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Old 02-01-2016, 02:14 PM   #1
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Flat towing hookup installation

We are in North Carolina and were looking for suggestions on where to have the equipment for flat tow installed on our car and MH. How much should we expect to pay? We have a 2003 HR Endeavor DP and will be towing a 2012 Chev. Sonic.
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Sorry...can't help you on the installer part ( not my part of the country ). Installation & equipment costs vary with the type of systems you choose, particularly the toad braking system. The actual install of the baseplate on the front of the car can be accomplished by a competent mechanic. Costs can run from $ 2,200 to $ 4,000, again depending on what you choose.
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Hi Dan and Ann,
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To get your base plate and lights installed, I recommend Bill Plemmons RV in Raleigh. For auxiliary braking they will only install a box-on-the-floor type. If you want the SMI Air Force 1 system installed, send me a pm and I'll give you the name and phone number of my favorite little independent garage in Apex that installed my AF1 for a very reasonable price.
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We had Mid State RV in Byron, GA install our Blue Ox tow bar, base plate and Invisibrake braking system on our 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The total bill was around $3k.

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We had Mid State RV in Byron, GA install our Blue Ox tow bar, base plate and Invisibrake braking system on our 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The total bill was around $3k.

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Did the price you mentioned also include the cost of the equipment, or was that just for the labor to install?
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Did the price you mentioned also include the cost of the equipment, or was that just for the labor to install?
That was the total price including equipment and labor.

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we are not in your part of the country but the cost estimates given are pretty accurate for an "all-in" price. We are in the Pac. NW, have a Jeep with a winch, lift and protective plates under it (more difficult baseplate installation) and for our Baseplate, Invisibrake, and Blue-ox avail towbar it was around $3300 all installed.
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I had a Blue Ox baseplate installed, wiring for the toad (including tailight diodes), breakaway, and a new plug on motorhome for $1,200 (parts and labor) at Camper's World in Greensboro. The toad is a Chevy HHR - I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same baseplate for a Sonic. A lot of people slam CW but I've found big differences in locations. Last year the Greensboro store had a young man always wearing a Blue Ox tee shirt who really knew what he was doing. The toad is so light that I use a Brake Buddy. It takes about 10 minutes to set up and test the Brake Buddy but I've found it to work just fine and I can move it between cars.
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We are in North Carolina and were looking for suggestions on where to have the equipment for flat tow installed on our car and MH. How much should we expect to pay? We have a 2003 HR Endeavor DP and will be towing a 2012 Chev. Sonic.
Camping World is running a special for a Roadmaster Falcon2 towbar, Base plate, and accessory/wiring kit for about $1750 which includes installation. I already had the tow bar, but am getting CW in Charlotte (Tom Johnsons) to install a base plate on my 2013 Sonic. Parts are ordered, should have it done next week.

I also found a used Roadmaster Brake Pro on ebay for a bit over $200. Seems to work fine.
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We are in North Carolina and were looking for suggestions on where to have the equipment for flat tow installed on our car and MH. How much should we expect to pay? We have a 2003 HR Endeavor DP and will be towing a 2012 Chev. Sonic.
Cost would be north of $2k for complete system. I installed Blue Ox with Air Force breaking system on my TOAD.
I can hook/unhook in less easily than 5 minutes and that was important to me.
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I had a Blue Ox baseplate installed, wiring for the toad (including tailight diodes), breakaway, and a new plug on motorhome for $1,200 (parts and labor) at Camper's World in Greensboro. The toad is a Chevy HHR - I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same baseplate for a Sonic. A lot of people slam CW but I've found big differences in locations. Last year the Greensboro store had a young man always wearing a Blue Ox tee shirt who really knew what he was doing. The toad is so light that I use a Brake Buddy. It takes about 10 minutes to set up and test the Brake Buddy but I've found it to work just fine and I can move it between cars.
Thank you! We will check with Camping World in Greensboro. We appreciate the info.
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