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Old 05-07-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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Auxiliary braking systems

I am a "virgin" RVer, having just purchased my first class A motor coach. I have had a Blue Ox towing package installed, but am curious about auxiliary braking systems. There seems to be laws in most states, requiring a provision for a braking system on the "toad" vehicle and am curious whether I should go with the Brake Buddy system or Roadmaster Invisibrake. My coach is a Thor Challenger 37DT(gas powered) and toad is a 2006 Chevy Colorado Z-71 4x4 (5300 GW). Any advice? Many thanks.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:12 PM   #2
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Yes check out SMI brake systems before you make a decision.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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Definitely look at smi stay n play duo I have it and love it Hook up toad plug in light and flip a switch and ready to go


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Take a look at the RVI brake system. Very easy to set up, reliable and great customer service.
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I am a "virgin" RVer, having just purchased my first class A motor coach. I have had a Blue Ox towing package installed, but am curious about auxiliary braking systems. There seems to be laws in most states, requiring a provision for a braking system on the "toad" vehicle and am curious whether I should go with the Brake Buddy system or Roadmaster Invisibrake. My coach is a Thor Challenger 37DT(gas powered) and toad is a 2006 Chevy Colorado Z-71 4x4 (5300 GW). Any advice? Many thanks.
I had the Brake Buddy but it requires putting it in front of the drivers seat and an adjustment each time you use it and tend to drain down the tow car battery. If you get to an RV park and need to disconnect it has to be removed so you can move the tow car then then reinstalling it when you want to leave. I switched to a Ready Brute which is less hassle (for me).
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Between those two go I would choose the invisibrake

Reason: Brake buddy (Classic) needs to be installed EVERY TOW.. Needs to be stowed at end of tow..

now: If you have a "Stable" of towed's this might be good.

Invisibrake is installed one time.. Hook up is basically automatic.

You just need to hook up safety cable

Other options.. If compitable M&G Air/hydraulic system (Best if Tow vehicle has air brakes)

US-Gear Unified brake Decelerator

Ready brake for Blue Ox or... Auto-Stop (From Blue ox if it can be added to your tow bar)

All simple hookup install one time.. No storage needed. invisible to the driver of towed.
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No matter which braking system you decide on, you most likely have a Class III hitch with a 5000 pound limit. You'll need to pay attention to how much stuff you put in your truck.
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