Originally Posted by go6car
Hi All -
Very new to all this. I've been reading a lot of threads, but not sure I'm getting the gist of everything that is truly needed for a complete tow set up.
We will likely get a used 2000s model Jeep Wrangler Limited, or a new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited. (Either would definitely be automatic).
What are the actual "basics" (i.e., generic components) that I'd need for a complete setup? Like, a wiring harness, brake controller, tow "bars", base plate for jeep etc. -- am I missing anything there?
Are any of the brands out there for all this more significantly easier to set up/use than others? Or is it more of just a personal preference thing...
Thanks for any help (or pointing me to any previous threads that I might have missed on this).
We have a 2006 Winnebago Vectra and wanting to tow a vehicle, 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we did a lot of research on products and ended up going with the Blue Ox Alpha towing package including the wiring accessory kit. We installed the baseplate ourselves as the directions were very good and installed the lights with adding the bulbs in the existing tail light housings. As our coach has air brakes, we wanted a braking system that would tap into the coach so we chose the SMI Air Force One braking system. We installed everything in the Jeep with no problems as the tech support group at SMI are available to assist 24/7. We decided to have a dealer install the components on the coach as it involved tapping into the air system and we didn't feel comfortable doing it ourselves. The system works great, the Jeep tows like a dream and doing the work that we did saved us a lot of money and we gained the knowledge of knowing the components and how they function. The complete system, including the brake system cost us $2100 and $300 to have the coach work done by the dealer. A great system to consider especially if you have a motorhome with air brakes. Hope this helps.