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Old 08-18-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Fiat 500

We are trading in our toad for a Fiat 500 Lounge. We know it can be towed 4 down and have seen a Pop and Sport model with a Blue Ox baseplate. Has anyone put a Blue Ox baseplate on a Lounge model? What baseplat model did you use? Also, would like to hear any comments on the installation.

I am asking all these question because we received a ridiculous quote for the istallation from the auto dealer.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Try to get a copy of May' motorhome magazine. Has a huge write up with entry of pictures of the Fiat hookup. Step by step.

If you are on iTunes , just download the Motorhome magazine app and buy May's edition for $1.99.

Love my Fiat Sport!
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Ooops , meant to say "our" Fiat, hahaha
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I have no personal experience, but the May issue of MotorHome magazine shows the installation process of a Roadmaster bracket on a Pop model.
The only difference I can see between the sport/pop and the lounge is some bright trim on the front "bumper"
You can get a digital copy of the mag online or on your smart phone or tablet.. Congrats, by the way!
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And forget the auto dealer - he is going to mark up the full list price of everything and then either send the work out elsewhere (also at a mark-up) or charge high shop labor rates to do it himself. Better off buying the components your self or taking to a hitch shop.
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Last time I checked, only the manual 5-speed model Fiat 500 could be towed. The Pop and Sport came with the manual 5-speed transmission, the Lounge came with the 6-speed automatic. Things do change, but I'd check the owner's manual to be sure. Hope everything works out for you.
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Yes, you can only tow with a manual transmission. Doesn't the Louge come in a manual option? Think it does....
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Lounge can be had with ether 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Only the manual can be towed all wheels down.
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Talked to a follow Winnebago owner that tows a 500. She got her car at the same dealership as we are. She also got about the same quote for her towplate as we did. She went to a local shop in Richmond, Va. and the final cost was about $1000.00 lower that the dealership quote. I will be stopping by to see them next weekend.
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