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Old 12-07-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Brake buddy failed

One advice.
I have a 13 yr old Brake buddy. The last time I went to disconnect it was hot and humming like a church choir.
My coach has an air fitting so if I go for an airforce one or similar there should be no work to do on the coach.
I asked for the brake buddy be sent away and a quote to fix.
Where should I draw the line and dump it and what should I replace it with if the fix is too expensive.
I'm only towing a Subaru Outback so 3500 lb
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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When I was in the electronic repair business as rule of thumb I would recommend replacement when repair cost would exceed 50% of new cost.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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The Air force one requires tying into the metered air going to the brakes not just into any airline.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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The Air force one requires tying into the metered air going to the brakes not just into any airline.
I think the previous owner had either air brakes on a very large trailer he toad or an Airforce 1 system on a towed.
The tow bar apparently is extra heavy duty rather than the standard 10000lb bar
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we have the M&G brake system on our coach/toad combo which ties into the air brakes on the coach to provide proportional braking on the toad. Works a lot better then our old "brake in a box" system we used to use.
One drawback to this system is it is not compatable to all toads but I checked the list on their website and Outbacks up to 2012 are listed but nothing for the 13's. The list was last updated on 4/2013 so they may have more up to date info if you call them.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:44 AM   #6
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Many thanks
I was leaning toward the m&g system.
I'll have the guys at Cal-western give me a quote.
You know Xmas in Australia is a big deal - our biggest "present giving" time.
If I can get this wrapped up ill give it to DW as her Xmas gift. I'm sure that will give me some kudos. I was going to buy her a I robot vac but this will kill 2 birds with one stone.
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we have the M&G brake system on our coach/toad combo which ties into the air brakes on the coach to provide proportional braking on the toad. Works a lot better then our old "brake in a box" system we used to use. One drawback to this system is it is not compatable to all toads but I checked the list on their website and Outbacks up to 2012 are listed but nothing for the 13's. The list was last updated on 4/2013 so they may have more up to date info if you call them.
Just realized its either very late or very early in Texas.
You are surprisingly coherent for this time of night.
It was a joke about the m&g Xmas present - I've already bought her a lawn mower.
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