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Old 09-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Base Plate Question

I recently purchased an 09 JK. It has a tow bar base plate mounted on it already. Can someone please tell me what company made this plate. Are these plates universal or will I have to purchase this brand of tow bar?
Also, what is the rectangular metal box, with a key ring?
As you can tell, this is all new to me.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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I am most certain those are Blue Ox tow brackets and the rectangle box is the break away for the toad brakes. Should be 2 wires under dash or near brakes to connect to brake system.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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Base plate is blue ox. The square box looks like a breakaway switch. The switch would activate the brake controller mounted on the toad.

Many tow bars can connect to the Blue Ox base plate but you will need the Blue Ox tow inserts that insert in the round holes in the base plate.

If you do not have the inserts, I suggest you contact Blue Ox and give them your vehicle info and they will be able to supply the correct towing inserts.

I have two toads, both have Blue Ox base plates but the inserts are not interchangable.

I do not see the safety cable securing holders on that picture. They are normally visible on the base plate.
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Looks like Blue Ox with removable tabs.

Did you get the tabs?

I'd get a Blue Ox tow bar.

The key ring thingy is the break away switch.
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Looks like Blue Ox with removable tabs.

Did you get the tabs?

I'd get a Blue Ox tow bar.

The key ring thingy is the break away switch.
I concur
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It did not come with the inserts. If it has a breakaway switch, shouldn't there be a braking system? I do not see anything resembling braking system.
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Looks like my Blue Ox setup also.
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Sorry this got posted twice.

It did not come with the inserts. I bought the car from a used car dealer and he had nothing else.

If it has a breakaway switch, shouldn't it also have a braking system? I can't find anything that looks like one.
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Suggest you trace the wire back from the switch and see where it goes. I used the brakemaster system on one of my toads and there was an air cylindar installed under the hood and when the pin connected to the box was pulled, the toad brakes would come on. No longer have the DP and don't have air brakes so I use a ready brake.

Suggest you look at the blue ox web site. You will see what the inserts look like. Perhaps you could ask the previous owner. He may have the inserts sitting around.
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It could have been a Brake Buddy which is portable between vehicles. The wires from the breakaway switch would have plugged into the Brake Buddy to activate it if the vehicles came apart. There are many different brake assist products and may not be built in.
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The inserts for that base plate are not all that expensive. You can order them on-line or any dealer that handles Blue Ox will likely have them in stock. They are heavy, so if you can find a dealer that would save you some money on shipping. I would see if you can track down the previous owner. He may have the inserts and not need them, he could also tell you what brake system he used and what the status/location of that is.

The bigger question is, what brake system is on the Jeep, if any. As you are new to this, I'd suggest you take it to a dealer that has experience with the set up of toads, or a friend that would know what to look for, and have them take a look. I don't see the air nipple in your photos that would suggest that there is something like the Air Force 1 under the hood (although it could be outside your photo), but there are electric systems that could be powered through the motor home to Jeep harness (using that receptacle I the center of your photo) and unless you knew what you're looking for under the hood, you might miss it. As others have suggested, it may have used the type that sits on the floor between the seat and the pedals. In any of these scenarios the previous owner may have kept most of the system for use on his new vehicle as they are not cheap.
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I purchased a 2008 jeep wrangler with the same plate installed. It also came with no inserts. Took my jeep to a blue ox dealer to make sure I got the correct inserts and he ordered them for me. Also got the safety cables and correct power cord to match jeep and MH. I agree to have someone check for aux brake. You may be lucky. I had SMI stay and play installed. Check to see if there is a cylinder attached to your brake pedal. It's easy to miss under the hood. It took me a while to find it after it was installed
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It did not come with the inserts. If it has a breakaway switch, shouldn't there be a braking system? I do not see anything resembling braking system.
I will take the braking system..... There are many braking systems

Brake Buddy and the other "Box in the driver's seat" can use a break away switch, however if this is the case you may find leads (Cut or with either banana plugs or some other connector on them) under the dash)

Some systems are very nearly invisible.. M&G for example bolts between the brake booster and the brake master cylinder. That's not what you have.

US Gear the power unit is normally tucked under the driver's seat but can be hidden elsewhere.. The only part you see is a bracket on the brake pedal arm.

Many systems are like that.
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