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Old 08-22-2009, 07:21 PM   #15
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M&G airbrake system. Foolproof, installed it myself and takes about 5 seconds to hook up. Is proportional to the pressure applied to the coach brakes. No electronics to go bad. About as simple as it gets.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:03 PM   #16
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Me, too!

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Brake Buddy:

1. Had a 10 year old one, if you ship it back, it's $495.00 delivered to your door for new one (cheap).

2. Can adjust sensitivity and only brake (if you want) in emergency situations.

3. You can tell if it's operating from the Coach with included transmitter.

4. Easy to install 1 minute each time (no charge) no vechile modification to toad or Coach.

5. Works on mutiple vehicles.

The only downside, it's not passive, you do have to put it in place each time.
Exactly so, Jim Stewart, me too, except for the ten years. Will take me a little longer.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:14 PM   #17
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what driving/road conditions would dictate a preference for a "progressive" system ? Same question re a "full/maximum" system? Waterdog4315
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:20 PM   #18
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SMI's Air Force One. An air system that's fully proportional, fully meets all federal standards (others in a breakaway leave an open air line in the rear when you stop the coach), nothing to store, install and remove and nothing seen in the toad. I had a Blue Ox Apollo (like Brake Buddy) that failed 4 times, the last on our way to Alaska. I installed the AF1 in a park in Valdez in less than a day. When we traded coaches in Tucson, I swapped out the brake system in the dealer's lot in a few hours. We've pulled over 70,000 miles with it, and I wouldn't hesitate to get another.

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I guess I have the Blue Ox Patriot. I just bought it at my last rally and they installed it for me. It's a very self explanitory system and so far it's working great for me. I know I've seen on other forums where other Patriot users are having problems getting it set, but there is always human error to account for much of this. Just a simple thing as having a memory seat can put things off for any brake, JMO.
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Brake Buddy:

1. Had a 10 year old one, if you ship it back, it's $495.00 delivered to your door for new one (cheap).

2. Can adjust sensitivity and only brake (if you want) in emergency situations.

3. You can tell if it's operating from the Coach with included transmitter.

4. Easy to install 1 minute each time (no charge) no vechile modification to toad or Coach.

5. Works on mutiple vehicles.

The only downside, it's not passive, you do have to put it in place each time.
You can add us to the list of satisfied Brake Buddy users. We have the Vantage Select with proportional braking.

Our coach does not have air brakes, so air-operated systems were not an option. We have found that the issues identified by other posters (need to install each time, storage, etc) are not issues for us. Now that we're used to the system, it goes in in only a minute or two - no hassle at all.
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Ready Brute

I'm surprised that no one mentioned the system that follows. It is the least invasive system because it doesn't connect to the brake or vacuum lines. It is the only one that fits the requirements in the manual for my 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4dr. Ready Brute. Joe

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If you have a gas powered MH, I would recommend the SMI-Stay-N-Play-Duo.

As mentionend before all that's needed is a flick of a switch and you're ready to tow.

The package comes with an installation disc, which is easy to follow.

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My choice was the US-Gear Unified Brake Declelarator.

Porportional, Progressive and full driver control of the towed vehicle as previously stated. Perhaps more costly to install but it's so unobtrusive once in place that you'll never notice it. No box to move around. Just hook up the tow bar and electrical cable and you're on your way. No in the car finagling.

It also keeps your car battery charged from the coach since it is electrically operated.
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Another vote for SMI Air Force One with break away system. Just did a write up on it under product evaluation.

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I enjoy my D-Brake Professional Tow Brake. Reasons: 1) Noninvasive and not a permanent system 2) Uses an electric actuator instead of air cylinder (Drains battery much slower and is not an on or off system) 3) Uses an accelerometer instead of a pendulum, which was used in my old brake buddy 4) Wireless RF (Can change gain settings and apply trailer brake from the coach. Also lets you know of any errors and when the brake is active)
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