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Old 11-27-2017, 05:01 AM   #1
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Redi Brake

Has anybody used the Redi brake system?
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:02 AM   #2
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Are you referring to the ReadyBrake from NSA RV Products? If so, we have been using it since getting the MH in 2012.

It's simple, effective, and the lowest cost system out there that I know of. Sometimes it's a big problem running the cable through the firewall to the brake pedal, depending on the vehicle.

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Ran the "Ready Brake" for quite a few years 'till I wore it out. Then, I migrated over to the M&G Brake system. But, the Ready Brake is a good unit. The companies instructions for install and some of the components are too sloppy and hoaky for me so, I did some modifications which made the system about twice as easy to adjust etc. And, the way I installed it, it was not PERMANENTLY installed on the brake pedal arm. The cable was laying under the floor mat until it was needed. When it came time to hook things up, all the wife did was reach under the floor mat, grab the cable end and, place it on a pin that I pressed into the brake arm. A small clip was then inserted in a hole in the end of the pin which locked the cable to the pin, done.

I used a marine stainless steel turn buckle for the actuation cable adjustment between the tow vehicle and toad. WAAAAAAY SERIOUSLY easier to adjust and, looks WAAAAY better.
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2 years with the Ready Brute Elite and not one complaint or problem. I also installed a turn buckle for easier adjustment.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:12 PM   #5
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I use it and love it. Easy to connect and disconnect. Probably no more difficult to install than any other permanently installed system. I think most folks try to over think the adjustment and amount of slack in the actuating cable. It doesn't need to be as precise as most folks imagine it does.
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Old 11-27-2017, 03:39 PM   #6
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Ours has over 75,000 miles of towing three different toads and used on two different motorhomes. New cable with every new toad but main unit is original. No problems.
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Lots of people use it- including us! We like it a lot, no regrets at all for going with the ReadyBrute Elite.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:47 PM   #8
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:17 PM   #9
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We've been using one for several years after I saw them at a Quartzsite booth. I was using a Brake Buddy which I had to send back once to have repaired and it failed again. I immediately bought it; they came out to the desert where we were parked and hooked it up for us. The BrakeBuddy ended up in the trash in Parker. I've had it installed in 3 different vehicles.

On my latest, a 13 Ford Edge, it was a tad challenging to run the conduit(sheethed cable housing) from the front thru the firewall. I just had to find the path of least resistance and minimal turns. It worked fine for about 6 months and then one day after driving the car, I came to a stop sign and the car acted like the parking brake was on, it would move, but barely.

I called Ford and told them I thought my parking brake was sticking or the brakes were locking up. I arranged to have it towed the next day to Ford. The next morning, I went to move it to the street for ease of the towing co. to pick it up. Somehow it corrected itself, so I drove it to Ford to have them check out the brake system anyway.

They could not find anything wrong, even after driving it extensively. I got it back and within a half mi, I came to a stop and it did the same thing. I limped back to Ford and left it with them. The next morning when they went to check it out, it worked fine and they were at a loss as to why it was acting like that.

So, after spending some $$$ for diagnostics, I just picked it up and continued driving it. It worked fine for about a month, then I was in stop and go traffic on the freeway and it locked up again. I pulled over the the shoulder and let it idle for few minutes, then when I went to put my foot on the brake to put it in gear to check it, my shoe clipped the backside of the pedal and it came back about 1/2"; I put it in gear and it worked fine.

I then started thinking, perhaps it is the cable itself, so I disconnected it from the firewall and ran the cable back and forth freely and when retracting, it would "catch" in the conduit. The problem was, I had too sharp of a bend in the conduit going up to the entry point of the firewall and it was wearing inside and pinching the cable.

I called Todd at NSA and told him I needed a new conduit and he sent one out and I re-positioned it on the firewall so it had less of a bend and it has been fine ever since.

I didn't have this issue on the other two vehicles because the run for the conduit was fairly straight.

So, in closing, I am very satisfied with the ReadyBrake as it works very well.
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The only problem I have had with mine was self inflicted.
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Joe,(MS Happy Campers) I just saw this earlier post re: Redi-brake...you and others gave it great reviews...I was ready to order a Blue-Ox system (3400.00) and saw this...are you still happy with it? I found dealer about 1 1/2 hrs from me and am getting quote next week...looking online it should be lower installed...right? Dealer gave it excellent rating plus does other brands as well...am I missing something?

ps I changed my profile but it didn't change to TOAD 2007 JP Wrangler JK Sahara
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Yep
Ran the "Ready Brake" for quite a few years 'till I wore it out. Then, I migrated over to the M&G Brake system. But, the Ready Brake is a good unit. The companies instructions for install and some of the components are too sloppy and hoaky for me so, I did some modifications which made the system about twice as easy to adjust etc. And, the way I installed it, it was not PERMANENTLY installed on the brake pedal arm. The cable was laying under the floor mat until it was needed. When it came time to hook things up, all the wife did was reach under the floor mat, grab the cable end and, place it on a pin that I pressed into the brake arm. A small clip was then inserted in a hole in the end of the pin which locked the cable to the pin, done.

I used a marine stainless steel turn buckle for the actuation cable adjustment between the tow vehicle and toad. WAAAAAAY SERIOUSLY easier to adjust and, looks WAAAAY better.
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Another vote for ready I've been using for 5 years and 3 different vehicles and no complaint, I need to do the turn buckle upgrade but other than that nothing. And also customer service is top notch
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