Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
Member
 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 99
BLue Ox or Roadmaster Brake system???

I was given a price of $3233 to install a Blue Ox plate to my Jeep and the Blue Ox Alpha, wiring, and the Roadmaster Brake system, out the door price. I asked if or why he wouldnt be pricing me a Blue Ox brake system, he was unaware that they made one. I checked the website and saw that they do have their own system. I also believe it has it's own battery system and doesn't use the toads battery. I was wondering if anyone has used or heard anything good or bad about their NEW brake system? I figured also if I was to buy these parts, I could get a price of $2500 to have them install them. They will install the parts if I purchase them. Second question: What are we using to cover or protect our toads? rvupogrades has a Protector for $370 but it looks kinda weird. Any other ideas? Thanks
__________________

__________________
lilgreek7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
RVM 18
 
okmunky's Avatar


 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fulltimer, SD resident
Posts: 7,259
I use a Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar RV Tow bars with Integrated ReadyBrake Surge Brake, Standard TowBars - NSA RV Products It has the braking built into the tow bar. No extra equipment to lift or stow. I have a Protect-a-Tow and don't like it. I'm considering a full front Bra for my Smart Car.
__________________

__________________
Barb (RVM18), Sena (capuchin monkey, RVM Head Mascot) & Lily (Maltese/Yorkie)
2011 Shasta Cynara 230F, 2012 Smart Car toad FMCA #F466348
The Journey is Our Destination. Full-timing since 5/18/2011 and loving it.
okmunky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Rick 2005 Dolphin 5376's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose, Ca.
Posts: 1,259
Quote:
Originally Posted by okmunky View Post
I use a Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar RV Tow bars with Integrated ReadyBrake Surge Brake, Standard TowBars - NSA RV Products It has the braking built into the tow bar. No extra equipment to lift or stow. I have a Protect-a-Tow and don't like it. I'm considering a full front Bra for my Smart Car.
I love my Ready Brake / Ready Brute too! CW quoted me nearly $4,000 to do a setup on my Jeep. I DIY'd it with Ready Brute. Got the Baseplates on Ebay for 1/2 off. Safety Cables on Ebay for 1/2 off and a roadmaster coil cord from CW. A day of labor and all done for under $1400. Today's new towing products are engineered to integrate very well and allow easy DIY.
__________________
Rick and Julia
2005 Dolphin 5376, W24, Solid Body Paint, Koni FSD's
2007 Wrangler Unlimited....it follows us everywhere.
Rick 2005 Dolphin 5376 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
RVM 18
 
okmunky's Avatar


 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fulltimer, SD resident
Posts: 7,259
I also DIYed mine. I hired some muscles to help with the Baseplate. On a Smart Car the front wheels and the entire front facia has to come off. I also reccomend Demco base plates. It comes in one piece and very little shows out the front end. They sent text and picture instructions that are VERY easy to follow. The guy helping me doesn't read English and we breezed right thru it.

If I can do it anyone willing to get their hands dirty can do it! And, don't get stuck on staying with the same maker. The only thing you need to do is order the ends for the towbar that goes with your baseplate. Shop around and you can save big bucks! I bought everything new and spent about $1700.
__________________
Barb (RVM18), Sena (capuchin monkey, RVM Head Mascot) & Lily (Maltese/Yorkie)
2011 Shasta Cynara 230F, 2012 Smart Car toad FMCA #F466348
The Journey is Our Destination. Full-timing since 5/18/2011 and loving it.
okmunky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mllk3rd's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Pismo Beach, CA.
Posts: 323
I also have and like the Ready Brute/Ready Brake system. Check it out.
__________________
Mike, Lora and Bebe
05 Safari Simba 37 PCT, WorkHorse W22, Koni FSD, CrossFire, Rear Trak-Bar, SG2
Ready Brute w/ Ready Brake, Safe-T-Plus, 05 GMC Envoy
mllk3rd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
txdutt's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Parker, CO
Posts: 185
have the Patriot system, haven't had any issues with it in 2 towing seasons---it's all electrical & doesn't use an air pump like similar units so it draws much lower amperage when in use--it does use the toad's electrical system, the internal battery is a backup to use in case of an emergency...shop around online, we paid around $820 for ours back in 2010...
__________________
2011 Ford F250 Lariat C/C 6.7 PSD-Curt 20k Lb Hitch
2013 Infinity 3860MS 5'er
2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara/U.S. Navy 1978-1986
txdutt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
dashdriver's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 199
I DIY'ed the Readybrute/Readybrake system too. $1600 for towbar, base plate, braking system, breakaway, wiring harness, battery disconnect, the whole nine yards
__________________
1999 HR Navigator 42DSS
2008 Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited
dashdriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
 
SarahW's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: In a lawnchair
Posts: 11,204
Lilgreek--we are also fans of the ReadyBrute Elite towing setup; it's a great value for a quality towing setup with integrated brake. As for Toad protection, we installed the "Rock Solid" guard from Camping World. https://www.campingworld.com/shoppin...y-coaches/1223
__________________
.2012 Fleetwood Bounder 33C | 2012 Jeep Wrangler

SarahW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2012, 01:31 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
jackrobinryan's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: wherever
Posts: 432
Blue Ox for tow bars and base plates....OK.

Not for a braking system. Have had the older Blue Ox Apollo for 5+ yrs now and wish I'd done an other vendor for that. Nothing but inconsistant operation from it. Don't have experience with the newer patriot, but I'd steer clear of it.

j
__________________
2007 Adventurer 38T w/
sway & trac bars, Koni FSDs and SafeT+
2006 Jeep Liberty toad
jackrobinryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
Registered User


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,198
That's an enormous amount of money. I suppose if you can't DIY and have to write a check.... Still, no way I would do a brake in a box. Get an smi or something similar.
__________________
JimM68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2012, 10:45 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Finhawk's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa and Las Vegas, Nv for the Winter
Posts: 1,480
Check out the Unified Brake System from US Gear. Easy to hook up and works great
__________________
2012 Itasca Meridian 42E, Roadmaster Tow System, Unified Brakes on Toad
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. US Army Armor. Ret
Finhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 5
I had the Patriot for two years and then my brakes slammed on one day destroying all four tires...............
__________________

__________________
Ranmon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
brake



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aftermarket Hydraulic leveling system - anyone installed one? baraff Class C Motorhome Discussions 21 05-01-2012 01:57 PM
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) first5thwheel 5th Wheel Discussion 39 04-21-2012 10:37 PM
Both ABS and brake fluid[?] lights are on RMS Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 12 04-21-2012 03:16 PM
Brake Fluid johnsonjm209 Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum 8 04-07-2012 11:38 AM
Air in fresh water system Clifftall RV Systems & Appliances 7 04-07-2012 03:55 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.