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Old 11-18-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Need mechanic to install towing equipment

I picked up my new 2012 Smart fortwo Wed and I have the Ready Brute Elite towbar/braking system, toad protector, wiring harness, and the proper Demco baseplate. Now all I need is help getting everything installed.

I'm currently in Pottsboro, TX and need to be in Conroe, TX by Wed. The only place I could find near here wants almost $700 to install the baseplate alone. Demco says it's a 3.5 - 4 hour job. That price seems outrageous.

So for now the plan is to rent a U-haul trailer to get the car to Conroe where I'll have several months to get everything installed.

Does anyone know a good mechanic in Conroe? The baseplate came with detailed installation instructions with photos showing each step. It seems to me that any good mechanic could install this. I am almost tempted to try it myself.

A mechanic near the route I plan to take would work if they could get me done by Wed. (US-75 to I-45)
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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You might try Russell RV in Conroe if you don't have it installed by the time you get here. I would think that at their rates and the estimated time they would have you installed in the neighborhood of $400. You can call them at 936-788-7799. Mike is the service manager and I forget his new assistant's name. I have had several repairs made there and have been very happy with their service on both a trailer and a motorhome. Nice people.

Good luck and safe travels!

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I have no interest in their operation other than being a satisfied customer.
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After rereading your post I need to clarify my comment. The $400 I referred to was for the base plate installation only. If memory serves me correctly their rate is roughly $100 per hour, just like all the others around here.
Call and talk to them.
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Had my selling dealers body shop install mine. They are familiar with the front end parts. I also made it part of the sale.
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