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Old 10-15-2015, 06:25 PM   #21
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I've toad a 2012explorer (really its just a 7 passenger edge)
no issues I have less than 2000 invested
blue ox tow bar 250.ed from dealer
base plate 200 found on net
tow lights magnetic base harbor freight 40
brake buddy 1000
install base plate 2 hours of my own time
problems ZERO I did run a charge line to keep the battery up as I had to jump start 1 time after a full days pull
ford says run engine every so many hours
great thing about toading is no storage issues
with break buddy you can move it from car to car
I've used it on a 2010 jeep a 2011 jeep and currently on my 2012 explorer
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:29 PM   #22
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Phil,

I too had the Invisibrake installed by CW, Akron. I too had to re-install it myself. CW, never again.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:14 AM   #23
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I flat tow a 2011 Wrangler and it seems like they're built for it, so I can't speak to towing a Ford Edge. What I can add is I was utterly shocked at how much CW and dealers wanted to set up when I saw the parts were roughly $700 new. I found a base plate and Blue Ox tow bar on Craigslist. Both looked new and I dropped $300 total. Found a wiring kit that plugged into the existing wiring on Amazon for $40. Took me 2 hours at my own easy peasy pace to get all set up. Brake was $950 and installed myself as well. I am far from any type of mechanical car guy, but if you have minimal skills, like me, you can save some dough and put it into fun things for your RV.

Whatever you do, make sure to have fun!
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:17 PM   #24
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Phil,

I too had the Invisibrake installed by CW, Akron. I too had to re-install it myself. CW, never again.
The most disgusting part of the installation was CW using a 4-conductor cable between the RV and the car after I told them that I would pay the difference between the standard 4-conductor one and the 6-conductor cable I wanted. CW sold both cables at the same price but the installer used the smaller cable then ran an additional wire from the RV to the car. Hookup now involved two separate wires, the second wire being a non-weather protected bullet connector.

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:51 AM   #25
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Yes, Albert1950, I agree C.W. is way out of line on the price. I checked at Mentor RV and they wanted like 100.00 more then C.W.
I checked with a place that sells trailers and installs and sells tow bars. They were much less. Looked at an Alum. 20 trailer that I can tow either my Ford Edge or my GMC 1500 Seierra. Plus a golf cart if I ever buy one. Not much more then the C.W. price for the tow bar.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:41 AM   #26
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philv, that is why I got a trailer. Doesn't limit you to what you can tow. Plus you can add to a trailer. I modified mine with a new cross member to add a bolt on hitch. Now I can use a winch(got a mount to make it easy to move) and holds a bike rack. Where it is placed, I can use the back up camera to keep an eye on the trailer.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:56 AM   #27
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Yes, Albert1950, I agree C.W. is way out of line on the price. I checked at Mentor RV and they wanted like 100.00 more then C.W.
I checked with a place that sells trailers and installs and sells tow bars. They were much less. Looked at an Alum. 20 trailer that I can tow either my Ford Edge or my GMC 1500 Seierra. Plus a golf cart if I ever buy one. Not much more then the C.W. price for the tow bar.

Where did you find an aluminum car hauler for not much more than a tow bar setup!!??


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Old 10-19-2015, 10:34 AM   #28
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$4,762.00 FOR A 7,000 LB. AND 5,300.00 for a 10,000 lb.
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C.w wants $4,000.00 for everything with install.
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philv whom is the maker of the trailer?
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