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Old 03-26-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Toad tow system

OK, I've secured a 2008 Ford Edge as a toad. Now please convince me as to the best tow appliances to buy. Plus, is it best to use a surge brake, brake in a box, etc. Will be doing some mountain driving to Washington and south so not all flat towing. Have a 2003 Country Coach Allure. And no, I'm not particularly handy so will have the installation done professionally so ease and installation costs are a factor. Thanks in advance for all your insights.

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Old 03-26-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Blue Ox tow bar and SMI brake system.

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Old 03-26-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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Blue Ox tow bar and Roadmaster Invisibrake.

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Old 03-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #4
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I use Blue Ox and SMI as well. I like the proportional braking of the SMI AF1, if you have a DP coach with air brakes.

I do find one of the claims for the Invisibrake disingenuous - "NOTHING. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nil. That's what you have to do to connect and disconnect InvisiBrake." Except you DO have to connect the cable for the break-away system. On the AF1, you connect the break-away cable and the air hose.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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There are lots of different choices for braking systems and quite a few different tow bars. Consequently, there are lots of opinions. All of this has been discussed in depth previously. I would suggest using the iRV2 search window at the top of the page to find lots of prior input from forum members. (Or you can just use what I use, which is the best of course)
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #8
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There are many braking systems so I will deal with them by class for the most part:
Surge brakes (Blue ox or Ready brake) the one "Concern" I have heard is the cable under the car can size up and cost you pads and rotors and perhaps more... I suspect that since I tow every 1-3 weeks,, This should not be a problem with me.. But for an example of what I am talking about.

Same thing happens on many cars to the parking brake cables.

I am considering surge brakes for my next system.

Brake in a box: these systems like Patroit. Apolo, Brake Buddy, need to be installed EVERY TIME you tow.. It is very tempting for a short tow to say "Oh, It's too much troubl.......OH S!!!!!" I know of folks who admit to fofgetting it for short tows.. Thankfully they did not do the second part of that....yet...

Plus there is a chance of making a mistake and there is a lot of work to do to put 'em in when compared to the other systems, both above and below.

Installed systems other than surge brakes.. Back when I part-timed this is what I use: Most of these systems take mear seconds to hook up and un-hook.. All the way down to ZERO seconds for the Invisible brake, (Note many can be made zero hookup and note 2, This does not count the time to clip on the break-away line.)

Of these the M&G system, if your motor home has air brakes, is very highly rated.

And the US-Gear Unified Brake Decelerator is the one that gives the motor home driver the greatest amount of control over the towed brakes, it is porportional (Adjustable too) progressive, and you can operate the towed brakes from the motor home driver's seat INDEPENDENT of the MH brakes.. handy if hooking up on a hill.

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