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Old 07-23-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Motor Home Tow -- 2012 JK

We just bought a MH and need to set up our 2012 Jeep JK (Sport 6 spd) for flat towing. I am looking at the Brake Buddy Vantage Select as a supplemental brake system, the Currie (I believe that is the name) base plate which replaces the front plastic skid, and the Blue Ox tow bar. I would appreciate any comments on this set up--especially from those who might have all or some of these components. I was a little concerned that the brake pedal attach from the BB might be too big for our small brake pedal on the manual shift JK.



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Old 07-23-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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I use the Blue Ox Aventa II tow bar and highly recommend it. I've towed over 40K miles with it trouble free. As with everything you need to do maintenance, If you like Blue Ox offers to service the tow bar at several of the larger rallies.

I've not used the Currie base plate since it will not fit my 10A bumper. I have read that you sometimes need to do a little filing on the tow bar tabs to make them fit due to it being a little tight. Other than that I've seen nothing but good reviews.

Is your coach gas or a diesel pusher?

I'm not a fan of the brake in a box at all. I've seen too many reports of problems with them. If your using a gas coach then the ready brake is a very popular choice. It's a simple mechanical device that really can't go wrong and requires no electrical power or wiring. A lot of people use the brake in a box units, but I hear of many hanging up and causing brake damage of substantial cost. The brake Buddy brand in particular is on the bottom step of desirability due to this problem. There are several other box type alternatives with better reputation.

If you are running a diesel pusher with air brakes then the M&G Braking System is the "ONLY" unit I suggest. It's easy to install, easy to hook/unhook in less than a minute, works proportionally and seamlessly with nothing to install or remove at hook-up. I've had the M&G on three towed vehicles now with zero problems, great performance and truly satisfied. It is a small air cylinder which goes between the brake booster and master cylinder hard mounted with a two piece shaft. When the vehicle is in normal use the brakes work normally. When connected to the MH the air supplied from the coach brake application moves a bladder in the cylinder which moves the forward half of the pushrod to apply the master cylinder and brake independent of the jeep's pedal or power booster and in direct proportion with the coach.

I used the SMI Air Force One system on my 2011 Grand Cherokee due to the fact the M&G will not fit that vehicle. It worked well and was seamless but I much prefer the M&G over it for several mechanical reasons.

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Old 07-23-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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I have the Currie Base plate, Blue Ox bar and the M&G brake on my 13 Rubi. I would recommend all.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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Do yourself a HUGE favor and get a Ready Brute towbar. There is nothing more simple and more reliable for towed vehicle braking and I have tried most of them.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feed back!!

The MH is a Monaco Monarch on the Workhorse W22 chasis--gas 8.1 liter.

The Ready Brute Elite with the integrated inertia brake system looks interesting--does it fit the Currie base plate?? The info says it fits the Blue Ox base plate, and since the Blue Ox tow bars fit the Currie I assume the Ready Brute also fits???

I will also do some research on the M&G.


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Old 07-24-2013, 07:56 AM   #6
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I also use the Currie Tow Plate. True, I had to grind down the tabs slightly on my Demco Commander Tow Bar for a good fit. I was able to pick up a used RVi Brake System used from a member on IRV2 and I love it!
I went with the Cool Tech wiring harness for the Jeep. The ReadyBrute is an interesting setup and probably works well. I had serious thoughts of going that way.
Best of luck.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:16 AM   #7
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07 Dolphin 37' gas, Blackhawk All terrain tow bar, I use no aux brake setup in the jeep at all.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:28 AM   #8
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I tow a 2012 JKU with a 33ft gasser. I use an older falcon II tow bar and made my own tow plate. I also use a brake buddy but set it to a lower setting so I only use it in "Oh S%&T" situations. The tow plate stays on year round so I did have to remove the front air dam. It does fine. You just need to remember you are controlling 23000lbs and drive accordingly.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:43 AM   #9
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I tow 12 Sport 2 dr. auto and use the Currie tow plate, Cool Tech wiring harness and Toad Charger with Blue Ox Patriot break and A frame tow bar. It works well for me.

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