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Old 12-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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Towing Jeep with 08 Monaco diesel pusher

i have a question for you guys.i recently installed a prodigy brake control for towing my enclosed trailer with electric brakes .this works great for the trailer.now i wanna tow a jeep 2000-2008 .(havent bought it yet)will i need a complete new set up for towing the jeep.i already used the brake control harness that monaco supplied under the dash.

what options do i have?


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Old 12-11-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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Not sure of any that will utilize an existing brake controller, perhaps the US Gear Unified Tow Brake. Although I believe it comes with its own controller that taps into the brake wiring.

I am using an M&G braking system which works off of the air brakes of the motorhome. Installed in a couple of hours into the jeep, hooks into the master cylinder on the toad side. Just an air hose and a break-away cable to attach to the jeep. We have been extremely happy with the M&G.

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Old 12-12-2009, 05:40 AM   #3
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As you mentioned, your trailer brakes are electric, which is what the Prodigy controller is designed for. Toad brakes are hydraulic, and I don't know of any toad brake that will work with the Prodigy controller.

There are lots of different toad brakes available. Some are permanently mounted in the toad, and you only need to turn them on when you want to tow. Some are a "box" that sits between the seat and the brake pedal. These are removable. The initial installation is usually easier, but take a little longer to set up each time you tow. However, the advantage is you can easily transfer them from one vehicle to another. Some toad brakes use the air pressure of the motorhome. Some units tap into the vacuum line of the toad's brakes, and some do not.

I opted for a Roadmaster Brake Pro (replaced by the more-recent Even Brake) because it provides progressive braking, and the initial installation was easy. The Brake Pro is a box that sits between the seat and the brake pedal.

There are lots of opinions as to which system is best. Try using the search feature above and type in "toad brakes." I'm sure you'll come with several threads that may help you in your selection.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:07 AM   #4
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I tow an 09 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and use the US Gear Unified tow brake, Blue Ox base plate, Cooltech wiring harness and Blue Ox Adventa tow bar. Your HR is pre-wired for the US Gear Tow Brake and the cord has an extra wire that charges the toad battery while towing. All you do to go is plug in the cord and break away stem and your done. I installed all myself and enjoyed it, and if you can use tools you can also. There are also other braking systems that I read alot of members are happy with besides US Gear, they are SMI and M&G. Also, check if your new Jeep has steering lock, (my 09 dosen't have steering lock), if it dosen't, you can tow without the key in the ignition which is really great, (no forgetting to put the key in when you drive off ).

Good luck soon to be fellow Jeeper

P.S. I love my new Rubicon it is actually quieter than my Honda was.
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In Colorado if your toad is under 3500 lbs you aren't required to have brakes. Our 89 Wrangler is 3450 so we don't use a braking system. I never even know it is there.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:20 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Garranch View Post
In Colorado if your toad is under 3500 lbs you aren't required to have brakes. Our 89 Wrangler is 3450 so we don't use a braking system. I never even know it is there.
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And you never leave Colorado? Your registration and license have reciprocity with other states, but you need to abide by the vehicle codes of the state you're in. If you're traveling in a state that requires toad/trailer brakes, you need them even if you're registered in Colorado.


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