Originally Posted by talrogers
We are new to RV'ing so would appreciate your advise. We bought a Safari Zanzibar 40' diesel pusher back in October and just got a 2002 Honda CRV toad. Can anyone recommend what towbar, baseplate, accesaries, etc. that I need to order and how much labor to install might cost. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.
Look over this web site: http://www.readybrake.com/
As mentioned by the fellow who has the ReadyBrute Elite, the tow bar/brake system is excellent. You will of course need a base plate which the ReadyBrute people sell as well. I got the Blue Ox base plate for my Honda Element which (I just checked) is exactly the same plate that will fit your CRV.
My wife and I installed it ourselves in one day. Experts would probably do it in two hours! Then there is the cable system from the inertial brake to your CRV brakes ... we also did that ourselves. Again ... another day, but we are slow, careful and old. I got the auxiliary brake light/turn signal package. The bulbs are installed inside the tail light housing. Power comes from the motorcoach thus the toad battery is not drained after a long day of driving.
Now that we installed all of this stuff ourselves, we are happy. It was done with care plus we know what to do if something needs fixing. Thinking back, I believe the most difficult part was getting my hands into the engine compartment to route and secure the cable housing. Those little engines are fit in with a shoehorn!
If you are slightly mechanical or better, then you should be able to handle everything yourself. Instructions with the ReadyBrute or ReadyBrake and base plate (whatever brand you select) are clear and detailed. I phoned the help line once to get some "hand holding". They were super with explaining things.
Let me know if you need more encouragement or discouragement. <lol>