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Old 08-06-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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Wireless toad brake monitoring

I would like to have a warning light on the dash of my motor home that turns on when the brakes in my tow car are applied. SMI sells a wireless system for $200+. I was hoping to find a less expensive one. I am reasonably handy and I could even build one if I found a suitable plan.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:11 PM   #2
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Arne, Ready Brake has a simple set up to monitor your brake pedal. It is there part DL-100. If you go to their site, readybrake.com you can see there installation instructions. I think the price is about $65. If you have any questions the people at Ready Brake/NSA are great at answering questions.
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Great minds think alike.

I ordered one of these. I plan on wiring the transmitter so anytime the brake is pressed it provides power to the transmitter and presses the button.

The reciever will turn on a light on the MH dash, and also the audible alarm if the toad brakes stay applied more than 20 seconds.

DC 12V 10A Relay 1CH Wireless RF Remote Control Switch Transmitter Receiver | eBay

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Many of us go the wired route, using the "unused" trailer brake controller wire in the hitch connector. This method is usually easy and cheap on late-model coaches, such as yours. Here's a link to a prior post I made.

What are your reasons for wanting a wireless solution?
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Why the wireless solution?

I'm not sure I have any unused pins in the 7 pin MH connector. I'd have to rewire the toad connector, I'd have to make a new MH to Toad cable.

But mainly, I ran across this neat little wireless transmitter/receiver and have been looking for a project to use it on.
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Wireless is important to me.

Years ago I hardwired a connection from my BrakeBuddy to the dash in my old Adventurer. Unfortunately I found it very difficult to crawl under the rig to string the cable. Very uncomfortable, several dizzy spells and near panic attacks (claustrophobic?). Wireless will make the process much less painful.
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Now I understand. Thanks for the explanation.

Your newer coach may have the wires already run for you. Should you want to pursue that option, send me a private message and I'll help you with the research and installation.
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Love my BB Vantage. Not only can I monitor breaking I can switch to proportional or Full braking wirelessly. Can also adjust sensitivity.
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Love my BB Vantage. Not only can I monitor breaking I can switch to proportional or Full braking wirelessly. Can also adjust sensitivity.
Same with my BlueOx Patriot. It came with the wireless monitor that allows me to control sensitivity from the drivers seat.
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I would like to have a warning light on the dash of my motor home that turns on when the brakes in my tow car are applied. SMI sells a wireless system for $200+. I was hoping to find a less expensive one. I am reasonably handy and I could even build one if I found a suitable plan.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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This is a $4.50 12v remote switch with 100 meter range.
All you need to do is solder the switch contacts closed on the hand transmitter.
Then when you apply 12V (connect this to brake lights), it will activate the remote switch in your coach,

12V Remote Switch on Ebay

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When the wireless transmitter for my Apollo (BrakeBuddy like) failed, I did a lot, and I mean a lot, of research looking for a replacement.

The Remote Control switch earlier in this thread has the problem of sensing the brakes being applied in the toad. The fob can't do that.

I found a ton of receiver options, but no voltage triggered transmitters.

I was on the road of using the unused blue brake line in the trailer cable for a wired solution.

I took one shot and found the Apollo transmitter power cord had broken plug. I replaced the plug and was a happy trooper.

I would get the SMI option in the OPs case. There isn't another option.
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Dan, That looks like the one I ordered to play with...

The key to using this one is that the transmitter uses a 12 volt battery, which I can wire to a "TOW" switch that I will be using to supply power to the brake system and toad brake lights. I'll then wire a set of relay contacts across the pushbutton contacts so that energizing the relay has the same effect as pushing the push-button.

And of course, when the toad pedal is pressed, thats what will energize the relay.

Another neat feature of the receiver is that it can be configured to operate as click ON, click OFF or a click / momentary ON (stays ON as long as the button is pressed. Thats how I'll use it.

Stay tuned.
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The 12 volt goes to the receiver, not the fob. The fob is the transmitter.
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The 12 volt goes to the receiver, not the fob. The fob is the transmitter.
Yes the Fob is the transmitter. The 23A 12 Volt battery for the Fob is not shipped with it!

Remote control parameters
Operating voltage: 12V (12V 23A battery)
Frequency: 315MHZ
Encoding Type: Fixed code
Firing Range: 100 meter(open) in theory, 15%-30% in reality
Size: 35x x 55mm x 13mm
Shock resistance : 4.7M
Battery for transmitter :23A 12V
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