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Old 01-20-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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Price quote too high?

I got a quote from a dealer in Albuquerque for a Blue Ox set up for my rig.

2015 Winnebago Sightseer and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport, 2 door.

Cost for base plate, brake system and tow bar all installed for $4600. Seems pricey to me. Thoughts from my fellow RVrs, please. Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:18 PM   #2
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WOW You come see me and I'll do it for 1/2 that. Are you mechanically inclined? It is not that difficult to install that yourself

I did my MKX in about 4 hours. Had to remove the whole front bumper and shroud for it.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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Look on Craigslist you'll be surprised at the used Blue Ox tow bars there and the $.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:38 PM   #4
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I don't recall exactly what it cost me back in 2001, but I'll guarantee it wasn't one-third of that quote.
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Wow, I had mine, done 6 months ago and baseplate, brake light set up with wiring and diodes and battery cut off switch (instead of constantly disconnecting negative cable) for about $1100. Used these guys on last toad as well. I already owned tow bar and had aux braking device installed by knowledgeable RV service center.
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I got a quote from a dealer in Albuquerque for a Blue Ox set up for my rig.

2015 Winnebago Sightseer and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport, 2 door.

Cost for base plate, brake system and tow bar all installed for $4600. Seems pricey to me. Thoughts from my fellow RVrs, please. Thanks.
Well, there's probably a few more things that is included in that price, ie: umbilical cord, safety cables, and toad lighting system....so you gotta figure that the retail price of all of that will be close to $3000. Labor is typically around $120/hr so they are figuring about 13 hours of labor....which I think is excessive.

I installed my own system on three different toad (same system) in less than half that amount of time. Recently I installed a ReadyBrute tow bar system on a friend's Wrangler and the entire install was about four hours. It was not that difficult at all.

Hope this helps

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Old 01-21-2016, 05:52 AM   #7
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We had the base plate installed and spent a few hours and did the rest...........
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:22 AM   #8
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My Blue Ox with the SMI Stay N Play, fully installed, all in, on my Trailhawk was a bit more than $3000 (but less than $3500), albeit, with a decent discount since it was part of my coach purchase........
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I just recieved a quote for basically the same set up - mine included a Blue Ox base plate, M & G brake system with breakaway kit (extra for M&G) and a light kit for $2900 installs. If I want to add a tow bar, it would be additional $900. I already have a tow bar.

This is through a Freightliner Custom Chassis Dealer who is also a Ford dealer, I have a 2015 F150 - so I like the fact it is all in one house.

Ask your the installer for a itemized bill as I did. I already know I can get the parts cheaper myself online.

I will double check the online prices again today, including any shipping and if the savings are significant - I will negotiate a lower parts price with the dealer or buy the parts myself for them to install........

So the price does sound high as where I'm looking to have the work done is not the cheapest way to go and my price is no where near yours.....

Good luck...

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Price too high?

IMHO, this depends entirely on the braking system (for the toad) they are planning to use. That itself can vary from about $800 to a few grand. Can make a yyyuuuge difference.
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If it costs that much, I would rent a car..................

Should be under $2,000 get quotes on other brands
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A quick rough estimate of typical costs (not DIY):

Faceplate - $400 to $600.
Installation of faceplate - $400 to $500.
Wiring kit and installation - $400
Towbar - $800
Roughly $2000.

Now, add the aux brake system, and you can add $800 to $1000 for the less expensive units, and $1000 to $2000 for the fully automatic customized for the vehicle.

It looks like your estimate may not be that far off. And a second opinion and estimate never hurts.

By the way, Enterprise is currently running a weekend special (until mid May) for $10 a day for compact cars, and they'll pick you up. But the special is only available at their neighborhood (not airport) offices.
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I got a quote from a dealer in Albuquerque for a Blue Ox set up for my rig.

2015 Winnebago Sightseer and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport, 2 door.

Cost for base plate, brake system and tow bar all installed for $4600. Seems pricey to me. Thoughts from my fellow RVrs, please. Thanks.
You really did not give enough info. What type of equipment are they installing? Some of it is very pricey. You could easily be at 3800 just for the hardware.

If I had it to do again I would go with road master because of their toad protection system. The Blue ox shield weighs a ton and you cannot use the screen with it.
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As previously mentioned we need more information as to the brand and models of the towing equipment included in the quote. There's a huge span of prices and quality. A good place to get prices is E-Trailer:

Tow Bars | etrailer.com

They offer many different brands and styles of tow bars, braking systems, and wiring kits. Tow bars can range in price from $250.00 to over $1,500.00 depending on the brand, style, and towing capacity.

There's also a wide price range for braking systems. E Trailer has different styles and models that go from $250.00 to over $1,500.00.

We installed a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain tow bar and a Roadmaster Brakemaster 9060 baking system on our 2013 Adventurer to tow our 2004 Jeep Wrangler.
Here are some current prices from E Trailer for the equipment we installed
Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar: $965.00
Roadmaster Base Plate Kit: $399.00
Roadmaster 9060 Brake Kit: $1095.00

Everything needed to tow our Jeep was in these 3 kits.

From time to time all these units go on sale. We paid about $1,800.00 for the complete package when they happened to be on sale. As I recall both the Tow Bar and the brake kit were about $750.00 each when on sale.
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