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Old 07-30-2020, 05:00 PM   #1
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Braking System for Toads

I have 2002, 27 ft, coachman class A Motorhome with a ford v10. I pull a Dodge ram 150 quad cab short box. Motorhome pulls it great but I need to add brakes to the toad. What is recommended ??? Thank You for any help. Love using our Motorhome!!
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There are many systems available

Can't say which is best. I use the Roadmaster invisibrake on my Jeep Grand Cherokee. It works well.
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I’ve used a Brake Buddy for years with no issues. Don’t think you’ll find a consensus on “best”.
Important thing is that you have one and a break away switch.
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I use a brake buddy, but In my very short limited experience, it doesn’t actually activate much. I drive the RV very conservatively. Leaving plenty of stopping distance. Because of that, the brake buddy doesn’t kick in. That needs a little more aggressive change in inertia to activate. I drove from NJ to VA and back again and I only saw it activate maybe 4 times.
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I use the M&G engineering brake system on my 2020 Gladiator. Easy hookup.
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I've been satisfied with the Brake Buddy system that I bought used, but the downside of this type of unit is the set-up time every time you are hooking up the toad. The previous owner of my Bay Star used the ReadyBrake system by NSA and if I were doing it again, I would seriously consider that system. The ReadyBrake gets good reviews and has a much simpler hook up. I've learned that using the tow haul mode on the F53 chassis really helps avoid having to use the brakes and the auxiliary braking system is more important for emergency situations when you have to brake very hard.

Your decision on what system to use may depend on whether you are going to do the installation yourself or pay to have it done.
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I use the Patriot II from Blue Ox. Only one I have used. No problems with it.
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Another former Brake Buddy that went to the M&G system. Am very happy with it on our last three toads. That said, most any brand on the market today has stood the test of time, has a loyal following and will do the job for you.
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X2 on Invis-a-Brake, but this is a permanent installation that is less than simple to put in. Once installed, however, is as simple as flip a switch to use. No set up every time or stowing when not in use.

All the systems mentioned above will do the job, but you need to decide if you want a portable or permanent installation. Advantages and disadvantages to both. Your budget is another factor.

Best of luck with your selection and hope to see you out there!
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The OP has a gas powered coach with hydraulic brakes. Hands down the best system for this type of coach is the Ready Brute Elite. The most cost effective, simple, functional proportional system available for a gas powered coach.

If you already have a tow bar, sell it and get a complete RBE.
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