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Old 03-27-2014, 06:00 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, 06:14 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, 08:00 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, 02:12 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, 07:42 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, 01:22 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.

Thank you all,

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Old 04-13-2014, 01:38 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, 03:01 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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