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Old 04-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Newbie question about towing

I did a bit of reading on this forum and all of you convinced me that if I am going to tow a car behind my RV (yet to be purchased) then I need something that sounds like a supplemental braking/break away system for the toad. I plan to tow a 2012 Ford Fusion preferable or else a 2012 Ford Focus, if the Fusion thing is not workable.
My question is how much is the total package going to cost and where do you purchase it and get the work done? ANY information that you can provide this neophyte would be greatly appreciated.
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If you go for all new parts, base plate, tow bar, light package, brake system, plus installation, probably close to $2000-2500. ReadyBrake is probably the cheapest, simplest brake system.

ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products

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If you go for all new parts, base plate, tow bar, light package, brake system, plus installation, probably close to $2000-2500. ReadyBrake is probably the cheapest, simplest brake system.

ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products

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Good assessment. Mine was about $2500 with an SMI brake system , Blue Ox tow bar , base plate and wiring harness.
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There are tow kinds of supplemental brake systems. One sits inside the vehicle and has a rod the pushes down on the brake pedal like Brake Buddy and the kind that is installed under the hood.

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If you plan on getting a Ford Fusion, build dates after March 2012 are not flat towable. Only prior to that can they be flat towed and warrantable if there is a flat tow failure. Make sure to also follow the guidelines exactly to prevent transmission melt down from flat towing. 65 MPH max and stop every 6 hrs to run the engine and cool it down. Your local Ford dealer can give you the information to follow. Installing a Remco pump will also help as these transmission build a lot of heat while flat towing.

The Focus is great for flat towing due to it being a manual transmission that is shifted automatically. However, following the guidelines is also a must including disconnecting the battery. If not, the clutch may engage. The transmission will be in first gear at this time and if towing 65 MPH and the clutch engages, the damage will be catastrophic. It has been seen where engine pistons have pushed into the hood after escaping their home in the engine block.
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