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Old 10-07-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Best Auxiliary Brake System

I have a 98 Monaco 34' Windsor with a 300 cummins. I am towing a 05 Malibu with a Blue Ox tow bar. As most state now require a brake system for the tow vehicle, I have been looking at the Roadmaster Even Brake, Model 9400 and the RVi Proportional Auxiliary Brake Model 12021. Need some help with the decision from those with the experience using them. If I have overlooked a better and easier system I would like to know that too. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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I use the M&G system with break away. Air hose from coach to toad for brakes and lanyard from coach to connector on toad. Takes about 1 minute and your good to go. Not the least expensivebut the easiest I've ever seen. I used it for over 10 years on 2 different toads.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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Our choice was the SMI Air Force One since the diesel uses air brakes and the Air Force One system uses air to apply proportional braking. With this system, there is no "brake box" to install/remove in the towed vehicle. Just connect, and drive away. Best of luck with whichever system you choose!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Don't waste your money on the Invisibrake. I have nothing but problems with it since I got it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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I have a smilar system to yours and am happy with it however, if I was to do it again I would check out the Readybrake systems. They look to be a pretty well designed surge system, simple, easy to operate. The Ready brute tow bar incorporates braking or you can just select the Ready brake surge receiver as I read it. Seems cost effective to me.

Something to look at as long as you are shopping.
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If simple, reliable and easy to use are any parts of the equation, you'll want to know more about the Ready Brake.
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Thank you all for sharing your experience and knowledge with me on the very important topic. After reading and with the homework I have done, I know which system will fit my needs. Happy trails.
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Thank you all for sharing your experience and knowledge with me on the very important topic. After reading and with the homework I have done, I know which system will fit my needs. Happy trails.
Care to share?
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Sorry I didn't mention my preference, I will be going with the Ready Brake due to the way it is connected, the simplicity of operation and the cost. I don't have to worry about any electrical or pneumatic failures during operation. I did however send an E-Mail to the company asking some additional information about installation because I have adjustable brake pedal. Hopefully the information will be positive. Thank you again to all.
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from illustration here ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products (move down to lower page), when toad pushes forward the brake pedal will be pulled to brake. do we need to drill a hole on firewall between engine bay and car inside?
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I installed the RVI braking system in my 08 Jerp toad. It sits on the floor. It takes a couple of minutes to install each time before you leave. It seems go work well and I'm very happy with it.
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from illustration here ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products (move down to lower page), when toad pushes forward the brake pedal will be pulled to brake. do we need to drill a hole on firewall between engine bay and car inside?
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Sorry I didn't mention my preference, I will be going with the Ready Brake due to the way it is connected, the simplicity of operation and the cost. I don't have to worry about any electrical or pneumatic failures during operation. I did however send an E-Mail to the company asking some additional information about installation because I have adjustable brake pedal. Hopefully the information will be positive. Thank you again to all.
I use mine with adjustable brake pedal, move pedals in to hook up, gives plenty of slack, and out for towing. Set it up in the pedal out position.

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readybrake appears to be an effective, reliable yet simple design. the only thing is - on a long slope down, it brakes entire time, thus the brakes will wear quickly - a small cost but worth it. additionally, power assistance will be unavailable.
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