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Old 10-29-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Braking System Decision

Please help. I usually do a bunch of homework and a decision becomes obvious. When it comes to which supplemental braking system to buy I'm really struggling. I'm down to Even Brake, Brake Buddy and ReadyBrake. Money is an issue. If you have an opinion I would really appreciate any help. Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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When I was looking for our braking system, money was an issue also. I kept watching EBay and found a really good deal on a Brake Buddy Classic. Some will say that it's annoying to set up and take down but I don't have any problem with ours. I have about $700 total in the complete setup, Stowmaster 5000 towbar, base plates and braking system, all from EBay and all was in like new condition.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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My investigating led me to the Ready Brake. 12,000 miles later, no disappointments. I don't know how you could have a much simpler system. Price isn't bad either...
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When I was searching for my brakes I found a few on Craigs list. Not knowing much about them I also talked to the factory and asked about availability for parts if needed down the road. The model I looked at was like new but parts avalibility was nada! check em out!
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #5
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Depends on which coach you have. If you have air as I do, I would recommend the Roadmaster Brakemaster. Progressive braking, works extremely well, no problems, fairly easy to install (did it myself)! And a big PLUS, fairly inexpensive!

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I did a lot of research and decided on the Even Brake, it went back under warranty for an air leak in the first 3 months, the 30 day turn around ended up being 45 days, right in the middle of the season. Now it's applying the brakes on the toad on rough roads even set on medium sensitivity. It's intermittent enough that I can't reproduce the issue at will so no point in sending it back again. Not happy with it but many people have no problems at all with them.

I'm seriously pondering putting it on a shelf and going with the Ready Brake.
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I was in a similar situation a couple of years ago. Tight budget for the extras but wanted to be as safe as possible. With some patience I found a well cared for Roadmaster EvenBrake with everything included including setup and use tips from the first owner on ebay for $395. After two years of use I am still completely happy with it. Have also bought my tow bars off of CL. First a Stowmaster 5000 and currently a blue ox Aventa II. Like you are thinking, it really helps to buy good quality used items and hold onto some of that cash for trips.
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You might also try hitchtrader.com for used units. You purchase directly from individual people there and can give them a call so you know they are an actual person.

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I recommend the RVI brake system, you can move them from toad to toad. I am selling my 7 year old SMI Stay N Play. I don't want an invasive system in my new Ford Explorer.
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Brake Buddy at a good price on Craigslist here.
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I recommend the RVI brake system, you can move them from toad to toad. I am selling my 7 year old SMI Stay N Play. I don't want an invasive system in my new Ford Explorer.
X2. Had the SMI, had the Brake Buddy. Really like the PVi better. JMHO.
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