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Old 12-08-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hi I have a Ford Focus that weighs in at about 2200 lbs. Do I need a supplemental braking system and if so what make I will be towing it with a gas powered MotorHome. Any help will be greatfull, Thanks Ken
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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Hi I have a Ford Focus that weighs in at about 2200 lbs. Do I need a supplemental braking system and if so what make I will be towing it with a gas powered MotorHome. Any help will be greatfull, Thanks Ken
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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Don't know what your towing with but my Ford manual says anything over 1500 lbs needs brakes. I use a M&G unit and would recommend it to any one who asks but there are many out there.
I've towed with and with out toad brakes and I can say it's better with them then without. Have a friend with a DP and he can tell when the toad brakes come on and will not tow with out them.
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:28 PM   #4
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I will be towing with a 37ft. SeaBreeze on a Workhorse W24, So just is a M&G or a DP unit,
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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I suggest you get toad brakes. I have a gas 37 foot MH and can really tell the difference with my Isuzu Trooper. I have the US Gear system and am very pleased. It uses the toad vacuum to power the toad brakes.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:35 AM   #6
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US Gear also. Will not tow without brakes
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Better to have and not need than to need and not have. IF the state you are in requires them by law and you have an accident the insurer may not want to pay a claim if you are not leagal.
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I used to tow a Focus (wish I still had it). I used a Blue Ox Apollo brake system. While the Focus is light, the supplemental braking system will give you breakaway protection. I now use the Air Force One system by SMI but that is for DP's with air brakes. SMI makes other systems and I would recommend you look into those.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:52 AM   #9
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We have the US Gear Unified Braking System. Although we have a DP, we do not have air bags, air suspension nor air brakes on the MH. We have hydraulic. So US Gear works for us. And Monaco (and some others) pre-wires for the Unified Braking System. The break-away system is peace of mind.
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M&G here!!! One very slick and well built product. Don't take chances, you need a brake system, and like someone said earlier if you have an accident your insurance could have issues paying your claim if you were in violation of a state law. Why take risk it.
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Hi Ken,
Read this then decide. I am in the will not tow without a supplemental brake system for the toad camp. I have USGear and would make the purchase again.
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Besides the legal issue, there is a lot of force through your tow bar and hitch points if the car is not restrained in a hard stop.
The brake systems mentioned above are good. A lower-cost option would be the ReadyBrake which is a hitch surge-activated mechanical system. When installed and adjusted properly, it works well, is totally proportional, and is very simple to maintain. I have been happy with ours.
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We have the US Gear Unified Tow Brake system and it is a great system. It is a pretty good job to install it, but well worth it, even if you have to pay a shop to install it.
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Me too! The Ready Brake with tow bar.
Not hard to install either. I did mine along with the Demco base plate in an easy day on an 06 Saturn Vue.
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