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Old 05-06-2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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Ready Brute Elite and 05 Jeep Liberty

I am hoping to get some help on the best setup or anyones experiences, I am purchasing the Ready Brute Elite for my tow system and the website gives me the choice of base plates from Blue Ox, Roadmaster and Demco for my 2005 Jeep Liberty. I am hoping to find out which base would be the better and easier to use so that my girlfriend wouldn't be afraid to hook up or disconnect it. Also did anyone have any issues running and installing the brake cable. The video looked really simple and I was eyeballing where to drill the hole and it looks close to a structural member under the hood. Thank you in advance for all help and suggestions

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Old 05-07-2015, 05:24 PM   #2
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We don't tow a Jeep, but since no one else is speaking up I'll tell you what I know and guess at the rest! We have the ReadyBrute Elite and like it a lot. It's used with a Blue Ox base plate which we think works great, it's hardly noticeable when not hooked up, and the remove-able connection rods that attach when towing are relatively small and light and easy to stow when not towing. Having said that, I would say, based on what I've read, that the Roadmaster and Demco base plates are probably just as easy to use but maybe slightly larger, heavier, and take more room to stow when not being towed, but I don't know for sure having never used them. I believe they all make good products and you probably can't go wrong with any of them. For me, I thought the Blue Ox was the least obvious when not being used and so that's the one I went with.

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Old 05-09-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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We have the Blue Ox baseplate on our 2012 Jeep Liberty with the ReadyBrute Elite. It's a good solid setup.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:28 AM   #4
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We have the Blue Ox baseplate with the removable tow pins on our Jeep Wrangler. This saves your shins when walking around the Liberty while disconnected from the Motorhome. I did my own install on the Wrangler - took me about a day for baseplate, wiring, cables, etc. Drilling firewall not a big deal. You need to come into the footwell approx. same elevation as bottom of brake pedal arm. I routed the cables along the frame rail, as well as wiring harness.
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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I installed the Demco base plate on my Wranger and am very happy with it. The connections don't stick out in front of the bumper, so you don't have the shin knocking problem. I considered the Blue Ox with the removable pins, but thought it might be another connection point to wear and become looser. The heavy, two pronged connection on the Demco mates up very well with the Blue Ox tow bar with no slack. Just my $0.02 worth, others may vary.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:06 PM   #6
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I had a Blue Ox Alladin tow bar for three years. I recently purchased a Ready Brute Elite. I had an auto shop install the brake cable. When you adjust the brake cable make sure it has a slack between 2.5 to 3 inches. Very easy to do. I'm using it with Blue Ox tow plate on a 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and has worked really well so far.
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I have the Ready Brute Elite, Blue Ox base plate & Cool Tech wiring harness. Everything works flawlessly.
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We have the Ready Brute System with a Blue Ox tow plate. Very good system. Only issue is getting tension correct on the brake cable. We Rv mostly in the Mountain West and the Ready Brake, Ready Brute System works very well when down grading.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:51 AM   #9
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Well the Ready Brute Elite showed up yesterday, the Demco baseplate is already mounted. Now all I have to do is get the motorhome to a level lot and try connecting it. Then install the brake cable and dash light. Thank you all for the input and information. I can't wait to hit the road and see how she tows.
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