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quiltlady

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Posted: 06/04/19 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We flat tow a 2014 CRV with our Class A Encounter. The braking system recommended by our RV repair/installer was a Blue OX Autostop which has not worked for us. It is a cable tied to the car brake pedal and it either keeps the brakes on all the time or not at all. There is no way to adjust it so that it is consistent. We need to replace it. Any recommendations of systems you have been happy with? Thank you.

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Looks like a mechanical disaster to me since it expects the to tow bar to slide inside the MH hitch considering all of the friction involved.

For our 04 CRV a box brake got tiring with our more frequent stops but it worked well. The Invsibrake replacement requires no setup and works well.

The Jeep Air Force 1 also has no setup but it's air operated and I think requires MH air brakes.

Note: I've always had a hardwired MH cab light that indicates the toad brakes are on so that I know the toad brake is applied and released. I'd be skeptical of a wireless setup.

M&G might be a option and it's air operated.

Ready Brute has a lot of fans. It's also cable operated and I believe the hydraulic cylinder is behind the MH hitch and superior to the Autostop.

What are the Autostop reviews saying?


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The Blue OX Autostop operates similar to NSA's ReadyBrake which I've been using for well over 30 years now on several different vehicles. Once you get the connecting cable to the right length, it's the simplest and easiest way to get fully proportional braking on your towed vehicle. I love the way it works and the ease of getting ready to tow. I'd buy another one just like it in a heartbeat.

How much slop do you have with your towbar?

My ReadyBrake has a 12v LED that goes on the dash of the MH and runs all the way back to the towed through a connector at the bumper. It ties into the towed's brake light switch and lights up when the pedal is depressed. Again, it's simple and lets you know when the towed brakes are being applied. Highly recommended!

ReadyBrake also sells a ring that goes over the vertical bolt head extension so the connecting cable doesn't get looped around it. Also highly recommended: [image]
https://www.readybrake.com/store/p34/Sling_Adapter_for_Blue_Ox_Towbars.html


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Posted: 06/04/19 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we use one of these. ">tIAAOSwU4FcgdZG&enc=AQADAAAB8KX%2FKt4E........4287785c34c05a840c048ef9275aeb13799e372]

I bought it off e-bay for cheap. I have 2 would sell one.
they require some installation of the air line and quick disconnects.


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DFord. We too have the light on the dash that indicates when brakes are applied, that's how we know the brakes are not working correctly. We have adjusted the cable many times and still it is not consistent. Either the brakes don't apply when they should or do when they shouldn't. Maybe the cable is rubbing on something it shouldn't. It is easy to set up, but not working correctly.We have no slop with out towbar. We did not do the installation ourselves. At any rate DH has had it with this system since it is not working correctly. Looking at the RVI3,

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Posted: 06/04/19 08:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Roadmaster Invisibrake works great for me.

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Thanks for the feedback DH went to the dealer that sold us the autostop system. He was told the company is out of business and DH decided to go with a new Patriot system. Hope we have better luck with that one.

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That's strange, you can still buy the AutoStop:

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/blue-ox-autostop-p/bx88100.htm

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DFord wrote:

That's strange, you can still buy the AutoStop:

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/blue-ox-autostop-p/bx88100.htm


Check out were it says avalibality...no longer available


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quiltlady wrote:

...He was told the company is out of business ...

BlueOx is anything but out of business. They probably discontinued that product for reasons unknown to us. Could be sales numbers or other reasons, when it comes to that type of braking they have a competitor in the market. We’ll never know why the exited it.

But BlueOx is a big player in the Recreational towing world plus they have strong presence in the Agriculture and developed a towing line for the US Military.


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