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Old 08-22-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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The base plate will be installed Monday and was told I would be instructed on how to hook up and unhook. Any questions I should ask? I am getting a blue ox towbar and baseplate. I have a brake buddy I bought used. This will be used on a 2001 Jeep grand cherokee. Any advise is welcome. Safety is my #1 concern. Towbar, baseplate, and wireing installed for $1250. Hope I'm not getting ripped. These guys have installed several hitches for me and I have complete confidence in their work. Wondering about the price.

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Old 08-22-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
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The base plate will be installed Monday and was told I would be instructed on how to hook up and unhook. Any questions I should ask? I am getting a blue ox towbar and baseplate. I have a brake buddy I bought used. This will be used on a 2001 Jeep grand cherokee. Any advise is welcome. Safety is my #1 concern. Towbar, baseplate, and wireing installed for $1250. Hope I'm not getting ripped. These guys have installed several hitches for me and I have complete confidence in their work. Wondering about the price.

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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I am sure you will be pleased with the Blue Ox baseplate and the Brake Buddy. The best advice I can give is to be sure you are on level ground when connecting and follow the instructions with the Jeep for towing behind a recreational vehicle.
Be sure to "bleed" the Brake Buddy - let the air out - each time you are stopped to prevent too much brake pressure building up.
We are on our second base plate with Jeeps and we have a Blue Ox tow bar.
The Brake Buddy will work well for you too.

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Bring a pad and paper and take notes. Also bring the co-pilot so she can contadict you later based on what she heard!
You may even consider video taping the technician going through the hooking and unhooking steps. After doing it yourself a few times it becomes second nature, but those 1st few times are pretty hairy as you try to remember everything.

PS - You did not mention a breakaway switch for the Brake Buddy. Make sure they install that too. Vehicle separation is unlikely, but it is good peace of mind.
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I attended the Blue Ox seminar at the last Winnebago GNR, the presenter said that in his opinion the two most important things were: 1) Never be in a hurry when hooking up, even if you get into a bad spot and have to unhook, move the toad, and rehook, never hurry! He said, yes, people will honk and grow impatient, but tune them out and concentrate on what you are doing. 2) divide the work with the co-pilot, each of you doing specific jobs and never vary the routine.
I'm kind of new to towing so I made a check off sheet that I use.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RVThere:


PS - You did not mention a breakaway switch for the Brake Buddy. Make sure they install that too. Vehicle separation is unlikely, but it is good peace of mind. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Got the break away kit. Had to order a new one from brake buddy. It will be installed.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Towbar, baseplate, and wireing installed for $1250. Hope I'm not getting ripped. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
For parts and labor, in my opinion, you did OK.
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