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Old 11-03-2018, 08:13 AM   #15
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A complete Ready Brute system with tow bar, brakes, break away system, safety cables, wiring kit, and baseplate is between $1300 and $1400 depending on what baseplate or bumper you go with.
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What is the price range for a decent tow dolly set up. With brakes.

That's the DIY price, parts only. If you have to pay for installation, it's a lot more. No install for a dolly, though the motorhome brake controller will have some extra cost.


A pretty good dolly runs about $1800, but plenty of used ones around in most areas. Typically $700-$1000 used.
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One word of caution - Make sure your tow bar is compatible with your base plate. I'm talking about how the tow bar connects to the base plate.

This is not a major concern. There are adapters to fit Blue Ox tow bars to Roadmaster base plates and vice versa.
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A complete Ready Brute system with tow bar, brakes, break away system, safety cables, wiring kit, and baseplate is between $1300 and $1400 depending on what baseplate or bumper you go with.

8000# capacity.

That is all brand new stuff.

What is the price range for a decent tow dolly set up. With brakes.
Agree.
And an excellent setup regardless of price.
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$1400 is way better than the $3000+ quotes you typically get for a Blue Ox or Roadmaster system. If a Ready Brute works as advertised, that is the way I will go when it comes time to replace our current toad.
It works as advertised for sure. Installation of the braking system is simple, 1hr job max. Obviously installing the baseplate can be more challenging depending on the vehicle you're towing but that same challenge would apply to all baseplates and all vehicles.

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Agree.
And an excellent setup regardless of price.
It really is. I'm so glad I went with the NSA product.
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There was a time when both Roadmaster and Blue Ox were available at substantial discounts. Most dealers do not stock these items. They are direct shipped by the manufacturer. These mfrs. decided that their product should not be discounted and the sellers have to be within a small price range. Bummer!!
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I've bought from eTrailer several times. They have a lot of installation and road test videos of the equipment.
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I bought my blue ox from Hitch Source,and used the install video from E trailer to install.
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Watch Craigslist. I found a tow bar for less than half of the new price. They are fequently available in many areas. I was not able to find a base plate and had to purchase new from PPL. Not all tow bars and base plates are compatible. Be sure you understand which ones will work together.
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My Demco Excalibur 6000 lb. tow bar ($449.00) and the base plate ($279.34) total = $728.34 with S&H included! Brand new, I did not want to worry about how it was treated by the PO buying used!
This was from PPL, and I got both in 3 days!
I had my mechanic install the base plate, on my PT Cruiser, took 2 hours, $120, and I bought a magnetic light kit from AutoZone, $79.00!
Also a locking hitch pin, to lock the tow bar to the MH when in the CG, unhooked! ($19)
So,
1. $728.34
2. $120.00
3. $79.00
4. $19.00
Total= $946.34 All brand new, and works great! Rail!

I have towed the PT Cruiser with out the brake's hooked up to a supplemental braking system, for 6000 miles, and even thou it is under 3000 lbs. I have decided to get the Ready Brake! Just much safer in my opinion!
And with the Ready Brake at
5. $434.00 from Amazon,
Total= $1380.34!

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My Demco Excalibur 6000 lb. tow bar ($449.00) and the base plate ($279.34) total = $728.34 with S&H included! Brand new, I did not want to worry about how it was treated by the PO buying used!

This was from PPL, and I got both in 3 days!

I had my mechanic install the base plate, on my PT Cruiser, took 2 hours, $120, and I bought a magnetic light kit from AutoZone, $79.00!

Also a locking hitch pin, to lock the tow bar to the MH when in the CG, unhooked! ($19)

So,

1. $728.34

2. $120.00

3. $79.00

4. $19.00

Total= $946.34 All brand new, and works great! Rail!



I have towed the PT Cruiser with out the brake's hooked up to a supplemental braking system, for 6000 miles, and even thou it is under 3000 lbs. I have decided to get the Ready Brake! Just much safer in my opinion!

And with the Ready Brake at

5. $434.00 from Amazon,

Total= $1380.34!



Rail!


Add $100 for the break away system and you’re right at $1500. Would have been cheaper to just go with the 8000# Ready Brute Hercules system.

Either way you have a good set up and you will like the Ready Brake. It works very good.
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