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Old 11-26-2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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New Toad

Well after months of shopping we found a toad for our motorhome.

It's a 2009 Subaru Forester, 5 sp manual transmission, 37,000 miles.

In the spring I will get a baseplate for it and do the wiring for the tail lights. We have everything else to tow.

I have a blue ox bar, would you recommend a blu ox plate then ? Or does that not matter?
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...I have a blue ox bar, would you recommend a blu ox plate then ? Or does that not matter?
Nice toad!!!
Yep, Blue Ox tow bar = Blue Ox base plates.

All the tow bar brands use their own base plates. Though there are some converter plates available....
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I have a blue ox bar, would you recommend a blu ox plate then ? Or does that not matter?
The Blue Ox baseplate will work well for you no problem what so ever.


2009 Subaru Forester. Those forks (tabs) coming out of the lower grill are bayonet mounted and are removable. Once removed, you can stow all your towing gear in a small bag. (tabs, break away cable & umbilical cable) The towbar stays on the motorhome most times. Once the tabs are removed, the vehicle doesn't appear to have tow equipment installed. It'll have a nice clean look and it only takes 15 seconds or less to install the tabs.
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Thanks for the information...

What do you think of Tow Daddy products. I like their system for the taillights along with their auto fuse.

Although I think I can make a relay that will break power when the toad is connected to the motorhome with available supplies that I have.
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Thanks for the information...

What do you think of Tow Daddy products. I like their system for the taillights along with their auto fuse.
Although I don't have any idea of how their equipment integrates with a vehicle, my solution was a simple SPST on a single 2A fuse and I use a Blue Ox bulb kit. Although I do not charge my toad battery while underway, my SMI Stay-N-Play Duo has never killed my battery in a single day's operation.

My Brake Buddy on the other hand left me DOA on several occasions.
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I would imagine their device is a normally closed contact on the fused side. So instead of removing the fuse the normally closed contact will open (disconnect) when power form the motorhome is present. So the power form the motorhome energizes a coil that opens the normally closed contact.

Well I have all winter to look and decide.
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Well I have all winter to look and decide.
Have fun shopping!
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Check out the US Gear Unified Brake System. Had it on my Baja and now it's on the Jeep. The brake circuit is built into the system.
I've owned 17 Subaru's. A great, dependable vehicle!!!!
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Thanks. I have a brake buddy and a blue ox tow bar along with some other accessories.

I will need a baseplate and wiring harness.

There are a couple of trips that we will not bring the car. For example music festivals and NASCAR races.
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Congratulations on the new Forester. I think you're really going to enjoy it. We had a 2005 Outback that we absolutely loved but we were forced to sell it because it was an automatic and couldn't be flat towed. We would have bought another one with a stick but DW insisted on an automatic, hence the Jeep. Hope you have as much fun and luck with your Subaru as we did with ours.
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