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Old 07-01-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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Brake Buddy Wireless Monitor

Anybody having trouble syncronizing their Brake Buddy wireless monitor. I followed the instruction but am not sure whether I'm letting it synch long enough. Suggestions?


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Old 07-01-2012, 04:44 PM   #2

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I had to mount the antenna in the toad so the wite was vertical. I have it clipped to the dash. I have tested it with the sensitivity set at 6, but I run it at 3 because I don't want the brakes coming on every time I gear down. I also only tow a Saturn wagon which is pretty light.


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Old 07-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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Hope your remote lasts longer than mine. Never could get it to receive in the MH and after two seasons it died completely. Brake Buddy said "sorry out of warranty, we will sell you another one for $60". I said no thanks!! Haven't missed it since.
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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I have a Brake Buddy Classic and I did have trouble getting the signal from the toad to the motorhome (Fleetwood Discovery 36t). If I pulled the toad alongside, it works fine, so distance is definitely an issue.

I called Brake Buddy and they told me the problem is probably in the motorhome, not the toad. They said interference from satellite radio or a navigation system is usually the culprit. I have both.

The suggested solution was to get a 12v extension cable and move the BB receiver away from any potential interference. So I went to Walmart and bought a 10 foot coiled 12v extension. After some debate, we tried hanging the receiver from the passenger side visor, which is probably 6 feet off the floor in our coach.

Worked like a charm. Problem solved. I was able to fine tune the Brake Buddy sensitivity on our first trip and it's been performing like a champ ever since.

Lesson learned: when in doubt, call the manufacturer.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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I have the Brake Buddy Vantage and have no issue with wireless communication between the unit and the wireless control unit in the MH. I have the control unit mounted on the drivers side control panel. My MH is 38' so maybe that helps.
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Anybody having trouble syncronizing their Brake Buddy wireless monitor. I followed the instruction but am not sure whether I'm letting it synch long enough. Suggestions?

I have to "wake up" the wireless remote. I think its because I use the 12v cable and no battery, so the on/off switch is inop. What I do is press the Mode switch 3 times. First time, no lights. Second time, Full lights up. Third time, Proportional lights up, which is what I use. I do a brake test either in the campground or on the first straight, empty road. If I don't wake up the remote, the red Braking light does not come on.

Bruce Dickson 2013 Thor Challenger 37GT, 5 Star Tune, Safe-T-Plus Steering Control with Air Trim, Roadmaster front and rear Sway Bars, SuperSteer rear Track Bar, Crossfires, 2012 Honda CRV on Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar. Full timers since Jan 2012.
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