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Rick g

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Tow bar plates installation
« on: January 05, 2021, 10:59:04 PM »
Who installed your tow bar plates and wiring on your toad?
Rick & Mary
The Villages, FL

Tom55555

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2021, 11:52:13 PM »
I went to a local auto mechanic who previously installed a Roadmaster rear anti-sway bar.

He did a good job installing a Demco tow plate on a 2017 Ford Fiesta but it took him three hours. The instructions said two hours but there was some trim work on the bumper that needed to be done.

You just need to find someone that does good work. I had U-Haul install a 2" receiver on the front of my RV. They had to trim the bumper but it looks factory installed.

You don't need to do any wiring if you buy the right braking system and magnet lights. I purchased the RVi3 with the tire pressure monitor.
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Bobtop46

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2021, 08:37:33 AM »
I've done 3 myself.  2 were on Mini Coopers and the most recent on an Chevy Equinox.
2007 Coachman Aurora 36FWS
2017 Equinox
2006 Mini Cooper S

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2021, 08:41:30 AM »
I've done two myself but the last one was professionally installed by a local hitch specialty shop. Most newer vehicles require a lot more disassembly and I'm getting older, fatter and lazier.  ;D
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PancakeBill

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 08:49:04 AM »
Best bet,  read the install instructions first, then decide.  Some require a lot more disassembly than others.
 Knowyour limits, know you're tools. 
Bill & Jolene & Chancey
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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
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AStravelers

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 05:58:44 PM »
I have installed base plates on 3 toads in the last 15 years, did them all myself. 

None of the 3 went on easily.  Each had something that I had to modify to get every bolt to match the hole it is supposed go into.  Generally 3 bolts would go in nicely, but the 4th was difficult to insert.  I had to slightly (1/16" or 1/8" enlargement of a hole) to get the last bolt to go in. I always tried multiple postitions of the 1st 3 bolts but the 4th would not fit w/o hole modification.

On my 2020 Chevy Colorado, the entire front cowling had to be removed.  A lot of it looks like a bumper, but is just a piece of plastic.  It is a tedious job to remove and even more time consuming to get back on.  It would be lots easier if I could have put the truck up on lift and work on it standing up.

 
Al & Sharon
2006 Winnebago Journey 36G
2020 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Diesel
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phil-t

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2021, 07:20:31 PM »
When we bought our new Buick Envision this past fall I hired one of the dealership's body guys to do the baseplate install on his time.  Charged me $95.  He knew what he was doing with the front facia work.  I did the diode light kit myself and moved my Roadmaster Invisibrake sysem myself.
If you know a local mechanic it would likely be your best bet.
2010 Winnebago Vista 32K on an '09 F53 22K Ford V-10 gas chassis.
2020 Buick Envision AWD Premium in tow.
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retusn

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2021, 08:50:24 PM »
Me.  Have done a 2011 Honda Element SC,  2008 Honda Civic, 2003 Tacoma  and a couple of jeeps.

Tom55555

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2021, 03:07:23 AM »
I've done two myself but the last one was professionally installed by a local hitch specialty shop. Most newer vehicles require a lot more disassembly and I'm getting older, fatter and lazier.  ;D

Gary, I agree, just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.
2015 Winnebago 22R

Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2021, 04:54:49 AM »
I've installed my tow bar plates.
Grayson Everett

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Re: Tow bar plates installation
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2021, 07:58:56 AM »
I've installed my tow bar plates.
Grayson, welcome to the forum.
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