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Posted: 04/16/20 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I've had and used a Tow Dolly for a couple years, I've always found it inconvenient, requiring me to have storage when not in use. As a result, been considering replacing this with a towing apparatus for my Class A, and called Camping World to research, and get an estimate...

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At $5,400+, it was quite a bit more than I anticipated... but is it accurate? Looking for input, experience, and anything else that will help me decide if this is an option I should consider...

At this price, I think I'd continue with the dolly...

Your thoughts?

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We need a little more info. I towed a Chevrolet HHR, that was rated for towing 4 down, and all I had to do was install a tow bracket on the vehicle, set up the tail lights, and buy a tow bar to use. I believe my total cost was around $1200.
If your vehicle is not rated for towing 4 down, there may be some additional costs for a disconnect for your driveshaft in addition to the cost for the tow bracket, lights, and tow bar.

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You chose one of the most expensive places you could to buy and install the needed parts. Check amazon or other rv parts suppliers for parts and get a local body shop to install.
I bought everything I needed and installed myself for less than $1K.


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Are you buying everything new? I bought a used ReadyBrute that looked brand new for $250. Had Night Shift Auto go through it at a rally and they said it'd hardly been used. Bought the baseplate directly from BlueOx for a little over $300. Wiring harness was around $200. So for less than $1k I'm ready to roll. I've been using it for 11 years now and it's still working well. So, I'm into it for less than $100/yr.....Dennis


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Since you’re just starting out, take a look at the Ready Brute Elite towbar and brake combination. Ready Brute

If I had not already purchased my towbar, aux braking system I would have gone with them. I did dump my portable braking system for their Ready Brake.

The dealer service centers should be able to help you with a baseplate too.

Also, I’ve had CW install the base plate on two different cars and they did a good job. One thing to watch for is they frequently have good deals on complete towing packages. Much less than the $5,400. If you compare prices make sure you’re comparing equal packages.


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Executive wrote:

Are you buying everything new? I bought a used ReadyBrute that looked brand new for $250. Had Night Shift Auto go through it at a rally and they said it'd hardly been used. Bought the baseplate directly from BlueOx for a little over $300. Wiring harness was around $200. So for less than $1k I'm ready to roll. I've been using it for 11 years now and it's still working well. So, I'm into it for less than $100/yr.....Dennis

You don't mention a brake system. Did you do anything for that? What was the cost on that? I suppose you can say your $1K makes it towable, but for me I would need a braking system.





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Yes, all new your looking around $5k
If you don’t mind buying used and know what you are looking at it can be much more reasonable. The only thing you would need to buy new would be the baseplate and wiring.

Just like Executive, I bought a used Roadmaster tow bar and an older VIP brake system for $300. looked like new! I just bought the baseplate and wiring to hookup the lights. I did all the install myself.

I would shop around. I work at a Chrysler Jeep Ram Dodge dealer and we install baseplates and wiring. I can’t remember the price but we are reasonable with The local RV dealers.


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Define "apparatus". We don't know your car so it depends on what is needed. Can the car be flat towed in it's stock state or is a modification like a disconnect required? Base plates can be a bit more labor to install on one car vs the other. What brand of bars? What type of braking system? Lots of variables that change the price.

If you are handy and know what you need and how to install base plates, bars and aux brake, even if buying new, you can get away with less than half of what you are quoted.

Dealership is going to gouge you on labor and probably markup on equipment. It's the last place I'd go to have it installed.

I installed ready Elite Brute bars with an integrated brake, with blue ox base plates and lights on our CRV in about 4 hours. Total cost was less than $2k. But I had to completely remove the front of the car, drill through the frame, run cables and lights through the firewall etc. I can see where if I took it to a dealership the cost would be at least 2x what it cost me to do it myself.


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Somewhere around the $5,000.00 figure is what we paid in 06 for A Roadmaster sterling Tow Barand wiring, and sub frame mount for a Saturn, plus air brake. Roadmaster only sells to Retailers unfortunately except for some small parts I think I understand now and prices are fair traded. If I had done it a few years earlier when able to do it myself I could have saved about $2500.00. Changeover to an Edge was about $1500.00 in 2010 and same in 2013, and this year I'm not sure.
Camping World did the first thee installs.
There is only two or three others that4 do that kind of install around our area and they might be a few dollars cheaper. In larger markets I'm pretty sure you could save $1500.00, I think. Oh and our price first timem included a shield fro front of the car.

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First try looking for a used towbar and other equipment That will make it more economical And then try a local garage for the installation of the base plate and other things I bought my tow bar used and bought the baseplate off roadmaster and installed myself my cost was just about $1000 Then 500 for a break buddy


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