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Old 11-16-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a 98 Beaver with 25000 miles, still havent received it yet. I have also purchased a Fiat 500 to tow behind it.
I have been trying to compile a list of items I should keep in the motorhome to be prepared and also to make the experience safer. Do most people have 120V air compressors, or the smaller 12V models? I also assume it would be wise to have a tire monitoring system, as I hear a tire blowout can cause some serious damage. I have looked at side and rear camera systems and it seems the type that shows all cameras all the time is most practical.Anyone have experience with the wireless versions?
I keep looking at the various tow bars. The car is only 2300lb. What do you recommend? Is it worth me installing the base plate myself?(I have tools and am pretty handy). Is it worth installing their lighting system or is it easier to deal with magnetic lights?
Several questions there, I look forward to your input.

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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JMHO but you can't go wrong with Blue OX.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
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JMHO but you can't go wrong with Blue OX.
X2 on the Blue Ox. Also, I highly recommend a tpms. Best of luck to you in your travels. Don't forget to post pics of your new ride. This forum loves pictures!
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

The best deal on towbars is the RB-9050 ReadyBrute from NSA RV. You can get the towbars separate or combined with the ReadyBrake toad braking system. The towbars are rated at 8000 lbs. I bought the combined package for $864 with free shipping. Don't buy it from NSA, but Google it and shop for the best prices. Here is the link to look it over. RV Tow bars with Integrated ReadyBrake Surge Brake, Standard TowBars - NSA RV Products

I used a Roadmaster 1545-1 base plate because on my toad nothing would show on the front of the car when I wasn't towing.

I used the permanent wiring kit on the toad.

Most motorhomes have an on-board air compressor. If yours does not have one you might take a look at this 12 Volt, 150 PSI High Volume Air Compressor

I recommend the TireTraker system which monitors the air pressure and temperature of the tires. You can replace the sensor batteries yourself with batteries from Wal-Mart. Here is the link. TireTraker TPMS

Hope this helps! Good luck & God bless!
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