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Old 12-04-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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What kind of toad brake do I have?

I have been twowing a toad for several years but have never had auxillary toad brakes. I recently purchased a 2002 Saturn L Series which has a Blue Ox base plate already installed and I have purchased a Blue Ox tow bar. There is a cable coming out of the front that extends appx. 22" to 24" and is attached to the Saturn brake pedal. I have read up on the available "surge" brake systems as well as "break away" and can not figure out what I have.
Any and all comments and ideas will be appreciated. I kind of like the idea of a surge system (years ago I pulled a horse trailer with surge brakes and had good experience) but I don't know if that is what the cable is for. I am unable to contact the previous owner.
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Maybe Ready Brute??
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Could be any of the cable-operated systems. Ready-Brake is the most common one.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I'm checking them out.
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Blue Ox made em but no longer. You can pick one up cheap on www.hitchtrader.com. I sold one for $75.00.
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When you refer to "made em" are you referring to Ready Brake or some other product?
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When you refer to "made em" are you referring to Ready Brake or some other product?
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Dave, sorry I should have specified. It's an Auto Stop by Blue Ox. The cable you are describing would be just a length of aircraft cable routed from the brake pedal arm through the fire wall and out the front of the car. The end of this cable would attach to the Auto Stop cable end that is built into the mechanical Auto Stop brake. The Auto Stop is installed just like an extension of the hitch between the hitch on your coach and the tow bar. As you step on your coach brakes the Auto Stop moves forward slightly and pulls on the cable, the cable pulls your brake pedal. It's a simple system. The reason I sold mine is my coach already had a Brakemaster air system installed.
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Thanks, will see what I can dig up. I have already posted a "wanted" listing on hitchtrader.
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