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Old 08-01-2015, 09:23 AM   #1
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What does it cost to prepare a flat tow?

Brand new to this and have gone from thinking of hauling a scooter, to a motorcycle to flat tow. I know buying the towed vehicle is only the beginning, I'd need hitch mount brake wireing etc. What can I expect to pay to outfit the towed vehicle?
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:26 AM   #2
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About $3500 to $4300
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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WOW! I Never expected THAT kind of $!!!! What am I buying for that kind of money?
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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If you do the work yourself $1000 -$2000. Base plate, wiring, tow bar, brake system.
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About $3500 to $4300
Good estimate for new equipment installed. For $4000 plus tax we equipped our 2012 CRV with Roadmaster Falcon all terrain tow bar, Invisibrake, brackets for mounting and storing a rock shield, all wiring for the CRV and Georgetown. We were able to find a used rock shield so saved a coupla hundred bucks there.

They were able to add bulbs inside our tail light housing so they did not need to touch the wiring. The Invisibrake sends a trickle charge to the battery (requires running lights to be on) so they did not install the fuse switch that you read about for the CRV and other cars. Some people report that the trickle charge is not enough to keep the Battery charged. We have not towed enough hours yet to comment.
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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I too am looking at this.
Like Walt I went from thinking about bikes to lite motorcycle to flat towing
What is a rock shield?
Also what do you look for in a tail light housing to make things easier. An unused socket?
Does anyone know if a Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee has an empty socket?
Thank you
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:09 PM   #7
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Flat tow

I had the Blue Ox tow bar and base installed and the SMI Stay and Play brake system and I installed the switch in the fuse panel to turn the navigation system off on my 2014 CRV. Installer drilled new hole in tail light panel and installed a new plug and bulb. He suggested not trying to hook into the Honda wiring system. Cost me about $3200.
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rhart...not an unused socket...if the housing is big enough, they'll drill a hole big enough to add a socket. Advantage is no splicing into vehicle wiring...downside is now you have a new hole in your tail light. If you decided to remove the system, you'll either have to leave the new sockets in place or replace the whole assembly, which can be expensive. Also potential for water leaks.

Depending on what you purchase to tow, there are lots of companies that make "in-line" harnesses. I tow a Jeep Wrangler and use a Blue Ox setup. The wiring installs between the plug from the Jeep and the plug in the tail light, and activates the vehicle's lights. No no permanent change to the vehicle...if you want to take it out, just unplug everything, and plug the vehicle harness back to the tail light.

Brake setup is user preference...systems that require a box on the floor to push the brake pedal (these need to be removed to drive the car) seem to be the most popular, due to lower cost. Mine is more permanent, but does not require any equipment to be installed/removed to tow/drive. It's a little more expensive for equipment and installation, but i like it because it's easy to hook up/unhook. Google M&G Engineering.

Wrangler is a breeze to tow, particularly the newer ones that don't have the steering column lock....
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I too am looking at this.
Like Walt I went from thinking about bikes to lite motorcycle to flat towing
What is a rock shield?
Also what do you look for in a tail light housing to make things easier. An unused socket?
Does anyone know if a Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee has an empty socket?
Thank you
The rock shield mounts on the tow bar to protect the front of the toad from rock trips. Definately optional or can be added later. My wife wanted one to protect HER new car.it includes a storage bracket for the back of the MH for when you are in camp,

They drilled a second hole in the housing on each side to add the socket and combination bulb. It just depends on how big the housing is. They told me that the CRV had plenty of room but some cars like the Mini Cooper do not. Do not know about the Jeeps.
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I haven't even bought the class c yet... also like the others... the cost is just way out there. I thought most of the MH came with hitch receiver and wiring, why would there be more needed? rock shield guessing for the underneath? if the tow bar is already on the toad that would cut down more, I'm talking mid to late 80's mini pickup or samuri. Ok... in a campground on the south coast of Oregon... 5 days on the road and the van is getting smaller by the day, LOL! Thanks for all of the input, this is a great forum for the new folks! Tons of info.
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