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Old 11-24-2013, 12:51 PM
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Toad Baseplate

Most people wanting to tow the 2014 Jeep Cherokee behind a motorhome will need to wait for the towing-product companies to fabricate baseplates for this new Jeep. I contacted Blue Ox several days ago about their progress. I noted clearance concerns for the radar sensor (adaptive cruise control) and other sensors in the front bumper/facia. And, of course, the tow hooks on the Trailhawk. They told me they have a Limited coming in 12/9-12/11, and a Trailhawk coming in the 12/11-12/13. It appears to them the Limited and the other two trim packages are alike. But they believe the Trailhawk will be different (I assume this means a different baseplate product number). I asked if they would post a video on YouTube when they're done so installers can benefit from their disassembly/assembly experiences.

They put me on their contact list.
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Re: Toad Baseplate

only 4WD models with 2 speed PTU can be flat towed. best check your owner's manual.
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Re: Toad Baseplate

For people who use a Roadmaster tow bar here is the info I received from them.

"I will have the Cherokee Limited here next week to start the bracket design. Iím going to try and bring in the Trailhawk that week also so we can hopefully build one bracket that fits all models.
If that happens, Iím hoping to have the bracket ready for production to run by end of DecemberÖI will record your name and contact, once we have the bracket designed and ready for market you will be notified."
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Re: Toad Baseplate

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only 4WD models with 2 speed PTU can be flat towed. best check your owner's manual.
I sure the others did what I did - verified before purchase.

I contacted Blue Ox in early August and had we received our unit when expected, we'd have been in Pender NE by mid Sept. Now we are in FLA and our new Limited is sitting in our garage in Canada.

Those sensors bother me and I hope they can design the plates for easy installation with no removal and reinstallation of the sensors.

The easiest install we've had was on a 2007 Tahoe. Given the strong frame rails there was no need for cross support between the two baseplates. The BP's slipped into the slot in the framerails that had the tow hooks. I'm fairly certain that will not be the case with the Cherokee.

I'm going to take a close look (as close as possible) at the Roadmaster and Blue Ox baseplate installation process and will likely buy the one that is the easiest installation process. When we did our Escape it was a real PITA as much of the front end had to be removed. I get the feeling we could be looking at an equally large PITA with the Cherokee.
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Re: Toad Baseplate

Wonder why it's been quiet on the Blue Ox front. Heard stuff from people on the forums about Demco and Roadmaster; not so much on Blue Ox. Have you heard anything from Blue Ox?
Just bumped into this on the Blue Ox Products Facebook site.
https://www.facebook.com/BlueOxProducts
I'm not on Facebook so I couldn't log in to their site.
Blue Ox said: The tabs are approximately 37 in apart, and are within spec of our motorhome mount towbars.
Blue Ox said: The reason behind the width of the tabs is that they line up with the width of the frame.
I measured the width of the Blue Ox tabs on my 2005 CR-V. They're 24 in on center.

Can't be sure from the pictures on their Facebook cover page, but I see what appears to be safety tow hooks inboard of the tabs. That would be convenient. Today I have to crouch down under the CR-V to reach its built-in hooks. However, some may not like rusty hooks protruding from the fascia.

I can't decipher a sensor in the fascia. The Cherokee they're showing may not have ACC, etc. But my monitor is real small. Maybe you can see more with yours.
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Re: Toad Baseplate

I blew up that photo and lightened it up. It is certainly not a Limited with the works (which we have).

I went and looked at Demco and it looks ok.

Roadmaster was not the same - they show plates for a TH with adaptive cruise but he their Limited plates are without AC. That is not nice.

I sure hope Blue Ox gets its material on its web site soon.

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Re: Toad Baseplate

I purchased on BlueOX baseplates in the US and brought them home to Canada last week when we returned from Florida. Now I have to hope my son has time to instal them. I only bought them after he reviewed the instructions and figured they were going to be easier to put on than the previous set on the Escape (but Tahoe was really easy).

Has anyone installed them yet or had them installed?

If you have, how did the installation go and how well does it tow?

Thanks

GR

ps. Cherokee was in the garage for last 48 days as we took the T&C back since dear wife needs so much room for her "stuff." Thank goodness for the stow and go seats.
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I have a Cherokee Trailhawk and bought the blue ox baseplates and plan to install them in a week or two. We plan on towing it behind our RV middle of may for a trip to New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado area. Will post how it goes
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I have a Cherokee Trailhawk and bought the blue ox baseplates and plan to install them in a week or two. We plan on towing it behind our RV middle of may for a trip to New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado area. Will post how it goes
GREAT. 2 birds with one stone. I'm looking forward to learning how the installation turned out and what you learned that might make our installation easier.

Second, you are headed to my current favorite area -The Four Corners. We took Amtrak out in 2011 (Dearborn to Albuquerque) and rented a car (a Malibu which my DW hated) and did a circle through NM, AZ, UT and a bit of Colorado. The next year we drove and took a new Town & Country. Had an even better time - did Balloon Fiesta with Gondola Club (not cheap but worth it), Durango to Silverton Train, Lake Powell Cruise and Antelope Slot Canyon, Canyon de Chelley, Moab (Canyonlands and Moab), Monument Valley, Mesa Verde (skipped Grand Canyon as we spend several days there our first year), Las Alamos, Colorado National Monument Park, San Juan Skyway, Santa Fe, etc. Frankly, we just loved it. Hoping to take another trip and will do Bryce, Zion, LV, and then back to Prescott, Canyon de Chelley again for a floor trip, then to Chama for the Cumbres & Toltec steam train trip, Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta again. Then on to TX as I'd like to see the Jim Hall wing at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, then across to Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans and up the Natches Trace headed back for home.

We've now watched about 25 editions of Aerial America and think it is the best promotional tool the USA could ever ask for to boost tourism. We'd love to spend a year or two in our MH touring the US -BUT, Customs and Border Patrol and the IRS will only give us 182 days and we prefer to spend the winter in FLA so our hands our tied to perhaps a month a year. We are hoping the Lee and Schumer bill comes back as a jobs bill so we can have another month or two. Since all we do when we are in the US is spend money we think it should be viewed as a great idea.

Have a great time at the Four Corners and I'm looking forward to hearing good news on your installation.

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