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Old 09-16-2021, 06:05 PM   #1
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Ready brake failure

I bought Ready Brake in May based on the comments on this forum. Had it professionally installed and have been using it since, over 5000 miles driven. Newmar Class A and Honda CRV AWD
Last evening I had a hair raising ride when one of the arms suffered a fracture of the aluminum rod, at the hole where the rod attaches to the clevis (blue ox) On the monitor for the rearview camera I could see the Honda dancing side to side and also that only one arm was attached.
Fortunately, traffic was light and I was able to pull off the road.
The safety systems worked properly. The safety cables held, and the breakaway was applied.
The car brake cable pulled through the wall, and the electric (lights) cable pulled out.
I reset the breakaway by pulling up on the brake pedal in the Honda.
I talked with the manufacturer rep on the phone today, sent photos, and am waiting for a response. I am concerned about the stresses that have been put on the whole system and whether other components have been weakened, especially the other arm.
Should replace the damaged piece and replace the wiring and brake/breakaway cables?
Or replace everything? My inclination is the latter. What do you think?
I'm a full-time RVer, and anxious to get going, but cannot until this is resolved.
Have you had such a failure or know of anyone else who has?
I have pics but don't know how to append them.
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This is the first one I have heard of that failed, we have had ours since 2013 with over 50,000 miles no problems. Can you post a photo of the failure? Thanks. BTW they have a lifetime warranty and seem to treat customers very well.
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Also the first failure I've heard of. I am positive you will get a new bar. Please post pictures of the failure because the sliding part that attaches to the Blue Ox 3 finger is steel.
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Was there more to the breakaway reset than pulling on the pedal? I only ask because I am fairly certain you have to press something on the breakaway device while also pulling on the cable. Could be an issue if you only pulled on the pedal.
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I have pics but don't know how to append them.
Here are some instructions from Forum 101 on how to add photos.
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f62/foru...tml#post477709
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WOW! Glad you were able to minimize the damage! I've never heard of those towbars failing like that! I've been using the ReadyBrute Elite towbars since 2012.
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Old 09-17-2021, 11:39 AM   #7
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Pic of Ready Brake arm fracture

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As you can see in the photo, the fracture occurred at the hole in the aluminum rod, through which a steel bolt passes. It appears that the steel bolt thread is replicated in reverse in the hole.
There's some concern about the bolt being the wrong size. The other arm has a similar bolt.
I agree with your comments regarding service from the company. The initial response has been positive.

I'm a full-timer, kind of stranded, and north of Seattle.
Can anyone recommend an installer nearby that could help me get repairs done so that I can get back on the road?

Thanks for the advice from everyone.
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Another reason not to buy Aluminum tow bars
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Another reason not to buy Aluminum tow bars
Ditto!
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IMO, The bolt should be a machined shoulder bolt with no threads inside the bore of the aluminum rod, with a bushing in the aluminum rod bore. Poor craftsmanship.
Aluminum is great material...for boats.
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How far out of level was your tow-bar set-up? Is that a pinch mark that is visible on the top of the rod just aft of the break? Did you back up just prior to the incident?
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I was wrong, that part of the bar IS aluminum. A magnet is your (my) friend. When I thought it was steel there was plenty of material there. Now I'm not so sure and can't be made any different and still attach to the Blue Ox 3 finger. Be interesting to see what NSA says.
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3X.... Same here of not hearing of failure issue and been reading forums for years. Please keep us updated?
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Please let us all know what NSA says about this break..

Thanks in advance.
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