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Old 03-13-2016, 08:12 AM   #1
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Finally installed my Blue Ox stuff

YES !!!
Took 6 hours, but finally installed my base plate onto the Chevy Colorado.
All set for camping now.
Very happy with the result

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Old 03-13-2016, 08:30 AM   #2
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I've been waiting. Tell us more. Did you install it yourself?
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:48 AM   #3
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Hi Dan:

I had a friend over to help. As usual, everything came apart from the vehicle nicely (putting it back together seems to always be a little more difficult). Blue Ox did a great job in the design to fit the Colorado. All went together as advertised. I am thankful that eTrailer had a video of an install on a 2015 Colorado that we could refer to.

The only slow down was putting the front back on and getting all the holes to match up.

I am very happy I did it here at home instead of paying someone to do it. I had price quotes anywhere from $4200 to $6000 for a complete install along with the Patriot brake system and wiring the tail lights. It ended up costing me close to $3000 for all the parts (I purchased the top of the line tow bar).

It did take a couple hours the day before to install the new bulbs and run the wires for the tail lights. That was extremely easy and just took some time to do a good job in running the wires. I also had to pass a wire from the battery to the cab to power the Patriot, since the Colorado requires a battery disconnect. And one other wire had to come into the cab for the break away switch. I installed a remote disconnect switch for the battery disconnect so I wouldn't have to open the hood and pull a battery cable.

Now I want to take the cover off the Berk and go some place. First scheduled trip is the tadpole rally in south Ohio on May 8th. Can't wait.

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So no cutting of the front fascia / bumper? Does it bolt where the tow hooks were or do you drill new holes in the frame? Remote battery disconnect? Hard wire or electronic?
Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:13 AM   #5
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Finally installed my Blue Ox stuff

No drilling. It did mount at the location for the tow hooks. I did have to cut/modify a little of the plastic air dam, but not very much.
The only drilling was to mount the break away switch.
The remote battery disconnect is called battery brain, I believe.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:24 AM   #6
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Sounds great Kenny. We came close to buying a Colorado. I was very impressed with the new ones. The deal breaker for me was the column lock. I was hoping that they had gone to a keyless ignition. We ended up with a Lincoln MKX. A good car but I wanted the truck. Oh well. Next time.
Excellent job doing it yourself. Nice to know it's done right.



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Old 03-13-2016, 12:45 PM   #7
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Thanks Kenny. When we get back home from this trip I'll be looking for a Colorado to replace my current toad.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:49 PM   #8
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Thanks Kenny. When we get back home from this trip I'll be looking for a Colorado to replace my current toad.
I'm I don't think you will be sorry. Very nice riding truck and quiet.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:17 PM   #9
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It'll be while before you can find a Colorado. GM just locked all sales on them due to defective airbags a couple of days ago. Not sure how long that will last. No big deal, just a delay.


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Old 03-15-2016, 10:48 AM   #10
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So no cutting of the front fascia / bumper? Does it bolt where the tow hooks were or do you drill new holes in the frame? Remote battery disconnect? Hard wire or electronic?
Thanks for the feedback.
Hey Dan...... I did forget to tell you the there were legs on each side of the hidden bumper that had to be cut with a sawz-all. There is a video of the Colorado install on eTrailer where you can see the minor modifications required.

I apologize for forgetting to mention that earlier.



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Thanks Ken I will look up the video before I get to that point. Looks good!
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Welcome, I finally got around to picking up a new Colorado last night. I'll be working on the towing stuff sometime soon. I think the Brown is going to perfectly match the brown in my motorhome.
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Welcome, I finally got around to picking up a new Colorado last night. I'll be working on the towing stuff sometime soon. I think the Brown is going to perfectly match the brown in my motorhome.

Nice truck. We looked at them and I really wanted one. Lots of great features and a very good ride.



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Welcome, I finally got around to picking up a new Colorado last night. I'll be working on the towing stuff sometime soon. I think the Brown is going to perfectly match the brown in my motorhome.
It's beautiful, Dan. Congrats. I know you will like it !

I still haven't towed mine yet, but everything is ready. Any day now.
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Ken it seems the front bumper portion is quite different on hours. What year is your?
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Ken it seems the front bumper portion is quite different on hours. What year is your?

They have talked of a diesel Colorado. Have they come out with it yet ??

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Ken it seems the front bumper portion is quite different on hours. What year is your?
Mine is a 2016
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Ken it seems the front bumper portion is quite different on hours. What year is your?
I'm looking at your photo and can't see a difference. Where is it different ?
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Yeah, probably the same just looked different on my little phone.
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Nice truck. We looked at them and I really wanted one. Lots of great features and a very good ride.
I think what Nicky likes best is the heated seats. It's like having a heating pad in the truck for her aching back.
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