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Old 08-09-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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Tow bars and brake systems

What tow bars and brake systems do you all recommend?
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:37 PM   #2
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What are you towing?
The NSA ReadyBrute system is popular. Combo of Tow bar and brake.
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Tow bars and brake systems

I run RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain tow bar with the Guardian and Tow Defender on my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. When I purchased the Jeep last month I switched from the RoadMaster's EvenBrake system that I have had for 10 years (I replaced the unit 2 years ago) to SMI's Duo. I wanted a system that I did not have to install and remove each time I wanted to tow. The EvenBrake is portable from vehicle to vehicle but I am only going to tow the Jeep and intend to keep it for at least 5 years so I have removed a lot of labor. With the Duo all I do is throw 1 switch to turn it on, put the Jeep in neutral and I am all set to go. I also installed the Toad Charge charging system so when we are towing the Jeep stays fully charged.

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Old 08-09-2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and Blue Ox base plate. Currently using Blue Ox Apollo brake unit. Would replace with SMI brake systems.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:41 PM   #5
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What are you towing?
The NSA ReadyBrute system is popular. Combo of Tow bar and brake.
I agree. Great system.
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I use a BlueOx base plate and a BlueOx Aventa 10,000 Lb tow bar. BlueOx 10K safety cables, umbilical cord, and locking pins. Have the BlueOx Patriot brake system that comes with remote wireless monitor and breakaway switch.

I believe all of the popular tow set ups are close to equal as far as quality is concerned. So whichever one you choose, the only difference might be in appearance and convienience.

I choose BlueOx for simplicity of hook up and disconnect and the fact that when I'm not towing, the Toad has a clean appearance unlike other brands that have their cross bars sticking out from the base plate, which I don't like.

I chose the Patriot brake for its simple to install and portional braking and the fact I can take it from one vehicle to another easily. It is fully portional as advertised.

I am totally satisfied with the BlueOx equipment and their after sales customer service.

If I were going to replace my tow bar I might go with the newer Avail 10K bar which is slightly longer to allow shorter turns and according to BlueOx is even better as far as hook up and disconnect convienience.

Attached is a photo of the pins removed and my 1 1/2" trailer ball covers the fit perfectly over pin receivers.
Been meaning to paint the electrical connector and breakaway switch black but haven't got there yet. Maybe this winter....
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I will hope to be towing Kia Sportage.
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I will hope to be towing Kia Sportage.
Have you checked to confirm it is four down towable? Should say so in your owners manual or Motorhome Magazine guide.

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I use a Roadmaster Sterling and the RVi brake. I also use a Guardian rock guard and a Protect a Tow. No problems, no complaints.


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Old 08-11-2016, 06:45 AM   #10
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Another vote for NSA Ready Brute Elite works great easy set up and no problems, and customer service is great and personal.
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I highly recommend the NSA ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake! Best deal out there!
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Old 08-14-2016, 04:36 PM   #12
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x2 for the Roadmaster Sterling and the SMI Duo brake system. Over 50,000 miles without a problem.
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I had an M&G brake system on a 2007 Avalanche. Then traded it back to M&G for a unit to fit a 2010 JKU Rubicon. Didn't like the Rubi and swapped back to M&G again for one to fit a 2010 Avalanche. Couldn't be happier with the convenient hookup and braking control. Have always used a Blue Ox tow bar. I also have the Brake Buddy in case I want to tow my o5 modified LJ Jeep.

edit: The Ready Brute is a surge brake which works fine on level roads. I have surge brakes on our pontoon trailer and they do the job. I also had surge brakes on a tandem dolly and almost burned them up in the mountains due to the motorhome slowing holding back the speed and causing the brakes on the dolly to drag all the way down. I converted it to electric brakes after that. Does the Ready Brute have something to prevent that problem when descending a 7-10% grade.
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