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Old 11-26-2010, 07:57 PM   #15
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I hooked up a led light on the dash that I can see in the rear view camera. When the light is on, the pedal is being presses enough to apply the brakes. I've never seen it on when I thought it shouldn't be. You have to play around a bit with the cable length but the owners manual is pretty good. I studied every other product out there and could not find anything better for less. It's bullet proof and built to last.
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:19 AM   #16
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Rick,
great idea...did you tie into a brake line going to the rear brake lights? Where did you connect in?

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Old 11-27-2010, 10:29 AM   #17
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great idea...did you tie into a brake line going to the rear brake lights? Where did you connect in?

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I tapped in to the brake light wire while I was running the Cooltech Harness up front. Just made a detour up in to the cab.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:42 PM   #18
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Hi Rick,
Is the LED visible enough in your back up camera during daytime driving?
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:44 PM   #19
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Is the LED visible enough in your back up camera during daytime driving?
It's an amber Side Maker like one you'd find on your rig. I just lay it on the dash cover and have a little strip of velcro to hold it in place.
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I am looking at this system. My question is does it have a way to power up the brakes? It would seem without some type of vacume system the brakes would not stop as well. Just an observation. I'm trying to find out about this before I buy one. Any input is appreciated.
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They do sell a optional 12 volt DC Vacuum Pump for the people who feel the need to have their brake booster powered. It activates when the brake booster drops below 11 inches of vacuum. The pump will then stay on until it reaches 15 inches of vacuum. But I have never heard of anyone using one of these. Maybe with a very heavy toad?
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When I spoke with ready brake they said it was for people that wanted the assurance but was not necessary....although..I spoke with a Guy today that lost hismh brakes....if you could activate the toad brakes from the cab wouldn't that be a good safety feature?
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When I spoke with ready brake they said it was for people that wanted the assurance but was not necessary....although..I spoke with a Guy today that lost hismh brakes....if you could activate the toad brakes from the cab wouldn't that be a good safety feature?
Don't know if you could set it up that way or not, but don't think so. It is still dependant on the surge action of the tow bar activator. I also doubt you toad brakes are going to last very long trying to stop a heavier run away motorhome.
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Since the front brakes are responsible for appx 70% of the stopping power, I doubt there would be much effectiveness from toad brakes alone, even if they could be activated independently. I would think the MH e-brake would be more effective since it would also activate the surge brakes on the toad.
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I was picturing a handle in coach cab floor cabled to the toad brake cable
..clearly for emergency only...also we have a workhorse chassis and I think the ebrake is either off or full on...wish it could be applied gradually....wonder if applying a workhorse ebrake at speed would pretzel the drive shaft?
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