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Old 03-12-2012, 03:39 PM   #71
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$5000 sounds way high. I was in shock when my local Roadmaster dealer quoted $3800 to do "it all" for my 2012 M/T Subaru Outback. As luck would have it, I travel to Portland, OR on business and found some folks near the Roadmaster facility in Vancouver, WA (just across the river from Portland) that used to work at Roadmaster and now sell and install Roadmaster products. They quoted me $2200 for everything except the tow bar. Looks like I'll be heading to Portland.
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$5000 sounds way high. I was in shock when my local Roadmaster dealer quoted $3800 to do "it all" for my 2012 M/T Subaru Outback. As luck would have it, I travel to Portland, OR on business and found some folks near the Roadmaster facility in Vancouver, WA (just across the river from Portland) that used to work at Roadmaster and now sell and install Roadmaster products. They quoted me $2200 for everything except the tow bar. Looks like I'll be heading to Portland.
Sounds like a plan! When you say "everything but the tow bar," does that include a supplemental brake? Great price!
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Just had Baseplates and a Universal Wiring Kit installed on our CRV, $1,099 out the door
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Base plate = Red Loctite (at a minimum).

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RoadMaster gave us the bracket and installed it for free. I assume they correctly mounted the bracket!
RoadMaster will give you a free bracket and installation if you have a vehicle they want for a test fitting and you're close by. We got lucky with our '05 Honda Odyssey.
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Just as an update (and closure to this), we ended up buying the complete ReadyBrute Tow Package (including Ready Brute Elite tow bar with incorporated ReadyBrake supplemental brake, Blue Ox baseplate, umbilical, and wiring) from TowBarsUnlimited.com for $1459. We then ordered the CoolTech wiring harness and umbilical from CoolTechLLC.com for $140. My hubby did the entire installation by himself in a couple of days. Total cost for our towing setup ended up being ~$1600. Quite a difference from the $5100 we were originally quoted by the RV repair shop!

Now we have gas money left over....YAY!!!

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Why wouldn't this be a viable alternative? Just curious...

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I'm sure it would be fine. However when I go to the website he references, it is in French and all the distributors are Canadian. (www.tandemlive.com)
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Just as an update (and closure to this), we ended up buying the complete ReadyBrute Tow Package (including Ready Brute Elite tow bar with incorporated ReadyBrake supplemental brake, Blue Ox baseplate, umbilical, and wiring) from TowBarsUnlimited.com for $1459. We then ordered the CoolTech wiring harness and umbilical from CoolTechLLC.com for $140. My hubby did the entire installation by himself in a couple of days. Total cost for our towing setup ended up being ~$1600. Quite a difference from the $5100 we were originally quoted by the RV repair shop!

Now we have gas money left over....YAY!!!
Good going. Be safe, have fun.
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I have talked to the owner several times in the last 3 years and it appears the toad brakes will be applied when using a diesel engine or exhaust brake when traveling down steep grades. I see the possibility of toad brakes being over used in that situation. (my personal opinion)
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Just had Baseplates and a Universal Wiring Kit installed on our CRV, $1,099 out the door
Don't want to rain on your parade but the owner's manual I saw for the 2012 CRV specifically states that towing (like behind a motorhome) is no longer allowed. Honda warns of potential transmission damage and warranty issues...hope I'm wrong but you might want to "check it out"
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Don't want to rain on your parade but the owner's manual I saw for the 2012 CRV specifically states that towing (like behind a motorhome) is no longer allowed. Honda warns of potential transmission damage and warranty issues...hope I'm wrong but you might want to "check it out"
Interesting. The FMCA 2012 towing guide says that the CR-V is towable, both FWD and 4WD.
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Interesting. The FMCA 2012 towing guide says that the CR-V is towable, both FWD and 4WD.
Here's a page from the Motor Home Mag. 2012 Dinghy Guide . It backs up the FMCA Guide that Sarah posted about.

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Cliff--you must have better eyesight than I do.
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Cliff--you must have better eyesight than I do.
With my iPhone , all you have to do is a reverse pinch and it zooms in. You'll have to trust me( HA ) it says you can tow it.
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