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Old 09-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #15
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As stated here already, everyone has their own preference and for difference reasons. For me it is the M&G system. I had it installed at their home location in Athens Texas and will never have any other kind. I hear good things about the Air Force One system that works similarly though. Plug in one air line and connect the breakaway cable and done. No adjustments, no electrical connection. All air operated off of the coach air brakes. Totally proportional. Works great and is (IMHO) completely foolproof. It's not the cheapest around but I wouldn't want to go cheap on this type of purchase. I love it in the mountains even with the engine brake.
In fact, I simplified my toad hook up to the point that I don't think it could be any easier. The steering column does not lock on my jeep so I don't have to leave the key on. I hook up, put the transfer case in N, start the motor and put the jeep in gear to make sure the trans fer case is in N, turn the motor off, lock the door and put the key in my pocket. Pretty simple. Just sayin.

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Old 09-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by John Pacello View Post
How many RV's have the mandatory toad brake.

If so which one do you recommend.

Do you recommend installing it yourself.


I have one and wouldn't leave home without it and the only one I would recommend for simplicity, dependability and the best bang for the buck would be a READYBRAKE. If you don't have any equipment as yet, then go with the READYBRUTE/ELITE complete package and be done with it. I self installed everything including a DEMCO base plate without a problem.

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Old 09-17-2013, 03:42 PM   #17
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The other reason, in addition to many (most) states require it is that your insurance company may reject a claim if you don't have it because the state does require it.

Also I hear it's required everywhere in Canada.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:39 PM   #18
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I've used the RVi system for the past fourteen months (8000 miles) with no problems at all. 30 second setup, easy beans, works like a champ. Recommend unequivocally.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #19
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RVi brake here too. Very easy setup and it's very compact so it's easy to store when not in use.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:51 AM   #20
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Brake Buddy. 13 years old, 2 toads. Yes, moves from toad to toad!!!!

Never had battery issues after traveling up to 4 days straight without unhooking, just unplug it at night; never went longer than 4 days. YMMV if you have and old or weak battery.

Easy and quick hookup. Less than a minute.

No mistakes nor troubles in 13 years because it is too easy and simple. And I'm a cave man!

If you dont have 1.5 CF to store it, you are carrying too much stuff.

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #21
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OK I am going to go with the RVi braking system group on this one. Let me add just one more reason for using it. Customer service. The company came out with a new version RVi2 They made it available to existing customers for 100.00 up grade fee. I took advantage of that and bought one which came with a new 3 year warranty. While taking my braking system out of the storage area I was not paying attention to what I was doing and caught the antenna ( it is a remote antenna which hangs over your mirror) cord on something and when I lifted the brake out I pulled the antenna connector apart. Unfortunately the connector broke on the section that Is soldered to the circuit board so it had to go back for repair. I called them today and asked what I needed to do to get it repaired and told them it was my fault I had broken it. The service rep thanked me for being honest about what happened and said he would send me a UPS paid shipping label to fix it and it would probably take about a week to repair it. Since it is still under warranty they will pay for the shipping and repair of the unit. That is the kind of customer service that gets me writing nice posts for them.

I like the system because it is fairly small and easy to store. People talk about installation and hook up time each and every time you use it. They are right you have to take it in and out of your vehicle and hook it up every time. It generally takes me about 2 minutes to get it hooked up and running. On the plus side my wife and I are living in our motor home temporarily about 3 hours from our stick home. She has been staying in the MH on a contract job and I have been spending a few days at our stick home doing some work then driving to where she was. We went home today and I am not going to be going back when she does so we hooked the toad to my diesel pickup and towed it home. With the RVi there was nothing to hook up or worry about. Put the unit in the toad put the wireless monitor in the truck and down the road we go. For anyone that notices I have a problem with my antenna the wireless monitor is just that the brake unit is self contained and does not need the monitor. I just stuck the antenna cable back in place and got a good enough connection for the trip home. Every body has their favorite system and I like this one because of its portability.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:57 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by JFXG View Post
I've used the RVi system for the past fourteen months (8000 miles) with no problems at all. 30 second setup, easy beans, works like a champ. Recommend unequivocally.
Are you aware they have a new upgraded model ?

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