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Still waiting to hear back from cool tech by email, as calling only produces a recording for messages and advises emailing.

I've been trying to contact CoolTech for about a week. I sent them an email that they never responded to, and of course they don't answer the phone. I'm beginning to wonder whether doing business with them will be a good idea.

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I've got a question. If you are using an exhaust brake on the MH and the Ready Brake or any other brand that operates by pressure from the toad against the MH, it seems that the toad brakes will be applied when the exhaust brake activates. Any thoughts on this!


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SarahW422 wrote:

tropical36 wrote:


Still waiting to hear back from cool tech by email, as calling only produces a recording for messages and advises emailing.

I've been trying to contact CoolTech for about a week. I sent them an email that they never responded to, and of course they don't answer the phone. I'm beginning to wonder whether doing business with them will be a good idea.

My thoughts exactly and what's on the recording sounds like a little girl. My emails have went unanswered as well and surely this isn't the manufacturer of this product, so there must be another distributor somewhere.
How about the some of you that are using this product and did you have this problem?


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MSHappyCampers wrote:

I've got a question. If you are using an exhaust brake on the MH and the Ready Brake or any other brand that operates by pressure from the toad against the MH, it seems that the toad brakes will be applied when the exhaust brake activates. Any thoughts on this!

Sounds like a reasonable assumption to me. So what's wrong with that and I'd think that you'd want the toad to slow down along with the coach or am I missing something here? As far as too much or maybe locking up the toad brakes, there is a sensitivity adjustment for this. As I understand it, you deplete the vacuum assist with the engine off by applying the brake a few times and then do your adjustment.

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MSHappyCampers wrote:

I've got a question. If you are using an exhaust brake on the MH and the Ready Brake or any other brand that operates by pressure from the toad against the MH, it seems that the toad brakes will be applied when the exhaust brake activates. Any thoughts on this!

Sounds like a reasonable assumption to me. So what's wrong with that and I'd think that you'd want the toad to slow down along with the coach or am I missing something here? As far as too much or maybe locking up the toad brakes, there is a sensitivity adjustment for this. As I understand it, you deplete the vacuum assist with the engine off by applying the brake a few times and then do your adjustment.


My thinking is that I would want to depend on the exhaust brake only when descending a long grade so I don't wear out the brakes on the toad.

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MSHappyCampers wrote:

I've got a question. If you are using an exhaust brake on the MH and the Ready Brake or any other brand that operates by pressure from the toad against the MH, it seems that the toad brakes will be applied when the exhaust brake activates. Any thoughts on this!

You may get a momentary toad braking action when the jake first kicks in, but unless the grade is steep enough for the toad's weight to overcome the ReadyBrake's preload spring, the brakes will not be continuously applied. Downshifting will have the same effect, with just a momentary activation as the loads stabilize.


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just had the ready brute installed on a 2008 dodge dakota, have been very happy so far........ cost was $`1300.00 for everything installed and they made the brackets for the tow bar. great job............

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I just talked with a guy at Ready Brake company. He says that the Ready Brake should never activate when using the exhaust brake on the MH. He says that if it does, you have the cable to the toad brake pedal too tight, just loosen it a little. Sounds good to me!

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to get back to the ops question, I towed a 2008 HHR for 35,000 miles. Never had any problem what so ever.


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