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Old 03-10-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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I am new to motorhomes but have owned 5th wheels in the past. That being said, I priced the hardware at Camping World to be able to tow my 2010 Dodge 1500 Ram and they quoted over $3000.00 to buy and install. This seems high to me but like I said I am new to MHing. Is this typical for the equipment and installation? The threads I have read warn about used equipment. Any suggestions?

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Welcome to irv2. What equipment was included in that price ? There are many variables such as an auxiliary braking system and make of tow bar and light packages.
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butch I bought a used towbar for 150,base plates for 395,and spent about 2 hours installing it my self I tow a 1980 f350 and everything is well. check ebay for parts and also local rv dealers for used parts.
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All equipment was included. Tow bar, braking, base plate, everything needed to tow.
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There are various prices for each make and model of each item. I'd ask them for a breakdown of what exactly they're quoting.
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I paid around 3k for base plate, light wiring,brake buddy aux brake, falcon all terrain tow bar, installation in 2009
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You might try getting a bid from local trailer companies. They may give you a better deal than Camping World.
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Just spent 2100 for base plate and brute tow bar also wire harness and breakaway brakes . Still wating on ready brute been back ordered for almost 2 weeks. All fitting 2014 Fiat 500e
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I am new to motorhomes but have owned 5th wheels in the past. That being said, I priced the hardware at Camping World to be able to tow my 2010 Dodge 1500 Ram and they quoted over $3000.00 to buy and install. This seems high to me but like I said I am new to MHing. Is this typical for the equipment and installation? The threads I have read warn about used equipment. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
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You can go to etrailer.com to get a cost comparison for the parts.

etrailer.com/

Just type in the brand or model number for the components in the search box and you'll get a price for each component. Don't forget to add in the shipping if you want an apples to apples comparison.

Over the years it seems most people have been paying $500.00 to $1,000.00 for installation depending on the vehicle and the complexity of the installation. You might contact a local RV dealer to find out what they would charge for the installation.

If you're somewhat handy you may be able to do the installation yourself. Camping World sells Roadmaster and Blue Ox towing gear at their local store in our area. Both companies have online websites complete with installation manuals for all the equipment they manufacture.

Personally I would never buy used towing equipment. Some have done it and had great success. However you have to ask yourself why the equipment is being sold? Is it because the owner purchased new equipment? Is it damaged? Is it worn out? Is it obsolete and no longer supported by the manufacturer?

To me there are too many potential pitfalls with used equipment. Plus the fact that there is no warranty or recourse should the equipment not be as advertised.
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I spent $180 for a used base plate ($100 plus $80 shipping from CA, thing weights about 60 lbs) and $120 for new Tow Ready solid tow bar.

Luckily, found the used base plate for the 2001 Civic on Craigs list.

Neighbor helped me install the base plate, took a few hours as we had to straighten some minor damage to the front bumper rails on the Civic.
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ReadyBrute tow bar with integrated brake system. About $1000 new. Add a base plate. Add install if you don't DIY. Probably a couple grand total.
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I just set up my Jeep. It was about $400 baseplate, $650 tow bar, $1000 Patriot supplemental brake, $60 to add a bulb to my tail lights, $60 cable. On top of that, I paid $20 for a 17/32 drill bit, borrowed a 1/2" drill from the father in law, $5 for thread lock, $5 for silicone, and honestly enjoyed installing it with my 11 year old son. It was not hard to install, but required a few hands. I have towed the Jeep for 650 miles without any failure and all the lights work as they should. It sounds like they are probably including about 8 hours of shop time for the install and I would say that is fair.
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I bought a Blue Ox Aventa ll on Ebay for $250.oo included the safety cables from bo as well, no shipping. It was in new condition!
Shopped on Ebay for a new base plate for a 2011 Cadillac SRX, $305.oo delivered! This also was bo as well.
A friend and I installed the base plate and wired the caddy in about 4hrs,
also bought the cord for mh to car, bo for $39.oo

Four months later at a National Rally paid BlueOx to recertify the towbar for $25.oo.
All for under $650.oo Hope this helps Butch
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It seems if you leave out brakes on your tow setup, you can save money.

How many 4 downs, don`t have brakes on them? Is that legal?

Even the dolly, I tow a little, KIA Soul with, has brakes.

Just wondering
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