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Old 01-18-2010, 06:37 AM   #1
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CR-V Supplemental Braking?

Hello, at some point I plan on towing my 07 crv also. Can I ask, do you really need some kind of extra breaking for it. I have a 36' DP. I've never towed anything before so I not knowledgeable on this.
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Legally, maybe or maybe not. Depends on the laws in the state where you're registered.

From a safety point of view, IMO it's foolish to NOT have supplemental braking with a good break-away system.

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:49 AM   #3
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Hello, at some point I plan on towing my 07 crv also. Can I ask, do you really need some kind of extra breaking for it. I have a 36' DP. I've never towed anything before so I not knowledgeable on this.
if you are going tow and want to have one of the BEST systems right off the bat I would recommend the SMI Air Force One. SMI is the only auxiliary brake manufacturer that meets the Federal safety requirements for auxiliary braking systems on air brake equipped vehicles.

I expect that we are going to get a release from SMI about this soon. All of the equipment for the AF1 is installed under your hood so it is always out of sight and out of mind. Just hook up and go.

I use an equivalent product for hydraulic braking systems however there are many AF1 users here on iRV2 that can give a better idea of what their experiences are with the brake.
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Or, you could get a brake buddy. No installation required.
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As someone else said. Laws vary from state to state, however that's only half the legal story.. There is also LIABILITY

If you should rear end me.. And I find you don't have brakes on the towed working... I'm going to be very well off financially at your expense (Reckless Endangerment will be the charge in very un-civil court)

Frankly. it's cheap insurance

US-Gear Unified Brake Decelarator.. Transparant to the car's driver when driving it. Hook up (once installed) takes about 2 seconds (plug in connector) so there is no temptation to "Skip it cause we are not going that far" like there is with more complex "Box" systems.


And for Gary.. The Brake Buddy needs to be installed EVERY TIME YOU HOOK UP, and un-installed to tow.. That is way too much work in my book
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #7
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NO Just have a working brake system on your towed.. Don't matter if it's a Brake Buddy or a US Gear.. just as long as it is working.

Accidents happen.. I have been sued when the brakes failed on my wife's van.. They "Won" (Around 3 thousand dollars, which was a fraction of my insurance company's initial offer) when it was found I had done the proper maintenance on the brakes and in fact the part that failed was less than 8 months old and I still had the receipt.

Now.. Had I not properly maintained the brakes.. The 3,000 might well have been 300,000... but that's the difference.

The lawyer for the plaintiff reinforced my low opinion of Kentucky Coronals though.. (He was one of 2 I've met)
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Or, you could get a brake buddy. No installation required.
While the buddy requires no installation...

The radio receiver and lights do...at least on my Roadmaster Even brake it did. And the electrical connections, while simple, did require some significant contortioning under the dashboard/brake pedal/front end...
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