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Old 03-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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Towing with an FR 3

Have taken several trips with my FR 3 and am quite pleased.

A few minor issues but I have resolved.

My question is:

For anyone who has towed a vehicle with the FR 3 how has the experience been?

I am planning to tow a 4700 lb vehicle.

What tow bar/ base plate, braking system does anyone recommend?

Any and all info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:14 PM   #2
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Have taken several trips with my FR 3 and am quite pleased.

A few minor issues but I have resolved.

My question is:

For anyone who has towed a vehicle with the FR 3 how has the experience been?

I am planning to tow a 4700 lb vehicle.

What tow bar/ base plate, braking system does anyone recommend?

Any and all info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Branch man, if have been towing my Jeep 4 door Rubicon with no issues, well maybe just going up hills...darn gravity.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:00 AM   #3
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I tow my CX-5 on a dolly, no issues. You can hardly tell its back there. Being on a dolly, I cant help you more than to say lots of people like the Blue Ox tow bars.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:12 PM   #4
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I installed a Blue Ox base plate on my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. Very easy installation. My tow bar is also a Blue Ox. You can go on their website, Blue Ox Products, enter your tow vehicle info and they'll match to the proper equipment you need.
When I was in Quartzsite last Jan. and attended the RV show, I came across a company selling a towed vehicle braking system called SMI. They have a very small unit that installs to the brake arm under the dash (no more big clumsy floor units). The "stay-in-play" unit is for gas MH and the "air force one" is for diesels.
If you run across them at a RV show, they'll come to you tow vehicle and install it right there.
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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We tow a Honda CRV with Blue Ox towbar and a M&G brake system that is hydraulic-air-hydraulic. I don't even know the CRV is back there. It weighs 3400 lbs.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:22 PM   #6
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Smile FR3 hitch receiver adapter for Fiat 500 toad

Hello all,

I am finally picking up my 2014 FR3 next week. I have a Fiat 500 toad with a Roadmaster Sterling all terrain tow bar. I know I need a hitch receiver adapter and I am wondering if any of you can tell me the size of the drop hitch receiver adapter to use with this rig and toad?

MY DW and I can't wait to make our first trip at the end of this month. Will be going close to home to get experienced with the toad before our July cross country outing.

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Old 04-13-2014, 12:38 PM   #7
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I'm a little confused PDG. When you mention "drop hitch receiver" are you referring to the baseplate for the toad? The Roadmaster tow bar comes ready to slide into your FR3's receiver. You'll just need the proper baseplate, which Roadmaster sells, to complete the hook up.
The only other thing I can think you may be talking about is that your Fiat might be too low and create too much of an angle when hooked up.
Best I can advise is to talk with Roadmaster. They definitely can give you proper recommendations.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:01 PM   #8
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Yes. I need to match the low height of the Fiat to the FR3 by adding a hitch adapter that lowers the receiver opening by 3" or 4" (the height difference) of the FR3.
See below link for example.
RoadMaster High-Low Drop - 6" - 6,000 lbs GTW; 100 lbs TW Roadmaster Accessories and Parts RM-076

I think calling Roadmaster is a good idea if no one else can chime in.

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If you have air bags on the rear, get a shorter adaptor so you can air up to the correct height.
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I use a Demco. After research, I liked it better.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:51 PM   #11
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Have taken several trips with my FR 3 and am quite pleased.

A few minor issues but I have resolved.

My question is:

For anyone who has towed a vehicle with the FR 3 how has the experience been?

I am planning to tow a 4700 lb vehicle.

What tow bar/ base plate, braking system does anyone recommend?

Any and all info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
First step is to confirm the FR3 can tow 5000 lbs and stay within the GCWR.
Second, check Roadmaster, Blueox and Demco for toad adapter plates and the bar you want for a lengthy time of use. If you change Toads make sure the base plates will be available to match that bar.
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If you know the difference, in height, from your FR3 receiver and the baseplate hookup, this will give you an idea of how much drop you need. If it's, say, 6", a 4" drop would be ok. I've been told, and it'll show on your hook-up directions that a little angle is ok.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:21 AM   #13
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I have switched to a Blue ox alpha tow bar and base plate. They make a base plate designed for my Fiat 500 toad. I went to an installer who happened to be isnstalling a blue ox base plate on another customer's Fiat 500. He was a dealer for both Roadmaster and Blue Ox. After much discussion and a saving of $400.00 I chose Blue Ox. Easy on/off connections liked the over package.

Thank you all for your input.

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First step is to confirm the FR3 can tow 5000 lbs and stay within the GCWR.
Second, check Roadmaster, Blueox and Demco for toad adapter plates and the bar you want for a lengthy time of use. If you change Toads make sure the base plates will be available to match that bar.
The FR3 has room for the 5000lbs and then some (18000 vs 23000 GVWR/GCWR).
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:27 PM   #15
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Just checkin, 4700# seems large for any toad, behind a 18000# motorhome it's an anchor! Forget the ratings, think practical. I've rigged 7 different toads over the years, never had the tail wag the tow.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:47 PM   #16
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I tow a race trailer thats every bit of 5000lb back there, and I can hardly tell its back there.

Then again, my other weekend ride looks something like this.



When youre rolling 35,000 pounds down the road in the trailer, yeah, then we can talk about it being an anchor.
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I'm towing a 2014 Jeep Trail Hawk with no issues, if it weren't for the camera I'd never it was behind me. Demco base plate (sticks out in front not hidden like I was told) Demco tow bar and Stay-N-Play break system.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:50 AM   #18
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I used a 3" drop for my fiat 500 abarth works great and is level
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:33 AM   #19
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I use Blue Ox. Good stuff and the Alpha tow bar works great. You can get one for about $550 at AdventureRV.net. 6500lb rating and is super simple. I also like the Blue Ox baseplate. Everything is hidden and blends in well when not towing.
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We towed a Honda CRV with Blue Ox Anventa towbar. Don't feel a thing. Over 13,000 miles.


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