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Old 11-19-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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We are getting ready to purchase a braking system for our new coach, is there any difference between blue ox, brake buddy, or any of the other brands out there? Please give us some feed back!
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Old 11-19-2005, 01:55 PM   #2
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We are getting ready to purchase a braking system for our new coach, is there any difference between blue ox, brake buddy, or any of the other brands out there? Please give us some feed back!
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Old 11-19-2005, 03:47 PM   #3
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Bob, check out what has already been discussed on this topic by clicking on the "find" button and enter the Braking System search words. We have been using the Road Master, Brake Master air version since we have air brakes. They also make a gas chassis model.
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Since your Adventurer doesn't have air brakes, you will need one of the types that has its own brake power source (usually a 12V powered air compressor/tank) or one of the cable-operated "surge" brakes. The easiest to set up is the Brake Buddy, but you have to put the BB unit somewhere when it is not in use. Some people think its a hassle and others find it trivial - you decide. Many thousand of RVers use Brake Buddys and nearly all are happy customers.

The US Gear Unified Tow Brake is also a good choice. Once installed, there is nothing to do except plug it in when you are ready to tow. It's an excellent system.
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Old 11-20-2005, 02:18 PM   #5
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i've had my bb since 2000, because we were goning to calgary, alberta, canada, and the bb was the only approved for use in canada by the royal canadian mounted police. it great if you have a helper when installing, it takes less than 10 minutes to install and when wiring installed in other cars ,the brake buddy can be used. i've broken the break-away transmitter and called the bb # and they over-nighted the unit to me. it,s simple to use, not invasive to toad's systems and works well. i could have gone into much more info ,,.. if you more info get back to me.

thanks, and i hope this info helps----ajbjrvers
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I'm using SMI's stay-n-play unit. After a minor one time installation, all you do is turn on the switch & its good to go. Top this off with a signal light on the MH dash (tells when the brakes are applied on the toad) & adjustable braking while driving from within the MH & in my opinion, this is a far superior unit than the BB at about the same cost.
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We have the Apollo by Blue Ox, find it very easy to install and we had one problem, blue ox just sent a new one and paid to have the other one sent back. It has been flawless besides that. I went with it for price and that if I ever get a newer or different tow vehicle I can move it easily.
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We have the Blue Ox system. EZ to hook up. works well. Light weight and ez to store.Blue ox are great people to work with if you have a problem
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I have the Brake Buddy. What I liked about it was that when I change cars, as I recently did, all that needs to be done is grab it and put it in the new car. The brake a-way switch is the only thing attached to the car. It is only attached with 2 screws. But in the end it is what you like best for yourself. Just get something.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:12 PM   #10
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I have the SMI four wire unit. The features that I like is the vacuum pump so that the brakes are activated with the toad power booster working, and the positive feedback signal in the coach from the toad brake light switch so you know when the toad brakes are applied.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:29 PM   #11
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I bought the original model of Brake Buddy in 1999 when I bought my first coach (36' Class A gas).

My first tow car was a '93 Honda Accord. My second was a Saturn SC2.

Now I tow a Saturn Vue V6 behind our second coach, a 38' Dustch Star DP.

I've used the same Buddy with all.
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:33 AM   #12
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I have the Roadmaster 9160 which is the air activated system for the toad. It is a little more work to install than the others but I like the idea of true proportional braking in conjunction with the MH.
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I have used the Unified Tow Brake on the same toad (2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee) with two different Motorhomes. I am quite happy with this system both with air brakes and hydraulic.

The initial installation is not difficult, but is rather time consuming. This is a proportional system with brakeaway coverage. Once installed, it requires hooking up a cable and the brakeaway cable and does not get in the way in the toad.
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