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Old 06-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Brand new to towing....and have Brake Buddy questions

We see what appears to be a fairly good price on a Pontiac G6 (I know they closed down Pontiac) equipped with a Blue Ox and Brake Buddy system as a package deal for towing.

I've heard Blue Ox products mentioned quite often. Assuming the attachments on each specific automobile toad are unique, is the bulk of the tow bar unit fairly universal connecting to the towing vehilce?

Are there many different models of Brake Buddy, and if so, what are the significant differences? Any features that should be absolutely included? The pictures posted, show the unit positioned alongside the car, and looks like it gets positioned on the floor of the car, in front of the driver's seat, and attaches with a clamp to the brake pedal........like I suspect a lot of these units do.

Really could use some help here..........and reports good and bad.

Thanks to all.

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Old 06-28-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Brake Buddy is a very universal unit that moves easily among various cars. I use mine in our Jeep and minivan.

Does the G6 package include the actual tow bar that goes between the car and the RV hitch? Should look like an oversized wishbone. If so, it should include two safety cables, a wire with plugs on both ends, and a breakaway cable (thin).

Is the G6 a manual transmission or does it include a Remco transmission pump?

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
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I have not seen the vehicle in person........only kijiji pictures so far.

In the 10 photos posted, I see the "stinger" that inserts into the 2" receiver on the motorhome, which somehow becomes this "wishbone" unit with what appears to be designed with some suspension assembly in the struts, the safety cables are visible, the 7 point electrical connector and cable between the RV and the car (connected to the car), and the Brake Buddy unit itself.

2006 Pontiac G6 (TOAD CAR) REDUCED TO $10,000.00

Don't know exactly what mods the car has to be able to tow, but the seller says he has towed the package a few times. According to application charts I have found, this year of Pontiac with an automatic transmission, may need an "LP-1 package" in order to be towed four on the ground, or may be "towable as is" depending on the model of transmission in this car.

Is this positioning and connecting of the Brake Buddy much of an ordeal? How does it get it's power? How does it know how much force to apply when braking?

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Old 06-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Positioning the Brake Buddy is fairly simple and takes less than 5 minutes. It goes in front of the driver's seat and attaches to the brake pedal. It comes with the wires and plugs, necessary to recieves the signal, from the motorhome, when the MH brake is applied. It also comes with an emergency "brake-away" switch & wiring, that must be attached. It is generally powered by your 12 volt cig. lighter socket or other 12 volt source that you have. When plugged in, it uses the built-in compressor, to pump up the presure needed to depress the car's brake pedal. The force applied to the pedal, is set by you, by turning the pressure regulator knob. When the compressor stops, in the initial set-up, you are instructed to push the test button 5 times, to "set" the system, then you are good to go.

A word of caution....don't set the pressure too hard, or you will wear out your brake pads very quickly and your tires will squeal and leave rubber, wearing them out very soon.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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Based on the pictures, it looks like a very good TOAD with everything included that you need for towing. Given all the equipment is included the price is not out of reason. My only concern is the Brake Buddy is a 3 generation old unit and does not allow proportional braking. It's brakes on or brakes off type of operation, which is OK, but proportional braking provides for less wear and tear on the components. That said it's still a good deal.
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My only concern is the Brake Buddy is a 3 generation old unit and does not allow proportional braking. It's brakes on or brakes off type of operation, which is OK, but proportional braking provides for less wear and tear on the components.
We have been using a Brake Buddy Classic (older generation) for 6 years with no issues. I agree proportional is better, but if you adjust the sensitivity so that the brake activates only when needed the non proportional systems work well. Good luck.

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