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Old 06-15-2019, 05:17 AM   #1
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Ready Brake in dash LED stopped working

Hi,

We had our Ready Brute Elite installed about 6 weeks ago. We have towed with it 4 times.

The 1st tow was 70 miles nine from the Ready Brute dealer and the LED definitely worked. We can see the brake working when we do our pre departure checks.

The dealer said to come back and check it out, but he said most people don't even bother installing it, and just come in when next passing (or drive down especially).

We did pinch the Jeep wiring harness while working on the bumper but don't this is causing the issue.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-15-2019, 05:51 AM   #2
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I would unplug the RBE light cable connector at the hitch and use a short piece of wire to short the two terminals on the coach side of the connector together. Depending on whether the installer used an ignition switched source of power for the light or not, you may have to turn on the ignition when doing this test. If the coach side wiring, connections, ground, and fuses are good, the led will illuminate and you will know that the problem is with the wiring from the connector at the hitch to the RBE which could be the wiring itself, the RBE is not moving under braking, or the switch in the RBE is not working. If the led is not illuminated with the terminals shorted together, a fuse is blown, a wire is broken, or there is a bad connection or ground on the coach side. Most probably the problem is a wiring, ground or fuse issue on the coach side.
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Thanks Jim,

I will ask my buddy if he is confident doing this (I am not), I will also ask the shop how they got power. It sure would save me a 70 mile drive in a direction I never go. :-)

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Spoke to the dealer. Service manager said the tech should have wired it to the ignition.
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I assume you realize that the light only indicates that the ReadyBrake surge mechanism has moved. It doesn't actually provide any feedback as to whether or not the toad's brakes have been applied. IMHO it's not all that significant and I wouldn't care if it stopped working.
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I agree with Joel, with my previous setup with an RBE, the light would come on for nearly every slowdown or stop I did. However, the carís third brake light would only come on (which indicated the brake pedal had actually moved) if I really got on the brakes hard. Coupled with the tow bar loosening up over time which affected the brake sling cable adjustment and the failure of the internal Ready Brake shock (which NSA did remedy under the lifetime warranty) I decided to move to an Air Force One brake system. I now get more effective braking under more circumstances than I ever did with the RBE.
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Thanks Joel and Jim,

I am not too worried about it either, my wife checks brake each time we move and I know it's good:-)

I will still have a look to see if we can figure out what's going on.
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The "trigger" for the dash light is just a switch. As stated above, simply making contact between the 2 contacts on the plastic connector at the rear of the coach should make the dash LED illuminate - you're not putting any components in danger doing this! After almost 4 years of use my dash LED just failed. Simple task to replace existing with new one from NSA - back in service! Regarding checking brake FUNCTION, simply having the brake lights on the toad illuminate when stepping on the coach brake pedal DOES NOT indicate the actual toad brakes are being applied. If your partner visualizes the 3rd brake light on the toad illuminate when you move the rig and step hard on the brakes, then it is working. I resolved this issue by simply installing a 2nd brake light switch in the toad. As soon as the toad brake pedal moves, the new switch causes the dash LED to illuminate, thus I know the toad brakes are working.
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