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Old 10-18-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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Anyone towing a Ram 2500?

Looking for recommendations for a supplemental brake system, will AFO work?

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Old 10-19-2015, 11:49 AM   #2
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The size and weight of the toad really doesn't affect the supplemental braking system you choose. Any method of applying the normal brakes will work, just make sure the RV, receiver, tow bar, etc. are all up to the weight of that large, heavy toad.

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Old 10-27-2015, 07:51 PM   #3
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Up until this summer, I towed a 2011 2500 Longhorn CTD. As mentioned above, virtually any braking system will work. All braking systems work by utilizing the toad's brakes and since they are the same brakes that you use when it isn't being towed, they are quite sufficient in stopping the vehicle. The biggest differences in the braking systems are how they are installed, size and weight of the portables, etc. Most of the major players have stayed in business by having efficient and capable designs. Some install easier than others; some are installed permanently in the engine bay and work via cable, others are installed on the driver's floor and operate the brake pedal via electric motors or air pressure.

I prefer the portable "on the floor" type as I can move it from vehicle to vehicle quite easily (used it in the truck, now using it in the Jeep) and of the portable types I like the RViBrake2 ( RVibrake ) unit. It is light, compact and easy for the DW and I to maneuver, install and remove and has proven to be quite reliable, however, their cost is higher than some, but, well worth it to me over the lifetime of the units.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:59 PM   #4
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I am using a NSA Ready Brake. I like that it is total mechanical. When set up correctly, you can feel it work.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:14 PM   #5
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I have started to tow my 2011 Ram 1500. I know it is lighter than the 2500, but like was said, you use the vehicle braking. I am using a Blue Ox Patriot system. I worked well on the first trip, Mass to Florida. We took I-81/I-77 so used it on some hilly terrain. I also liked that it has a wireless remote control monitor that just plugs into a 12v plug.

I also just used it pulling a tow dolly with a car back from Florida. The dolly had no braking so I put the unit in the car. It worked great. I like having a unit I can take from vehicle to vehicle with not additions installation, or cost.

I also ran the unit for 24hrs on the ride. The battery drain was minimal, after 24hrs, the car started with plenty of power to spare.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:08 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone, the input so far is causing me to take another look at a portable unit. I've used the Unified Tow Brake in the past, never completely comfortable with the need to insert additional equipment in the TOAD brake system.
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