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Old 04-17-2014, 03:43 PM   #1
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Toad baseplates - who installed yours?

I am going to buy a lighter weight car to tow behind my Greyhawk, and will be buying a Blue Ox baseplate for that. These tend to be quite a bit of work to install, and I was wondering who everybody had do the install:
RV service Dept; Body shop; local mechanic; or other. I would appreciate all input as to why you made the choice you did.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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The only one I installed was done by me. I would likely take it to a hitch shop if needed again.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #3
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I installed my own back in 2001 on a Geo Tracker. I used a Demco baseplate and bar based on their pricing and construction. Their website at the time had install instructions you could review.

The Tracker made an ideal tow due to its weight and fact it could be towed four flat with no mods. The simplicity of the vehicle made the baseplate installation easy. Shame those vehicles are now all used up.

I would check for an independent garage that services RVs and inquire with them first.
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We had ours, also a blueox, installed by the rv dealer where we bought the Greyhawk. Costly, but I wanted to be confident it was installed correctly.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:33 PM   #5
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Ours was done by Blue Ox in Pender, NE. I know it's not convenient for everyone. They have their own campground right next to the plant.

Contact Blue Ox and they will give you some installers in your area. What brake system are you going with? We have US Gear's Unified Tow Brake, don't know the car is back there.
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Roadmaster brackets installed by me on our Ford Explorer. It's a bit of work, but not too bad. Had to pound it on and off a few times with some grinding in between. About 4 hours of work. If you are even a little inclined and have the tools, you can do it. Camping World is so cheap now, I would go that route.
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Ours was done by Blue Ox in Pender, NE. I know it's not convenient for everyone. They have their own campground right next to the plant.

Contact Blue Ox and they will give you some installers in your area. What brake system are you going with? We have US Gear's Unified Tow Brake, don't know the car is back there.
Thanks, I will contact Blue Ox for potential installers. I already have the RVi2 Auxiliary Braking system and am very happy with it.

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Roadmaster brackets installed by me on our Ford Explorer. It's a bit of work, but not too bad. Had to pound it on and off a few times with some grinding in between. About 4 hours of work. If you are even a little inclined and have the tools, you can do it. Camping World is so cheap now, I would go that route.
I have had too many bad experiences with Camping Worlds service department to ever trust them again.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #8
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I have installed on a Honda CRV and installed, removed, and reinstalled on a 2 different Chevy Suburban's. I consider myself an average do it yourselfer. Most install with only minor drilling and trimming of fascia, etc
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We had the dealer where we purchased our last RV install the Blue Ox base plate. We used an aluminum Blue Ox tow bar, and really enjoyed it. Would recommend the same again.
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I installed myself on a 2013 Honda Fit. It was straight forward with a little difficulty with the fiddly plastic connections.
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