Originally Posted by Mody n Domy
I don't understand how people can spend thousands of dollars on a motor home and a tow vehicle but won't spend the money to pull it safely using a breaking system. They dont understand/care that by not using one it puts everyone at risk when the time comes that you need one and you will need one if you travel very far. For your safety and the safety of others step up to the plate and get one. We have been full time RVing for 3 years and I have through no fault of my own had 2 lock up the break panic stops 1 resulting in someone hitting me and 1 with me stopping only about 3 foot from the back of a people moving van on the freeway when they decided to stop just after getting on because there lane was about 1/4 blocked with a bale of straw.
I tend to agree a bit. We are on a budget. Our camper is a 1997 that has over 100000 miles on it. All winter I have been fixing one thing after another to get it ready to go this summer. Last major expense was 6 new tires as everyone said the ones i had where not safe (after 5K with no issues). I am on a budget so getting this stuff has been a challenge. I finally got our tow bar and ended up with the Blue Ox Adventurer. While its not a fancy bar, it is quality built and per blue o fine for our application. (Also a 2010 JK 2 Door Soft top). I built my bumper to save money and ordered brackets from Blue Ox that bolt on. Earlier this winter I ordered and installed the Mopar light harness. The only thing I have left is a brake system, but trying to find one on C-List or E-Bay for a reasonable price has been challenging. We leave March 30th for Martinsville and if i don't find one by then that i can afford I wont use one.
On the other side i have towed vehicles for decades with no brakes (many jeeps) to off road parks and events with no issues. Yes I know things can happen, but being as safe as I can within budget is also a challenge.
I worry more about the SUV towing a 30' Travel trailer with the hitch banging the ground than a motorhome driving down the highway.
PS if anyone has a cheap used system for sale I'll take it...can't use surge cables as NY salt will destroy the cable in 3 months