30 - extensive overhaul in progress

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-04-2011, 03:25 PM
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Definitly not on the stock front bumper, too thin.

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