I towed our new MINI for the first time yesterday --- 4-down --- it's great!
As a follow-up, here are the details regarding my original questions. I did all of the work myself.
- Has anyone installed the RoadMaster baseplate on a 2010 or recent Mini themselves? Any problems or tips (I'm relatively handy).
Answer 1 -
Easy-Peasy! RoadMaster Baseplate # 521877-1
, instructions provided were all I needed. Bought it from AdventureRV.net for $299, lowest price I could find.
- I have a BrakePro supplemental brake device (now called an EvenBrake), any comments/advice on getting it to work (including break-away feature)?
Answer 2 - Three
things were necessary:
was to install an always-hot 12 volt receptacle. I grabbed a vacant hot spot on the fuse panel, behind the passenger-side kick panel, and routed the wire under the carpet to the console under the hand brake handle. Drilled a hole in the plastic and applied the 12 volt receptacle. To explain the need, MINI's 12 volt receptacles are hot only when the key is in the ignition --- no need to have the key in the ignition when towing because the steering column does not lock - ever!
was to hook up the brake pedal monitor kit. I installed RoadMaster's Stop Light Switch Bracket, Part # 751440
, a device specifically made for the MINI. It consists of a bracket that holds a switch which keeps track of the brake pedal position. I had to then grab a 12 volt source for this switch, which I got from the battery (wire routed out the firewall on the passenger-side harness access hole). This wire was then routed to the brake pedal switch up under the dash. By the way, this switch is necessary because MINI brake lights don't light up when the ignition isn't activated.
was to configure the break-away circuit. I was also routed the wires from the driver's floorboard area to the front grill up under the dash, through the passenger-side harness access hole and up to through the engine compartment.
- My current toad has been wired for tail/brake/turn light functions, can Mini be wired as such?
Answer 3 -
As someone here told me - MINI electrical systems are quite complex. I opted to purchase wireless tow lights. They work great. Check them out at Welcome to Wireless Tow Lights, Inc.
- Given the funny ignition key and the Start/Stop switch on a 2010 model (not sure how it compares to older models), how do you set things up so the steering is not locked?
Answer 4 -
MINI steering never locks! No need to do anything with the key while being towed.
- MiniUSA continues to "recommend against" flat towing a Mini, has anyone had any warranty problems or issues with a Mini still under warranty?
Answer 5 -
Basically they recommend against about anything --- being towed, using it to tow, putting it on a tow dolly, etc. --- but the fact is they do not prohibit such activities. If any such activity can be PROVEN to cause any otherwise warranted failure, you're on your own. The burden of proof lies with the manufacturer. MANY MINIs are being towed 4-down --- I brought mine to that party