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Old 06-29-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Base Plate installed - 2007 Odyssey

I had previously added my photos onto a different Honda Odyssey thread - but thought I would share the final photos seperately.

Hope they show up - here they area:

The first photo is a close up of the new "Billet" grill installed and the Blue Ox base plate has been installed behind that - if you look closely you can see the 2 small squares where the pins will be inserted and hooks to safely tow it.



The next photo is of the new wireless "Towmate" lights I am going to use. They are battery powered, switched, and good for 15 or so hours constant use. I charged them up and tried to make sure they work - they do.



Enjoy.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Boy - what a chore to post photos in here.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:04 PM   #3
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Seen the pic on the lights but am not picking up the pic on the base plate. If I may ask what auxilary brake are you going to use. I'm converting from a tow dolly and getting the pt ready for 4 down but I am all over the place on which brake controller to purchase.
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Now I see the front install. Look good. I'll be tearing into my pt front end come Monday. Gonna take a look at the lights you have as well.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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Braking installation is a problem. I still have not resolved that issue as of yet.

The Malibu I towed was around 1000 # lighter than the Odyssey - and I did not use one on it. Not absolutely sure I will for the Odyssey - unless I can locate something that I know will work good and not be an issue to use.

As far as a break-away safety, not the least concerned on that part - I have 2000# chain bolted on each side of frame rail of motorhome, chain runs down through the hitch assembly so that even if the entire hitch broke loose it can only go as far as the chain allows it to.

Same size chain runs to the baseplate on the Odyssey, and when I installed the baseplate I ran a chain safety loop around the frame unit in addition to the bolting to the frame ---- this is not in the assembly instructions, just did it for MY peace of mind.

Not too worried about the stopping of the rig - I weigh in at around 34,000 # without the toad ----

I would like to have a braking system installed, however with the Odyssey it is a bit of an issue trying to install one that actually works well and is still easy to put it in.

On the wireless lights - I do wish they were just a bit more "streamlined" however I can live with them as they will only be back there during the actual act of towing the van.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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Test tow!!!

This morning, while it was cool out, I pulled the motorhome out and parked her in the street in front of our home.

Then I pulled the Odyssey out and positioned it behind the motorhome. Pulled out the bag containing the pins and went to the front of the Odyssey.

I pulled the tow bar out from it's stowed position and then hooked up the chains first (because of the tight fit I cannot insert the pins first because there is no way the hooks will be able to be installed with pins in place).

Once chained I inserted the pins and then installed the arms into place. Once secured I backed the van up into the bar's length and it snapped into place.

I inserted the wireless transmitter into the plug and snapped the safety chain in place for it (keeper just in case the plug worked loose that way I would not loose it).

The receiver lights were placed on left and right side of rear of van - turned on and they immediately begin to flash (because I had my warning lights flashing).

Tried out the left turn and then the right turn, both systems worked great and were nicely visible.

Pulled away from the front of house and drove through town and then out onto the highway for a few miles then returned.

Result ----- I could not tell the Odyssey was back there, not once. I kept him rear camera turned on (as I always do when towing anyway), and this time I tied a white rag onto the steering wheel so that I could make sure the steering wheel was turning properly on all turns.

The extra 1000 # of weight the Odyssey is, over that of the Malibu, didn't faze the Dynasty one bit - like "what toad" it was telling me....

I am very pleased with the Odyssey, the base plate, the height of the tow bar, the hook up and new wireless lights. Very happy that I made the change to the Odyssey instead of the Malibu.

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Old 07-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
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Those wireless lights are cool! Glad everything is working well.
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The Ody is pretty heavy, it does require supplemental brakes in almost every state. Even with our 41' DSDP we need them.
More weight takes more braking force to stop it, just like it takes more HP/torque to move it.
We've towed our '05 Ody both four down and on a dolly, each way we've had brakes in it.
Good thig you waited till the warranty was over before putting the tow brackets on as Honda dealers are looking for things that void the warranty.
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Thank you.

Yes - the Odyssey is heavy/

What braking system did you use on yours? I am looking for something that works, isn't a pain to install and remove each time and etc....

So far - everything I have looked at just isn't that.

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What braking system did you use on yours? I am looking for something that works, isn't a pain to install and remove each time and etc....

So far - everything I have looked at just isn't that.

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Just pulled our Jeep close to a thousand miles, over hills and mountains. I'm using an Air Force One by SMI and recommend it anybody looking for an easy system. Hook up for the brake consists of connecting an air hose with two quick connect fittings.

http://www.smibrake.com/air-force-one.html
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Thank you.

Yes - the Odyssey is heavy/

What braking system did you use on yours? I am looking for something that works, isn't a pain to install and remove each time and etc....

So far - everything I have looked at just isn't that.

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We have the RoadMaster BrakeMaster 9160. Easy to install and not in the way otherwise.
That said, I quit towing the Ody four down after the last trip to Phoenix. Battery kept going dead, lots more rock chips and knocked the alignment out on the CA roads getting there and home. Back to the dolly with surge brakes for me.
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Have been comparing braking systems and thus far I am leaning toward the "Air Force One" system.

On the other side of the coin I used to tow my Caravan behind my 1993 Tourmaster. To that I might add the Tourmaster was far less power and substantially less weight for the coach than my Dynasty - not trying to justify anything, just comparing.

The Caravan was wonderful to tow - easy to hook up and I used the old wired magnetic lights throughout with ending that system after putting approximately 25,000 miles on it. Only drawback I did not care for was the installation of the Remco pump on the Caravan - however it performed flawlessly for the entire time. Braking was never once a problem with it - and the Tourmaster didn't seem to care that it was back there with fuel mileage just a tad bit over 10 mpg.

I do not recall what the weight of the Caravan was - but the unit was a 1995 Model... if anyone knows, it's more than I do.

In meantime - I will be towing the Odyssey for the immediate future and do not anticipate any issues.

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #13
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Okay - here are the results for the first 300 mile trip.

I know - it's not a long trip but long enough to give me a great idea of just how well the Odyssey is going to be back there.

One word will describe it nicely ------ "Wonderful"

Hooked up Friday and towed her up to Mystic Lake (Dakota Meadows), and visited there for granddaughters 18 th birthday and now she can say she has been to the Casino.

That van tows nicer and cleaner than anything I have had back there so far - could not tell it was there, however I leave my rear camera on throughout so I can monitor it.

The Wireless lights worked like a charm - I did not recharge them upon arrival, instead just turned them off and removed them. Reinstalled then and towed back - and once parked in my drive I now have them plugged in and will leave them to charge for next trip.

Had a "very odd problem" though - I will start another thread to address this one - never in my career have I had something like this happen and would like input --- regards to the Odyssey Air Conditioner ------ see other thread.

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