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Old 03-30-2011, 09:58 PM   #15
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Wouldn't tow without an aux. braking system. We use the SMI Stay N Play Duo. Very happy with it. Nothing to move around...flip a switch and go. Bob
Same here. And it works just as good behind our new DP as it did behind our previous gasser. And no changes to the system when we switched rv's, it is completely contained in the toad.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:28 PM   #16
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I've towed a Jeep, both Wrangler and Grand Cherokee for 23 years and have never had anyone check whether or not I had a braking system. Incidentally, I don't, but I'm thinking about one.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:36 PM   #17
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I've towed a Jeep, both Wrangler and Grand Cherokee for 23 years and have never had anyone check whether or not I had a braking system. Incidentally, I don't, but I'm thinking about one.
Friends of ours towed their Jeep for 7 years without a braking system. They had one installed in Quartzsite in January. We just got an email from them last week and told us about their hitch failure while traveling in Texas. The hitch broke loose from the RV and the break away stopped the jeep from getting loose and causing further damage.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:49 AM   #18
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Ramzfan you are very fortunate that you have had no accidents. But when and if you do, make sure you tell your insurance and the officers that you were thinking about purchasing one. Especially tell the people that you might hurt along the way. that you were thinking about it. I spent 950.00 for my AFO and I put it in myself. Not that everyone can install their own. But you spend 100,000 grand and more. Maybe 30 grand and to those of you that don't have an a braking system. Shame on you. But to each his own. I don't have a surge protector... go figure. BUT I'm not hurting anybody but myself. I'm thinking about getting one though.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:17 AM   #19
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Hi micki49,
I have the US GEAR system. Go to Unified Tow Brake and read about it. That being said, get the braking system that interfaces with you the best. Your the one who need to connect and disconnect. Your the one who must decipher the lights and noises it makes when something goes wrong. Have the units you are considering demonstrated to you. Then decide what is best, for you. They all work. The difference is how they will work for you.
This is what we use too.
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Use a Roadmaster Brakemaster on my Ford Ranger 4X4 towing 4 down (5 speed). Had one of the Blue Ox self contained units but really was dissatisfied with it. Sold it and bought the Brakemaster with breakaway and am perfectly satisfied. Did most of the installation myself with some help from a friend so I can work on it if I have a problem.

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I have the US Gear Unified Tow Brake and it has been trouble free. It also charges the toad battery and has the break away system. I would not be without a Toad breaking system.
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I've towed for 11 years with a brake system. My latest is the Roadmaster Brakemaster and I am happy with it.

In those 11 years I've only really needed it a few times. But, when I did need it I was sure glad to have it. I am sure that, because of the brake system, I was able to avoid a collission. None of the "avoided" accidents would have been my fault. No matter how careful you are, there is always someone with their head in a place requiring a plexiglass belly button to see where they are going.
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Someone also passed a law in your home state of Nevada saying a toad over 3000 lbs (or trailer over 1500 lbs) was required to have aux. brakes.
I have never been stopped and checked for an auxiliary braking system...until I am, I will continue as I am now.
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Rechargeable battery?

Is there such a thing as a rechargeable battery that can be used for the Auxiliary brake system in the toad? I'm not talking about a car battery, I mean a rechargeable battery that you plug into a 110 volt outlet when done towing for the day. Some of the brake systems need to be run off of a battery. This would really be a convenient way to charge the battery. Just like the battery in my DW's electric bike. Thanks, Joe
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Is there such a thing as a rechargeable battery that can be used for the Auxiliary brake system in the toad? I'm not talking about a car battery, I mean a rechargeable battery that you plug into a 110 volt outlet when done towing for the day. Some of the brake systems need to be run off of a battery. This would really be a convenient way to charge the battery. Just like the battery in my DW's electric bike. Thanks, Joe
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I used one like this Amazon.com: Schumacher PSJ-2212 12 V 22 Amp DSR Jump Starter: Automotive when I had my EvenBrake.
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I used one like this Amazon.com: Schumacher PSJ-2212 12 V 22 Amp DSR Jump Starter: Automotive when I had my EvenBrake.
That answers my question. The 26 reviews are very good too. Thanks, Joe
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That answers my question. The 26 reviews are very good too. Thanks, Joe
I actually bought mine at Costco for less than $100. I couldn't find it on their website so I sent you that link so you could get the idea of what I used.
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A truckers version of the Road Atlas has state towing laws printed for reference along with other neat info. States require breaking by weight some 1000#'s up to 3000#'. As a safety feature it is a really smart thing to do. I've had to panic stop one time in nine years and I'm sure our toad brakes saved our bacon. I think it becomes an issue when you get stopped for some other reason or you have an accident. "Be Prepared"
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