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Old 10-19-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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What is the best tow vehicle, 2012-13 Model. Everything I have looked at requires multiple alterations for a 10,000 # Blue Ox.

I first checked out the Chevy Cruze but returned it and GM kicked in an Equinox by giving the dealer help. Now I am looking at towing my old 2008 Suburban 4x4.

I have been quoted 30 to 40 hours labor to get either vehicle ready to tow. At $85.00 per hour plus the tow bar, lights, and modifications I am looking at over $2000.00.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Wow, I just installed demco tow.brackets on my 04 Silverado by myself and I think.the newer ones are even easier. Can't imagine blue ox would be more difficult. Look at their websites.and you can download instructions. Only took an hour.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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Your post did not mention base plate. For my 2011 Honda Odyssey, I purchased and installed myself a Roadmaster base plate, air braking system and lights. I suggest you check with Camping World since they specialize in making these installations.
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30-40 hours seems a bit much. I have always towed Jeeps. They have a 4wd transfer case with a neutral position. I remove the tail-light housings and add an additional 1157 bulb to the back side of the housing with wires underneath running up to the front for tail/turn/brake light. The lights are not visible unless I hook the plug up to the Newell. Mounting the base plate and adding the taillight wiring shouldn't take more than 8 hours.
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I had Blue Ox do the work on my 08 Malibu when I bought it new.

Cost me just under $1000 for the base plate installed, wired the lights ect.

I am seriously considering going back to a van though - possibly a Honda Odyssey and I will install the base plate myself.

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Moderator, if you go to a Honda Odssey, you cannot tow the high end Tour model.
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We tow a 2005 Jeep Liberty 4x4 and it's been a great tow vehicle.
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Need help: I have a 2005 dodge ram 1500 4x4 auto 4 speed trans with transfer case shift in the floor. I have been towing this vehicle for 4 years. I am looking to buy a 2008 dodge ram 1500 4x4 auto 5 speed trans with a electric control shift on the dash. Need help: Can this electric shift be put in neutral to make it tow able? Thanks for your help
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Hi Ron,

Yes you can, put the transfer case in neutral, along with the transmission. With the electronic shift there is a small push button (similar to a electronics reset button) that you use.

I will upload the 2008 Dodge Ram user manual for you.

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[PDF]http://109.87.33.216/manuals/auto/Dodge/42.pdf[/PDF]
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Thanks, This was what I needed to know. I am going to look today. What about a 2011 gmc 2500 4x4 auto 6sp with electronic shift? I know the 1500 is tow able but the 2500 does not list as being able to tow. Thank again for your help.
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Hi Ron,

Here is the owners manual 2011 gmc 2500 4x4


From what I can find I would say yes it is towable, Most are according to GM. Below you will find the owners manual attached.

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[PDF]http://www.gmc.com/content/dam/GMC/global/master/nscwebsite/en/home/Owners/Manuals/01_Images/2012-sierra-manual.pdf[/PDF]
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