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Old 04-02-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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I am new to rving, being told a lot by dealer not sure if it is all needed. I wanted a tow bar and safety chains and electrical hookup for towed vehicle lights (expensive) now he says I should have braking system to help slow down the coach. I have read where this is not necessary. can anyone tell me what they have done. I would appreciate it
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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Most states require you to have supplemental braking for vehicles over 3,000 lbs. By the way welcome to the forum. You'll get lots of input here.
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Yes, it seems expensive to set up a car for towing, but it's more convenient than renting or walking! Your car will need a base plate, the 'anchoring' points for the tow bar to hook up to. Then the tow bar, safety chains, harness to wire lights on the 'toad' AND a braking system. Not only many states require a braking system, PHYSICS requires it. You don't want to try a panic stop with a couple thousand pounds of metal and plastic pushing you.

You can look at the following links for information about what it takes to tow a car or truck.
Trailer hitch, hitches and bike rack (800)298-8924
HitchSource.com | Trailer Hitch Accessories, RV Hitches & Racks
Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories
Blue Ox Products
Readybrake RV Tow Bars and RV Surge Braking Systems for Car Towing - NSA RV Products

In addition, check Craig's list, eBay, and Hitch Trader - Buy - Sell -Trade - Free Classified Ads and places like it to find used equipment.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:02 AM   #4
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etrailer (etrailer.com) folks have good prices and excellent service. It's a pain to initially set up
your toad, but well worth the effort and cost.
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Welcome!

Another alternative is to buy a vehicle already setup as a toad. Craigslist, the classified section here in the forum, etc. are sources.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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now he says I should have braking system to help slow down the coach. I have read where this is not necessary. can anyone tell me what they have done. I would appreciate it
Obviously, everyone has to make their own choice re: braking systems. There are some states where they are required (probably more if a towd car is considered a trailer), and many manufacturer's urge a brake system be used. Personally, I would not tow a car behind our motorhome without a braking system.
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I am new to rving, being told a lot by dealer not sure if it is all needed. I wanted a tow bar and safety chains and electrical hookup for towed vehicle lights (expensive) now he says I should have braking system to help slow down the coach. I have read where this is not necessary. can anyone tell me what they have done. I would appreciate it
Even if your state doesn't require a supplemental braking system, having one is a good idea. The coach brakes are designed to stop the coach. Yes, the coach will also stop the car, but you will stop in a shorter distance with supplemental braking. Do you want to stop 10' short of the semi that stopped abruptly right in front of you or do you want to take a chance that you won't be able to stop until you are 10' into his trailer?

Most supplemental braking systems also have a breakaway feature that will stop your toad if it happens to break away. I know it's unlikely, but it does happen.
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I too agree that a braking system for the toad is an absolute must!

I would highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite tow bars with built-in ReadyBrake. It is excellent and will save you hundreds of dollars over most other systems on the market!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Do you want to risk being held liable$$$ if you are involved in an accident and the authorities see that you have an unbraked toad? You can bet that the other guy's insurance company will try and blame you for the accident no matter who gets the ticket.
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I am new to rving, being told a lot by dealer not sure if it is all needed. I wanted a tow bar and safety chains and electrical hookup for towed vehicle lights (expensive) now he says I should have braking system to help slow down the coach. I have read where this is not necessary. can anyone tell me what they have done. I would appreciate it
You didn't mention what kind of toad you have ? Check your manual first off to see if your toad is toe-able 4 down..
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