ReadyBrake Test Results
The Readybrake has consistently proven to reduce the stopping distance of a given motor home by upwards of 30% when towing. Many of our competitors show test results with the GVWR of each vehicle, make model, and year depicted as well as weather conditions, road conditions, etc. This would be fantastic if everyone drove the same motor home, towed the same car, and carried the exact same supplies in the same weather, road, and terrain conditions.
The ReadyBrake being a surge operated non-invasive type braking system did require testing to prove that brake drag did not occur while descending a hill. NSA RV Products incorporated the use of one of our very first customers to accomplish this task. Mr. John Franklin of Iola, KS was kind enough to do this testing for us. Mr. Franklin at the time of testing owned an 82 model, Newall, five speed, diesel pusher, 39' in length and towed a 97 model Ford Explorer. After installing the ReadyBrake onto the motor home Mr. Franklin installed an In-Dash Brake Light Indicator so he would be able to visually inspect the travel of the towed vehicles brake pedal as the towed vehicle descended a hill.
The true test of the ReadyBrake occurred while descending a hill outside of Phoenix, AZ. The grade of the hill was 7% if not a little steeper allowing for as strenuous a test as we feel possible. Mr. Franklin began his descent, down shifted his motor home and applied the motor homes jake brake attaining a final descent speed of 40 miles per hour. The In-Dash Brake Light Indicator light briefly when down shifting, and applying the Jake brake, and then didn't light at all until braking was applied to the motor home. So the ReadyBrake not only does not drag the towed vehicles brakes, it uses the towed vehicles brakes to assist the motor homes brakes in slowing the rate of descent.
NSA RV Products is very confident that brake drag will not occur when using our product, however the product must be installed correctly, and proper steep grade procedures should still be followed. The ReadyBrake does not replace the use of good driving habits and careful driving procedures. You should still use good judgment on steep grades, taking in consideration the weight of your towed vehicle and the amount of down shifting or use of supplementary braking such as exhaust brakes, or jake brakes which will be required. You should never back up a towed vehicle with your motor home. The ReadyBrake should be disabled prior to backing up if it is absolutely necessary.
The Receiver Drops are all Class 3 rated to 500 lb. tongue weight, and 5000 lb. trailer weight. The use of the ReadyBrake or any other towed vehicle braking system does not allow you to exceed the tow rating on any towing products.
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