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Old 05-03-2021, 01:40 PM   #1
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Recommendations for towing and braking


I have a Newmar 34 ft Kountry Aire and a 2006 CRV AWD Auto

I need a tow bar and braking system and like the Ready brake
Ready Brute Elite II after reading about it.
I'm in SE Missouri and having trouble finding someone to supply and instal.

One response offered a Roadmaster "Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 2" Hitch - 6,000 lbs."
Do any of you have this and would comment?
What braking system do you use for your toad and are you happy with it?

I'm new to Class A motor homes/toads, have experience with an SUV towing a travel trailer.

I'm just starting my adventures as a full-timer.

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Old 05-03-2021, 02:24 PM   #2
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I have the readybrute elite and it is a good solid, HEAVY tow bar. No problem with it breaking like you can read about with blueox.

I stopped using the readybrute brake cable with my New grand cherokee because it requires the wire be run through the fire wall and to the brake pedal. I now use the Patriot 3 braking system and I love it! Takes about 30 seconds to set it up or take it out and it can be moved from vehicle to vehicle.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:10 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with the Roadmaster Falcon, or any of the better models from Demco or Blue OX either. Ditto with any of the major brands of tow brakes, e.g. Brake Buddy, Airforce1, Patriot, Brakemaster, etc. Most everybody has a favorite and will some argue passionately over some obscure feature, but they all work adequately.

Looks like the Readybrute dealers in Missouri are either Springfield or Columbia. Are you willing to go to either place? Make it a mini-vacation...
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I put a Demco base plate on my 07 CRV. No cutting or bending. Just had to drill some holes. My ReadyBrute installer said the brake cable wasn't hard.
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NSA is based in Iola, KS, about 2 hours west of Joplin, might be worth it to take trip to their headquarters to get it fit. I assume they still offer installation there, I have read they did a few years ago.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:52 AM   #6
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Living in SE Mo. contact E-Trailer up in Wentzville. I am positive you can get everything installed and purchased there. Probably the best in the business and great customer service.
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I would buy the NSA Hercules towbars with ReadyBrake. They are rated at 12,000 lbs!
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I seen some better prices on original Readybrute I guess new models were/are coming out. It was top of my list until I got the hook up.
For $210 I bought retired RVers tow bar ,even brake, and guardian sheild. Bought his Coleman grill ,water softener and chairs I don't even remember now lol.
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
I would buy the NSA Hercules towbars with ReadyBrake. They are rated at 12,000 lbs!
That's where I'm going next.

I went the el cheapo route
- Falcon 2 towbar. I mean it tows the vehicle but can be a PIA to disconnect if you're not perfectly level. Not recommended
- Roadmaster baseplate was fine, easy to install. Recommended
- Brake Buddy locked up, fried my brakes and bearings, car has been in the shop for 6 weeks now.

I wouldn't go so far as to say avoid Brake Buddy, plenty of people are happy with it. Easy install, inexpensive. Still, I'm leaning toward the KISS principle these days. With skillful use of the Jake Brake and prudent driving, you don't need the braking system all that often, mainly for the occasional "urgent" stop where I think a surge brake should be sufficient.
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