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Old 08-30-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
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We are looking at buying a Baystar 3124 (Newmar). I have been following this forum for a while and have come to some idea what we want.

We will be towing 4 down. The vehicle will probably be something like a Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus. Manual transmission would work on all of the aforementioned. However, Ford seems to say that their vehicles are towable 4 down as automatics (we will ask for something in writing if we decide to go that way).

We are looking for something to remain permanently attached to the coach and easily hook up to the toad. We want a braking system that is permanent in the toad.

Have I left anything out?? Any suggestions??
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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We have a Bay star 3401 and tow a Ford Focus, automatic, 4 down. Use a Blue ox bar and baseplate. We had a knife switch installed on the battery negative Terminal. No problems so far and easy to hookup.
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We have a Bay star 3401 and tow a Ford Focus, automatic, 4 down. Use a Blue ox bar and baseplate. We had a knife switch installed on the battery negative Terminal. No problems so far and easy to hookup.

What do you use for a brake system?
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:16 PM   #4
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Stayed with Blue ox and bought a Patriot. I made a set of wires with clips on one end and a replacement power connecter to power the Patriot since Ford said to disconnect the negitive battery connector.
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I've use the U.S Gear system for the last 15 years with zero problems. There is nothing to continually remove and install in your towed except for the initial installation. I installed it myself, but I'm sure any RV shop would do it for you. Happy Trails!
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We just went through this exercise for our MH. We did not want anything that we had to drag in and out of the toad. There are many good systems out there. We ended up with the Ready Brake Elite and a Protect a Tow for the rocks. Called NSA(makers of Ready Brake Elite), told them what we were towing and they sent us everything we needed.

We had to add two additional items. On Amazon(least expensive), be bought the Brake Buddy Towed Vehicle Battery Maintainer(so toad battery doesn't die) and, once we had our measurements, a drop receiver(NSA was the least expensive again). After receiving the initial package we ordered a 7 to 6 pigtail instead of the 7 to 4 that is supplied. I also think the tow bar cover might have been added by us.

We had our local mechanic install everything or you can go to NSA and have it installed.

We are very happy with the system and it works well.

Our toad is a 2013 Honda CRV.
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X2 for the ReadyBrute Elite, easy to use, inexpensive, works great!
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I use an air brake system by M&G Engineering in Athens, TX. I happen to live near Athens, so I had them install it, but their website says they can ship to authorized installers around the country. I really like their system a lot because it installs permanently in the RV and the toad, and it works purely off the RV's air system. It doesn't use any electrical connections, which is nice. If you're interested, here's their website:


M & G Engineering - Car Braking Systems: Home Page
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You may want to familiarize yourself with the Fiesta and Focus automatic transmission problems they are having. They problems aren't really related to 4 down towing but still have some people unhappy. I'm really happy with my '12 Focus. Ford has extended warranty on the cars now for the problems they have had.
I like my US gear brake system too. The initial install takes a bit more work but when you hook up the car there is nothing to do on the brakes, it just works. You can adjust the sensitivity inside the coach while your driving if there is some special condition where you may want your toad braking differently.
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