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Old 09-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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I had a Brake-Buddy, it worked OK. but, it is either on or off, not progressive. I found it to be a pain in the backside to hook-up. get it out, move seat, align system, etc. etc. So I ordered a Ready brake. It is so easy to use. simply hookup when you pull vehicle to your hitch. One attatchment point, plus one for the brak a way device. Find I use the the ready brake while because of the screwing around didn't always use the brake buddy. it isn't really needed until you have an accident....then without a aux braking device the attornies will end up owning everything you had! Better to be sfe than sorry.... good luck ed
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We just bought our first toad (2005 ford focus manual tranny), dinghy manual says its a go for 4wheel towing with no restrictions. We will be towing it behind out '04 Winnebago Vectra 40AD. My question is this, the previous owner has told me that I don't need any auxiliary braking system with this car but I see everyone talking about some sort of system like Brake Buddy. Who is correct? Do I need this or is the rig big enough and the car small enough to not need it. We are planning our first trip with the car on Oct 1, so have time to get it if the consensus is that we need it.

Thanks in advance everyone

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What does your motorhome's manual say about towing? Winnie is a good and reputable company and I bet they require brakes on anything towed over about 1000-1500lb.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #17
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What does your motorhome's manual say about towing? Winnie is a good and reputable company and I bet they require brakes on anything towed over about 1000-1500lb.
Both Ford and WorkHorse require supplemental braking on anything being towed if 1,500#'s and over in order to keep the warranty although how they would know I'm not sure!

Spartan and Freightliner require braking if the combined weight goes over the GVWR of the MH, and again I don't know how they could tell.
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My USGear brake has a vacuum pump that will keep the vacuum if the brakes are used. My entire brake is under the driver's seat of the car and has a cable that goes to the rear of the brake pedal to p ull it when needed. There is a battery charge cable from the MH to toad that keeps the battery from running down. Braking is proportional to the MH. It is also adjustable from the MH drivers seat.
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We just bought our first toad (2005 ford focus manual tranny), dinghy manual says its a go for 4wheel towing with no restrictions. We will be towing it behind out '04 Winnebago Vectra 40AD. My question is this, the previous owner has told me that I don't need any auxiliary braking system with this car but I see everyone talking about some sort of system like Brake Buddy. Who is correct? Do I need this or is the rig big enough and the car small enough to not need it. We are planning our first trip with the car on Oct 1, so have time to get it if the consensus is that we need it.

Thanks in advance everyone

John and Judy
If nothing else, ask yourself if you can stop as well as the best sport's car out there. If not, then any help you can get should be more than welcome. I have a READYBRAKE supplemental system and would still like to be able to stop in half the distance that I do now.
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