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Old 03-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Local shop wants to charge $3.8k to hook up my Overland




Bracket
$450.00




Install bracket EZ
style $300.00




US Gear
installed
$1800.00




Wire to tow car behind MH
$180.00




Sterling Tow
Bar #576 $1100.00




Note:Sterling comes with
safety cables




Hitch for MH to be
determined




Quote $ 3830.00


too much?

they say 8.5 hours labor hookin up U.S. gear unified tow brake and wiring
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I don't know about your rig or the tow vehicle but that seems high to me. Have gotten a second estimate from another shop? If not I'd strongly suggest you do.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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I would go to the US-Gear web site and check their price on that brake controller.. I had one when I had a towed and I do not recall paying that much for it... but then that was few years back...
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Towing setup cost

I just set up a Tahoe to tow including Blueox towbar, base plate, M&G Airbrake and car wiring for $2000.00, including labor.
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Fritz & Erin

You are not that far from Brazels in centralia, Wa. Would encourge you to call them. you certainly will save alot of money.

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With that price they need to offer oxygen.....

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It would pay you to drive to Vegas and have the guys I used. $1300.00 to remove the Uni-brake from my old Toad and install everything on the Jeep. That includes the cost of the bracket, wiring, breakaway switch-----the whole works
There is a guy in Olympia that is really good. He installed the origional on my Subaru. I asked him about the changeover and he wanted $2000. Complete!
Sounds like the guy wants a new swimming pool or Class A motorhome on your dime
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Thanks guys for the feedback! I am definately going to shop around now. Foot note, the guys @ this place (Van Specialties in Lake Oswego) state that installing the Unified Tow Brake takes 8.5 hours labor to do properly. ??
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It does take pretty much all day, but that estimate is really high.
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OK guys just got qoute for identical setup from Brazers in Centrailia, WA

$3,600

Why do you guys think it should be so much cheaper? Am I missing something?

FYI, Brazers qouted me $2,000 for just the Sterling tow bar, brackets, light wiring, setup and install. The elaborate braking system runs between $1,600 & $1,800 parts and alot of labor.
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OK guys just got qoute for identical setup from Brazers in Centrailia, WA

$3,600

Why do you guys think it should be so much cheaper? Am I missing something?
Go to to US Gear website and check out their list of dealers. That's what I did here in Vegas. Of course the Overland is fairly new to most of the shops so it will take longer.
Give Ernie a call at RV Hitches and Welding in Olympia. 360 456 6100. Maybe he can do better
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Go to to US Gear website and check out their list of dealers. That's what I did here in Vegas. Of course the Overland is fairly new to most of the shops so it will take longer.
Give Ernie a call at RV Hitches and Welding in Olympia. 360 456 6100. Maybe he can do better
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Finhawk that is where i got my list for shopping! U.S. Gear work on the Jeep is some of the work but there is alot of labor wiring that for my motorhome too.... my beaver is not wired. Thanks for the help!
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Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 tow bar $200 ebay
Roadmaster BrakeBuddy Classic $400 ebay
Roadmaster EZ series bracket/baseplate kit for our MKT $299 from etrailer
Wiring kit and diodes $41 from amazon

One weekend in garage installing above. $25 for pizza n beer for friend that helped.

Total cost to set up toad: $965

Not so bad if you do your research and some sweat equity.
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Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 tow bar $200 ebay
Roadmaster BrakeBuddy Classic $400 ebay
Roadmaster EZ series bracket/baseplate kit for our MKT $299 from etrailer
Wiring kit and diodes $41 from amazon

One weekend in garage installing above. $25 for pizza n beer for friend that helped.

Total cost to set up toad: $965

Not so bad if you do your research and some sweat equity.
Nice toad! ... that MKT weighs in at 4,900 lbs dry..... how do you like how it tows? I am new to this toad thing and this JGC weighs 5,000 dry and am a bit nervous.... + I don't feel comfortable hacking into wiring harnasses on such new and beautiful cars.
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