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Old 07-25-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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Installing tow plate in 2008 CRV

Our local RV shop gave us a 'loose' quote of $650 to install a Roadmaster tow plate and another $450 to install the wiring harness. This is LABOR ONLY as I already have the parts.

Seems a little, um, excessive to me. I've read the instructions and it doesn't exactly look like rocket science.

If you has someone else install these for you how much was it?

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Old 07-25-2011, 07:34 PM   #2
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Seems excessive to me too. I have a Ranger pickup and while I don't know the difference between it and your vehicle, as you say, it's not rocket science. I did mine myself it was a while ago but I'm thinking it was 2-3 hours for the plate and about the same for the wiring. I have tools and a decent place to work but I'm no mechanic. I'll be interested to hear what the others say.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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My buddy and I did my '08 CRV in my garage is about 3.5 (including a donut break) hours for the Roadmaster baseplate and about 1.5 hours to mount the additional lights in the taillamp housings. Wasn't difficult, just follow the instructions.
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Yes, I agree the estimate is excessive. At $100/ hr for labor, that's 11 hours of work. I would estimate that a knowledgable professional mechanic can install the base plate and the wiring within 4 to 5 hours at most.

I did my 02' CR-V base plate in about 3 to 4 hours and the wiring in about 2 to 3 hours. But, I'm no mechanic and I'm admittedly slow when working on vehicles.

I would shop around for a better deal, even if you have to travel a bit. I would think that around $600 total is a more fair rate.
PS- don't rule out installation by a trustworthy local auto repair shop. They can do as good or better than an RV dealership. Just provide the instructions.

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My buddy and I did my '08 CRV in my garage is about 3.5 (including a donut break) hours for the Roadmaster baseplate and about 1.5 hours to mount the additional lights in the taillamp housings. Wasn't difficult, just follow the instructions.
My buddy and I did my 2007 CR-V in about the same time except we installed a Blue Ox baseplate. A friend had a baseplate and separate bulbs installed in the tail lights and I think he paid $300 for the total installation.
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Very spendy prices. Sometimes it is a way of saying No. I would guess half the price quoted would be extremely fair. HAve you tried Roadmaster website for local install places---that is how I found the people who did my Blue Ox. It was a welding shop actually.
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A local auto detail shop installed our Blue Ox baseplate and wiring kit on a 2010 CRV for under $500. I think it took them 5 hours @ $85/hr labor. Plus taxes. They did an excellent job and was well worth it for me.

I would check places that install tow hitches and truck accessories.

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