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Old 07-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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Question tow base plates for a 2005 Toyota MR2

Well, I went and did it. After doing the research to determine if a 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder is towable (Toyota says it is), I bought one to use as my toad only to discover that no company manufactures tow base plates for this car. Roadmaster model 1169-1 will fit the 2003 model but not the 2004 or 2005. The '04/05 has more bracing in the front sub frame so the 1169 kit would need modification. Anyone been through this?
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Well, I went and did it. After doing the research to determine if a 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder is towable (Toyota says it is), I bought one to use as my toad only to discover that no company manufactures tow base plates for this car. Roadmaster model 1169-1 will fit the 2003 model but not the 2004 or 2005. The '04/05 has more bracing in the front sub frame so the 1169 kit would need modification. Anyone been through this?
Not really. My 2013 Honda Fit got Roadmaster baseplates that were direct bolt-on installs. One reason I got them, since the Blue Ox baseplates would have required some drilling on the car's frame. Didn't know about Demco baseplates at the time, so I didn't consider them.

Question: When they said it's towable, did they specifically say "dinghy towable"? If not, they might have meant emergency towing, which is typically limited to 55 mph or less and 200 miles or less. Go by what the owner's manual says on that score. Emergency towing refers to towing without baseplates, so it's a different case altogether.

If you have to get baseplates modified to fit, I would suggest checking your Yellow Pages, or the electronic equivalent, for companies that make or install custom step bumpers and front winch mounts for pickup trucks; they're familiar with the type of connections required to support loads in tension (winches apply this kind of load) since the loading on baseplates is mostly in tension except when brakingó unlike front bumpers that are normally only loaded in compression.
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Yes, The 2005 MR2 is four on the ground towable behind my motor home. The car is boarderline on needing a braking system weighing in at 2300#. The only changes on the 05 from the 03 is in the strengthening of the front sub frame. Mechanically the cars are unchanged.
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Yes, The 2005 MR2 is four on the ground towable behind my motor home. The car is boarderline on needing a braking system weighing in at 2300#. The only changes on the 05 from the 03 is in the strengthening of the front sub frame. Mechanically the cars are unchanged.
Okay. Just wanted to make sure.


Next question involves supplemental brakes, since you say that's borderline. Last time I checked, South Carolina says trailer brakes only required for trailers 3001 pounds or over (and by extension, this would apply to toads as well), but what does your motorhome owner's manual say?


For instance, my Airstream Interstate Owner's Manual says to use trailer brakes for any trailer over 1000 pounds, even though Louisiana only requires trailer brakes for trailers more than 3000 pounds. So, if your tow vehicle was an Interstate, you'd need supplemental brakes even at 2,300 pounds. Don't know what the weight limit would be for your motorhome; your profile doesn't say what kind you have.
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