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Old 11-30-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Getting Ready to Tow

After 12 years and 2 motor homes we are getting ready to tow. We hope to retire in the next year or so and will be traveling more. We are looking at a 2013 Jeep Wrangler as the tow vehicle, a ReadyBrute Elite tow bar with the integrated surge brake, and a currie base plate. Anybody out there have this set up and if so, do you like it?

Also, I would have to remove the tow bar when at home for the rig to fit in my garage. I only have about 1 1/2 feet in front and a foot in back to get around the rig when it's in the garage. Is removing the tow bar a big deal.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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It should not be difficult. Leave the tow bar attached to the rv. Unhook /remove the pins from the car. That should be it. As well as the breakaway wire, and lights.
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After 12 years and 2 motor homes we are getting ready to tow. We hope to retire in the next year or so and will be traveling more. We are looking at a 2013 Jeep Wrangler as the tow vehicle, a ReadyBrute Elite tow bar with the integrated surge brake, and a currie base plate. Anybody out there have this set up and if so, do you like it?

Also, I would have to remove the tow bar when at home for the rig to fit in my garage. I only have about 1 1/2 feet in front and a foot in back to get around the rig when it's in the garage. Is removing the tow bar a big deal.
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We have that exact setup for our 2012 Wrangler, except our baseplate is Blue Ox, plus the CoolTech wiring harness for lights. It's great, simple, and easy to install/use. My hubby DIY'd the installation. The towbar comes off easily when not in use.
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Thanks for the feedback Sarah. Did the Blue Ox baseplate need any modifications or did it bolt right on? Also, with the CoolTech wireing harness do you have to remove a fuse for the lights to work properly on the back of the Jeep?
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Personally after owning a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited and now a Subaru Forester we really like the Forester better. The Wrangler was very "fun" vehicle at first but with the limited access to the back seat and the gas milage it got old. Not to mention that the ride quality of a Jeep did not make the most comfortable vehicle to take a one or two hour trip in.
You might want to take a good test drive in one if you have not done so already.

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We have owned several Jeep Wranglers through the years and just recently bought a 2013 Wrangler. World of difference. It actually drives and rides better than our GMC Acadia and the economy is as good. We now prefer it for long trips! Tow with a Blue Ox set up.
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After 12 years and 2 motor homes we are getting ready to tow. We hope to retire in the next year or so and will be traveling more. We are looking at a 2013 Jeep Wrangler as the tow vehicle, a ReadyBrute Elite tow bar with the integrated surge brake, and a currie base plate. Anybody out there have this set up and if so, do you like it?

Also, I would have to remove the tow bar when at home for the rig to fit in my garage. I only have about 1 1/2 feet in front and a foot in back to get around the rig when it's in the garage. Is removing the tow bar a big deal.
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Jon,
I just installed the Currie Rock Jock base plate on my '12 Wrangler this evening.
It does however, require a minor trim of some excess on the cross member and drilling of 5 3/8" holes. All that said, I had it installed in an hour and DW and I really like the look with nothing hanging down (like the other companies base plates).
I haven't decided on a brake, but am looking also at the Ready Brute.
I purchased a Demco Commander tow bar and the Cooltech ligthing for the Jeep.
All in so far ~$700 so I am pleased.
If you are concerned about the weight of the tow bar and being able to remove it easily, Demco makes an aluminum tow bar. You pay extra for loss of weight but I think it is about 30 pounds which makes it the lighest bar on the market.
Good luck with whatever you decide and have fun in that Jeep!
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Thanks for all the info. I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the ReadyBrute Elite now. U
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I have the same tow bar and it's been great, not too difficult too remove unless it's in the stored position to either side, if it's straight up it's no problem. I'm able to just leave mine on.
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Thanks for the feedback Sarah. Did the Blue Ox baseplate need any modifications or did it bolt right on? Also, with the CoolTech wireing harness do you have to remove a fuse for the lights to work properly on the back of the Jeep?
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Hi again, Jon. As I recall, there was no modification needed to the baseplate. And with the CoolTech harness, you do not need to remove any fuses with a new Jeep. There is a lot of info here on the ReadyBrute setup and the CoolTech harness, so if you do a forum search you'll find more than you ever wanted to know. Good luck!
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