Originally Posted by Jim_ Bob
....The cost of all materials is ok but they are saying it takes 10 hours to install the base plate (Honda FIT) (10 hr @ 89 hr) and another 10 hours (10 hr @ 65 hr) to install the brake system. Total 20 hours = $1,540
10 hours? Are they using a hammer and chisel to break the existing nuts and bolts?
I was pricing my flat tow options, but ended up with a tow dolly instead. A local shop charges 2 hours, (using pneumatic tools), to install a baseplate setup. And, one more hour for a Roadmaster Invisibrake install.
And even those numbers are padded, as I watched while they installed a baseplate on a shiny new 2015 Lincoln MKZ, including carefully cutting out the grill pieces, in about 1hour 35 minutes!
Even the RV service and installation shop with the worst reputation around, (Camping World), was only charging $28 for installation with purchase, at the time!
10 hours of labor is a bit much.