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Old 05-26-2015, 07:10 AM   #1
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Ready Brute Installers on the East Coast?

I'm looking to find a reputable installer who has experience installing the Ready Brute Elite system on a 2014 CRV. I'm in MD where there's no one that I know of to do this kind of work that I would trust to do it correctly.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:35 AM   #2
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Are you at all mechanically inclined? It's a pretty simple installation and there are youtube videos that will show what is involved.
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I'm super handy for a girl, but no, no knowledge of these things whatsoever. Husband is a genius, but sadly, not mechanically inclined. I must rely on someone else to get this installation done.

Heck, I've been dying to learn how to change my own oil and do my own basic maintenance but haven't found anyone willing to teach me. There aren't many ladies out there wanting to learn this kind of stuff, and any men willing to teach them have a 'honey do list' of their own a mile long.

I finished the 1400 sq ft basement and built a home theater in our previous home while my husband handed me the tools. Framing, dry wall, electrical, mudding, plumming, tiling, etc., including a full bathroom. Even built the seating risers. My husband couldn't even help paint the walls. He did buy me an awesome tool belt and proved to be excellent at figuring out what I meant every time I asked for the 'thingee'. I pulled permits for everything and passed all my inspections. To this day, I don't think the inspectors really believed I did it all myself. To his credit, my husband did pay for it all and helped carry stuff, LOL.

The DP is mine. He is an excellent co-pilot, though. Unfortuately, I am clueless about all things automotive.
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Well if you did that much carpentry work you can damn sure install the Brake Cable. Read the instructions closely a couple of times & watch the videos. I guarantee it is easier than what you have done in your basement.
The biggest thing is to run the outer cable & secure it with tie wraps where it will not come into contact with the hot exhaust manifold & make gentle bends instead of sharp bends when routing it.
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I still need to get the baseplate installed :( And it would help to know what all those things are that you mentioned, and most importantly, where they're located, lol. I may have to bite the bullet and just drive to Kansas City where the Ready Brute folks are. Their install price isn't bad, about $600. It's just really, really far from MD!
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You have other options.

Talk to your mechanic and see if they will do the install.

Also, go to the NSA RV web site and do a search for a local dealer.
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I agree with Cajun, if you did all that with your house you will find the ReadyBrute install is easy. Really all the tools you will need is some car ramps, a couple wrenches, and a drill and some drill bits. There are some good youtube videos out there showing how to do the install.
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Gingerela--look for the RV service and maintenance providers in your area, preferably smaller independent shops. They will likely install your towing setup for you. Most of the larger dealers or Camping World, etc. won't install equipment unless they sell it to you. Good luck.
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We just took ours to our regular mechanic and he installed it. We have another guy who said he would instal it also. We live in Williamsburg, VA if you can't find anyone near you.
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Where in MD are you? Have you checked with Leo's in Millerville, or Jim Donnie's RV in Glen Burnie. As far as having the baseplate installed, if your don't want to do it yourself (I didn't), you can take it to a bodyshop or as I did, an after market shop and have then do it. You will find that most RV places will want $100 - $125 an hour for the install and most will want a 4 hour minimum.

In my case, our Cherokee was brand new and I wasn't willing to take the chance of messing something up. I had the baseplate installed by an after market place in Linthicum MD, and the rest of the work, I did myself. I went with a plug-n-play Demco harness so that was pretty easy, and an RVi Brake. The hardest part was running the breakaway wire from the front end.
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