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Old 05-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Advice

We would like to tow our Mini four wheels down with our Solera. Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster make baseplates for our car but they look to be quite different in how they hook up to the tow bar. I would like to hear from anyone who has used either of these systems, pros and cons of each and any other advice you could give about dinghy towing. I have tried to do as much research as I can but I would like input from others who have towed with their Solera.

I know that there is much debate about the need for a Dinghy Braking System on a car that only weighs 2500 lbs but we are going to use a Brake Buddy type system for the extra safety and peace of mind.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Roadmaster falcon all terrain here. 6k rated. Towing a Honda fit. I just preferred how it pins to the tow bar. Everybody's got their preference. We've never had any trouble with it. Hooks up easy, stores on MH easy, all easy. We don't use aux braking on the toad, again our choice. I'm sure I'll get comments. Boat with no brakes weighs about the same. The car is feather weight, and I still keep a large distance. Braking of the E-450 is excellent, with or without toad.
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Are you driving E450 or Solara??
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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Forester / E-450, but the question was about tow bar opinions. Only reason I threw that out there was braking of the solera may be different, and we don't use aux braking.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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Doesn't anybody tow a dinghy with their Solera?
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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We tow a 2013 rubicon jeep
Weight is around 4k with rear seat removed
We put an auxiliary power braking system along with a blue ox tow bar
Tows fantastic
Slows a little on grades but stops better towing
Fuel mileage still 12 to 13
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:40 PM   #7
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Doesn't anybody tow a dinghy with their Solera?
David, we tow a Mazda3 with our Solera. Use BlueOx Base plate, and BlueOx Ambassador tow bar (it's their least expensive , does not stow on MH - it's also light weight). We use the BlueOx Patriot Auxiliary Brake. The whole setup tows like a dream. Yes, a little more time involved setting up the Patriot, but NO Installation expense!!! We also have Toad Charge system installed to keep battery charged in the Mazda - that way we can keep parking lights on the Mazda activated, driving at night won't d/c the battery!

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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Thanks for the responses. I have a 2013 Solera 24R and a 2013 Honda Fit. I have taken a couple of trips, but I am an RV newbie. I am thinking about trying to drag the Fit around from time to time. I have been "doing my homework" on baseplates, towbars, braking systems, etc. The Fit is very light so I could probably get away without brakes.

This forum and the enthusiastic participation of other owners and bclemens was an important factor in choosing Forest River and the Solera.
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I would set up a brake system
In California anything over 2000 requires it
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #10
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Most states has similar requirements varying on weight.
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