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Old 03-12-2016, 06:53 PM   #113
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You guys saved my bacon. I was going to pull my Invisibrake off my 98 Honda Accord that the light has came on before and installing it on my 2011 Ford Edge Sport but after reading everything here I went with the Air Force One. We just went to the Portland RV show and I was talking to a Roadmaster independent installer and he said he will not install one unless the owner signs off on it that they are not liable if something happens, he said it's up to the owner.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:36 PM   #114
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Interesting, I'm going to FMCA rally this week. Going to fill someone's ear with my thoughts whether they listen or not!
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:07 PM   #115
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When we had the Invisabrake installed on our 94 Honda Accord, we didn't have any issues while hooked up, but it did lock up after I had disconnected during a rain storm in Wisconsin. I pulled the plug on it until I got home. Now, when we bought the CRV about a year and half ago, I had the Invisbrake removed from the Accord and installed in the CRV. I have had no problems what-so-ever in this car and installation. I did some driving last week in the rain and worried about it, but everything was fine. I do conceded there are issues with the unit in some installations that are not understood or acknowledged. To now, I am happy with the way it works in this car.


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Old 06-07-2016, 07:47 PM   #116
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I have an appointment at CW this Friday to have the Invisibrake installed on my Jeep Cherokee. My Brake Buddy failed this week with what appears to be a bad compressor, so I thought, good time to go to the invisibrake.

Well, I will be cancelling the appointment in the morning.

I have a 2 month trip planned on July 1st, so I have to find a replacement braking system for my Jeep and Georgetown gasser.

Other than it dying, I had zero issues with the brake buddy. Will start the research for a replacement system.

Thanks to all here who had to endure the pain and agony for the betterment of us who can avoid the purchase alltogether.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:10 PM   #117
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I have an appointment at CW this Friday to have the Invisibrake installed on my Jeep Cherokee. My Brake Buddy failed this week with what appears to be a bad compressor, so I thought, good time to go to the invisibrake.

Well, I will be cancelling the appointment in the morning.

I have a 2 month trip planned on July 1st, so I have to find a replacement braking system for my Jeep and Georgetown gasser.

Other than it dying, I had zero issues with the brake buddy. Will start the research for a replacement system.

Thanks to all here who had to endure the pain and agony for the betterment of us who can avoid the purchase alltogether.
Smart move. If you have a tow bar then I would look at the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional
I have the Air Force One made by SMI works great but made for air brakes.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:31 AM   #118
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I agree 100% with 2 Stroker. After paying for all the damage generated by the Invisibrake and believe me the cost would have been close to $2000.00 dollars if not for Ford warranty on the "brain". We bought the SMI Air Force One and have had it in service for several trips. It's performance, so far, has been comforting. Definitely can tell the difference in stopping distance and the simplicity coupled with engineering make the price more palatable. I'm amazed RM is still marketing a very dangerous product!
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NSA Ready Brake | HitchSource.com

You can bet my next brake will be the Ready Brake. No electronics to act up. Since I built a light kit for mine the diodes are not in place and it is less likely to act up. In any case I have it set up to show when the toad brakes are in use.

The invisibrake stays unplugged unless towing too. Anyone that is still using theirs I would highly recommend disabling it when not in use. Just pull the fuse.
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I was worried with ours to but have not had any issues since installing in the CRV. When we had it on our 90 Accord we had it lock up in the rain, so I pulled the plug on it. So far we have not had the same problem, even in the rain. RM says it's water in the diodes, but I didn't see evidence of that either.
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After much research I have ordered the ReadyBrake system. The reviews are solid, and I like that it has zero effect on the toad when not connected to the MH. Much like my defunct Brake Buddy.

Also what seems like a simple connection process, was another feature I liked.

I got the breakaway set up as well, and will be having my local RV shop install the system on my Jeep next week! Thanks for everyone's advice and wisdom.
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Was considering installing a Invisibrake on my new Forester as part of Toad setup. Now probably not. Thanks
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I had the Invisibrake installed on our 2014 CR-V by Camping World in Denton, Texas about 2 years ago. They are the only CW I would trust to touch anything* (not an endorsement of them now because we are full time and don't know what tech changes may have occurred since). I had a long and positive relationship with them dating back to the 90's. They serviced my '91 Airstream B Van on numerous occasions.

Yesterday I had the 20,000 mile scheduled service done at the Honda dealership in Bloomington Illinois, oil, tire rotation, brake check, etc. I asked them to pay careful attention to the brakes. They checked out fine. I'm pretty sure if there were any issues at all I would have new brakes today.

The install CW did included the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain base plate, towbar, the repeater for the TST 507's, trailer harness and bike rack on the CR-V. All of these things have been in constant use since before going in Nov 2014.

Maybe I've just been lucky. But I couldn't be more pleased with entire Roadmaster setup. The only issue I've had is the line between the Invisibrake and their light / buzzer in the coach broke. One of the male ends got crushed. They sent me another for $14.28 including shipping. Could have made one but was on the move when it happened, so had it sent ahead.

16,000 continuous, trouble free miles with mine.

* Side note... also had the Roadmaster Fusemaster installed in the CR-V to disable the Navigation. CW St. George Utah had it on the rack. Asked them about it. They knew the ropes so I let them do it. What a great decision that was. No more battery problems. Could have put the larger tray and bigger battery in but this thing has been great.
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Steve, I was just like you, singing praises after four years of service. Then "pow" out of nowhere while in the mountains of WV last year driving 15 miles to the grocery store the toad brakes totally fried. Then electrical issues with the Ford Edge just continued to deflate the old wallet. RM response, "fill the plug on the grill with silicone" water issue. Not! Hope your luck continues.
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Steve, I was just like you, singing praises after four years of service. Then "pow" out of nowhere while in the mountains of WV last year driving 15 miles to the grocery store the toad brakes totally fried. Then electrical issues with the Ford Edge just continued to deflate the old wallet. RM response, "fill the plug on the grill with silicone" water issue. Not! Hope your luck continues.
Thanks Clay. I wonder if they changed the plug. The spring loaded cover on mine is tighter than a tick. It's difficult to lift it, and very tight to plug in. Almost requires 3 hands.
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Thanks Clay. I wonder if they changed the plug. The spring loaded cover on mine is tighter than a tick. It's difficult to lift it, and very tight to plug in. Almost requires 3 hands.
That would be a poor fix for a poor design,. Their input circuitry is too sensitive to stray voltage. It should require a respectable amount of current versus a weak voltage to control their inputs. They may have already modified the circuitry and of course would never divulge that information unless the NTSB forced the issue. I suspect it would only take a couple of load resistors on the front end to make them safer.
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