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Old 11-11-2019, 06:47 PM
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Which RV mounted tow bar for 2018 JK Unlimited?

I am in the process of deciding which towbar to pull my 2018 JK Unlimited 4 door Jeep with. I have researched Blue Ox and Roadmasters. Thought I would come here and maybe see what most Jeep owners purchased.

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Old 11-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #2
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Don't forget the RV operated brake system for the JKU.

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Old 11-11-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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We're using the https://www.readybrake.com/store/p4/...V_Tow_Bar.html Ready Brute Elite system from NSA - it's a tow bar with an integrated braking system all in one unit.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:40 PM
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Yes, I've been looking at a couple of brake systems as well. Think I am going to go with the ones that aren't permanently mounted. Alan, how are you liking the one you purchased? I researched that one but was curious as to keeping the braking cable adjusted properly all the time. Thanks for the input.
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We're using the https://www.readybrake.com/store/p4/...V_Tow_Bar.html Ready Brute Elite system from NSA - it's a tow bar with an integrated braking system all in one unit.
I have the same and love it.
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Alan, how are you liking the one you purchased?

We've only used it once do far, for a trip of about 150 miles. We used a Blue Ox Aventa LX previously, on a different vehicle. The Ready Brute seems to be more critical on having the Jeep lined up properly to connect to the motorhome, but once it's lined up connection is a breeze. Disconnecting seems easier than the Blue Ox but that may just be a false impression. Getting the brake cable adjusted is a matter of trial and error - mine still needs some fine tuning, but it seems to work well.


Installation was fairly easy - it involves drilling a hole in the firewall in line with the brake pedal, then feeding the cable through that hole. Then you run the cable through the engine compartment up to the front of the vehicle and attach it to an appropriate spot , and then attach the other end to the brake pedal using the provided clamp. Then it's a matter of adjusting it and you're good to go!
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:13 AM   #7
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Guys/gals, I have a basic question here, I have recently purchased a 2017 JKU to tow behind my motor home. I am installing the Ready Brute system and was wondering what the electric vacuum pump behind the bumper is for and how it operates? When testing the braking system (key off in neutral and coasting down a hill), the pressure needed to slow or stop this JK was really hard. I am currently installing a separate vacuum system to power the brake booster. When does the original electric vacuum pump run and is it for Emissions functions? It never runs that I can tell. Thanks. I will post my mod here after testing....
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I purchased all my towing equipment off of Craigslist. Demco Excalibur 2. My RV maxes out at 5K tow weight, but the Excalibur has a 10K towing capacity...plenty. Alos have the Rockhard 4x4 with tow brackets on the bumper.

I use the BrakeBuddy, which works great.

I've towed the Jeep quite a bit, most recently just a 500 mile round trip (after my wheel and lift kit was installed). No issues. In total, the Jeep has been pulled all the way from PA to SC and back with several stops in between. Plus last year from PA to TN with similar stops in between.

IMO any of the tow bars you mentioned are good. I went with Demco only based on what was available, as craigslist saved me quite a few $$s and I still got quality products.
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We're using the https://www.readybrake.com/store/p4/...V_Tow_Bar.html Ready Brute Elite system from NSA - it's a tow bar with an integrated braking system all in one unit.

I just installed the Ready Brute Elite II on my JK. Absolutely love it. The brake is built into the towbar - you do need to add a cable through your dash to the arm of your brake pedal though. But, the upside of the mechanical surge brake system is no electrical drain on your JKU if you're towing long distances and no $$$$big buck supplemental braking system that you have to put in and take out every time you want to tow or drive your JKU. The Ready Brake system is always there, all you need to do when you hook up the tow bar is hook up the cable from the surge brake to the nose of your JKU - wherever you decide to install it. There's a really good set of videos on Ytube about the system.
They've got several good videos in the series about setting up their Wrangler.
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We've been using the Currie/RockJock Tow Bar Mount. It is a bitch to install, but once installed it looks right at home with no snouts sticking out. Looks just like a skid plate.

https://www.rockjock4x4.com/jk-tow-bar-mounting-kit

I'm using their very basic tow bar as well. Gets the job done, though it can be a pain to hookup if the ground isn't level and it weighs a ton. The base plate is compatible with BlueOx and Demco tow bars though.
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We've been using the Currie/RockJock Tow Bar Mount. It is a bitch to install, but once installed it looks right at home with no snouts sticking out. Looks just like a skid plate.

https://www.rockjock4x4.com/jk-tow-bar-mounting-kit

I'm using their very basic tow bar as well. Gets the job done, though it can be a pain to hookup if the ground isn't level and it weighs a ton. The base plate is compatible with BlueOx and Demco tow bars though.

I've got the Currie mount on mine too. Less expensive than Blue Ox and the other options but it's solid. I saw a Blue Ox mount on another JK before I did mine and it almost looks like a snowplow frame hanging down under the vehicle. The Currie mounting plate looks like a skid plate, it replaces the plastic skid plate under the factory bumper. It's the same tow mount used in the video I linked to above.

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