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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?
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.
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
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?
Steve & Nancy
2005 Itasca Sunrise 33', W20 Chassis, Ultrapower, Henderson Trac Bar
2012 Chevy Captiva Sport AWD, ReadyBrute Elite Tow Bar, Blue Ox Base Plate, Protect-A-Tow
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.
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
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.
Dan & Moxie (Yellow Lab)
2010 Newmar, Canyon Star 3647 (5-Star Tune, CHF), 2012 Wrangler Sahara Toad
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.
Bob, Sandi & Marmaduke the Big Pug
SW OREGON 2004 Journey 39K, 330 Cat
If towing: a 2006 Mini Cooper or 1995 Wrangler