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Old 06-13-2012, 06:57 AM   #15
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We have used the Roadmaster Brakemaster since 2006. In that time we've towed our Jeep over 65,000 miles without a problem. It's easy to install, remove, and store. It provides proportional braking in that the towed vehicle brakes are applied at the same rate as those in the coach. It's a great system and the initial cost is somewhat less than some of the others mentioned.

The Brakemaster is totally different than a brake in the box system. It runs on air pressure from either the coach air system or an onboard compressor installed in a gas powered motorhome. The air lines are permanently installed in the towed vehicle. When you hook up for towing you connect an airline from the coach (using a snap fit quick connector) to the front of the towed vehicle. You also install an air cylinder to push on the brake pedal. The air cylinder clamps over the brake pedal on 1 end and a bracket installed under the drivers seat on the other end.

It takes less than a minute to install or remove the cylinder. The nice thing about it is it is small and light enough to be easily stored when not in use. It also has an LED on the motorhome dashboard that indicates when the brakes are applied in the towed vehicle.

One thing I would ask is the installation price for the Brakemaster and other systems mentioned. The permanent systems take a fair amount of labor for the initial install. In some cases the installation cost may be close to the purchase price of the unit

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:30 AM   #16
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Rvi Brake

You might want to check on RVI Brake system. Much smaller and lighter than others. Works well for me. rvibrake.com to check it out.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by bdpreece View Post
Don't know about the Brake Master but I have an Air Force One AIR FORCE ONE | SMI Manufacturing Inc.
brake system and love it. When it comes time to hook up all I have to do is attach an air hose from a fitting on the back of the motorhome to an air fitting on the car using a quick disconnect connector and away we go.
X2 or X3 - don't have to do anything but put an air hose connection on, and that takes about 15 seconds.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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I had an early BrakeBuddy I used for several years. Then upgraded to a Roadmaster Brake Pro. Now have the RVi Brake. Love it's small, light weight & simple set up.

My problem with the two earlier units was they would wander if I hit rough roads, sometimes working up to press the brake pedal. Also I don't like using the soft seat as the brace. My RVi Brake pushes on solid metal and 'so far' stays put.

Lest you think I am totally satisfied with RVi let me tell you about their Stupid, no thinking ahead, RV cockpit reciever. Who has a dashboard 12v socket anywhere handy for viewing this thing? I had to use a 12v extersion and velcro.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:42 AM   #19
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There are many good braking systems and a few that I would not recommend save in very special cases.

Air force 1
Both good if you have air brakes on teh towing vehicle, but can also be used if you don't by adding an aux compressor to the towing vehicle.

US-Gear Unified Brake Decelerator (Gives you more control than any other system) This one is purportional, Progressive and more, It allows the operator to set the brakes on the towed WITHOUT using the motor home brakes (Can come in handy in special cases) or to disable the towed brakes entierly.. In short, the same level of control my brother had over his trailer in his SEMI . Helps if you knwo how to take advantage of it (Thankfully I never had that need save for some very low speed (Read that less than 1MPH) stuff, Saves on the clean undies don't you know)

Invisible brake from Roadmaster is a new player that looks interesting

SMI Stay and Play

And the Ready Brake.. Now in the world of KISS (keep it simple stupid) this one just about tops the list. It is a surge brake, it too is purportional and what's more it is self adjusting, It is progressive as well, The harder you stand on the brakes, the harder it pulls on them. Very neat. It even compensates for the vacuum (or lack of) in the brake booster on the car, ONLY system that does that in fact.

What do I not recommend: The box in the driver's seat systems such as the O/P has. The only time they are useful is if you have like 5 different towed's and change towed's every time you travel.. Of course if you can afford that many towed's You can afford one of the good systems.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:49 AM   #20
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SMI Stay-N-Play duo here works great plug in wires flip a switch and go

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