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Old 06-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #15
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Ready brake has my vote have been using it 3 years no problems, have a friend with the electric brake had it rebuilt 3 times in 5 years so comparison the ready Brute is the way to go all mechanical easy to hook up and take off....
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #16
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Thanks for your reply,
My concern with Ready Brake is 'what happens if you have several brake applications before the brake booster vacuum is replenished by running the toad engine ? The systems I listed all have a vacuum pump which keeps the booster vacuum at a normal level.
Perhaps it is not a problem, but the required pedal pressure is much greater if there is no vacuum boost, so it seems to me that toad braking would be less.
Winnebago recommends against the use of any surge style braking system on their motorhomes. Here's a quote from our 2013 Adventurer manual:

We do not recommend the usage of a “surgestyle”
braking device. The usage of a surge brake
(especially when coupled with a hitch ball
located outside our recommended limits) places
excessive stress on the hitch. This abuse of the
ball mount and the hitch may cause premature
hitch assembly failure.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:16 AM   #17
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Winnebago recommends against the use of any surge style braking system on their motorhomes. Here's a quote from our 2013 Adventurer manual:

We do not recommend the usage of a “surgestyle”
braking device. The usage of a surge brake
(especially when coupled with a hitch ball
located outside our recommended limits) places
excessive stress on the hitch. This abuse of the
ball mount and the hitch may cause premature
hitch assembly failure.
Hikerdogs,
Your info is very much on-target since I am in the process of buying a 'new-to-me' Winnebago 32ft. Brave. In my mind ( and experience) simple is not always better.
I was also concerned with the lack of 'breakaway' braking in the Ready-Brake system.
So far, no comments on the BrakeBuddy 'Stealth' or the US Gear systems- so I'll just have to watch and wait.
thanks
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #18
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ReadyBrake comes in a receiver model with no ball hitch. And the ReadyStop breakaway system is also available.
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Take a look at the M&G system. Six years now and over 50,000 miles. Only brakes when you use Motorhome brake. (not surge) So, similar to SMI, it does not actuate the toad brake everytime you let up on throttle or use exhaust brake/jake brake. Simple hook up and moderate price range.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #20
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The M&G system looks good, but I would be doing the installation myself and it is a bit too involved. Also, transfer to another toad would be equally complicated. My budget does not allow for a pro installation.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:04 AM   #21
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X2 on the SMI.
Hook up, transfer case to neutral, flip a switch on the SMI and go.
Cant get much easier than this.
Ours works flawlessly.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:32 AM   #22
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I have the SMI duo installed in my CRV. Chose this over the other permanent aux systems because I liked how small the actuator is. (bad grammar) It is not normally noticeable and does not interfere with my brake foot. Like some of the others there is no additional setup when getting ready to tow, except turn the switch on.
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I have been considering the SMI stay in play duo for my 2013 Honda CRV also. Could you post a photo showing where the operating unit was installed under the hood in your CRV? I like the stay in play duo but the underhood operating unit looks pretty large and I don't see a likely place to install it. Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #23
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That issue of room for the unit is one of the reasons I chose the Ready Brake. There is nothing but a enclosed cable in the toad. The brake actuator is integrated into the hitch insert on the coach. Its the simplest system out there and the least expensive. Been using mine for 7 years without a single issue. 30 second hookup and unhook.

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Any comments on Air Force One toad brake system?? Bob
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I have the air force 1. Very pleased with it.
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SnowVilla, below is a link to my post on my Brake Buddy Stealth install.
We have been in Colorado going on 3 wks. Started at Estes Park then Glenwood springs, Denver and now setting at Nathrop. I would said this has been a good test and no issues. About 9K miles on the system.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:54 AM   #27
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Thumbs up Toad Brake Systems

I am surprised that no one has mentioned the "Invisibrake" system by Roadmaster. After reading all of the good info on this thread, and doing a lot of research on my own, I bought and installed the 'Invisibrake'
The installation was straightforward and the system has performed without a problem. Two factors affected my decision - automatic vacuum pump to maintain power braking and total freedom of location for the control box and actuating cylinder as well as visual and audible indicators in the cockpit.
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