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Old 05-15-2014, 06:51 AM   #1
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Equip List for towing - Newbie wants to know

We have had the motorhome (2014 Itasca Sunstar 30T) for a few months and would like to set up and tow our 1999 4wd Chev Tracker.
But what do I need...I read the posts and am confused regarding recommendations. So I am asking for a list of recommended equip. I plan to install (or try to) myself
I know I need a towbar, (what brand/ model does everyone advise), a base plate, a brake controller (again i am confused over which to buy). I guess there is some witring involved too?

I really appreciate all input
Thanks, Linda

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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Hi taigarazz,
You understand all the components needed. What brand to buy is up to you. The all work. The technologies used are commodities. The question is do they work and you work the same way. Go to a place that sells the equipment and have it demonstrated. Are the tasks demonstrated okay for you to do? Are there too many tasks? Are the components too heavy or awkward to maneuver setup or tear down?

For reference, I use a Blue Ox tow bar and base plate with a USGEAR breaking system. The reason is once the tow bar is connected, all I do is connect the electrical umbilical and emergency break away and I'm done.
The USGEAR system can be found at Unified Tow Brake

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Old 05-15-2014, 09:12 AM   #3
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Linda, I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake. The towbars are rated at 8000 lbs. The ReadyBrake is simple to install, very effective, and as near foolproof as anything I know of. I saved several hundred dollars with this combo.

I bought the Roadmaster baseplate because it is almost invisible on the vehicle when not used for towing.

I also installed the Ultraguard solid rubber flap on the rear of the MH, and the Protect-a-Tow shield between the MH and the toad. I feel that gives the maximum possible protection for the toad.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #4
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X2 on the Ready Brute with braking. A base plate, lights, safety cables, and you are good to go. Given of course that your toad is flat towable.
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"X3 on the Ready Brute with braking. A base plate, lights, safety cables, and you are good to go."
I also added the toad brake pedal to MH dash brake LED light monitor kit.
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