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Old 05-05-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Auxillary Braking for Towed car Or Not - Need Opinions

We need some advice as to whether or not we need to add a supplemental braking system to our tow vehicle. Here is the setup.
2008 Forest River Lexington 283GTS motorhome (Class B+) on a Ford E450 Super Duty Chassis. Hitch on the motorhome is rated for 5000lb. Tow car is a 2007 Saturn ION 2 with a curb weight of 2800lbs. Legal tow weight here in Florida for an Auxillary braking system is 3000lbs and up. I would like some opinions as to adding a braking system or not and if so would appreciate some suggestions as to what braking system to get. Thanks
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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It doesn't matter what legalities are in Florida if you are in another state that requires aux braking. If the unthinkable would happen in such a state and you are not legal your insurance could deny coverage. For the costs involved you are much better off being safe rather than sorry.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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My vote is braking system. Very helpful in panic stops and believe me they will come. Never leave home without ours.
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Dont you want to stop in 2/3 the distance of being without it?
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I agree you want a braking system. look into the AF1 system.

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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Toad Braking system

I have looked into several systems and am a bit confused. Opinions would be appreciated.

Roadmaster Invisibrake

SMI DUO

US Gear Ready Brake

Are there any others?
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Need to be both legal and safe. Safe always requires a braking system.

I have a Brake Buddy but am seriously looking at a change to Ready Brake (low cost, effective, nothing to setup in the toad when getting ready to travel).
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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I use the Blue Ox Patriot system. I had a full blown panic stop on e-way and was glad I had it I stopped about 10 ft. from hitting the van in front of me. I will never be with out one.
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Brake:

We use the Blue Ox Patriot auxiliary braking system. It is very straight forward, you see what you get. It is very easy to set up and gives us assurance of safety. We have a Class C motorhome, and towing without the supplemental brakes caused undue stress. After losing all brakes on a trip to Florida we went with the Patriot. No problems, no hassle, no worries. Very pleased.
Good luck and be safe.
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Highly recommend the ReadyBrake system. Or ReadyBrute Elite towbar with built-in ReadyBrake. Contrary to what another poster stated, there is a one-time setup in the toad, namely the cable from the brake pedal to the front of the vehicle, but when that has been installed it is a simple hook up and go.
Just completed a 2000 mile trip with the ReadyBrute and could not be happier. The entire towbar and brake system cost less than $900. (bought on eBay)
see Readybrake RV Tow Bars and RV Surge Braking Systems for Car Towing - NSA RV Products
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We use the ReadyBrute combined unit. Have towed across the country and back. I like the ease of setup, proportional braking and no power use from the toad.
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We need some advice as to whether or not we need to add a supplemental braking system to our tow vehicle.
There shouldn't even be a question. The brakes on toad not only help you stop faster, but a proper break-a-way system also stops toad if it comes disconnected.

Whether the state you happen to be in at the time requires brakes on a toad, the Law of Physics is in force in all states. 'A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force.' Take your toad into a flat parking lot, release the brake and push it to get it rolling. Then run to the front and try to stop it.

Many systems from place on the floor and attach to brake pedal to lever/cable pulls from the hitch to brake pedal, electric, hydraulic, air (if RV is equipped) and on and on. Google the topic and read the ads, you'll learn a lot about supplemental braking systems.
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clarified my previous post in this thread
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Rpgibbs, you can also add Unified Brake Syatem to your list. They all work similar and are easy to hook up once they are installed.
I chose the SMI Duo becaus of the small actuator on the brake pedal. It is not noticeable and does not interfer with my foot position when braking. In addition it uses the toad's brake assist, either vacume or hydro boost.
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