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Old 02-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Confused and need your expertise.

Wanting to install baseplates and aux braking on our new 2012 F150 4x4. Looking for something that can be left on the back of our coach, but is not dependent on the coach for anything but lighting. Reason for this is to be able to hook to another coach with no connections (other than lights). This will allow me to transport new coaches to supplement retirement (early if possible) and lend a helping hand to another RVer in time of need to transport their coach home or wherever in the event of a family illness and still have use of my personal vehicle.
in advance for your recommendations.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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I like Blue Ox, It disappears from the toad when not used. Easy to use and looks very good when used and when not in use. I have the Avento II which is rated at 10,000 pounds.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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Are you speaking of a tow bar to match up to the new base plate you're installing? Would you then want to put your tow bar on the coach you are transporting to tow your F150?

If so, I don't know why any of the good tow bars on the market wouldn't do the job. I've been happy with my Blue Ox Aventa.

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How would you handle toad braking when going from one RV to another?

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How would you handle toad braking when going from one RV to another?

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That is the main concept of my confusion. From research, it looks like Blue Ox makes one, but looking for feedback from those who may have used it or something similar before.
Blue Ox - Patriot
I like the wireless concept, but how reliable would it be?
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The Rvi brake would handle the toad braking chores, I think. The monitor unit that goes in the coach is wireless, so no need to make a permanent install in the coach, and the toad unit is inertial, so doesn't depend on the coach for brake signals.

RVI Brake System "NEXT GENERATION IN BRAKING" from the founders of BrakeBuddy®

Hooking up lights is going to be the challenge - several different types of plugs and the coach side wiring is all too often non-standard. That happens for a variety of reasons, but it makes hooking up to a strange coach problematic.
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Are you sure the 4x4 Ford can be towed 4 down?
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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Are you sure the 4x4 Ford can be towed 4 down?
Yes. That is why we bought 2012 instead of a left over 2011. Instructions in the owners manual about how to set it. That was a requirement with dealer on purchase.
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The Rvi brake would handle the toad braking chores, I think. The monitor unit that goes in the coach is wireless, so no need to make a permanent install in the coach, and the toad unit is inertial, so doesn't depend on the coach for brake signals.

RVI Brake System "NEXT GENERATION IN BRAKING" from the founders of BrakeBuddy®

Hooking up lights is going to be the challenge - several different types of plugs and the coach side wiring is all too often non-standard. That happens for a variety of reasons, but it makes hooking up to a strange coach problematic.
Thanks Gary. Looks like what I am wanting. Nice review too. Wiring from coach to truck could always be through a small junction box for on the fly miss matches and I have collected several adapter plugs from previous pickups and trailers.
I really appreciate all the help.
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