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Old 07-06-2015, 04:22 PM   #11
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Blue Ox all the way

We are on our maiden voyage in our Berkshire 36QL, this is our first venture in camping as well. I did allot of research prior to buying, we went with a jeep Cherokee with the active drive II transmission and a blue ox tow bar and baseplate(it's almost invisible when not in use with the twist pins out), no brake assist yet but haven't noticed a need for it yet. Demco makes a wiring harness that is basically plug and play into original wiring, it was on back order but should be there when we get home. In the mean time we got a cheap 39.00 magnetic light set at Wal-Mart and plug adapter to plug into MH, didn't really trust the magnet and didn't want to scratch paint so mounted the lights toa board and bungied it to the luggage rack, so far all is working well. Good luck!#!
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:32 PM   #12
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I used the Blue Ox base plate with the Blue Ox Adventa tow bar; the tow bar is a little overkill, but I liked the spherical connection detail. As for braking, I went with the Roadmaster Invisibrake. There are videos on their site of installing the system in a Jeep Wrangler and it went it without a hitch - works great, stays in permanently and all you need to do is plug in the umbilical to the coach. I also spent the extra money (about $195) and got the Blue Ox light kit that ties into the factory harness instead of requiring diodes, extra bulbs, etc. You just unscrew the tail lights and plug the system in between the factory harness and the tail light. There is a small electronics box that makes it work; we stuck it to the body wall inside the right hand tail light, then routed the wiring down the frame to the front. When I bought the tow bar, I got the Blue Ox accessory kit and it came with a plug to connect the umbilical from the coach to the toad; cut off the flat connector on the lighting kit and wired it into that plug. Love it!
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:40 PM   #13
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Use blue ox with patriot breaking system for my Ford Explorer 2014 for the last year, work great.


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Old 07-06-2015, 05:05 PM   #14
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I use the Demco system with the rV2 brake assist. I have used it on two different motor homes and two different towed vehicles and it works great. Easy to hook up and easy to disconnect.
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We are on our maiden voyage in our Berkshire 36QL, this is our first venture in camping as well. I did allot of research prior to buying, we went with a jeep Cherokee with the active drive II transmission and a blue ox tow bar and baseplate(it's almost invisible when not in use with the twist pins out), no brake assist yet but haven't noticed a need for it yet. Demco makes a wiring harness that is basically plug and play into original wiring, it was on back order but should be there when we get home. In the mean time we got a cheap 39.00 magnetic light set at Wal-Mart and plug adapter to plug into MH, didn't really trust the magnet and didn't want to scratch paint so mounted the lights toa board and bungied it to the luggage rack, so far all is working well. Good luck!#!

Brake assist isn't based on need. Think every state has a requirement for a brake for almost any toad!


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Old 07-06-2015, 05:21 PM   #16
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If you go blueox (as I did) you can put the base plate on in about two hours (about eight beers, four of which I had just after base plate installation and prior to the plastic air dam portion of our show). The preferred tools are a floor jack to hold the critter while you bolt it, a spank'en new drill bit (I can look up the size if you go this route), and a decent torque wrench. I also used a small tube of blue locktite (I'm old school airframe - nuts are thrust load, the blue helps the radial. I would safety wire them if I the hardware and access). I spent more time scratching my head on the cutting the plastic air dam then anything else. Me and DW set aside a Saturday to do this, but we were done pretty quickly and I ended up holding her purse at Belks when I should have been zinc chromating the drill holes, so I would give the project is 4/10 in difficulty just because it is a one off project.....

Now I would give it a two.... I would install one for rib eye dinner (wiring extra).

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Drop the bumper (eight nuts if I remember), very light to handle DW moved it around by her lonesome.

Drill the four new holes (1/2 inch drill is our friend).

Use the floor jack and the shipping carton to hold it up to bolt on (DW kept hands on)

Fish the nuts in the frame locktite, tighten, and torque.

Return the bumper to the jeep.

Play with the plastic air dam to get the cuts made how you like to allow for the bracket.

Build out your wiring connection (I ran mine down the pass frame rail in plastic split loom tubing mentioned above to the rear bumper and later added the trailemate harness).

I am in West ATL, bring your jeep and base plate parts and we (read you and I) will put the puppy on. Then I'll show you how to get to the Texas road house......
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:52 PM   #17
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A couple of quick thoughts:

Look at chill960 second post picture. IMHO he has it on the right side of the correct angle. You want the coach ever so slightly (and I mean very slightly) higher then the toad. Water should run towards the toad on the tow bar. If the toad is above the plane of the coach you risk the toad driving over the tow bar in a lock up or frontal coach impact. Now I know were only talking a few thousand pounds, but if there is a tow bar failure the ground becomes the back plate as the toad trys to get under the bar. With the toad higher there is nothing but blue sky to stop the toad from crawling over the bar. In a perfect world we want them level, but I dont live there.

I also use the patriot brake, run off the console cig lighter and a battery keeper attached to the coach to keep the toad charged. Many folk love their ready brake but I do like the fact that I can remotely from the coach adjust the gain and manually engange the brake. I often set the gain to 1-2 in town can think of is the fact that it is a surge brakeno serve ab
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Old 07-06-2015, 06:08 PM   #18
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Further note, I also use the patriot brake as it has wireless remote control from the coach to set gain and independent activation of the toad brake (not a surge brake). Using a brake buddy (39332) to feed coach power to the toad battery to keep it hot and topped off.
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Use blue ox with patriot breaking system for my Ford Explorer 2014 for the last year, work great.


Denis, Forest river Georgetown XL 377 towing a 2014 Ford Explorer.
2X I would recommend that also. I have for sometime now easy to hook up and great system.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:44 PM   #20
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We went Blue ox alpha for hitch and the braking system was the SMI Stay N Play (so simple to use) on our 2011 Jeep Liberty.
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