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Old 03-31-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
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Will a Brake Buddy operate properly if the break away system is not connected?
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Will a Brake Buddy operate properly if the break away system is not connected?
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:09 AM   #3
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The Brake Buddy will operate properly with out the brake away attached. At one time this was an option but may now be part of the complete system.
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Purely an editorial comment,but why would you want to operate a toad braking system WITHOUT a functioning break away system?

Given the damage and potential for injury that a free wheeling toad could cause, I would believe this to be a valuable part of any toad braking system.
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Old 03-31-2007, 04:24 PM   #5
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It was just a hypothetical question. I wouldn't normally operate such a system without the break away attached.
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Old 03-31-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BIGRED1:
Will a Brake Buddy operate properly if the break away system is not connected? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Brake Buddy will most likely operate whenever it feels like operating because it knows it's the boss. There's no telling exactly when it will want to lock up your brakes.

The BB does come with a pair of wires, black and white, that terminate using banana plugs on top of the BB. The wires come from the break away switch (required) and sould be mounted low on the front fascia of your vehicle.

I would suggest that you not operate any auxilliary brake w/o a break away switch.
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Old 03-31-2007, 05:37 PM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Brake Buddy will most likely operate whenever it feels like operating because it knows it's the boss. There's no telling exactly when it will want to lock up your brakes. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Huh?

Mike, it sounds like you don't think much of the Brake Buddy.
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To; ALL&lt; re; Brake Buddy,

Going into my 7th season with the same BB.

About 15,000 miles and always use break-away system.

Never had a problem.

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I've been using the Brake Buddy for a few years and it works well for me. I was pulling a '02 Ford Super Crew with my last motor home really appreciated the "BB". I do think it was a little hard on my "toad" brakes though. I will be using the "BB" on my new set up and expect the same level of service. I always use the "break-away" monitor.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Route 66:
Mike, it sounds like you don't think much of the Brake Buddy. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Dirk, I ran a BRAKEBuddy for close to 4 years and I certainly do have a bit of experience with it.

I spoke often with Dan Decker and started off with the aluminum square box and finished up having cycled through 3 additional units and concluded my ownership in the summer of 2005.

The straw that broke the CB was when I came down a sharp driveway and the BB went berserk and locked up and it would not release until I had achieved 0 forward velocity. I pulled my toad down the driveway for about 30 to 40 feet with the brakes locked up until I stopped right before entering the highway. Prior to that one of our BBs caused about 2000.00 worth of damage on our 2001 Cavalier.

Auxiliary brakes I have found regardless of what type is used should have failsafe mechanism that initiates or disengages the braking operation.

The best braking systems 1st require the driver to step on the brake pedal arming the auxiliary brake unit. If the driver removes their foot from the pedal it electrically disarms the auxiliary brake.

Floor mounted - self contained auxiliary brake units are not always tied into the foot brake circuit except for units like the 4 wire SMI on the towing vehicle. These units simply rely on inertia and they can and do initiate braking action on their own terms.
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Driver,

I just installed (had installed along with base plate etc) a used Brake Buddy (Saturn Vue 06/Holiday Rambler 2002 36 foot), see my post to:

"What do I REALLY need for my Toad?"

In towing the Saturn home from the garage yesterday I was not quite sure the Brake Buddy was actually working. The mechanic said that I need to be going at least 30 mph for it to work...a few times while traveling around 60 I hit the brakes, hard but not slamming the petal; I really could not tell if the brake buddy was working...the mechanic said a red light will light up on the sensor that is plugged into the 12 volt aux power on the rv dash...but the light remained green. Any comment

I did not get a manual (but will order one from brake buddy).

You made a good comment on sharp down driveway...I will watch out for this situation.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Hemi:
... I really could not tell if the brake buddy was working...the mechanic said a red light will light up on the sensor that is plugged into the 12 volt aux power on the rv dash...but the light remained green. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Hemi, If the remote light does not light up the brake may not be operating. Use the gain buttons and try a more aggressive setting. Next would be to check your weight of the toad and adjust the air pressure accordingly.

I had actually asked my wife to drive the motorhome one time in a parking lot while I sat in the toad just to observe the operation of the brake unit. It seemed to be working.

Your BB should activate at speeds above 20 MPH and especially if you jab the brakes and cause a fair about of forward inertia.
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Hemi, you can get the user's manual from the Brake Buddy website.
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Hi...I've been using my BB for 4 years w/o either a break away or alert. Works for me. lenOrge


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