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Old 04-29-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Two ReadyBrake models for 2 inch receiver

I've been looking at brake system for my TOAD (2001 Civic).

I see two ReadyBrake styles of "hitch plugins" that can plug into my MH receiver (bottom photo) . I use a fixed style Tow Ready tow bar on my TOAD that fits a 2 inch ball on the MH (top photo).

I prefer the "ball" style, the lower one in the ReadyBrake photo. (I think). It appears this will simply replace my existing hitch plugin and I only need to bolt a 2 inch ball to it.

I don't need to drop or raise my tow bar as its a good height now. I would like to be able to transfer the system (or major components) if I upgrade my MH or my TOAD somewhere out there in the future.

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If you are using the ReadyBrake, which of these two styles (lower photo) are you using?

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Old 04-29-2015, 01:18 PM   #2
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I don't need to drop or raise my tow bar as its a good height now. I would like to be able to transfer the system (or major components) if I upgrade my MH or my TOAD somewhere out there in the future.

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Unless you know exactly what you will buy in the future either one is right or wrong for your current use.

I'd opt for the square tube as there would be more options available in the future (using adapters) for height adjustment as compared to only the one choice with the bottom one.
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I've been looking at brake system for my TOAD (2001 Civic).

I see two ReadyBrake styles of "hitch plugins" that can plug into my MH receiver (bottom photo) . I use a fixed style Tow Ready tow bar on my TOAD that fits a 2 inch ball on the MH (top photo).

I prefer the "ball" style, the lower one in the ReadyBrake photo. (I think). It appears this will simply replace my existing hitch plugin and I only need to bolt a 2 inch ball to it.

I don't need to drop or raise my tow bar as its a good height now. I would like to be able to transfer the system (or major components) if I upgrade my MH or my TOAD somewhere out there in the future.

QUESTION for group

If you are using the ReadyBrake, which of these two styles (lower photo) are you using?

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Well, as JohnRR states, there really is no right or wrong. Both will work. But, one of the major reasons for picking the top one is, because it's the kind that will allow for the tow bar, to remain on the coach, after the disconnect between the toad and coach is completed.

With the ball type, the tow bar remains on the front of the toad, after the disconnect is complete. So, it's really a matter of preference. I've had both and, for the most part, I like the kind that allows the tow bar to remain on the coach.
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Waiter, I'm just curious about why you prefer the "ball" style? I assume that means you leave the tow bar connected the front of your toad when running around with it and are not connected to your motorhome?
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My tow bar gets disconnected completely, from the MH (ball) and the car. I then store it in the trunk of the Car.

I looking at the ball type because it seems simpler and mimics my current plugin almost exactly.

I was curious if anyone is using that type if there are any issues with aligning the brake cable.

Also - when backing up,how much backing can I do until I need to remove the brake cable.
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Just info for others reading this tread, Blue Ox makes a similar unit to the ReadyBrake unit.
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DAn, any comments on the BlueOx unit?
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I have had both types. Much prefer the type that stays with the Motorhome. Handling the other really gets old having to take it off and store it somewhere.
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IT depends on your tow bar.. If,like me you have Telescoping Tow bars like those in the upper photo which pin on both ends you use the top style

If on the other hand you have a "A" frame tow bar or other type of ball attached hitch, you use the lower one.

Whichever one fits your tow system.. There is no choice, one will work,one will not. You get the one that works for you.
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Walter21, so far mine works great towing my Wrangler. It really looks like a copy of ReadyBrake. I was going for ReadyBrake first, then my installer said they could do the Blue Ox cheaper and get the parts in quicker. I went with Blue Ox because of that and their reputation.
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Since you are using the tow bar in the top photo why wouldn't you use the one in the bottom photo? If you use the other you have to add an extension for the ball.
But as mentioned the 2 inch allows more options for future changes.
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Have you looked into the readybrute elite? It has an integrated surge brake with tow bar. RV Tow Bars - NSA RV Products
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Bob,

Yes,
I'm leaning toward the bottom one in the photo, Only need to bolt a 2 inch ball to it and ready for the road.

Ferdinand;
I already have a tow bar, but I am interested in adding brakes. This system seems like its reasonably inexpensive and fool proof.
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