Originally Posted by gamechanger
So are the folks using the RV1 brake system versus a system that is permanent enjoying having to remove the portable system?
I will be towing a Jeep Trailhawk with a DP. Not comfortable about cutting into air lines and such on coach. Want a simple system but not happy either about reaching down to my brake pedal and connecting/disconnecting a brake system when I want to use the toad.
No, I don't like having to install it, and remove it every time. If anybody said that they did, I would question what they did for fun
In my case, I was setting up our first toad, and it happened to be a brand new Jeep Cherokee. It had less than 1,500 miles on it, when I started the process. The less intrusive it could be, the better I liked it.
Keeping it simple (less intrusive) also allowed me to perform most of the install myself. When you run into $125 an hour labor rates, it doesn't take long for the install price to balloon up to a
pocket draining figure.
If you can do the work yourself, you will get a much better job than if you pay someone to do it.
All that being said, Will you be full timing? Most times when we are on the road, or in transit between home and our destination, the Cherokee stays hooked up. I have a charge line to the toad, although after 10 hours on the road, the battery in the Cherokee wasn't phased at all by amount of juice that the Rvi Brake had used. So I install it when we leave home, and remove it when we get where we're going. It takes longer to cycle the Rvi Brake three times, to auto position and depleat the vacuum reserve in the brake system, than it does to install it. I already commented on the other advantages of the Rvi Brake in a previous post. It's light weight, easy to install, uses very little power and it is controlable and adjustable from the coach.
It all boils down to personal preference. They will all perform the function of stopping the toad. If you're on a budget, the Rvi Brake and Ready Brake/Ready Brute systems, are top sellers. If money isn't a concern, SMI Air Force One or Stay-N-Play Duo are nice units. In my case, our Bay Star is a V10 coach, so the Duo would be my choice.
The choice is up to you. Let us know which way you go.