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Old 04-23-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Mini Cooper Tow Set-Up

I just wanted to share to future MINI toad owners the set-up I used for towing my 2007 MINI Cooper S (Manual). Both the Base Plate and Tow bar is Blue Ox. We went with the Aventa tow bar. I think this is a very clean looking set-up both when towing and when the equipment is off. Tows and tracks beautifully. If it were not for the camera in the coach, I wouldn't even know it was there.

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Looking good. Thanks for sharing.
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I just wanted to share to future MINI toad owners the set-up I used for towing my 2007 MINI Cooper S (Manual). Both the Base Plate and Tow bar is Blue Ox. We went with the Aventa tow bar. I think this is a very clean looking set-up both when towing and when the equipment is off. Tows and tracks beautifully. If it were not for the camera in the coach, I wouldn't even know it was there.




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That's the same system I used. Incidentally, my 2006 Cooper appears to be identical to your 07.
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What did you use for a braking system?
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What did you use for a braking system?
Yes, inquiring minds want to know!
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Here's a recent thread where an SMI was installed.

SMI in Mini Cooper
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Brake System

I have not purchased any additional braking system. It's not required in Arizona where we live and do most of our traveling. I know there is always the debate about it but to be honest the car is so light and small I'm not sure I would notice a difference. I don't notice anything now even if I have to brake hard.
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David,

I don't know if you have anything to close off the bracket receptacle tubes when the towing brackets are not installed.

I tow a Miata with a similar baseplate installation and HERE is what I did.

I went to a local hardware store and bought rubber crutch/cane tips ($0.69 each) to keep rain and debris out of the sockets. They are very easy to install and remove and when in use, almost make my sockets disappear.

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What did you use for a braking system?

Initially used a brake buddy but soon got tired of the installation/removal process so switched to a ready brake/ready brute. ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products
I also use it for the CRV.
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Our Mini Cooper S '07 is the exact color as yours !!
They are great little cars.

Did you ascertain if the odometer registers the mileage when it is towed?

We have only towed our Mini once for 1300 miles and truthfully we did not check that!! The "key bob" must be in the dash slot for the steering wheel to remain unlocked; we don't know if the odometer registers the mileage with the key bob in place.
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Our Mini Cooper S '07 is the exact color as yours !!
They are great little cars.

Did you ascertain if the odometer registers the mileage when it is towed?

We have only towed our Mini once for 1300 miles and truthfully we did not check that!! The "key bob" must be in the dash slot for the steering wheel to remain unlocked; we don't know if the odometer registers the mileage with the key bob in place.
Our 2006 MCS does not register mileage when being towed.
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Thanks for the advice. I think I will give that a shot.
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Thanks for the tip about using cane or crutch ends to keep the tubes clean.
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Thanks for the tip about using cane or crutch ends to keep the tubes clean.
You are welcome...

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