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Old 12-04-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hello,

Thank you for welcoming us to the community. We're John and Terrie. We're new to RVing and have a lot to learn. One of our first questions is: Is it true that most campgrounds can't handle 40 footers? Does anyone in the community know how to connect a Brake Buddy transmitter to the RV braking system? Does anyone have any experience with slide issues? The right slide protrudes more than the left slide. We would appreciate any advice.

Thank you so much!

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Hello,

Thank you for welcoming us to the community. We're John and Terrie. We're new to RVing and have a lot to learn. One of our first questions is: Is it true that most campgrounds can't handle 40 footers? Does anyone in the community know how to connect a Brake Buddy transmitter to the RV braking system? Does anyone have any experience with slide issues? The right slide protrudes more than the left slide. We would appreciate any advice.

Thank you so much!

John & Terrie
Welcome John & Terrie, There is a lot of knowledge available to you on this site and I'm sure someone will be along with details shortly.

40 foot and campgrounds: Almost all private campgrounds have plenty of room for a 40 footer. Some state parks and national park campgrounds have restrictions (usually around 34 to 36 feet in my experience). We have also camped at some of the parks restricted to 36 feet and had no problems fitting with our 40 footer.

Brake Buddy: The brake buddy and systems like it work on inertia, they do not work directly off of the RV braking system. You will need wiring to the towed for brake lights and directionals and there may be other requirements as well. You can probably find all the info you need on their website.

Adjusting Slides: I have no direct knowledge about adjusting slides but I know others here can help you.

Good Luck and Happy Camping.
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Also... Some quick advice for the future

Try to post one issue per message and set the subject to be more detailed
Like "Brake Buddy Connections" or "Campgrounds the fit 40 footer" etc.

The group will jump in and give advice and others will be able to easily search the answers later when they have the same issue.
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Hello,

Thank you for welcoming us to the community. We're John and Terrie. We're new to RVing and have a lot to learn. One of our first questions is: Is it true that most campgrounds can't handle 40 footers? [B]We've had our 40 all over the USA. VERY few CGs can't work a 40 in. [B] Does anyone in the community know how to connect a Brake Buddy transmitter to the RV braking system? I quit using BB several years ago so can't help. Does anyone have any experience with slide issues? Advise what kind of slide you have. Cable, gear or hydraulic? Someone on here will be able to answer questions once you define what you have.The right slide protrudes more than the left slide. Some slides are not the same depth. Are they fully extended? You can determine this from inside the coach.We would appreciate any advice.

Thank you so much!

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Welcome to the forum J & T.
Add some more infor about what you have and you'll get better responses.
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John & Terrie;

Welcome to iRV2. We are glad you joined us. No it is not true that most campgrounds can't handle 40' RVs. I own a 40' RV and have never been turned down because of my length. That being said in our state some of our older state parks can't handle 40' RVs so I don't try to camp there with out a phone call first.

On your question about Brake Buddy I can't help you as I have never owned one. I suggest you visit our Toads & Motorhome Related Towing Forum and post your question there. On your question about slides you don't state what brand of MH you own. Most motorhome manufactures have there own slide design. You can go to our Owners Forums Section and if you can find your brand there you could post your slide question there. If you can't find your brand represented in our Owners Forum Section we have a Class A Motorhome Forum where you could post your section.

I would recommend you add your motorhome make and model to your signature so we can better help answer your questions. Enjoy the forums and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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Welcome! I have no idea how to install the brake buddy. We have one but we have the dealer install it. I feel much better knowing it is there even though it was another expense.
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Hello,

Thank you for welcoming us to the community. We're John and Terrie. We're new to RVing and have a lot to learn. One of our first questions is: Is it true that most campgrounds can't handle 40 footers? Does anyone in the community know how to connect a Brake Buddy transmitter to the RV braking system? Does anyone have any experience with slide issues? The right slide protrudes more than the left slide. We would appreciate any advice.

Thank you so much!

John & Terrie
Hi John & Terrie! Welcome to IRV2! We're glad you joined the crew!

You'll find some of the older campgrounds, especially state park campgrounds, can't handle 40 footers, but I think the vast majority can find sites that will accommodate you.

Not sure about your slide problems. The different slides on an RV don't necessarily go out the same distance.

Sorry I don't know anything about the Brake Buddy!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I have a Brake Buddy. They don't interact with the motorhome at all unless you have the breakaway alert. It just plugs into the cigar lights in the motorhome and alerts you if the toad gets disconnected. The Brake Buddy sits on the floor of the toad, attaches to the brake pedal and pushes against the seat bottom. It's powered by the cigar lighter in the toad. It takes all of maybe 3 minutes to hook one up. There is a breakaway switch that mounts to the front of the toad with a cable that connects to the Brake Buddy. I have the non-fancy Brake Buddy Classic. Works great.
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Hello, and welcome to the forums!

When I got my 31' MH in June, I talked with a friend who owned a tour bus company for many years if he had any advice, and he said "It's your road. Go your speed. Don't go in anywhere you aren't sure you can get out of. Practice, practice, practice. And have fun." Best advice ever, and we had a great first season with our new rig.

Campgrounds - we go to a campground that could not handle a 40' motor home in some sites, but they are clearly marked on the Reserve America website. I think you'll find that you can fit in most campgrounds.

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Welcome aboard and glad you joined us. I'm sure you'll get the info you need. I hope you enjoy all your future traveling experiences and Be Safe!
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Howdy neighbor! Welcome to the best RV Forum on the web. Between the knowledgable forum members here, friends, and camping neighbors ... most if your questions will soon be answered. By the way, that Berkshire is one sharp looking coach!
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