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Old 08-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #21
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I put in a boost system on my new rubicon
Brakes like a champ
Tows fantastic and able to stop in a hurry
Rubicon weighs 4k so it pushes going down 7 percent grades. A computer controls how much braking force is needed and on the flat not much is applied but down those big grades it applies lots of force. Glad I invested in the system
The place I had mine done does 2 jeeps a week so I trusted their judgement
I use the tranny and the brakes to keep me at a safe speed
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:21 PM   #22
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What kind of shop installed the brake on the jeep. RV shop or jeep shop?
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #23
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #24
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We just got back from a 7 week, 4000 mile, 10 state vacation in our 2011 Solera. We towed a Honda Fit with a Roadmaster Falcon towbar. We went with the Falcon because of the ease of the connect/disconnect, and the fact that with the tow harness removed, the Fit looks clean. We did not have auxiliary brakes. We were advised that if we went to California or Canada, they would be required. However, we could not even tell that we were towing a vehicle. Mileage is unchanged at 13.6 mpg. The AC unit affects mileage far more that a TOAD. Only disadvantage is the length, and the fact that you shouldn't back it up. We are really glad that we chose to tow our car. It gave us a freedom that offset the price we paid. We will have a braking system before we head to the West coast next year...
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #25
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We just got back from a 16 day 3000 mile trip Oregon towing our jeep rubicon
12-13 miles per gallon even towing over grades although we slowed to 45 going up 7 percent grades, it made it no problem
It was wonderful to have a car along
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #26
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I had an E350 and now have an e450 that tows a Ford Escape. I have towed without my auxillary brake (Blue Ox) for a short distance. I wanted to see what the difference was at 45 mph stopping on level ground. That was the only reason for not running the Ox. The result was that without the Ox it required at least an extra 50 feet to stop with the toad. I don't want to think what would happen on a downhill grade. I won't travel without one. I like the Ox brake because it has an auxillary power hookup and a remote control for the cab. I use a roadmaster all terrain bar but find that the tension release doesn't always release as easily as I would like.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #27
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[QUOTE. However, we could not even tell that we were towing a vehicle. Mileage is unchanged at 13.6 mpg. Only disadvantage is the length, and the fact that you shouldn't back it up. ...[/QUOTE]

Happy to read that. Our milleage is 14.5 mpg towing a Corolla. We also have the Roadmaster Falcon

Now, to back up : I DO NOT ENCOURAGE THAT PRACTICE BUT IT WORKS !!!
Get a second driver in the toad, start the engine, put it on reverse and pull the Solera. The driver in the Solera just maintain the wheels straight and turn a little bit if needed. Understand it is only for a very short distance like when you tried to make a uturn and had not enough space and you were jamming the road .

Reading all of you guys make me reconsider the aux brake. It's already installed in the Solera, I will get something for the Corolla soon.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:33 PM   #28
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Based in part on all the good posts to this thread, I took the leap and ordered all the stuff required to rig my Honda Fit to be towed by the Solera. Including brakes for the toad. Wow, it is expensive! I will repost when I get to the installation of: baseplates, lights, brakes, etc.
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Based in part on all the good posts to this thread, I took the leap and ordered all the stuff required to rig my Honda Fit to be towed by the Solera. Including brakes for the toad. Wow, it is expensive! I will repost when I get to the installation of: baseplates, lights, brakes, etc.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:23 PM   #30
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Whichever brand of towbar you purchase, I recommend buying their "motorhome mounted" model. That type fits into your hitch receiver rather than to a hitch ball. Motorhomes have a long rear overhang. The towbar manufacturers state that in some cases the hitch can rise so high or low that it will pop the towbar off a ball. In addition, they emphatically state that towbars with ballmounts must be level when towing. The receiver mount type can be up to three inches different in height. When you look at the cost of a dropped hitch adapter and ball, a motorhome mounted towbar doesn't cost a lot more.

You can look at the manufacturers' web site and download the installation and user instructions for towbars that you are interested in to get a good insight into the different products.
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