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How Self-aligning Motor home-mounted Tow Bars Work

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Installing Self-aligning Motor Home-mounted Tow Bars
In order to tow your vehicle safely, you’ll need several parts to install your motor home-mounted tow bar.
In order to tow your vehicle safely, you’ll need several parts to install your motor home-mounted tow bar.
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Motor home-mounted self-aligning tow bars are installed as part of the RVs hitch set-up. As a result, once the proper hitch is in place, the motor home-mounted self-aligning tow bar is easy to bolt into place. Installation doesn't stop there, however. You'll also need to install a number of towing accessories on the car being towed.

You'll need a base plate or bracket, safety cables and brake light wiring kit to make sure your tow bar works safely. The base plate or bracket attaches the bar to the car. The safety cables provide extra attachment from the car to the RV, and the brake light wiring kit wire the car's brake lights to the RV's, so when the RV brakes, the car's brake light will light up, alertring vehicles behind you that the car is slowing down.

The brackets or base plates should be installed on the front of the car being towed. The specific place depends on what kind of car you have; the tow bar seller should be able to help you with that. The safety wires run from the bracket or base plate up to the hitch of the RV, and the brake light wiring kit is installed through the car's fuse box. All in all, installation can be done by one person in an afternoon, but if you're not very handy, you may want to let professionals take care of it.


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