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Old 07-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Which type brake system?

Hello all, we are in the process of setting up our Scion XB to flat tow behind the m/h. I am trying to do my due diligence and get all ducks lined up. But, I'm finding that there is more to this than just a tow bar. So, with that in mind, can anybody give me some feedback on which type of brake system/controller is the preferred one? I know there will be many different viewpoints but I'd like to hear from as many people as possible and get the reasons behind their choice. Please don't just give me a brand name. Give me the reason for choosing it and what you like about it now that you have used it. Also, if anybody wants to include info on tow bars/connections/wiring etc. That would all be great too. Thanks to all,

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Go to the NSA ReadyBrake website. The best trouble free system.
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Go to the NSA ReadyBrake website. The best trouble free system.
What do you think of their tow bar systems?

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Old 07-08-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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We use the ReadyBrake by NSA also with a Blue Ox towbar and baseplates. Very simple, reliable and inexpensive. The ReadyBrute Elite is a great setup and we will eventually go to that system.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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Has anybody heard of one by the name of "Unified Tow Brake" put out by U.S. Gear. It looks like a nice electronic unit. No hard connections.

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Old 07-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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Our ReadyBrute Elite with Blue Ox base plate setup is supposed to arrive tomorrow, we'll put it on the toad this weekend, and can't wait to try it out!
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:46 PM   #7
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Started with an Evenbrake (brake in a box), when it failed I couldn't get it repaired so I had the SMI Stay-in-Play installed. When I plug the lights in for the tow the Stay-in-Play is activated. I wish I had the SMI from day one.
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Currently using the Blue Ox Patriot. Not real happy with it. Can be difficult to hook up to my Saturn and has been a real pain. I have purchased the extension rod and seat stiffener to get this work. Anyway, good luck in your research.
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Started with an Evenbrake (brake in a box), when it failed I couldn't get it repaired so I had the SMI Stay-in-Play installed. When I plug the lights in for the tow the Stay-in-Play is activated. I wish I had the SMI from day one.
That looks interesting. I checked it out on their website. What are you towing, How heavy etc?

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That looks interesting. I checked it out on their website. What are you towing, How heavy etc?

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I tow a 2006 Honda CRV <3500 lbs. I use a Blue Ox Adventa tow bar.
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Another vote here for ReadyBrute towbar and brake system. Simple, mechanical, no electronics to fail, nothing to stow or hook up other than a cable and the usual towbar setup. About $900 for ReadyBrute Elite towbar with integrated brake system, bought on eBay. Why anyone would spend more than that and go through the hassle of hooking up electronic boxes I don't know. We love it.
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If you appreciate "KISS" processes, the ReadyBrake/ReadyBrute should be on your short list. I don't know how you could get any simpler.
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Another vote here for ReadyBrute towbar and brake system. Simple, mechanical, no electronics to fail, nothing to stow or hook up other than a cable and the usual towbar setup. About $900 for ReadyBrute Elite towbar with integrated brake system, bought on eBay. Why anyone would spend more than that and go through the hassle of hooking up electronic boxes I don't know. We love it.
I was at the NSA website and it's sort of confusing. If I want to put the whole NSA system on my Scion/Southwind what do I have to buy? I gather that I would need the appropriate base plate, the tow bars and the brake actuator hitch mechanism. Is that right? Can you give me an idea of what all you have and how you purchased it? Thanks,

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I use SMI Stay-inPlay Duo. I had also looked at Unified and M&G. All are very similar in that they use the toads power braking system, no just trying to push on a dead braking system. Chose SMI because it is the least noticeable. The only indication that there is an auxiliary brakes system is the little black switch box on the floor, unless you look up under the dash then you can see the small actuator on the brake pedal support. When I had it installed they also installed the battery charging line from the coach. No need pull any fuses.
All of the extra steps needed to tow the vehicle is ... Turn the switch on, done!
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