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Posted: 03/21/19 06:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rk911 wrote:

but WHY would anyone want to tow with the arms locked in the retracted position? wouldn’t that shorten the gap between the MH and toad increasing the possibility of damage to both during a turn?


Yeah, that's why I asked, thought maybe there was something going on I hadn't heard before. I think if I towed with my arms locked in the retracted position things would still work just fine and there would be plenty of clearance.

I always lock mine by backing the toad instead of pulling the motorhome forward. Just easier since the toad door is right there and the motorhome door is way up front. [emoticon]


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Okay, you made me look. My Ready Brute tow bar does not lock in the forward position. The locking pin does drop, but does not engage. If the bar did lock in both positions, I would think in certain conditions you could lock one bar in and the other out, which would not be good!

Try yours and report back.

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OK Norm, you made me go look again too. My Ready Brute DOES lock in the retracted (forward) position and it locks solid enough so that I can not cause it to extend (rearward) by pulling on the clevis. Might not lock well enough to tow with but I'll test that on Monday when we leave this CG and I'll report back. I suspect I will be able to tow with it locked forward.

Of course, it locks in the extended position too.

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Well,
I'll be darned. Been towing for decades and have never, ever seen any version of any tow bar, that's extendable that is, that will lock in the retracted position. We've got lots of friends who tow Jeeps and all that and, there are several different makes and models of tow bars and not one of them will lock in the retracted position.

For one, as has been stated, in the retracted position, the distance is closed between the toad and coach. Depending on the width of the tow bar attachment on the toad, that could mean it's quite a bit closer to the coach in the retracted position. And two, the maker of the tow bar would have to make double locking mechanisms, IN and OUT and that would, I think, complicate things pretty good when, there is absolutely ZERO need for towing in a retracted position.

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Bought myReady Brute w/built in brake around 2009. Wonder if the vintage makes a difference? Check with NSA?

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I suppose the vintage might matter. Mine's probably a 2016/17 vintage. I bought it off Craigslist so not sure.

I guess it really doesn't matter. The reason I started the thread is just out of curiosity based on what I saw one morning. Maybe I didn't even see what I thought I saw. [emoticon] It was early and I was just up to my second cup of coffee. [emoticon]

My Ready Brute Elite will definitely lock in either position and the instructions even state to unlock the red latches to extend the arms. They also warn to only tow in the extended position.

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hohenwald48 wrote:

I suppose the vintage might matter. Mine's probably a 2016/17 vintage. I bought it off Craigslist so not sure.

I guess it really doesn't matter. The reason I started the thread is just out of curiosity based on what I saw one morning. Maybe I didn't even see what I thought I saw. [emoticon] It was early and I was just up to my second cup of coffee. [emoticon]

My Ready Brute Elite will definitely lock in either position and the instructions even state to unlock the red latches to extend the arms. They also warn to only tow in the extended position.


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I just read that too in the online manual. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the primary reason for locking them in the retracted position is maybe to keep them from self extending due to vibration, gravity etc. while you're driving the coach, and no toad is connected. But they definitely state, IN RED, to only tow in the extended position.
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My RBE was purchased new, just a few weeks ago. It locks in either position.


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