Originally Posted by bullheaded
Anyone towing a diesel pickup with their class A air brake coach???
What ya using for a quick brake set up???
I am towing a dodge 3500 Cummins TD Short Bed 4x4 Auto (weighs 7k lbs) with hydroboost system behind my MH.
I use a 10k lbs rated Blue Ox Aventa Tow bar. I also use a 10k lbs rated drop bar to make the coach/toad connection same height (actually coach is slightly higher than toad after sonnecting the drop bar inverted).
I have used brakebuddy to tow this in the past (boost set at 85psi on brakebuddy)
I now use SMI Stay in Play (older version of Duo) and it works well.
My coach has a air line coupler already available for the toad brake so some day i will upgrade to air force one.
The system works well so far. The SMI receiver in the MH tells me when the brakes are applied.
I did all the install myself and it took a couple of hours. I am a newbie at this install but the directions are straightforward.
I do feel the toad behind when towing, even with 500HP/4000MH combo, specially when pulling grades. My mileage has gone down 0.2mpg than before when i had a jeep grand cherokee (4500 lbs).
Keep in mind that the MH+tow bar+truck combo will exceed many states length restriction.