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Old 07-08-2015, 04:23 PM   #15
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I have a RVI brake system. Although I've never had a problem I do have concerns about the potential brake drag issues.
My solution is a super bright LED wired to the brake switch in the toad. When illuminated I can see it in my rear camera. It plugs in and can easily be removed for normal driving.
Good idea. My Air Force One has that as part of the package.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #16
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I have a RVI brake system. Although I've never had a problem I do have concerns about the potential brake drag issues.
My solution is a super bright LED wired to the brake switch in the toad. When illuminated I can see it in my rear camera. It plugs in and can easily be removed for normal driving.
I don't like the hassle of setting it up when we tow, but I've got it down to a pretty quick process. The brake has been very useful in a panic stop, although the coffee pot didn't fair so well.

Great idea .. But not sure what you mean by "wired in to the brake switch". Are you able to elaborate ???
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:03 PM   #17
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That mini is so light I am surprised u even bothered with a braking system.

Glad there was not anymore damage

The mini is heavier than you might think ~3600 pounds. Heavier than a lot of states limits for requiring aux braking . I would LIKE to avoid the aux brake for exactly the kind of reason I just ran in to ....
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What did you have the TPMS alarm set for? I have mine at 120 degrees. I have never seen more than 100, but I haven't travelled anywhere hotter than 95 ambient. I keep my alarms close so that I get plenty of warning.

I had the alarm set for the default - something like 170. I thought about setting it lower, but am heading to big bend park ( southern Texas) this summer. Up to 120 or so during the day. 130 might be a setting I would risk... Better a false alarm than a real one too late I guess. :-)
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Great idea .. But not sure what you mean by "wired in to the brake switch". Are you able to elaborate ???
I actually tapped into a brake light wire running back to the tail lights. I found a light in a fixture on Amazon that works well (link is below) I attach to the dash via a small piece of Velcro. I also installed a 2amp inline fuse and a quick disconnect connector so I can remove the light, but keep the wiring intact. You can run pretty small wiring (20 - ga wire) as the current draw for the LED's is low.

Entire project took me about an hour. As I said in my post, I've never had an issue with my brake unit, but it is some peace of mind knowing for sure that the brakes are not dragging. It's also reassuring knowing the brake is working when I step on the pedal in a quick slow down situation.

Here is the link to what I used, although there are others that are similar.

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http://www.amazon.com/KAWELL%C2%AE-9...ywords=K5-5012
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I had the alarm set for the default - something like 170. I thought about setting it lower, but am heading to big bend park ( southern Texas) this summer. Up to 120 or so during the day. 130 might be a setting I would risk... Better a false alarm than a real one too late I guess. :-)
I figure 20 degrees more than I would see on a hot day should be good. BTW as an old racer, brake fires are nothing new. Just glad that you got it out before anything else went up in flames.

Keep your eyes on the front bearings. The heat from your rotors may have baked out the grease. Unless they feel rough right now, only time will tell. If your brake pedal gets long after a bumpy road, or it seems like there is any play in the front wheels, then they probably need to be replaced as well.
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We have an EvenBrake when we first got it we had problems with it traveling forward and engaging the brakes on the toad all the time. In desperation I used a bungee cord around the arm and to the bar under the seat. This kept the "box" away from the brake pedal. Now we are having an Air Force one installed.
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Hmmmm.....I see a good lesson for having a TPMS!
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