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Tax_Man

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Posted: 04/16/20 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tow a Jeep Liberty and purchased a Blue Ox baseplate and towbar with everything needed for about 2500.00 installed. Works great. This included the Demco SMI Stay and Play brake assist.

* This post was edited 04/16/20 06:47pm by Tax_Man *


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cost for subura outback blue ok tow bar craigs list $150 base plate from blue ox $180.00 cost to install base plate at body shop $100 magnetic tow lights with wire harness from harbor freight $40.00 legal to go for $470 have towed 70000 miles no problems

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Posted: 04/16/20 04:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought a Ready Brute tow bar with built in braking. $1000.

I installed myself after watching YouTube. Most body shops would do it for a few hours labor.

Magnetic lights $20.

Demco base plates $350.

This assumes a flat towable car. In my case, a Honda Element.

Main point is don’t pay $1000 or more for aux braking.


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

I went with a Blue Ox base plate and Avail tow bar and Patriot II brake controller, all new and installed by the dealer I bought the MH from, it was $4200 Canadian (roughly $3000 USD) a year and a half ago, and yes I got a good deal on the MH after shopping around for months.


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Posted: 04/16/20 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I mean no disrespect to anyone who has previously posted, I am not buying any used equipment from anyone for any reason to tow a car. What if it goes bad and the car gets loose and kills someone? Yep, saved $1000 but I am now broke due to all the lawsuits. At least if everything is new and installed by professionals I have some legal cushion to fall back on. I will also sleep really, really well every night knowing that what is installed on my coach is the best quality and done the way the company specs require.


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So if I buy new, use it ten years, it gets worn out and fails, you’ll be ok?

Have you heard of anybody that’s has been sued for equipment failure?

Bald tires? Overweight?

Insurance pays for all that. Civil suits happen but they are rare.

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

While I mean no disrespect to anyone who has previously posted, I am not buying any used equipment from anyone for any reason to tow a car. What if it goes bad and the car gets loose and kills someone? Yep, saved $1000 but I am now broke due to all the lawsuits. At least if everything is new and installed by professionals I have some legal cushion to fall back on. I will also sleep really, really well every night knowing that what is installed on my coach is the best quality and done the way the company specs require.


So I guess you have never bought a used car?

If you are that worried about all that then you should never leave the house!


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SNORE! As I said, no offense meant to anyone. By the way, if I don't maintain the equipment or keep it beyond its intended life, that's my bad as well. I have had my equipment properly serviced over the years and replaced some of that equipment when required. I have no idea how a previous owner of equipment maintained that equipment. Comparing used towing equipment to a used car is simply ludicrous.

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Ludicrous? its the same scenario! If I worried that much about everything I wouldn't leave the house!

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His money, his choice. I do not understand why several are spouting off about how he wants to run his life. Maybe if you walked in his shoes a few miles you would have a different perspective.

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