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Old 09-21-2015, 06:50 AM   #1
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Help on towed vehicle brake

I am picking up my motorhome next week and need some help on what supplemental braking system would work best for my situation. I think I have analysis paralysis at this point. I have researched them all. M&G, Blue Ox, Ready Brake RViBrake, BrakeBuddy, BrakeMaster as well as others. Then reading reviews there are these horror stories of ruined brakes, tires etc.

Here is my situation:

I will be using two different vehicles to tow depending on situation. 1 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Lifted 3.25" with 35" tires. I already have a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar given to me by my father. I am going to use the Blue Ox off road adapters for attachment to my bumper.

Second vehicle will be a 2014 Ford Explorer.

For me a auxiliary brake that I can move from vehicle to vehicle would be best but again those horror stories of ruined tires and brakes. Maybe this is from improper installation or setup? Personally I like the idea of mechanical operation but since I am towing my lifted Jeep and will need a raised receiver adapter, can a mechanical setup, such as the ReadyBrake, be used since it would put additional strain on the receiver? If that is the case then a system such as the Invisibrake may be the best option and I will need to install one in each car. Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:18 AM   #2
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IMHO and from experience, I would get the SMI Air Force One, and get a second "towed vehicle kit" from them for your other vehicle. Yes, it's not the cheapest setup, but when was cheap ever the best? What it would be is easy (just connect either vehicle to your MH - done) and effective. My MH stops as well with the toad as without and it takes all of 2 minutes to hook it up. No testing and no adjustments.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:17 AM   #3
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We purchased the SMI Air Force one and just put 3700 miles on the MH and the Towed...it worked absolutely perfect.
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Have you considered a tow dolly? The Acme dolly with hydraulic surge brakes is a great way to go if you are towing more than one vehicle, $1700 new, around $1000 used. You have a couple of heavy vehicles so be sure you check the weight capability if you get interested.
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I am picking up my motorhome next week and need some help on what supplemental braking system would work best for my situation. I think I have analysis paralysis at this point. I have researched them all. M&G, Blue Ox, Ready Brake RViBrake, BrakeBuddy, BrakeMaster as well as others. Then reading reviews there are these horror stories of ruined brakes, tires etc.

Here is my situation:

I will be using two different vehicles to tow depending on situation. 1 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Lifted 3.25" with 35" tires. I already have a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar given to me by my father. I am going to use the Blue Ox off road adapters for attachment to my bumper.

Second vehicle will be a 2014 Ford Explorer.

For me a auxiliary brake that I can move from vehicle to vehicle would be best but again those horror stories of ruined tires and brakes. Maybe this is from improper installation or setup? Personally I like the idea of mechanical operation but since I am towing my lifted Jeep and will need a raised receiver adapter, can a mechanical setup, such as the ReadyBrake, be used since it would put additional strain on the receiver? If that is the case then a system such as the Invisibrake may be the best option and I will need to install one in each car. Thanks for your help!
I use the Blue Ox Patroit. It's easy to move, setup and use. I bought mine used (used twice!) for $400.00. Can't beat it for what you want to do.
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I agree on the AF1 but only if you have a coach with air brakes. Since you didn't mention what you are going to pull it with... It will be expensive to install but it is a good system.

If you want something a whole lot more portable and really easy to install, look at the RVi 2 brake. It weighs under 10 lbs and be installed in either of the two vehicles in minutes. The only thing extra you will need to buy is a break away kit for the second car. Ask RVi about whether or not you will need a stop (mounts on the front of the seat rails) for either vehicle.

Brakes don't get burned up by braking systems, they get burned up by sloppy attention to detail when hooking up. Just make sure that when everything is connected, your brake lights aren't on in the toad. No problems after that.
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I think I have analysis paralysis at this point. I have researched them all.
I like your statement, I am looking to buy a new Truck.


sorry for going off your topic, but I just had to reply, Couldn't help myself.
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The RVI brake has a display in the coach which reduces the odds of ruined tires and/or brakes as you will know when the brakes are applied. We did a cross country this year with no issues.
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Thanks for everyones input! I did forget to mention I am looking at a 2005 Dutchmen FourWinds M34r. C+ on the c5500 chassis and 8.1l. So no air brakes for me.
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Your mention of the M&G system is what led some of us (maybe just me) to assume that you had a coach with Air Brakes.
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Your mention of the M&G system is what led some of us (maybe just me) to assume that you had a coach with Air Brakes.
I understand. M&G also does a kit for hydraulic brakes as well but it is a bit more $ and install time.
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Have you considered a tow dolly?
Actually, a Jeep Wrangler can not be towed on a dolly. It's four wheels down or on a trailer, but not two down.

I have had great success with the RVI2 brake. It's easy and quick to set up and can be moved from one vehicle to another. All it would take is a second breakaway switch. Great customer service also.
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Actually, a Jeep Wrangler can not be towed on a dolly. It's four wheels down or on a trailer, but not two down.
You are correct.
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Rvi 2 for me also. Great set up, easy to install and move to any other vehical. Have had mine for about 3 years with no problems.
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