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Old 07-04-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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I'm new to the forum today and so glad I found it. The timing is perfect. I recently purchased an 06 Saturn Vue AWD and a 2004 Damon Challenger. I also purchased a Roadmaster base plate and brackets to mount to the Vue. I'm thinking I want a towbaw that is receiver mounted instead of ball. It there a post out there that can get me to the next step of choosing the right towbar, brake unit, stone deflector, and all the necessary equipment for the toad. How about the fuse vs switch issue. I think I still have a long way to go. Your advise is certainly appreciated.

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Old 07-04-2007, 04:24 PM   #2
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Hi everyone.
I'm new to the forum today and so glad I found it. The timing is perfect. I recently purchased an 06 Saturn Vue AWD and a 2004 Damon Challenger. I also purchased a Roadmaster base plate and brackets to mount to the Vue. I'm thinking I want a towbaw that is receiver mounted instead of ball. It there a post out there that can get me to the next step of choosing the right towbar, brake unit, stone deflector, and all the necessary equipment for the toad. How about the fuse vs switch issue. I think I still have a long way to go. Your advise is certainly appreciated.

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Old 07-04-2007, 05:08 PM   #3
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Stonedaddy, since you have started out with Roadmaster, I suggest you go with one of their tow bars also. Blue Ox and Roadmaster are two of the best towing products companies out there, so either one is a good choice.

Tow brakes are all over the place and pretty much a personal choice. I prefer the air operated proportional units. There are two good ones out there: M&G Engineering and SMI airforce one. I think SMI is one of the forum sponsors so they are recommend by the IRV2 folks. I have been using the M&G for eight years on two different TREKS and it is my personal preference. There are also many others out there and you should look at all of them before making your final decision.

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Old 07-04-2007, 05:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Mutha.. I checked out your suggestions and it seems they're for rigs with air brakes and my Damon has hydraulic brakes. I understand there's a wide variety of brake units out there. I'll try to find a good used one. Agreed on the Roadmaster towbar. I'll keep my eyes open for one of these also.
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:34 PM   #5
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Stonedaddy, welcome to iRV2.com.

I use the Brake Buddy, it has worked out great, and it's one of the most popular units.

However, most of the brake units work well.
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I just purchased a 07 Vue V6 AWD. I have it set up with a Roadmaster Stearling hitch and base plate. I also have a Roadmaster Brake Pro. I am happy with the system. I installed a switch in place of the 30 amp fuse. I also have a battery charge line I made up and installed myself. I don't have to pull the fuse or shut off the switch if I choose not to.
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By the way, welcome to IRV2. This is a great site with a wealth of information available to you just by asking. Post often and share your towing progress with us.

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Stonedaddy, it looks like you have gotten started in the right direction with good info about towing. I also have the 06 mVue and find it easy to just pull the fuse. I painted the top of it so it is easily noticed. I have used the Roadmaster Brakemaster and they make a model for hydralic coaches as well. I would want to do more research before deciding on a breaking system. I hav been pleased with the Brakemaser I have used in three vehicles. I can switch it between the Vue or the truck if I need it. Good luck and keep us posted as to the progress you make or have questions about.
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I do have a question on exactly what fuse must be pulled and where is it located? I take it this is so the ignition can be turned "ON" to release the steering wheel and put the shifter in "N". So when the fuse is pulled is the 12VDC lighter receptacle is still hot to power the brake unit or will I have to run a separate plug. How about brake lights. Do most towers use the cars lights or aux light set? Last question, the rock guards..... are they worth the money. They appear to be big and awkward to handle. What are the options to protect the toad?

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When you pull the fuse, it only affects the ignition system. The lighter outlets still work.

I cannot speak to the stone guards. I don't have one.
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STONEDADDY, the fuse you need to pull is a 30 amp fuse marked IGN in the box under the hood. I installed a 30 amp in-line fuse with a switch under the dash so I don't have to open the hood every time I hook up.

Check your owners manual for information on which fuse to pull and for information on the requirements for running the engine in preparation for towing.

For the lights, there are 3 ways to go. You can use an auxiliary light set, you can add separate sockets and bulbs to your tail light assemblies, or you can use your existing bulbs and put diodes in the circuit to prevent feedback from the toad to the motor home. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Some say the aux lights have scratched their paint plus they need to be stored when not in use, but they require no modification of your toad lights or wiring. Adding separate sockets to your tail light assemblies requires drilling good-sized holes to accept the socket plus I feel the lights are not as bright as they should be because the filaments will not be at the focal point of the reflector and lens (these positions are taken up by the original bulbs). However, installation of the new sockets is relatively easy. Diodes are relatively expensive and require cutting your existing wiring.

I chose to use the existing lights with diodes. The Roadmaster web site has excellent information on how to do this type of installation.

As for rock guards, we have a Protect-a-Tow underskirt. The upright rock guards may be better, but I did not want to the storage hassle. The Protect-a-Tow is fabric and folds to a small size for storage. Blue Ox had an underskirt, but I understand it is not being made any longer (although some distributors may still have stock available). The advantage to the Blue Ox underskirt is that it was available in several sizes to accommodate different lengths of tow bars and different widths of toads.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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You don't need a rock guard unless you drive gravel roads at more than a few miles an hour. You can still get a stone ding on a super highway, but it's fairly rare. And you might get it even with a rock guard. Just my opinion and others will surely disagree...
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