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Old 09-05-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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NSA Good Service Happy Ending

In an earlier thread, I wrote about my adventure when trying to install a braking system for my Toad (99 Honda). This is just to share the results and service of NSA, the manufacturer of the ReadyBrute and ReadyBrake surge braking systems.

I bought the ReadyBrute Elite tow bar and brake system. It was impossible to install this system because a satisfactory location for passing the actuating cable through the Toad firewall for attachment to the brake pedal could not be found.

After a call to the manufacturer explaining the problems, he sent me a mailing label for returning the equipment. In addition, a credit for the entire cost of the equipment was made to my credit card on the day of my call.

If you like this system, you can expect excellent service from this manufacturer.

I wound up getting the Air Force One system.

Good Luck!

Wil Andrews
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Well, I just must add another note about the happy ending.

The Air Force One system that I had installed by Camping Connection in Myrtle Beach includes a brake indicator light. It should get its power from the cold side of the Toad brake light switch. It is very important that it indicates the actual condition of the Toad brake petal and not just an indication that the Air Force One system calls for the Toad brake system to operate.

Normally the brake indicator light is mounted somewhere on the Toad where it can be seen by the rear view camera. It did not show up on my rear view camera and had to be installed in the MH dashboard area. That really complicates the installation because a wire must be run all the way from the Toad brake light switch to the MH dash. That requires an electrical connection between the Toad and MH – just like the normal electrical connection between the two by plugs on each and a cable between the two.

After the installation, we took a little three day trip and the system worked to perfection. After we got home, I started thinking about how great the system worked and how easy the connecting and disconnecting of this system is. Besides dealing with the tow bar, the only connections available are the normal electrical cable, the brake air line, and the breakaway switch cable. Where is that brake indicator light connection between the MH and Toad? Or did Camping Connections just use the MH brake switch cold side to simulate the Toad brake pedal condition?

I have a six circuit cable and plug system for the electrical connection between MH and Toad. My existing setup used five of those connections. Without prompting by me nor knowledge by me, Camping Connections went to the trouble to rewire the normal electrical cable so the wire from the cold side of the Toad brake switch now goes through the extra connection on my normal electrical cable to the MH and then to the brake light indicator on the MH dash. This simplifies connecting and disconnecting the electrical connections to the Toad to MH.

The Air Force System is suburb, and the Camping Connections in Myrtle Beach service is even better. If you need service in this area, go see them.

Good Luck!

Wil Andrews
2007 Newmar Kountry Star DP
Cummins ISL, Cummins E-Brake
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear that the ReadyBrute Elite didn't work out for you, but I'm glad that you received such good service from NSA. I'm surprised that the ReadyBrute couldn't be used on your Honda, especially since there are so many Honda's being towed! Good luck with your Air Force One system, I've heard nothing but very good comments about the Air Force One.
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2012 Chevy Captiva Sport AWD, ReadyBrute Elite Tow Bar, Blue Ox Base Plate, Protect-A-Tow
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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My AFO brake indicator is under my MH dash. I had the wire run. It is positioned so it is visible but will not blind me. That is one strong set of lights.
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