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Old 08-02-2015, 10:32 AM   #31
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I never knew the toad was behind me while towing and I didn't have aux brakes for quite a while. But getting to California i bought a system as people told me if you get caught the fine is like $1200.

2011 Berkshire 390-rb-40, upgraded tires and front axle airbags, 2012 Jeep Wrangler 2 door, Blue Ox baseplate and BlueOx aladdin tow bar, Blue Ox Patriot brake system, wiring run through right frame rail and homemade led taillight bar.FB.
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:14 PM   #32
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Flat tow cost.

On the cheap! I purchased EMPI towbar for $120, magnetic lights for $10 from Harbor Freight, chain for $20 and tow a '71 VW Bug. Currently have 2012 Sunseeker 3120DS.

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Old 08-02-2015, 06:43 PM   #33
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Just under $2000 for my system. Did all the install myself.

-Blue Ox Alpha towbar
-Blue Ox Patriot brake system
-wiring/light kit
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:09 PM   #34
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making me think more of a truck and trailer... one engine... yeah still hook ups... but a lot comes with both... to early for the retirement
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:37 AM   #35
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Posts: 71 you boxes on the drivers floor, etc. Also, since it's plumbed into the rear brakes, it's truly adjustments to make etc.
Hooking up is the same as any trailer...lights, safety chains, and the breakaway lanyard. Then instead of messing with boxes on the floor of the toad, etc., you just hook up your air line and your done.
This is my 3rd season using this system and wouldn't use anything else.
I had mine installed by a dealer...definitely worth the money.
When towing my 2008 Wrangler, I just need to turn the key one click to Accessory so the steering doesn't lock. The radio display and odometer display power up (it does NOT clock miles unless the key is turned to "On" ). I suppose if you left it like that long enough it could kill the battery, but I've towed from north Jersey to Vermont, Florida, and the OBX of North Carolina (just yesterday...hence the late response!), and have never gotten the feeling that the battery is less than 100% when I start it up. With the Blue Ox in line light harness, the lights are run off of the TV...only thing drawing on the toad battery while being towed is the radio and odometer displays.
Definately satisfied with the system and how it operates.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:19 AM   #36
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I bought a roadmaster tow bar w7500lb tow weight .picked up safty chain at home depot and magnetic lights. less than 500.00 in everything.i bought bar on ebay for 250.00
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:27 AM   #37
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Just to add to rad_jr: I believe about 2011 Jeep did away with the key lock on the Wranglers. On my 2014 I don't even put the key in it. Start it up, put the transfer case in neutral, put it in drive to verify TC is in neutral, then put it in park and take the keys out. Great feature!
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:52 AM   #38
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I Just went through all this. We drug 5th wheels around for about 10 years, then moved to a motorhome. It ain't cheap. Get all you can from the dealer. Go to to get an idea on parts then go from there.

Our baseplate was about $350, Tow Bar about $750 - both Blue Ox, Aux Brakes $1000... heck I guess that was about it other than some odds and ends here and there. I paid $200 to have the base plate installed.

Before you do all this make double, triple, quadruple sure it can be towed, don't just assume. Get more than one opinion.

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Old 08-03-2015, 10:17 AM   #39
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Jeep Liberty w/Ready Brute Elite


Just had the Ready Brute Elite tow bar with integrated braking, and a Blue-Ox base plate installed on my 2006 Jeep Liberty. I am really happy with the setup and the authorized dealer I used here in So Cal did a great job. The whole install with wiring harness was $2600, including labor.

I am very mechanically inclined, but thought I would have this done by someone that has installed a few. After seeing the install, and several customization's required, I am glad I didn't inflict any pain on myself!

P.S. Going to drive the Jeep to Ohio in September to pick up my new Forester 2861DS.

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Old 08-03-2015, 11:18 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by tapadunbar View Post
I just setup my 2014 CRV for flat towing. Start looking in ebay, craigslist and newspaper for "good" used parts. I bought a blue ox Aladdin all terrain tow bar for 450, lists for 1000 it was like new. A Blue ox Patriot break system for 400, it list for 1200. The rock guard was on the motor home. The wiring kit w/diodes bought new 125. The base plate new 325.
Had our local rv repair shop install theses along with a 12v outlet from the car battery for the brake system and a charging wire from the rv to the car battery and setup. they charged around 8 to 9 hrs. Take your time and look for the used bar and break system but be careful and look at them real good and if you have a friend that is towing take him along.
I'm trying to picture the "rock guard". Is it the black brush like gizmo that hangs down behind the rear wheels? 12 or 14" long?

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