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Old 01-02-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need some help , first toad without a dolly

I am looking to purchase a 2013 Ford Edge Limited FWD 3.5L, according to Motorhome magazine this can be towed 4 flat on the ground. I need to get this outfitted to tow.

Base Plate :
Blue Ox BX2628 Base Plate for Ford Edge Limited

Amazon.com: Blue Ox BX2628 Base Plate for Ford Edge Limited: Automotive

Towbar:
Ready Brute Elite

Amazon.com: NSA RV Products (RB-9050) Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar: Automotive

CLEVIS-BLUE OX

Amazon.com: NSA RV Products (CLEVIS-BLUE OX) Blue Ox Tow Bar Clevis for Baseplates: Automotive


Wiring Kit:
Vehicle Wiring Kit

Amazon.com: Hopkins 11140695 Ford Plug-In Simple Vehicle Wiring Kit: Automotive

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Coiled 7-Way Blade to 4-Flat Adapter

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Is there anything else I need ? Will this setup work ?

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What are you doing for aux braking?
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What are you doing for aux braking?
Towbar has aux braking .
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You might want to verify the vehicle wiring kit. It looks like it is a kit for wiring lights from a Ford to a trailer.
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You might want to verify the vehicle wiring kit. It looks like it is a kit for wiring lights from a Ford to a trailer.
You are correct !! Thanks for catching that . I need this instead :http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ustomerReviews
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We use a "Protect A Tow" to protect our toad while towing it. Easy on and off, inexpensive as far as rock/chip protection goes. Some people think protection is a good idea and some don't. We're happy we have it for the limited expense it cost.
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You also need the safety chains/cables. I think that's it.
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You also need the safety chains/cables. I think that's it.
Good call , I haven't even thought of those . Safety First !!

I will be purchasing all these items soon, I bought the 2013 Ford Edge last night.

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We use a "Protect A Tow" to protect our toad while towing it. Easy on and off, inexpensive as far as rock/chip protection goes. Some people think protection is a good idea and some don't. We're happy we have it for the limited expense it cost.
I will check into that , this Edge is a very nice looking vehicle and I want to keep it that way !!

If anyone has any more helpful hints or advice please chime in .

Thanks for everyone that has helped so far !
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When we ordered our ReadyBrute Elite from Adventure RV, the safety cables, clevis, brake activation led indicator, and safety stop, were included with the tow bar, check to see if that is still the case. We just had to indicate what the base plate manufacturer was (bought separately) and everything was sent to us.
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When we ordered our ReadyBrute Elite from Adventure RV, the safety cables, clevis, brake activation led indicator, and safety stop, were included with the tow bar, check to see if that is still the case. We just had to indicate what the base plate manufacturer was (bought separately) and everything was sent to us.
Thanks I will check on that.
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Since You Are Experienced with Tow Dollies,may I ask your reason for switching to 4 down?
I am sorry for getting "off topic", but I value your opinion.
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Since You Are Experienced with Tow Dollies,may I ask your reason for switching to 4 down?
I am sorry for getting "off topic", but I value your opinion.
Well when I purchased my first and only motor home we owned a 2009 ford fusion that could only be towed on the dolly (car paid for ) . It didn't make since to buy a new car just to tow flat. DW has been after me for while for a new car and the one she wants is the ford edge which can be towed flat , so since it can be towed flat , why not It's as simple as that.
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Thanks BigD, I plan to purchase a 4 down, but am getting an education on what can and what can't be towed.
Please post an update when you get your new rig.
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Bilgerat, you didn't ask, but I'll chime in. Tow dollies are an economical answer to bringing a FWD car with the RV. It's a one time purchase and you don't have to mess with the car at all. The downside is dealing with the dolly itself. They're heavy, so putting them away somewhere is work, especially if there is a slope involved. You have two hookups to worry about, the dolly to the motorhome and the car to the dolly. Then, there is the mess of getting or reaching under the car to connect the straps and safety chains.

Towing four down has its initial costs with things like base plates, tow bars, lighting, braking, etc and much of it isn't transferable if you change cars. Once you've paid that tab, hooking up to the motorhome is a lot easier and cleaner, with no heavy lifting involved.

My previous car, a Ford Fiesta ST, was not towable, but I didn't find that in my initial research. It's a hoot to drive, but I would really rather not mess with the dolly. I just traded it on a Focus Titanium which is towable. I'd hoped to find a Titanium with a manual transmission, but they're very rare. In the end, I settled for an automatic.
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