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sarhvac1

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Posted: 06/10/19 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for thoughts, I was looking at a 2014 CRV good price low miles 38k was considering going flat tow getting rid of the dolly. Then the shock set in called 2 different dealers both gave the same price for complete set up with blue ox $4500. - $5000.i was flabbergasted to say the least. I know you have to remove the front of the car but good grief that made the tow dolly seem like a keeper .


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Posted: 06/10/19 06:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems high to me. What aux brake are they suggesting?

Car involves base plate, aux brake, brake away and wiring. Tow bar and safety cables. What if anything needs to be done to the MH?


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Don't think the rig needs anything and not sure what brake Assist didn't ask didn't care after hearing that price.. but both places said complete setup and installed for blue ox

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Posted: 06/10/19 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That price is about $1000 high depending on their labor rate and type of auxiliary braking system.

First thing forget Blue Ox, overpriced and uneven quality welds.

Base Plate Roadmaster $425
Tow Bar Roadmaster $650 Installation included with base plate
Aux Brake RV3 Brake $1250 Portable unit no installation charge
Wireless Tow Lights $325 Magnetic Wireless unit no Installation charge

Total Equipment $2650
Base Plate Labor $1000 8.0 hrs @ $125/hr.

Total Ready to Tow $3650


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We were able to find a used set up. Came with all the cables, towbar, aux brake. Had to purchase the base plate. Total cost was $800. It was all in excellent shape and saved a lot of money. I was able to do all the installation on the car and the motorhome did not need any additional changes. Just connect it up.

You might consider looking for a used setup. Should be able to get it set up for way less than $4000.
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Yes, it seems like a high, very high price. It takes about an hour or so to remove and replace the plastic fascia on the front of the CRV.
By the way, for a 14 CRV, same as my 12 CRV, it depends on the driveline whether or not it can be towed on a dolly. Front wheel drive can be towed 4 down or on a dolly. If it is All Wheel Drive it must be towed 4 down or on a trailer.

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I've done three Grand Cherokee's myself over the years. The Blue OX base plate is about $450. Craigslist Blue OX Aventa tow bar $250. Magnetic LED towing lights $50. So there is a DIY approach...


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My son made exactly that change with same vehicle and he is very glad he did, No comment on the cost but I know it's darn expensive. Just the base plate for the Toyota many cost $500. Then labor at $100 or more/hr. for most of a day. Then the cost of the tow bar, all the wiring and the brake for the Crv. And more. The CRV is a little heavy for my 30 ft. Class C, several hundred pounds more than my 3000 lb. Ford Focus. I would prefer a 2500 lb. Honda Fit stick perhaps.


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Posted: 06/15/19 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Iryrob,
Thanks for that heads up on the wireless tail lights, have you tried them?
Im getting ready to do a flat towing setup and those lights seem like the ticket.
Thanks again

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