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Old 04-24-2019, 11:50 AM   #1
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RBE tow bar

I decided to go with the Ready Brute Elite tow bar/brake system for my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Trying to avoid a box that sits on the floor board during travel and the simplicity/price savings were all factors.

I purchased it off of Amazon and took the Jeep to an RV shop...I asked them to install a Blue Ox base plate/wire harness/and the brake cable.

The base plate/wire harness is now installed, but the shop called me and said that the Jeep has a 5.7 Hemi engine and it is *really* cramped in there. They said maybe they could get it done, but it would involve removing some exhaust components and maybe more - couldn't really give me an estimate on how many hours it may take.

I've decided to go with the Blue Ox Patriot system (or I'm open to other suggestions) so we don't have to go thru the firewall to get a cable to the brake pedal.

Now I'm left with the RBE tow bar that I have already purchased. Can I still use this with the patriot electric brake and just not hook up the brake cable? Trying to decide if I want to go through the hassle of packing it back up and returning.

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You might want to call the folks at NSA. 620-365-7714 They're pretty helpful folks.

Here's a video you may want to share with your installation folks. I found it on the NSA web site. Your vehicle may be different too. I bet the NSA folks could help with that also. I doubt you're the first one to want install a RBE on that particular vehicle.

https://youtu.be/QpOEY3gFESg
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I'm curious as to what the issue is as all they have to do is run the brake cable(s) back to the pedal through the firewall. Are they telling you the there is no room to route the cable?? I am assuming you are also installing the emergency breakaway cable too?
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My only comment is that Amazon has partnered with Kohl’s for returns. What I read yesterday was you can walk in with a product and it’s original packing and drop it off. They’ll pack and ship it for you.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/367944/ev...amazon-returns
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I'm curious as to what the issue is as all they have to do is run the brake cable(s) back to the pedal through the firewall. Are they telling you the there is no room to route the cable?? I am assuming you are also installing the emergency breakaway cable too?
After watching the video and reading the other comments - I'm thinking I just need to find another place. I let them order the base plate, but the parts for the RBE was about $500 more so I bought it myself. I think they just didn't want to do it since they didn't get to sell me the part. I also ordered the brakeaway kit and made that available to them as well.
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After watching the video and reading the other comments - I'm thinking I just need to find another place. I let them order the base plate, but the parts for the RBE was about $500 more so I bought it myself. I think they just didn't want to do it since they didn't get to sell me the part. I also ordered the brakeaway kit and made that available to them as well.
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Can't be that much more cramped than my 2015 Focus. If I did my install with a cramp in the back, one bum knee and both hips that hurt all the time they can. They just don't want to do the job because once they took a look they saw it wasn't going to be a profit maker.
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I've installed two on wranglers, probably a bit more room than yours, but it's really not that hard, I think they were feeding you a line (might be a pun in there).


Just avoid sharp bends.
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