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Old 01-23-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
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Which toad brake should I get? There are so many brands and models on the market it is hard to decide. I plan to tow a Saturn and I need to get the aux brake for the car. Are there any pros or cons I should consiter for each model? Any help would be appreciated.

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Which toad brake should I get? There are so many brands and models on the market it is hard to decide. I plan to tow a Saturn and I need to get the aux brake for the car. Are there any pros or cons I should consiter for each model? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-24-2006, 12:14 AM   #3
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You can do a search by clicking on the "Find" button and enter the criteria you wish. This will bring up previously discussed topics you are interested in. The one I prefer is used behind a diesel pusher with air brakes. They do make a model for gas chassis but is more expensive as it involves an air compressor. I am not familar with how well that model works but am very happy with our RoadMaster Brake Master.
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We have been very happy with our Brake Buddy. It is simple to install, simple to use, and very effective on hard stops.
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Old 01-24-2006, 05:37 AM   #5
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A vote if you please for the SMI Stay-In-Play. It's trun on the switch and walk away from the vehicle. No more in and outs under adverse conditions in placing the box on the floor.
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I'll add my vote to DriVer, only I use SMI "Silent Partner". No wires between the coach.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:48 AM   #7
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We have the Brake Buddy and it's good for our situation. Simple, and it works.

If our situation was different (newer toad that we'd keep a long time - especially if it was heavier), I think the Unified Tow-brake from US Gear might be our choice.

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Old 01-24-2006, 12:28 PM   #8
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BigRedLancer, have been very satisified with the Brake Buddy system, been using it since 2002, easy to set-up and use. Ed.S
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I'm thinking about the Appollo Brake System. It's about $400 cheaper than the Brake Buddy and looks to work the same way. Do I really need to wire in lights as the brake system will apply the brake lights when it applies the brakes? Also, I will need a base plate and the Aventa II tow bar. What other accessories will I need to get? I know I will need safety wires, but will I only need two?
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You need the auxillary light kit for turns and running @ night so people can see your toad. we have an Apollo system and love it. Also installed the light kit from blue ox. I just did a Jeep Grand for a friend of ours. Took us 2.5 hours. He picked up a good used baseplate on ebay and new tow bar and lights and apollo there as well. Saved some big $. It was a very easy install! It comes with a breakway kit and the two tow cables and yes they should be all you need.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Webster:
I'm thinking about the Appollo Brake System. It's about $400 cheaper than the Brake Buddy and looks to work the same way. Do I really need to wire in lights as the brake system will apply the brake lights when it applies the brakes? Also, I will need a base plate and the Aventa II tow bar. What other accessories will I need to get? I know I will need safety wires, but will I only need two? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nothing wrong with Apollo as far as I know. You can get a Brake Buddy for under $800. Is the Apollo really that much less?

You need running lights and turn signals on the toad too, not just brake lights.

Yes, 2 safety cables will do it, and sounds like you'll be ready to go.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom and Patty:
I'll add my vote to DriVer, only I use SMI "Silent Partner". No wires between the coach. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'll add my vote to Tom and Driver....Silent Partner here!!
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At RV Upgrades, the Appollo Brake System sells for $700. I've never seen the Brake Buddy for under $1,100.

Thanks for the info on the lights. Forgot about turning and night driving.
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