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Old 02-18-2022, 12:22 PM   #1
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Brake Buddy

I would welcome any feedback based on your experience or from others you know on the Brake Buddy supplemental braking system.

Ease of set-up for towing?
Reliability?

How does in compare to Blue OX Patriot 2 or 3?

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Old 02-18-2022, 04:32 PM   #2
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I would welcome any feedback based on your experience or from others you know on the Brake Buddy supplemental braking system.

Ease of set-up for towing?
Reliability?

How does in compare to Blue OX Patriot 2 or 3?

Thanks
I used the brake buddy select 3 all last year. I found it to be a pretty easy initial install (wiring). It doesn’t rely on plugging anything in to an auxiliary port inside the vehicle. It takes all its power from the cable that runs from the trailer plug. It comes with a trickle charger as well.

After you’ve put it in a couple of times it gets pretty easy to set up and operation was flawless almost the entire time. The signal to the wireless controller worked without issue.

I only had one problem when I left it stored in the vehicle during a very hot day. When I hooked it up, it last all pressure during its brake bleeding phase. I called them for support, they walked me through taking it apart and a zip tie And 15 minutes later the problem was fixed (essentially the extremely hot temperature had caused a tube clamp inside the unit to loosen.

Overall very happy.
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Old 02-18-2022, 05:47 PM   #3
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I had the BB Classic for 3 years then the BB Vantage Select for 12. Both worked flawlessly. I had an issue with the arm claw releasing from the brake pedal so DH always had to take it off for me. If you don't mind taking it in/out & storing it while you're using your toad, it's great. I can't make any comparison because I never had anything else. I may know more later after I have the NSA installed & am able to use it for my new toad set up.
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I have had mine for a year and a half. It's simple to set up and works well. My toad has a place to store it so it's very easy for me.
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Old 02-21-2022, 07:01 AM   #5
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Burned up my toad. Partially. It's more or less fixed now but can't say I'm a huge fan. I don't consider it a buddy.
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Ours is at Brake Buddy for a new compressor. It got one about 12 years ago. Two compressors in 20 years, not too bad.
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Old 02-23-2022, 05:25 PM   #7
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I used the Brake Buddy for about 18 years.

IMO it's a good basic unit for lighter weight vehicles. When we went to towing a pickup we changed to the AF1 system. All I can say is I would never go back to a unit that must be put in and out everytime the tow vehicle is used. I love the "permanently" installed and out-of-the-way system. AF1 runs off air systems, but there are numerous types like it to choose from.
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Bought a used one after buying our Bay Star and it has worked well. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with a NSA Ready Elite Brute so that I didn't have to go through the connect/disconnect process all the time.
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I have been using mine on a Honda Fit and could never ''feel'' when the Brake Buddy was getting in action. Now towing a Lincoln MKX wich is twice the weight, I still could not tell when it is applying the brakes.

So while travelling with a friend following my rig, he noticed that the brake lights on my toad MKX only lit when I was braking hard.

The sensitivity being set to high, is it normal that the Brake Buddy only activates under hard deceleration?
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I've had mine about 5 seasons now, not a big fan. First unit would not release during one of the "test" pushes on the brake pedal, they replaced it. Second unit wore out my brakes on my Fit half way through our trip to Yellowstone. I just tested it again today and it is staying half way down during the set up procedure .
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...The sensitivity being set to high, is it normal that the Brake Buddy only activates under hard deceleration?
Depends on which BB you have & where you have the sensitivity set. On both my Classic & Vantage Select, sensitivity was set to medium. The Select had proportional braking. Both activated brake lights on any type of coach braking.
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No problems using our Brake Buddy Select 3; model has a remote to check operation & settings while driving. Easy to install; in our case just have to install (position) while battery is still connected.

Because our toad (2021 Buick Encore GX Essence) requires a negative side battery disconnect while towing AWD, the Brake Buddy is powered by a booster pack in toad rear seat leg room area (has a simple plug switch connection).

The rechargeable booster pack is anyways handy & also has air compressor for tire pressure applications.

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I bought one of the first ones built. It was about 1997 and He put them together in his garage in Littleton, CO. Once the sensitivity was adjusted and the air pressure set, it was a dependable system. I had it in three different toads. I gave it to a friend about 10 years ago and it was still doing the job.
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