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Old 04-29-2015, 02:57 PM   #15
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We are having the whole system installed, blue ox, airforce one, wored, the whole deal. No boxes to put in and out, car wired to rv brakes.

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I went back to one of the dealers that I had originally checked, they matched the Lazydays prices except they said the base plate would take about 3 hours and the brake system 1-1/2 hours. That's a lot less than 20 hours. Everything done, ready to go in one day, aprox 1,000 less than Lazydays and I only have to go about 15 min away.

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JMHO: Sounds like Lazy Days posts a low hourly rate to get people in the door then makes up for it with the long hours for repair.

You didn't mention the rate at the shop you chose , but now you know; It pays to shop around.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:14 PM   #18
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....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.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:36 PM   #19
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Unless you want to infuse cash into the local economy, consider buying your baseplate and other accessories from hitchsource.com. Those guys know their stuff and have very reasonable prices. For example the ready brake system is on sale for $450. I doubt that a local RV shop is going to give you that price. I installed the blue ox base plate in my toad (Suzuki Vitara) in about 5 hours. They say two knowledgeable techs do it in 3. I will admit it would have been nice to have a helper, but the average Joe can do this stuff if you can change your own oil.
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Originally Posted by Billinwoodla View Post
but the average Joe can do this stuff if you can change your own oil.
I agree. I'm retired and enjoy puttering (when not on the golf course). The cost savings is an added bonus. Yes, it probably took me more time to install my Blue Ox baseplate than an experienced mechanic, but who cares.
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I had camping world in Mesa install Roadmaster base plates. Total cost was 859.00. I bought a used all terrain Roadmaster tow bar(complete) for 300.00 in Tucson. Planning on buying a light bar and RVI2 brake system. This is all for our first tow which is a 2000 Suzuki Vitara.

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