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Old 09-23-2021, 09:23 PM   #1
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Help setting up flat tow 2021 Mini Cooper

We moved from TT to Class C last year and have been traveling without a toad. We recently decided it was time to find a toad so just made a deal on a used 2021 Mini Cooper with manual transmission. I read the long thread about towing a 2019 Cooper but still need some help figuring out how to set it up for flat towing. It looks like the main choices for base plate are Blue Ox (BX1312) and Roadmaster (RM-521882-5). I will probably try to install myself so I'm looking for opinions/experiences to help me choose. Once I've picked a base plate I'll probably use the tow bar from that manufacturer.

For braking I'm leaning toward the Blue Ox Patriot system for ease of installation. Will I also need to install a charge line to keep the Mini battery charged up? Anything else besides lights?

Thanks in advance for input/help. I've learned a lot from this forum and definitely appreciate those that contribute!
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Old 09-23-2021, 09:45 PM   #2
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There is no need to match towbar to base plate maker, though with the exception of buying the new etrailer house brand tow bars (built by Demco), it usually means adding the cost of an adapter which can run a couple of hundred dollars. (the new etrailer tow bars are sold with matching adapter for whichever major brand of base plate you have).
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I have used my Roadmaster Falcon 2 setup for years without problems. I also use Brakebuddy vantage select which installs easily. Do not have a charger for my Toad although it is not a bad idea. I have to start my engine every 200 miles to circulate my Auto Tranny oil so I can get away without a charger.

I can't find anything wrong with your selections other than you might want some sort of bib or deflector to protect the front of your car.

From experience you should have some kind of TPMS system for your toad that you can read out at your driver station. The reason is if you lose a front tire on the mini and you don't catch it immediately the second front tire will also blow in short order. Then goes your front end. So it is important to know immediately if you blow a toad tire.
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Old 09-26-2021, 11:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I've decided to go with the Roadmaster baseplate and will use the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain towbar. I'm planning to add a charge line, too, since it doesn't seem to be much additional work while wiring the lights. I still haven't decided about the brake system but I'm leaning toward the Blue Ox Patriot 3. I think the Stay in Play Duo seems like a good solution, too, but I'm going to do the work myself and it seems pretty complicated to get it installed and adjusted properly.
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