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Old 10-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #15
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Have a 2011 Equinox AWD 4cyl. that has been towed about 10,000 miles. No problems but I also start motor by about 400 miles and end of day. Using Blue Ox Aventa LX Tow Bar and Baseplate, RViBrake System and a Protect-A-Tow rock shield.
While the Tow bar setup can seem like a hard decision the brake is tougher. I am sure they all work with some portable like I use and other installed in the vehicle. The installed style may be more involved at first but the portable can make hook up a little more involved and has to be done all the time.
My 2011 does not have a hot lighter outlet and would run the battery down without a charge connection from motorhome anyway. I use power from MH and in the event of a brake-away the Toad battery will supply needed power.
I will probably look into the installed versions of brake units if I change Toads in the future.

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Old 10-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by moejean View Post
I am in the process of setting my 2013 up for towing. Did anyone have the problem with the brake lights and if so how did you solve it.
moejean, not sure what problem you have had. Please explain what you are using.
I used the Blue Ox tail light kit that uses diodes to isolate MH input from the Toad wiring. This uses existing Lights. I know others install additional light bulbs (incandesant or LED kits are available) in existing housing so the wiring is independent of each other. Both are wired to MH just like a trailer is.

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #17
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You chg the power pack at home then plug in the brake buddy while on the road. It doesn't run off the cigarette lighter so it doesn't drain the batt. Also make sure you pull fuse # 32 and turn off all interior things ac , radio,headlights, the power pack can also jumpstart your car but you shouldn't need to . It runs about $50.00 we ran 3 days before we had to recharge power pack !
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:03 PM   #18
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Hi chastainat. I tow an equinox and had the same problem on a few occasions. I found that I left the AC and the radio on when I was towing the car and that ran the battery down. You pull out the fuse but there is still electircity being used by the system to power the lights on the equinox. The ignition switch is in the ACC position when you are driving so you will need an electical braking system installed that will use the power from the motor home to activate the pump and the lights. I also had a bad battery on another occasion so you might need to check that as well. You run the engine every 250 miles to circulate fluid in the transmission and to recharge the battery.

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