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Old 10-03-2012, 12:58 AM   #15
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got my 2008 taurus installed with blue ox base plate and the taillights wired and everything for the taillights were supplied by the installer (I had bought the baseplate) was $270.00 out the door , and a good job. Thos was in middle tn
Hey Tom,
Glad to hear it worked out well for you. Sounds like a good price. Next time (if there is one) I will investigate getting someone else to install as I am sure I would not do all that work for 270 bucks. Maybe younger guys don't have the sore bone thing which definetly raises the price.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #16
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Just had a local body shop install a roadmaster tow bar on our 2012 CRV. 2.5 hours labor. Cost was $120.00. I did the wiring. I did not want to tear apart a brand new car.

In my rural area the BS's charge ave of $45/hr
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:52 AM   #17
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thanks Dennis, Yep I couldn't believe the price when he quoted me $270.00 and that would includes the taillights, wiring, diodes, all complete! This was done in Tullahoma Tn., he also will install my Ready-Brake as soon as it is here
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #18
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Sure is a wide variety of prices indicated here.

When I bought my 2008 Malibu I took the car over to Nebraska where the Blue Ox company scheduled the install of baseplate. I did that and they also wired up the brake and tail lights, plus installed the switch to isolate a fuse so my battery would not run down. Total price out the door, was just barely under $1000

When I replaced the Malibu (it was developing transmission problems that GM wasn't seemingly able to find) with a 2007 Honda Odyssey, I decided to do the job myself.

I bought the baseplate from local RV dealership and that price was $420 and I hauled it home. Taking the front off the vehicle was a piece of cake, however the baseplate install proved slightly more difficult as the specs of either the Honda frame member, or the baseplate (one or other) was off by 1/8 inch. I had to use a chisel to make that slight indention to the Honda frame (and normally this isn't an issue). However I slipped and put a skin in my "condenser" ---- I applied the liquid soap to the skin, sure enough I created a bubbling leak. So - I went on e-bay and located an aftermarket supplier and had it shipped to me ($76 delivered to my house) --- cheap considering Honda wants a whole lot more.

So - I did the job for an end price of just under $500 start to finish, but wasn't satisfied there so I bought a custom rock protecting grill and put that in at the last minute too. Ok - price went up a little, but still under $600

I decided to not go the hard wire route - I bought magnetic wireless lights and they surely do work nicely. They cost me $390.

Now regardless of what vehicle I decide to tow my Wireless lights will be placed on that vehicle and good to go.

The job took me a number of hours, however spread out to well over a week because of the wait time for the condenser.

New condenser works great, by the way. I forget how much 134a I had to replace in it --- but wasn't a lot.

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