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Old 03-02-2013, 09:36 AM   #29
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I've been using the Ready Brute braking system for about a year now and am very pleased. It's a simple and quick hookup, but a bit challenging to install initially. It doesn't require electrical connections at all, except for the brake warning system light within the coach. No electrical drain on the toad at all.
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Take a look at the Ready Brute system. Works great and you save a lot of money because it costs less.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:08 AM   #30
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My vote is for the Ready Brute. I've got it installed to be used on two different vehicles. Easy hook up, no electrical.
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I ordered the AF1 system and when I opened the box...decided it was not for me and no way was I going to try installing myself. Went to a shop that specializes in towing..that is all they do. They told me that when it comes to diesel pushers with air brakes...they always put the M&G system on the towed vehicle...unless as said above, there is not enough room to install the adapter between the master cylinder and power booster. Sent the AF1 system back for a 90% refund. I just don't want to put up with unnecessary electronic devices. Lifelong subscriber to the KISS method of travelling down the highway. To think I was an avionics tech in the Navy.
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Take a look at the Ready Brute system. Works great and you save a lot of money because it costs less.
I'm all ears when I hear the word SAVE $$ But then I googled it and came up with some people who had real problems with it. (one thread showed up on iRV2 last July) Most problems were with not having the correct cable lengths causing worn out ball bearings and burned brake pads on the toad? That causes the SAVINGS to evaporate pretty significantly. From what I'm reading here, if you have air brakes on the MH then M&G is probably the best way to go?
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I paid $1431 for the M&G brake system, $1103 for the Remco driveshaft disconnect system, $715 for the Blue Ox base plate and $295 for the tail light wiring. Thankfully the used motorhome came with the Blue Ox tow bar and the air line for the brakes already there. Safety and peace of mind is priceless. Next thing I'm getting is a TPMS for the tires on both vehicles.
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I'm all ears when I hear the word SAVE $$ But then I googled it and came up with some people who had real problems with it. (one thread showed up on iRV2 last July) Most problems were with not having the correct cable lengths causing worn out ball bearings and burned brake pads on the toad? That causes the SAVINGS to evaporate pretty significantly. From what I'm reading here, if you have air brakes on the MH then M&G is probably the best way to go?
After 9 months of dealing with a Brake Buddy that really wasn't compatible with my Jeep that was the conclusion I came to. I have now had the M&G for 9 months and dragged the Jeep over all kinds of mountains and hills and now when I touch the foot valve I don't even know it's back there. You can't put a price on safety and peace of mind.
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I just received a quote from M & G for turnkey job including isolation tank and break away with tow bar and base plates for $3000. Does this seem reasonable?
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I'm all ears when I hear the word SAVE $$ But then I googled it and came up with some people who had real problems with it. (one thread showed up on iRV2 last July) Most problems were with not having the correct cable lengths causing worn out ball bearings and burned brake pads on the toad? That causes the SAVINGS to evaporate pretty significantly. From what I'm reading here, if you have air brakes on the MH then M&G is probably the best way to go?
Well the solution is really pretty simple, just hook it up correctly. The issue you reference could be true for all supplemental brake systems if the brake is dragging due to error in adjustment. Given the way the ready brute works I have a hard time visualizing just how the alleged thing happened but who knows....
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I haven't seen any comments here on Blue Ox brake system. I am getting a blue ox system Monday, are there any problems with Blue ox? I have a gasser so that limits my choices.
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I have heard a lot of good things about the Blue Ox Patriot with the remote control. I just ordered one out for my 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport.
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I just received a quote from M & G for turnkey job including isolation tank and break away with tow bar and base plates for $3000. Does this seem reasonable?
My cost for the Roadmaster Falcon 5000 lb tow bar $799: purchase and install Roadmaster base plate to Jeep Liberty $952: Wire the Jeep for Tow $325: M&G brake system for air over hydrolic $799 plus shipping: M&G brake away $195 plus shipping.......TOTAL $3070.00 Installing the brake and brake away did not include labor or tax. I would say your quote is very reasonable.
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Misquoted the Roadmaster tow bar.......should have said Flacon all terrain 6000lb.
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I forget where I read that this was going to be the most difficult decision to make. Based on what I've read above and elsewhere, I'm down to the M&G and unified tow though I've yet to talk to anyone who really has done this. I want a system that stays in and is reliable. Because both my vehicles are new, I can't seem to find relabel info, lot of guesses. So, here goes: 2013 Winebago 26HE and a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler has a tow bumper installed with Blue Ox mounts. I'm leaning towards the Blue Ox Alpha and the M&G. I'm not wedded to anything but Blue Ox tabs. Very good advice above, please fire away on what my next step should be. There are few RV shops here so I'm looking at either on-line or driving to Sacramento for parts and service. Very open to suggestions from my more seasoned travelers.
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Without a doubt go with M&G. Simple installation and does not need any electrical for operation.
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