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Old 03-31-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Toad Braking System

I'm sure this has been beat to death. I need a portable braking system. The toad is a 2000 Chevy Malibu. If the install is simple, I plan to do it myself. My MH is a class A 37' with Hyd brakes. This vehicle has been all set up for towing but it never had a braking system. I'm wanting portable as we will most likely trade this toad in a year or two.

Question: What's the easiest portable unit to install?
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We use a Brake Buddy and have used it for years. Very easy to hook up . We have not had any problems with ours.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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Brakebuddy here also. it actually came with my tow vehicle.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:15 PM   #4
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We also use a Brake Buddy. Easy to use and install, and great customer service if needed. Also easy to adjust for different tow vehicles.
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Brake Buddy Vantage Select in my Tahoe. X2 in their customer service and support. None better IMHO.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:14 PM   #6
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Don't want to hijacked this thread (I use Brake Buddy) but how do you know when it is set correctly. I've only seen mine activate once this trip, CA to FL 1800 miles in.
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I see ppl has the brake buddy vantage select for $1089. I use a 6 pin connector but I don't think the toad ever had diodes installed. I would imagine it's a good idea to install them??
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There's a new kid on the block, go take a look at the RVIBrake2 package... Awesome system with awesome support... http://www.rvibrake.com/Products-s/1818.htm
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X2 on RVi Brake. It is a great design, simple to set up, very low current draw on the road, works as advertised and the company is great to work with. Call or email with any questions specific to your toad... Just good honest people you'll enjoy doing business with. No I'm not related to the owners and don't own stock in the company.
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i use the smi system and will be transferring it to the third vehicle in 10 years.
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RVi2 here. Light, compact, and easy to setup.
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Can you tell me on the rvi2 Is the initial install pretty straightforward and simple? And do I need to install diodes. Mine is currently set up with a six prong connector between the coach and the toad.

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Couldn't find any full install videos, but there are a few on Youtube that explain how it works:

RVIbrake 2 Proportional Supplemental Braking System for Towed Vehicles - YouTube

RVibrake2 - Installation "How To" - YouTube

Hope this helps a bit.

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Can you tell me on the rvi2 Is the initial install pretty straightforward and simple? And do I need to install diodes. Mine is currently set up with a six prong connector between the coach and the toad.

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I didn't watch the video T_Van just posted but set up is as simple as plugging in to the cig lighter socket, placing the arm on the brake pedal and pushing the green button to initialize and you are ready to roll. Once you get the hang of connecting your tow bar you can be on your way in a few minutes from start to finish.

Regardless of the type of brake system you choose you should have diodes on the brake/turn signal wiring to prevent electrical feedback. If your toad is already wired for towing it most likely has them installed.
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