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DBakker

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Posted: 02/16/09 07:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all,
I'm wanting to make my own base plate for a older truck
that I have. Is there anyone that has made one or can give me advice
on this. I only want to tow this truck for one year or so. So I don't
want to got though the cost of purchasing a base plate to just not use it in a few years.

Any input would be nice.
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Posted: 02/16/09 09:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made on for a ford ranger out of 3/16 angle iron. Hard part was finding places to attach to truck. Worked out real well and was probably greatly over built.


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My first question would be Do you have any experience, welding or mechanical?? If not, you should get perfessional help to build one. I travel in Saskatchewan and I certainely don't want to meet you on the highway towing a truck with a base plate built by you if you have no back ground in any mechanical trade. It is an easy job if you know what you are doing.

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Posted: 02/16/09 09:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I designed one for my Toyota PU and had a welding shop build it
it boltes onto the frame

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You migght try posting wanted ads on the classifieds here on rv.net, at hitchtrader.com and at the escapees web site. If you can get a used one that's close to right, you may well save $ and time and get a solid base plate asssembly sufficient to justify the $.

On the backside, you can post it for sale on those same sites.


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We bought the wrong base plate and had it fitted to work???? It broke 2 times GET MY POINT !!!!!!!!!! It is not worth what could have happened and were were pulling small truck and the STEEL plate broke in half not the WELD please do not do it!!!!! rvtommy


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Posted: 02/17/09 04:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The base plate itself is not that expensive. The labor an RV shop charges to install it is! Trust me I know!

IMHO buy the correct base plate for your tow vehicle and search the forum for the posts that relate to members installing it themselves.

This link will let you search for your tow vehicle and you can buy the correct 'base plate' made just for that vehicle. Also keep in mind that you have to consider how your homemade base plate will hook up with the available tow bars. These base plates include the tabs.
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Posted: 02/17/09 04:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made base plates for both of our toads. For the Wrangler, I made it from scratch using 2" square tubing and plates cut from 1/4" sheet. For the Cherokee, I bought a front mount receiver hitch and welded on tabs for the towbar.


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Posted: 02/17/09 06:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many have made them over the years - so "yes," a person of sufficient skill can perhaps, even easily make something that will work - HOWEVER, since you asked, no offense, but just having you ask this question, 'kinda indicates to me that you might not have enough skill or an adequate plan/design - It's too easy to have a "homebrew" design come apart - I installed our Saturn Vue's baseplate - it was bolted thru the frame and to the frame, it was just a VERY safe feeling design - at the very least maybe you could take a picture and measure a factory built unit

Hold down costs? - well one time I purchased one from EBay that was for another vehicle and modified it to fit the one I needed it on - that might be one option available to you, it sure made my job easier on that vehicle - I had all sorts of access to welders, grinders, massive metal presses, and torches at that time though

I know you wrote you are going to use it infrequently but you asked for advice and my advice, take it or leave it, is to simply purchase a good factory unit so you can safely tow the vehicle without the undue liability and worry - "it" can be done though...


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I was forced to do this because nothing was available for my application. I would *not* do it if one was commercially available. The Aventa II and Brakebuddy for this application both came off of Craigslist at a huge savings.[image]

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