Originally Posted by vfauto
Ok enough about brand! Can we just give pros and cons about cable vs electric (portable) tode brake systems. Just for starters as a Auto Tech and Electrician I think simple is typically better.The one avantage I see to portable units is if you change todes offten it is easier, but one simple cable sounds better to me.
Amongst all the bickering about legalities about fittings and plumbing and all that, not sure you got your question answered. In reality, you've got a couple of cable operated, surge type braking systems, a few "robot" (big box that sits on the floor of your toad) types and, at least a couple of air actuated types. Now, first off, the air actuated types as you might probably have guessed, only work with air systems off of diesel type rigs that have air supply systems.
Second, the cable.... surge type, utilize the toads momentum as the force for applying the brakes.
Third, the robot type, the ones that sit on your floor of the toad, have electronics and, mechanical mechanisms that, depending on if the moon and sun, Jupiter, Venus and Mars are all lined up right, will work as planned.
Choosing which type is influenced by many things. Convenience, setup time (each time you're ready to head out for the days towing), how well the reputation is of any particular type of braking system has held up, COST, and a few more things to consider.
And, you're correct, simple is usually better. The cable system that many use, the "Ready Brake" is a fairly simple system to initially setup. I have modified the setup to make it even way easier and nicer than the factory junk.
In just about any case, you still have to hook something up between the coach and the toad. Be it an air line, curly-que electric pigtail, or, a cable, something's got to transmit signals for braking between the two. Now, there may be a "wireless" version out there but, I'm clueless about anything like that.
I've set up my Ready Brake system, inside our toad, an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4, so that it's totally invisible when not in use. And, when it is, it takes right at 10 seconds to set it up, and that's if you're lolly gagging around. PM me if you'd like more info. The worry warts on here have a hard time with the way I did it.
But, only you can make the decision as to what's going to work for you. The actual smartest thing would be if you had a bunch of coaches lined up, all with toads, and, all with different braking systems in the toads. Then watch each one do a prep-for-towing demo and see what you like and don't like about each one.