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obiwancanoli

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Posted: 04/23/20 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

By the way, the current Tow Dolly has electric braking system, so I have a brake controller in the RV cockpit. A friend who's installed these systems asked if I'd looked into a Road Master Stinger for the tow bar, and an Air Force One brake controller...

Anyone with experience here, or an opinion as to how they might compare?

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Make sure you pay attention to the options on your Edge when you buy your baseplate. Mine has the active air shutters in front of the radiator and the dynamic cruise control that maintains the following distance so you don't run over the car ahead. Those options required a different baseplate (from Roadmaster) than if I didn't have them. I read the installation instructions for the baseplate, then paid my RV dealer $1500 to install it. They had to take apart almost the entire front end of the car. When the cruise did not operate correctly after they put it back together, they paid Ford to fix it.


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obiwancanoli wrote:

By the way, the current Tow Dolly has electric braking system, so I have a brake controller in the RV cockpit. A friend who's installed these systems asked if I'd looked into a Road Master Stinger for the tow bar, and an Air Force One brake controller...

Anyone with experience here, or an opinion as to how they might compare?


The electric brakes on the dolly are completely different than the braking system that gets installed in the toad!


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Here is a used base plate for Ford Edge.
Search classified ad's for items you need. Lots of good items out there.

https://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/showproduct.php?product=15559&title=blue-ox-bx-2657-base-plate&cat=23

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Been made aware of another issue I need to address... my current Ford Edge has LED brake lights & signals, and I've been told they're difficult to wire to a typical wiring harness.If that's the case, what about alternatives?

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If you don’t do the work yourself this gets expensive

I paid
Road master tow bar $1100
Road master brackets $400
Demo stay and play $1100
Towed wiring $75

I installed myself. Over several hours. But it does get expensive and it’s the cost of what we do.


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obiwancanoli wrote:

Been made aware of another issue I need to address... my current Ford Edge has LED brake lights & signals, and I've been told they're difficult to wire to a typical wiring harness.If that's the case, what about alternatives?


I wired in a set of mag lights. Harbor Freight $10.


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Around $5,000.00 is what we paid for equipment, air line from coach to car Roadmaster air brake, Sterling hitch and subframe and hitch wiring etc for our first toad a Saturn. about 1500.00 each time to change it from one car to the next.
If you are in good shape you can d it yourself.
Roadmaster did not sell direct only through Dealers an fair pricing.
i read her sometime that they bought direct. but freight would be high.

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Posted: 06/08/20 02:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We paid $4700 which included the expensive tow bar, braking system, wiring for rear lights, base kit, etc.


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The LED taillights are 12V. They work the same as the standard incandescent bulbs. Just wore them up like normal. I used a kit with diodes so it doesn’t back feed into the cars system. No one makes a plug and play for my year Explorer. I believe they make them for yours though.

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