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Old 05-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Tow Bar and Base plate

We finally bought our TOAD. 2006 Saturn Vue with 5-speed manual transmission. This is our first. I am looking for advise on the baseplate and tow bar manufacturer and a shop to install the base plate. I live in south Florida. Any suggestion on the equipment and install would really be appreciated. Thanks for your help.
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after hours of research, I went with the readybrute, readybrake setup... low tech but seems to be dependable. They are compatible with most baseplate manufacturers... went with the blu ox connectors... sorry, cant help you with a facility to install.
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I've had four Blue Ox baseplates and two B O Aventa II towbars.
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We went with RoadMaster setup, mainly because the factory was about 20 miles from home, then they moved across the river and they're closer.
They used to be the only one that advertised finite analysis but I see that Blu Ox is now saying they do it too.
Very few reports of problems with RoadMaster stuff, a few more with Blu Ox units breaking at the swivel.
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I do not like the added bar needed on a Roadmaster base plate. Blue OX and Demco base plates require more work to install. But do not have the added crossbar on front of Toad. Blue Ox has removable tabs that hook to tow bar. This gives a cleaner look when not towing. Demco has plastic covers for the tow bar connectors when tow bar is not attached. Not as clean looking. But very serviceable.
I have a NSA Ready Brute Elite tow bar and brake system. On their site they list several dealers in FL. I bought all my parts off internet. Then installed them myself. Saved a bunch of money.
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I recommend the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with the built-in ReadyBrake, along with the Roadmaster baseplate. JMHO
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I recommend the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with the built-in ReadyBrake, along with the Roadmaster baseplate. JMHO
Thanks for the information. Leaning that direction
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I do not like the added bar needed on a Roadmaster base plate. Blue OX and Demco base plates require more work to install. But do not have the added crossbar on front of Toad. Blue Ox has removable tabs that hook to tow bar. This gives a cleaner look when not towing. Demco has plastic covers for the tow bar connectors when tow bar is not attached. Not as clean looking. But very serviceable.
I have a NSA Ready Brute Elite tow bar and brake system. On their site they list several dealers in FL. I bought all my parts off internet. Then installed them myself. Saved a bunch of money.
Leaning that direction thanks
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We finally bought our TOAD. 2006 Saturn Vue with 5-speed manual transmission. This is our first. I am looking for advise on the baseplate and tow bar manufacturer and a shop to install the base plate. I live in south Florida. Any suggestion on the equipment and install would really be appreciated. Thanks for your help.
I did buy the Blue Ox alpha and baseplate. Should do the trick for us. Thanks for all the good advise. Take care all !
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