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Old 02-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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I cannot decide between the Brake Buddy and the Blue Ox Apollo brake system. When you read the specifications they appear to be very similar.

Any suggestions, or past histories with operating.

I will be installing in a 2001 S10 Blazer, about 2800 pounds
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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I cannot decide between the Brake Buddy and the Blue Ox Apollo brake system. When you read the specifications they appear to be very similar.

Any suggestions, or past histories with operating.

I will be installing in a 2001 S10 Blazer, about 2800 pounds
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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Roadmaster makes one too.I have an older version and it does what its supposed to.I bought it used(refurbished) on e-bay for $450.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:48 AM   #4
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Depchief I have had the Brake Buddy for 7 years now and it has worked real well. It is easy to install and remove when traveling.
I would recommend.
I pull a 99 Ford Explorer without any problems.
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As I am sure you have found or will find if you search this forum, it is personal preference. I for one chose BB because of their long reputation and have been very happy. I have used it in several toads and had zero problems. both companies are very reputable so I think you will be happy with either.
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I'm a Blue Ox fan but when I was shopping for a brake theirs had a recall on it due to some design problems so went to the Brake buddy. It works well for me since I have 2 toads. I keep it set at very low sensetivity and it only actuates with fairly hard braking. The breakaway feature is as important to me as the brake itself.

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We have been using a Brake Buddy for three years now and it has performed as advertised with no problems.
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I believe the Apollo requires tapping into the toads brake switch wiring. Something to consider.

I'm satisfied with my Brake Buddy Vantage.
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While I have been using a brake buddy for over 3 years and it works great, one or more manufacturers now advertise a similar brake system that offers graduated braking depending upon how hard you are braking the coach. This would seem to be a good approach as my Brake Buddy is either on or off. You can set sensitivity and set braking pressure, but once it is activated, there is no adjustment as to brake pressure.
Getting one that is sensitive to braking pressure needed, and without having to cut into the coach electrically or pneumatically, would seem to be the best of all choices.
Sorry I do not recall who is advertising this graduated braking system...could even be Brake Buddy or Blue Ox.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KTYSTR:
Getting one that is sensitive to braking pressure needed, and without having to cut into the coach electrically or pneumatically, would seem to be the best of all choices.
Sorry I do not recall who is advertising this graduated braking system...could even be Brake Buddy or Blue Ox. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The Roadmaster Even Brake, and its predecessor the Brake Pro, provide proportional braking and don't require cutting to the toad's electrical or brake system. There may be others.
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I have the appolo. Used it for over 10,000 miles and works fine. You do not have to tap into the brake wiring for the braking system itself. If you purchase the remote sensor, which I would recomend, you simply splice into the hot wire to the brake light switch. That wire goes to a Radio frequency transmitter which sends a signal to a receiver which activates a light in the MH when the brake on the toad is applied by the appolo.
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I've used the brake buddy for three different toads since 2001 without any problems. Installation and removal is very easy.
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We tow a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee (over 5000 lbs) and use the brake buddy with very good results. You do need to select the sensitivity according to the terrain you're traveling. We found this particularly true when traveling through the mountains of Alaska and Canada. As long as you follow the instructions in the BB owners manual per the toad you're using it on as far as your air pressure setting and make sure you run through the "testing" phase to bleed the vacuum out of your toad brake system...(which consists of pressing a "test" button 3 or 4 times after hook up)it seems to work really well. I went with the brake buddy due to the name they have made for themselves and how extremely quick and easy it is to install....literally takes about 2 minutes to install and just the same to pull it when you want to use the toad. Also, the break-away feature, as mentioned earlier, was a very important feature for me. If you go this route...I just suggest that you test the break-away each and every time you hook up.
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Hmmm, thought I posted a reply so I'll try again.
Bought a Brake Buddy about 8 years ago. Used it on two different toads - a '95 Jeep Cherokee and currently a '98 Subaru Outback 5 spd. The BB has done it's job on 2 emergency stops. Without the BB, both stops would have ended up with MH nose crammed into the back of vehicles in front.
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