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Old 04-01-2016, 02:19 PM   #15
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If you decide to go with a unit that requires power from the toad, why spend money on chargers, batteries, etc. all you need to do is run a fused wire from the mh to the toad to charge the battery on the toad. There's an unused 12 volt terminal in the seven pin plug. Noel
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As respects to your concern about the battery my friend places one of the jump start type units on the passenger floor and plugs in the 12 bolt adapter into it. He says the battery needs to be topped off upon arrival, however, zero impact on the automobile battery. I thought it was genius.
That's what I do and it works great. If I recall correctly it was RVibrake tech support that suggested this plan to me.

I am about to purchase a new second vehicle and will be using that as a toad sometimes. My RVi brake and my Towmate wireless will move easily between the two vehicles.
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Stan;
I just have to echo brobox's recommendation in favor of entirely mechanical toad brake systems. I looked at all options, and, for the money, ease of use and limited intrusiveness, the Ready Brute Elite tow bar/brake system has no equal. I have been using it from day one and it is flawless. Last week, we made two, 9-10 hour drives, with stops, to Southern California and back, never switched from "tow mode," and my F150's battery didn't flinch. No need to power anything, or use the coach's air system. Just a thought from a total newbie.
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I just have to echo brobox's recommendation in favor of entirely mechanical toad brake systems. I looked at all options, and, for the money, ease of use and limited intrusiveness, the Ready Brute Elite tow bar/brake system has no equal. I have been using it from day one and it is flawless. Last week, we made two, 9-10 hour drives, with stops, to Southern California and back, never switched from "tow mode," and my F150's battery didn't flinch. No need to power anything, or use the coach's air system. Just a thought from a total newbie.
HI Fred,
Just wondering, does your Ready Brute surge brake activate when traveling downhill using the coach engine brake only?

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HI Fred,

Just wondering, does your Ready Brute surge brake activate when traveling downhill using the coach engine brake only?



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Not at all. I used the engine brake quite a bit during this trip, and the surge brake does not activate, unless you further reduce your speed with the coach brakes, and then only momentarily.
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I've had the system in my 2014 Ford Edge and like it a lot. It is quick and easy to install when needed (less than 2 minutes).

Our Edge does not need the battery disconnected and we have a power feed from the coach to the toad which keeps the toad battery fully charged.

I would buy this unit again.
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I am very happy with my RVIBrake2. Easy to install and remove. Be sure to get the Towed Battery charger. That way you don't have to worry about drained batteries. Sometimes the Toad will drain the battery in addition to the braking system.

I also got the Tire pressure sensors for my Toad. These work well, but you need to follow the instructions carefully when doing the install for the first time.
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1: Install braking system
2: activate TPMS from control panel
3: Then screw sensors onto tires.
4: sensors will link after 30 to 45 seconds

If you just put the sensors on the tires and then install the system it will not link to them properly. After they are linked, you don't have to do anything special the next time you use the system.

They have excellent customer service.

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