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Old 09-29-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler Sport S tow setup

I've got a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport S, totally stock. I want to get it set up to tow. I've gotten two quotes so far. One from the dealership that I bought my Motor Home from - and one from Camping World - both in the Inland Empire section of Southern California. The quotes were for:
Blue Ox tow plate
Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar (6500 lbs)
Light Wiring kit.

Camping world quoted 3650 - they need the Jeep for one full day and the MH for a couple hours the next day.

My dealership quoted me 4900 - need the Jeep for three days, and MH for a couple hours the next day.

What's a realistic price for this work? Right now, of course, I'm leaning towards Camping World. And by the way, the Dealer originally quoted me 6500, but when I got the second quote a few months later they came up with the 4900, saying they lowered it to be "more competitive"....

Any other suggestions for the Inland Empire area?


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Old 09-29-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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Wow! That is painful!

I did my own install (starts here - fairly dated now) it cost about $1,500 in parts similar to what you listed minus the Invisibrake (which I think runs about $900). So, I guess that means you are paying something between $1,250 and $2,500 in labor. That sounds like an awful lot to me but that is a subjective.

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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I has SMI install a roadmaster tow bar, brakets and drop hitch. They wired the jeep, added a break-a-way, checked the lighting, new cables and tested the system. They modified the RV wiring a bit. They started at 8:00 AM and were done at 4:00 PM. Someone at the dealership is taking you for a ride.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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Add up the value of the parts... invisibrake $900., Blue Ox base plate $ 400, Blue Ox tow bar $ 650, Wiring kit $ 100. Looks like around $ 2,100 +-. Install should take a competent mechanic about 6 hrs. max @ $100 / hr ???. I'd say $ 2,700 would be the figure to shoot for.
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:30 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by britcon View Post
Add up the value of the parts... invisibrake $900., Blue Ox base plate $ 400, Blue Ox tow bar $ 650, Wiring kit $ 100. Looks like around $ 2,100 +-. Install should take a competent mechanic about 6 hrs. max @ $100 / hr ???. I'd say $ 2,700 would be the figure to shoot for.
I think your prices are a bit low. E Trailer shows the following List prices for the equipment mentioned by the OP. Keep in mind most retailers charge List prices, not discounted prices like online vendors.

Invisibrake: $1,081.27

Blue Ox Alpha Towbar: $745.00

Blue Ox Baseplate Kit: $394.99

Wiring Kit: $79.95

I also think you time estimate is a bit light. From past experience I would estimate the installation time to be more like 8 hours. Most of it being for the wiring and baseplate installation.

The latest hourly rate I could find for Camping World is $110.00 per hour. This is inline with most dealerships and independent shops.

That would bring the total closer to $3,200.00
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:59 AM   #6
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I set up my Jeep in February and it was around $2100 in parts bought through Amazon. I opted for the Patriot Brake and have zero regrets. It works great and goes in and out in a matter of seconds. The baseplate install only required me to drill 4 holes and was not at all difficult to do. I added an extra bulb to the rear lights and it works perfect. Getting the wires routed cleanly through the frame was the hardest part. PM me if you have questions on how hard this would be to do.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:40 PM   #7
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eBay. Brake Buddy, Roadmaster tow bar, light wiring harness from Mopar, and a used Warn bumper. I bolted the base plates directly thru the bumper into the frame. Around $600 for everything and labor cost me a couple of afternoons and $25 worth of beer.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:54 PM   #8
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I. bought a Currie tow plate, about $300, it replaces the plastic air dam under the stock bumper. A little fidgety to install, but I did it myself. Got a light kit for $70, Patriot for $900, Tow bar ~800.

There shouldn't be any labor needed on the coach, unless it doesn't have a factory hitch.

If you're anywhere near handy, you can save yourself a lot of $$$$
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:58 PM   #9
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Ready Brute Elite (tow bar with built in braking system. Currie base plate. About $1500.00. Add lighting setup and you are good to go. Install it yourself or find someone handy to do it. Not rocket surgery or brain science.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:05 AM   #10
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Here are the real numbers for the parts I chose to get a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ready to tow four down. While I'm sure better deals on these parts can be found, my total cost was $2,047.58
  • Blue Ox base plate: $394.99 (ebay - no tax, free shipping)
  • Roadmaster universal diode light kit: $84.94 - (etrailer - no tax, includes $6.99 shipping)
  • SMI Stay-In-Play Duo supplemental brake system: $839.96 (Dyers - no tax, free shipping
  • Blue Ox Avail tow bar (10,000 lb.): $727.69 (rvupgradestore - no tax, free shipping

I opted for the heavier tow bar so I could eventually drag my Suburban if I ever choose to. The brake system is universal, so I can move it to a new tow vehicle if necessary.

I was able to install all of the components myself with no drama whatsoever. I'm not a mechanic, but can follow directions well.
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When I set up our 2015 Cherokee for towing, the only thing I had someone else do was the install of the baseplate. I chicken out on removing the front fascia, since the Jeep was 1 month old. Other than that, I did all the work myself. I used a Demco wiring harness. It was $100 but no wires to cut. Just plug the harness in between the tail light and the existing harness. You do not have to be a skilled mechanic to do this stuff. I figure if it takes me 6 hours to get it all done, that's still better than paying the $125 per hour labor rate I was quoted, and believe me, they will not be working hard when they do it. If they have you on the hook for 8 hours of labor, they will take 8 hours to do it. I also went with an RVI2 brake. It is simple to install. If you can follow instructions, you can do most of the work and save yourself a ton in the process. As an added benefit, I trust my work more than some kid at Camping World that's ,aybe been on the job a month or 2.
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We just a Blue ox tow plate and wiring kit installed on our 2015 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon $955.00, we already had the tow bar.
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I just attached the base plate for the road master system on my 2014 Jeep Wrangler, it too about 4 hours working alone and taking a few breaks. After I was quoted roughly $800 in labor alone. All you need are basic hand tools, socket set, drill, torque wrench. I use the blue ox add a bulb kit for the tail lights. Again, a couple hours. Lots of YouTube videos out there for guidance. Amazon is a great place to find deals for the tow bar...

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