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Old 07-15-2019, 01:11 PM   #15
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I've really liked the Stay-N-Play Duo, it's permanently in there, so to get going you just flip a switch after plugging everything in. I ran a 12v power to keep the toad battery charged, and then used the Brake controller wire in the RV backwards to illuminate an LED on the dash so I know when the brakes are applied. I also wired a relay to the switch that turns it on that turns off the stereo in the car, which is a good indication it's on (and reminds me if it get's left of).
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:46 PM   #16
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Well since no one has mentioned it I will say the road master invisibrake. It’s mounted underneath the front seat of our Jeep and is out of the way. Simple to plug in and go.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:04 PM   #17
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Favorite TOAD brake system

Love my M&G system and brake-away!
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:20 AM   #18
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Everyone will tell you that the one they have is the best.

I would not purchase a used braking system unless it is currently attached to a toad I am purchasing. You may be saving some $$$, but don't know what installation and/or operating problems you might encounter.

We have the M&G system and find it to be an excellent braking system. It is tied directly to the toad's hydraulic brakes.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:20 AM   #19
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Everyone will tell you that the one they have is the best.

I would not purchase a used braking system unless it is currently attached to a toad I am purchasing. You may be saving some $$$, but don't know what installation and/or operating problems you might encounter.

We have the M&G system and find it to be an excellent braking system. It is tied directly to the toad's hydraulic brakes.

Do not buy used - they do not last forever - you have no way of knowing the age -

I have used Air Force One for 4 years much better than the portable unit that I hooked up to the brake peddle
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No comments about ready brake or ready brute?

I just sold my toad and removed the invisibrake but will not reinstall it. I am seriously looking at the ready brake because I have the tow bar and the installation is simple.

I already wired my toad (F150) with diodes and installed a charge line as well. The Ford Edge was a power hog so a real charge line was a must. The F150 with the keyless entry will probably be a power hog as well.

I had the stay in play on my H3 Hummer and was never happy with that. The Invisibrake has its drawbacks as well but did a fair job for 7 years.
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...or you could use a 20 amp circuit breaker and a diode...personal preference
At first, that is what I did. After doing so, I was concerned that if there was a problem with the MH charge system it would drain the toad battery and I would be stuck on the side of the road with 2 dead vehicles. Purchased a "Toad Battery Charger" from RVI, which is a one way circuit (to toad battery - not from) and have not had any problems keeping the toad battery fully charged.
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At first, that is what I did. After doing so, I was concerned that if there was a problem with the MH charge system it would drain the toad battery and I would be stuck on the side of the road with 2 dead vehicles. Purchased a "Toad Battery Charger" from RVI, which is a one way circuit (to toad battery - not from) and have not had any problems keeping the toad battery fully charged.
...ahh, but that is what the diode is for! RV to TOAD but not the other way. RVI works too.
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No comments about ready brake or ready brute?

I just sold my toad and removed the invisibrake but will not reinstall it. I am seriously looking at the ready brake because I have the tow bar and the installation is simple.

I already wired my toad (F150) with diodes and installed a charge line as well. The Ford Edge was a power hog so a real charge line was a must. The F150 with the keyless entry will probably be a power hog as well.

I had the stay in play on my H3 Hummer and was never happy with that. The Invisibrake has its drawbacks as well but did a fair job for 7 years.

Used the Blue Ox Patriot for years which is made by Brake Buddy..but grew tired of the lengthy setup procedure and standing in the rain while it went through its three brake applications only to find that I needed to adjust and re-test..very frustrating. I now use the Ready Brake and it's a set and forget mechanical device with zero electronics.
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I've really liked the Stay-N-Play Duo, it's permanently in there, so to get going you just flip a switch after plugging everything in. I ran a 12v power to keep the toad battery charged, and then used the Brake controller wire in the RV backwards to illuminate an LED on the dash so I know when the brakes are applied. I also wired a relay to the switch that turns it on that turns off the stereo in the car, which is a good indication it's on (and reminds me if it get's left of).
That's what we use, haven't had it long enough to tell about it (probably 3000 miles) but so far it's a good deal. The dealer that put it in told me DEMCO bought out the company that made Air Force One. Anyway it works for us, and is easy to hookup and unhook when traveling...
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Love my M&G breaking unit. Easy installation.
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Myron, I am thinking of buying a Ford Edge for my toad. Towing in neutral as directed seems like it could harm the tranny? What is your experience? Rockit350
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Myron, I am thinking of buying a Ford Edge for my toad. Towing in neutral as directed seems like it could harm the tranny? What is your experience? Rockit350
Not Myron but...if the owner's manual provides approved flat towing instructions...follow them.

I can't speak for the Edge but our CRV has been towed over 50K miles in neutral per instructions.
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Myron, I am thinking of buying a Ford Edge for my toad. Towing in neutral as directed seems like it could harm the tranny? What is your experience? Rockit350

You must be absolutely sure the MODEL of Edge is towable. There are several version and not all are towable.

Mine was a 2012 FWD not AWD, 3.5 V6, for example. I just bought a Ford F150 and the first thing I tried before buying was the towing setup. It went into towing mode in seconds and let me know right on the dash.

The Edge was easy to put in towing mode. If you use some sort of toad brake be sure to pump the brakes just before getting out to drain the residual assistance.

I had to replace the transmission just after warranty of course. I believe there may be a bit of history with some model Fords so won't blame the car on this one by being towed. I did not stop as often as recommended either to run it so this could contribute to the issue.

It needs a good charge line and I ate a few batteries along the line. The Edge is a very comfortable hot rod although the new pickup is faster and handles better. Wow, two turbos really wake up a truck and it only weighs about three hundred pounds more.
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