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Old 03-10-2014, 09:11 AM   #29
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RV Fun Products has the Ready Brute Elite for $975 (RB9050). HOWEVER... I would not go through them, based on experience... you can call Adventure RV and they will price match the other guys. BTW... Adventure RV will include shipping and the clevis at that price ($975) too. They are great to work with. Ordered mine on Monday and should be here in NY today when I get home.
Here is my update as well... I received the Ready Brute Elite along with base plate brackets and the socket kit for the lites. I installed the base plate brackets, the lite socket kit, and Ready Brake Cable through the toad. Total time was about 6 hours. The longest times being running the light wires under the toad, drilling out and siliconing the lights, figuring out the best runs for the Ready Brake cable, and hitting the hardware store for drill bits, a hole saw blade, and zip ties. The only thing left now is installing the dash light in the motorhome and hooking up the Ready Brake cable to the tow bar... which I have to wait to uncover to do. The difficulty on a scale of 1 to 5 was about a 2. I would definitely recommend this project for a DIYer. Total cost so far (not including tools) with the umbillical cord is $1,200.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:10 AM   #30
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I have looked at many tow bar systems, I have the Blue-Ox..

Near as I can tell, so long as you do not exceed the system rating they are all good, all are well made, no problems and most have great customer service, That includes Blue-ox, Very good customer service.

The only choice is do you want one that stows on the MH or on the Towed, I like the ones that stow on the MH myself.

If I were doing it again I'd get the Ready Brute WITH ready Brake.

The reason is this: The Ready Brake surge brake system.

HOWEVER even that needs to be tempered.. I full time so I'll rarley go mroe than 2 weeks without towing the car and exercising that system.. I have heard stories of the cable on the car either sizing from non use or breaking... (That last you can and should check for every time you hook up, easy to test takes about a second)

So if I were parking all Michigan salted roads winter.. I might not consider the Ready Brake, and thus other tow bars would be considered as well.

That said.
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I have looked at many tow bar systems, I have the Blue-Ox..

Near as I can tell, so long as you do not exceed the system rating they are all good, all are well made, no problems and most have great customer service, That includes Blue-ox, Very good customer service.

The only choice is do you want one that stows on the MH or on the Towed, I like the ones that stow on the MH myself.

If I were doing it again I'd get the Ready Brute WITH ready Brake.

The reason is this: The Ready Brake surge brake system.

HOWEVER even that needs to be tempered.. I full time so I'll rarley go mroe than 2 weeks without towing the car and exercising that system.. I have heard stories of the cable on the car either sizing from non use or breaking... (That last you can and should check for every time you hook up, easy to test takes about a second)

So if I were parking all Michigan salted roads winter.. I might not consider the Ready Brake, and thus other tow bars would be considered as well.

That said.
The Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar with the Blue Ox AutoStop is a tow bar with integral surge braking similar to the Ready Brute Elite.
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Looking at the ReadyBrute Elite as my first tow bar pulling a 2013 Honda CRV. How difficult is it to route the cable through the Honda? Second, reading StevieG's progress makes me wonder - what does the dash light do? I was thinking of just hooking up "Mickey Mouse ears" through the hitch plug.
Finally, is the base plate install a 2-difficulty on my toad?
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Looking at the ReadyBrute Elite as my first tow bar pulling a 2013 Honda CRV. How difficult is it to route the cable through the Honda? Second, reading StevieG's progress makes me wonder - what does the dash light do? I was thinking of just hooking up "Mickey Mouse ears" through the hitch plug.
Finally, is the base plate install a 2-difficulty on my toad?
The dash light comes on when the surge brake is operated.

I installed a Demco baseplate on my 2002 CRV. It was the easiest of the four that I've done. No cutting or drilling....but that was a 2002.

Go to the company's website of the baseplate you choose and pull up detailed instructions. That will give you a good idea of the difficulty.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:32 PM   #34
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Cable fray?

Ok all you ReadyBrute fans, question for ya. Has anyone experienced some fraying of the thin cable that attaches to the brake? Ours and the other family member who put theirs in same time as us is having the same issue. We've only gone out a couple times and it seems to be fraying right at the spot where it's sort of threaded thru the black "eye". We called the installer and he said "it takes a long time for it to go they the cable". Sounded odd to us. I'm curious if it's happened to anyone else. Other than that it's been working great!
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Somebody recently posted that their brake cable was fraying on their Jeep after 6 years of usage. I believe they wrote to NSA and for $10 they sent him a new cable.
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cable is to tight... when making turns the cable rubs against the post, thus fraying it.
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The Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar with the Blue Ox AutoStop is a tow bar with integral surge braking similar to the Ready Brute Elite.
The Aladdin did not hold up to well for me and Blue Ox would not stand behind the tow bar. My Aladdin snapped in half, that is one tow bar that needs to be sent to the factory for inspection......lots of problems with that model.

After BO refused to do anything or even repair it, I replaced it with a Ready Brute for less money and had a great braking system for "free" with the tow bar.
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Long Island pricing is nuts. Quoting $3-4,000 for a set up with readybbrute elite, blue ox base plates plus wiring, etc. I'll get the parts myself and have a transmission place or truck stop install. Otherwise it will be cheaper to rent a damn car! Just not as convenient.
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Long Island pricing is nuts. Quoting $3-4,000 for a set up with readybbrute elite, blue ox base plates plus wiring, etc. I'll get the parts myself and have a transmission place or truck stop install. Otherwise it will be cheaper to rent a damn car! Just not as convenient.
Ace, check out the Ready Brute Elite install videos on YouTube. If you are even a little handy and not afraid of a drill, you can do the job yourself. Get the parts and do a little at a time.
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Stevie: it's a beast working on the new focus. My back is against me doing it and so is the boss!
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