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Old 10-10-2017, 05:20 PM   #15
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Another question. All these units must plug into 12VDC power to operate, right? That means you will have to have a power line from the MH, otherwise it will run the toad battery down. What do folks do about this?
In our 2014 Equinox, there was a fuse to turn off accessories but our Blue Ox Apollo was plugged into a live cigarette lighter receptacle and we never had the batter run down.

The Blue Ox Apollo is like the original Brake Buddy with an air compressor.

If I was purchasing today, I would get a RVIBrake 3.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:43 PM   #16
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I have a friend who just bought a MH and needs a braking system for the toad. He is now interested in the "portable" type that sits inside the car.

What is your recommendation? Thanks!
If you look around, there are a few used Brake Buddy units out there. As far as killing the battery, I have never had a problem. I have driven for 3 days, and never started the Ranger, starts right up. I don't think it uses very much power if I slow down nice and easy, it won't even apply the brakes. I also have installed tail/signal/brake lights under the back end with LED bulbs. When the Brake Buddy applies the brakes, the truck brake lights come on as well as the extra lights.
I take about 10 minutes to set it up or take it out, but not a deal breaker.
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If you look around, there are a few used Brake Buddy units out there. As far as killing the battery, I have never had a problem. I have driven for 3 days, and never started the Ranger, starts right up. I don't think it uses very much power if I slow down nice and easy, it won't even apply the brakes. I also have installed tail/signal/brake lights under the back end with LED bulbs. When the Brake Buddy applies the brakes, the truck brake lights come on as well as the extra lights.
I take about 10 minutes to set it up or take it out, but not a deal breaker.
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Buying a Used BB or Patriot is a good option but I would send the Used apback to the factory for service. IMHO, I'm kind of anal about used devices like this.
Not that I wouldn't trust the seller but, I wouldn't trust the seller.......
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Just looked at the irv2 classifieds, and found this....
http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/sh...eakaway&cat=23

That's a great deal for someone.
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Just looked at the irv2 classifieds, and found this....
http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/sh...eakaway&cat=23

That's a great deal for someone.
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Speaking of bargains, anyone in your circle interested in a good rock guard for the right price?

http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/sh...0&ppuser=89263
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Speaking of bargains, anyone in your circle interested in a good rock guard for the right price?

http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/sh...0&ppuser=89263
I just PM'ed you.
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Brake buddy vantage select here !
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This is the best in car self contained braking system available. and they have absolutely the best customer service.

https://rvibrake.com/products/rvibra...nt=20046642181
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RVI

I really like the RVI for so many reasons. First, it is crazy light and smaller than a briefcase which makes it easy to store. It comes with a tablet that will tell you when the car is braking. You don't have to use it but I bought the TPMS which works with it. If you have any issues, the company is super responsive and really friendly.
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Thanks everyone for your comments! I'll pass all this on to my friend today!
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Just another voice - we've had the Brake Buddy for the last 35k miles. Works like it needs to controlling steep downhill and quick stop light braking. After a full day of driving, battery has always been in great shape. Best feature, it is portable between vehicles. Judging from the other 'in car', portable units - we are glad for the decision to buy the portable and would do so again without much regard to brand.

Brake Buddy was handy when the fantastically useless piece of junk (IMO) called "Auto Stop" simply was not getting the job down while driving into Yellowstone NP. It was kinda scary.
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