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Old 06-02-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Toad Braking System

I have a Patriot Breaking system (like Brake Buddy) but have found that it is not worth a d.....! It takes as much as 45 minutes to install and than will bounce out of position while driving (and it is as tight against the drivers seat as possilbe. Final straw was its locking in a braking conditions and I wound up dragging my toad couple of hundred yards damaging the break drums

I have tried to read all that is online regarding the best breaking system to install in my Toad and Motorhome. I have a 2006 Newmar Dutchstar (air brakes) with a Ford 2010 Edge. Camping World is recommending that I put the Brake Master into my toad. It requires some installation every time you hook up to the Motorhome but the claim easy and minimal. I would really appreciate any comments.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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Ditto for my M & G (with over 100k miles on it).
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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I'll second M & G with over 60,000 miles.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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my brake buddy take about 5 min to install
no problems ever
if some one told you you damaged your brake drums i would be suspicious as i beleive it has 4 wheel disc only drums would be on the E brake
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Ready Brake. 30 seconds to hook up or unhook and no box on the floor. Least expensive of all of them and the simplest.

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My M&G brake system takes about 5 seconds to install. I love this system, especially when it's raining and I wanna leave.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:51 AM   #8
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Ready Brake. 30 seconds to hook up or unhook and no box on the floor. Least expensive of all of them and the simplest.

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X2 the Ready Brake
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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Hi ddelman,
Consider the US Gear System. Go to Unified Tow Brake and read about it. The system is permanently installed in the toad. I do nothing extra to connect or disconnect the toad. It operates off the same connector as the toad lights. 85K trouble free miles.
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Patriot Breaking system locking up too

I had the same incident, the brakes in my Honda CRV locked up and I had to replace all four tires.
Contacted Blue Ox, as I believe this to be a very serious road hazard..............haven't heard anything.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
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Ready Brake. 30 seconds to hook up or unhook and no box on the floor. Least expensive of all of them and the simplest.

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Old 06-07-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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I don't know about the Brake Master from CW either. If it's the one manufactured by Roadmaster, that looks almost the same as the Brake Buddy.

I just removed the Brake Buddy from my setup recently. The Brake Buddy was a royal PIA to install and calibrate every time I want to tow the jeep. I replaced it with M & G Engineering - Car Braking Systems: Home Page. My first trip with it was through the Cascades and it worked flawlessly. Way better than the Brake Buddy ever did. The M&G is only compatible with some vehicles. Unfortunately, your Ford Edge is not one of them.

Had the M&G system not been compatible with my Jeep, my second choice would have been the AIR FORCE ONE | SMI Manufacturing Inc.. It's a bit more expensive than the M&G but appears to be just as good.
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I have the Air Force I by SMI and love it. I have it installed on a Dodge Ram and a Pontiac Sunfire convertible. Hookup is 5 seconds. Braking is truly proportional. I have had to do panic stops twice in heavy traffic and the toad brakes worked perfectly.

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45 minutes to setup every time? Before you throw it out try to get someone with some knowledge of the Patriot to help with the proper setup.
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