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Old 10-15-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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Situation normal - confused

We are about to purchase a used 2006 Jeep liberty as our toad. We will be towing it with a 37' gasser. The receiver and plug are in place on the MH (I assume the plug works). I have been looking at Blue Ox for base plates and tow bars but after that I am not sure what else I "need" to have.

Is a braking controller required?
How about wiring for brake lights/turn signals?
Safety chains I assume are required

I turn to you, the experienced towers, for advice and a list of what I need to purchase to complete the system.

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Old 10-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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Base Plate
Tow Bar
Safety Chains
Breaking System
Break Lights

Could cost quite a bit. Our Base Plate was $400. Tow Bar we got a very deep discount - $150 instead of $800 - and came with the chains. Breaking system Thom is looking at is $1,000. I think the lights will be the cheapest part Oh wait there is also the lift for the bike - $1k to $6k.
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Base Plate
Tow Bar
Safety Chains
Breaking System
Break Lights

Could cost quite a bit. Our Base Plate was $400. Tow Bar we got a very deep discount - $150 instead of $800 - and came with the chains. Breaking system Thom is looking at is $1,000. I think the lights will be the cheapest part Oh wait there is also the lift for the bike - $1k to $6k.
Ouch but thanks
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Safety cables (rather than chains) are the norm behind an RV. They come in either 5k of 10k ratings. Auxiliary braking systems for toads did not have a "controller" like electric trailer brakes do. A few might have something similar, but most don't. There are self-contained systems in a "box" that you sit in the floor in front of the driver seat. And there are installed systems. Google M&G, or SMI, or Roadmaster to read about popular systems. I use a Roadmaster Brakemaster system in my Honda Odyssey. It is proportional, and powered by the air system in my coach. It has a breakaway cable and a monitor light on the my dash so I will know when the toad brake system is activated.

And yes, the toad must have lights. You can get magnetic lights, or wired systems that use the toad bulbs, or wired systems that has it's own bulb. I put the additional bulb system in my 05 Odyssey last spring. Most tow bar mfg'ers also have the various light kits, and can tell you what would work for your specific vehicle.
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You can get different parts at different prices. Thom likes to make sure that what we get will go on different vehicles and has real good ratings. He has his own safety limits in mind when looking.
ie breaking systems, you can get them way cheaper than $1k but Thom likes what the SMI Air Force One has and does compared to others. Same with the lift for his baby em I mean bike. Could go cheaper but he knows what he wants and will look until he finds it, lol.
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Might I suggest you look on the classified section of the Rv forums as well as the hitch trader section that is linked to the Blue Ox site for some of the parts. As people trade toads they often have baseplates and hitches they no longer can use. Might save you some $
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Might I suggest you look on the classified section of the Rv forums as well as the hitch trader section that is linked to the Blue Ox site for some of the parts. As people trade toads they often have baseplates and hitches they no longer can use. Might save you some $
Thanks.. I have looked at the classifieds and will keep looking. How do I find the Hitch trader section you mentioned?
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Found it... thanks
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Towing an 06 Liberty ourselves, I suggest you also have a "dummy key" made for the ignition. We did - got one made at HD (or Lowes). This allows us to turn the ignition the 1 click required to release the steering & then it stays in the ignition. We lock the doors with the fob/key & keep that with us.

This way, should some thief just happen to try to steal the Jeep while we're parked at a truck stop or some other place for lunch, they won't get far. They dummy key will allow the Jeep to start, but after a few seconds it'll shut down. Leaving the fob/key in the ignition while towing (even if the doors are locked with the other fob/key) just begs for it to get stolen.

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Towing an 06 Liberty ourselves, I suggest you also have a "dummy key" made for the ignition. We did - got one made at HD (or Lowes). This allows us to turn the ignition the 1 click required to release the steering & then it stays in the ignition. We lock the doors with the fob/key & keep that with us.

This way, should some thief just happen to try to steal the Jeep while we're parked at a truck stop or some other place for lunch, they won't get far. They dummy key will allow the Jeep to start, but after a few seconds it'll shut down. Leaving the fob/key in the ignition while towing (even if the doors are locked with the other fob/key) just begs for it to get stolen.

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Excellent suggestion Lori... thanks much
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We purchased many of our towing items off craigslist and ebay. There are deals especially if you are patient. Good luck and btw that will be a great set up for you.
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The Jeep liberty is a 4 wheel drive, correct? And one towable 4 down?

My towing setup cane via Craigslist. BO tow bar, BO brackets for Jeep flat bumper, and a Beake Buddy.
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The Jeep liberty is a 4 wheel drive, correct? And one towable 4 down?

My towing setup cane via Craigslist. BO tow bar, BO brackets for Jeep flat bumper, and a Beake Buddy.
Yes it is. I am looking at CL, EBay, Amazon, Hitch Trader and anywhere else I can look.
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If you are forced to buy a new baseplate look at rvupgrades.com.
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