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Old 04-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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ReadyBrute Towbar/Brake System

I just finished towing my Fiat 500 for the first 1000 miles with a ReadyBrute Towbar/Brake System and couldn't be happier. The towbar is easy to hookup/disconnect and the Brake System works like a charm. What I like most about this system is the brakes are activated by Newton's first law of motion. I can't think of anything that would be as reliable.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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I just finished towing my Fiat 500 for the first 1000 miles with a ReadyBrute Towbar/Brake System and couldn't be happier. The towbar is easy to hookup/disconnect and the Brake System works like a charm. What I like most about this system is the brakes are activated by Newton's first law of motion. I can't think of anything that would be as reliable.
Congrats. You join all us ReadyBrute happy users.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Also a happy ReadyBrute owner! We did a trial run yesterday with our rig towing our Subaru and it worked flawlessly. I am a HUGE fan of simplicity. No hauling around brake box units, spending a large amount of time hooking stuff up and spending tons of money on electronic stuff that ultimately breaks. I don't know why more people don't use this system?
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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Also a happy ReadyBrute owner! We did a trial run yesterday with our rig towing our Subaru and it worked flawlessly. I am a HUGE fan of simplicity. No hauling around brake box units, spending a large amount of time hooking stuff up and spending tons of money on electronic stuff that ultimately breaks. I don't know why more people don't use this system?
Why don't more people use it? That's a real good question. My theory is that the systems simplicity is off putting. Some folks just love to worry about their gadgets and technical challenges.
We just returned from a trip from Death Valley. If you are familiar with the terrain you know that there are huge grades that require heavy braking. The ReadyBrute worked flawlessly. How long did it take to hookup the brake? Ten seconds flat!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:03 AM   #5
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Agree. The ReadyBrute was the way to go for us; no regrets.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:58 AM   #6
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The thing that was making me hesitant to use the ReadyBrake was the installation of the cable from the brake to the front of the toad. I have an Equinox and the engine compartment is very full. So to find a place to drill the hole in the firewall was impossible for me to do.

But I found a local trailer manufacturer that is installing this for me today. They started installing the baseplate yesterday and I am assuming they will finish the complete (with ReadyBrake) install today. I did not want to fool with putting a large box in my floorboard each time we got ready to roll again.
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The thing that was making me hesitant to use the ReadyBrake was the installation of the cable from the brake to the front of the toad. I have an Equinox and the engine compartment is very full. So to find a place to drill the hole in the firewall was impossible for me to do.

But I found a local trailer manufacturer that is installing this for me today. They started installing the baseplate yesterday and I am assuming they will finish the complete (with ReadyBrake) install today. I did not want to fool with putting a large box in my floorboard each time we got ready to roll again.
Let us know how it turns out. The one thing that needs to be closely examined, is where the cable exits the grill. Check that that fitting is secure. Mine let go on our first trip and is now fastened to the base plate which is a whole bunch better.
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The installers ended up putting a bracket onto the baseplate for the cable to come out of. On the drive back home it appeared that the brakes was dragging a little. It was easy to notice when I would try to move while just idling. It would not move where before it would. But after driving it some it seems to be working better. I believe I read somewhere that the cable during the initial install needs to be tight being it will stretch some. I will check into it more tomorrow. It started to rain and I did not want to fool with it in the rain.
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The installers ended up putting a bracket onto the baseplate for the cable to come out of. On the drive back home it appeared that the brakes was dragging a little. It was easy to notice when I would try to move while just idling. It would not move where before it would. But after driving it some it seems to be working better. I believe I read somewhere that the cable during the initial install needs to be tight being it will stretch some. I will check into it more tomorrow. It started to rain and I did not want to fool with it in the rain.
I run mine with just a little slack on the cable. They may have it just a tad tight. It's very easy to give yourself more play on the cable. It should not drag! Hang in there.
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I took a drive onto the interstate and could get above 50 mph until I pulled up the brake pedal. So I took it back and they adjusted it. It works great now.
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I took a drive onto the interstate and could get above 50 mph until I pulled up the brake pedal. So I took it back and they adjusted it. It works great now.
Outstanding.
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Love our Ready Brake Elite. Only used on one trip so I'm still working on the best method to attach/disconnect but even as a newbee it only takes 3-4 minutes.
Agree about the brake cable. Believe mines a little to loss. Just need to play with it to get it right.
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Love our Ready Brake Elite. Only used on one trip so I'm still working on the best method to attach/disconnect but even as a newbee it only takes 3-4 minutes.
Agree about the brake cable. Believe mines a little to loss. Just need to play with it to get it right.
Better a little loose than a little tight IMO.
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I run mine a little loose. I want the motorhome brakes to work any time I touch the brake pedal, if I need more braking, that's when I want to toad braked to be applied. Let the motorhome do most of the work.
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