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Old 03-05-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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Brake Buddy Vantage Select.

Hello to all. We have 2012 Winnebago Adventure 37F, and 2013 Ford Edge for the toad. My question is I'm looking into purchasing the Brake Buddy Vantage Select for the aux braking unit on the car.The installation instructions off the web do not mention any modifications to the cars brake pedal switch, or if you have to tie into the 4 wire tow harness I had installed with the tow brackets( just standard stop, run,charge line, and turn signals off motor home's 7 pin.) It just shows install of the brakeaway box and wire lead thru fire wall putting BB on the floor adjust and hook up the shaft to pedal, test unit. The unit comes with a wireless remote for the rv and does this signal the unit to activate the shaft on the pedal or mercury type switch in the main unit.I Called Hopkins the manufacturer but no reply as of now. Sorry for the long post. Thanks Steve

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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Brake Buddy systems are activated by inertia. There is a sensitivity setting and an air pressure setting for the weight of the toad. When you brake the motorhome the unit activates automatically. Usually when normal slowing for a stop it does not activate. When stopping quickly it does. Mine has done a nice job for 11 year fulltime.

Note ........ there are many brake systems available today. Even more opinions about which one is the only one to own.

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Old 03-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #3
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gruelens, thanks for the reply. I want a unit that can be used in another vehicle also and the BB seems pretty simple. Now the motor homes brake signal turns the car brake lights on thru 7-pin, and adding the BB in the mix will it change the brake lights when the toads brake pedal is pushed in and brake switch is activated.
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Did you use a diode block to connect your toad lights? If you did you will be okay.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:03 AM   #5
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waroland, yes 4 diode blocks were used 2 each side so I'm good to go.Thanks for your reply. Steve
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