I have searched all the posts (to the best of my ability
) and tried to gain as much knowledge on baseplates, tow bars, and supplementary braking systems. I have wrestled with the idea of having a separate toad and for our needs (5 dogs -- yes 5), having a separate toad just does not make sense when I have a Dodge Ram truck that I love driving and works well for our dogs (4 westies and 1 yellow lab (Marley and he lives up to his name).
So hear are my questions and I am looking for advice for this setup.
My MH is a 2010 Itasca Ellipse 40CD and has a 10,000 lb rated hitch
My toad to be is a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 that can be towed 4 down (based upon what I have read here and the owners manual)
I am fairly handy and will install the baseplate on the truck -- it will be Blue OX BX1986.
Now the rest of the components get a little uncertain after this because everyone on this board makes such persuasive arguments for their setup. What I would like is some advice for my particular rig setup (MH/toad) for tow bar, supplementary braking system, and emergency breakaway.
Whether I do a self install or get local shop (recommendations welcome -- Parker, Texas) to do the supplementary system is the question here.
Please give me some range that an install would cost for the setup if known.
Here are the combinations I am mulling over right now:
1. Blue Ox towbar -- SMI Air Force One
2. Blue Ox towbar -- Blue Ox Patriot
3. Blue Ox towbar -- US Gear
4. Ready Brute Tow Bar and ready Brake
5. Blue Ox tow bar -- brake buddy
Thanks for your help