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05-15-2013 11:06 AM
Mudjnke Has anyone used Roadmaster add a brake before while flat towing? If so was it a good system?
05-12-2013 11:01 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by lowreyfarris View Post
I use the LED and ran it to the jeep brake lights light signal so I would know if they locked up.
I also use the Ready Brute Elite and also use the brake light switch in the Jeep to trigger the RV dash monitor light, although the power for it comes from the RV. Not only does it let you know if your brakes are locked up, but it let me know on our last trip out that my cable (between motorhome and Jeep) had broke. I noticed the monitor light not coming on when braking so I pulled over to see why. Had that light been wired to the switch in the Ready Brake, lthe ight would have still been working even though the cable had been broken.
05-12-2013 09:26 PM
lowreyfarris
I vote for readybrake

I use the ready brute elite tow bar and combined braking system. I think it is the easiest and cheapest route if you plan to add a supplemental braking system. I did some extensive research on some of the RV forums before I decided on this one.

The system also comes with a LED that runs from the ready brake to the dash of the motorhome to tell you when the brake system is engaged. I use the LED and ran it to the jeep brake lights light signal so I would know if they locked up. Installing all the brake lines and wiring to a couple hours, and now I hook up and disconnect in less than 5 minutes.

Readybrake RV Tow Bars and RV Surge Braking Systems for Car Towing - NSA RV Products

If you have any questions IM me.
05-11-2013 09:49 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by All Terrain TJ View Post
You don't mess around do ya. Looks very nice.
Just happend to have a pice of aluminum sitting there in the shop that was the exact length of the license plate and about a 1/2" wider. Had to go to Ace Hardware anyway, and they had the maglite holders. Last time we went off road I had torn up my flip down holder and had to get a new one so I figured this would solve that problem, plus I wouldn't have to deal with holding the license plate down when I tow the Jeep...win, win, win...
05-11-2013 06:48 PM
All Terrain JK You don't mess around do ya. Looks very nice.
05-11-2013 04:03 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
Liked this one so much, I went right out and did it...! Thanks.
05-11-2013 09:42 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by TJDave View Post
Welcome to internet forums!
^^^^.
05-11-2013 08:51 AM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by 1rbotma View Post
ya ding dong! Other threads that have already discussed the same thing!!!

Welcome to internet forums!
05-11-2013 07:47 AM
1rbotma
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Originally Posted by TJDave View Post
There sure are!

This is one of them.
ya ding dong! Other threads that have already discussed the same thing!!!

05-11-2013 12:41 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by green2000tj View Post
I have a question. Why does the a stick shift need to be in gear if the transfer case is in neutral?
If the transmission is in gear, it will hold the input shaft of the tcase stationary. It has to do with lubrication (or the lack of it), from what I have heard. Someone can correct me if I am wrong. I do it because the owners manual says to...and I always do what I'm told, just ask my wife...
05-10-2013 11:04 PM
green2000tj
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post
You won't have to worry about that. Just follow the procedure in your manual. Transfer case in neutral and transmission in park (auto) or gear (stick), and key to first position that unlocks steering (depends on year). Wranglers are one of the most popular vehicles pulled behind RV's and tons of people pull them thousands of miles without transmission issues.
I have a question. Why does the a stick shift need to be in gear if the transfer case is in neutral?
05-10-2013 02:03 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Mudjnke View Post
Also thinking about pulling drivelines out to eliminate that tranny issue altogether.
You won't have to worry about that. Just follow the procedure in your manual. Transfer case in neutral and transmission in park (auto) or gear (stick), and key to first position that unlocks steering (depends on year). Wranglers are one of the most popular vehicles pulled behind RV's and tons of people pull them thousands of miles without transmission issues.
05-10-2013 11:36 AM
Mudjnke
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj View Post
I have a Hidden Hitch tow bar for mine. I had one of the guys in the shop make some new brackets for me to attach to the welded shackles (like I see Warrior makes).
Works like a charm!



That's a nice setup! For some reason I just don't want a ball mount, I'm really liking the hitch mount. I'm driving from Alaska to Ohio and just want to be worry free as much as I can anyway. Also thinking about pulling drivelines out to eliminate that tranny issue altogether.
05-10-2013 11:34 AM
Mudjnke
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post

Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster are generally highly recommended and have very good products. I don't think you would go wrong choosing either one. Be sure to consider some kind of auxillary braking system and break-a-way. That's the reason I went to the Redy Brute. The whole thing was $9something (a few years ago) and it included the braking system. Far less expensive than buying a tow bar system plus the braking system.
Those the two I've seen used the most, I currently have a bid on a roadmaster falcon with an add a brake for 500. That's a smokin deal from what I have seen them go for. I like the warrior mounts and think I will go with those on a stock bumper setup.
05-10-2013 10:27 AM
TXST8tj I have a Hidden Hitch tow bar for mine. I had one of the guys in the shop make some new brackets for me to attach to the welded shackles (like I see Warrior makes).
Works like a charm!






05-10-2013 09:45 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Mudjnke View Post
This all good info. I think I have it narrowed down to the adapters mentioned above. I've seen them used with the stock bumper and I feel as if that will work in my case. Don't know if I can swing enough cash for a nice bumper then get the tow bar I want. I'm looking at a blue ox , forget the model, but it's a hitch mount. Close to 600 which is fine. Any preference towards blue ox or roadmaster?
Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster are generally highly recommended and have very good products. I don't think you would go wrong choosing either one. Be sure to consider some kind of auxillary braking system and break-a-way. That's the reason I went to the Redy Brute. The whole thing was $9something (a few years ago) and it included the braking system. Far less expensive than buying a tow bar system plus the braking system.
05-09-2013 09:26 PM
Mudjnke
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post

I don't use the shackle mounts on my ARB bumper, but I did use the bolt on Blue Ox brackets like these Blue Ox BX88230 General Purpose Adapter Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive on it, and it works very well. Here's a pic
This all good info. I think I have it narrowed down to the adapters mentioned above. I've seen them used with the stock bumper and I feel as if that will work in my case. Don't know if I can swing enough cash for a nice bumper then get the tow bar I want. I'm looking at a blue ox , forget the model, but it's a hitch mount. Close to 600 which is fine. Any preference towards blue ox or roadmaster?
05-09-2013 07:55 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
Yep, I made one for my CJ5. I used two pairs of Maglite clips. Worked great. I pulled it off when I sold the CJ in anticipation of a winch on the TJ.
05-09-2013 07:54 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Here ya go...
Here's my shipping address:............ ()
05-09-2013 07:42 PM
Jerry Bransford Here ya go...
05-09-2013 06:52 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
That's a great idea...!
05-09-2013 05:23 PM
All Terrain JK Another great idea! Thanks Jerry.
05-09-2013 05:18 PM
Jerry Bransford For those wanting a cool license plate holder who have a winch with a roller fairlead, you can use a pair of D-cell size Maglight flashlight holder clips. They snap perfectly & very securely over the l/r fairlead rollers to hold the license plate.

Attach the two clips to a piece of aluminum cut to the size of the license plate, then attach the license plate to the piece of aluminum. The plate comes off & is reinstalled in 1-2 seconds.
05-09-2013 04:52 PM
All Terrain JK
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post

If you mean the one that the cable goes through, It's just a piece of 1/4" x 3" x 3" angle aluminum that I cut the center out of. I needed something to mount my 1979 Chevelle flip down license plate bracket to. Found a short piece of the aluminum angle at a local surplus metal supply.
I was actually talking about the flip down license plate bracket. I thought that's what it was, very cool.
05-09-2013 02:13 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by All Terrain TJ View Post
Water Dog, what is the bracket below your bumper where the ready brake cable hooks to the jeep?
If you mean the one that the cable goes through, It's just a piece of 1/4" x 3" x 3" angle aluminum that I cut the center out of. I needed something to mount my 1979 Chevelle flip down license plate bracket to. Found a short piece of the aluminum angle at a local surplus metal supply.
05-09-2013 01:59 PM
All Terrain JK
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Originally Posted by Water Dog View Post

I don't use the shackle mounts on my ARB bumper, but I did use the bolt on Blue Ox brackets like these Blue Ox BX88230 General Purpose Adapter Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive on it, and it works very well. Here's a pic
Water Dog, what is the bracket below your bumper where the ready brake cable hooks to the jeep?
05-09-2013 01:28 PM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by 1rbotma View Post
arent there threads that talk about how to tow a jeep?
There sure are!

This is one of them.
05-09-2013 12:34 PM
1rbotma arent there threads that talk about how to tow a jeep?
05-09-2013 12:06 PM
my996duc1
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Originally Posted by Mudjnke View Post
I've seen aftermarket bumpers that pretty stout with eyes for shackles, would those same mounts be good to hook a tow bar too?
This is exactly how I plan on flat towing.
Warrior Products makes an adapter.

My aftermarket bumper has the D rings lined up directly into the frame rails. Solid steel through both sides of the bumper.
05-09-2013 09:56 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Mudjnke View Post
I've never flat towed anything before so I'm curious about options. I've seen aftermarket bumpers that pretty stout with eyes for shackles, would those same mounts be good to hook a tow bar too?
I don't use the shackle mounts on my ARB bumper, but I did use the bolt on Blue Ox brackets like these Blue Ox BX88230 General Purpose Adapter Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive on it, and it works very well. Here's a pic
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