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Old 05-04-2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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Full vs proportional braking

The Brake Buddy Select II differs from the Classic II by allowing you to choose between full vs proportional braking. Why would you ever choose full braking? I would lean toward the Classic because I can't imagine why I wouldn't use proportional braking all the time.
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I have a Brake Buddy Select, but never use the proportional braking. I have tried it, but can't tell the difference. In my opinion, it is a marketing gimmick.

The full braking is adjustable, but only activates with fairly hard stopping. In slow city traffic, you don't need it to activate at all.

Since I am pulling a heavy Ford Explorer, I want the Ford brakes to grab hard enough to help slow down. Particularly on panic stops or going down hills.
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If buying new and looking for proportional consider RVi3.
I had a B Buddy Vantage that I sold w my old toad. Tried the RVi3 based on recommendations here and very pleased.
I was concerned that engine braking on my DP might trigger toad braking too much but RVi has their logic set up very well and it seems to work flawlessly.
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I have had an original Brake Buddy, an old Blue Ox brake unit, and now a BB Select. I use proportional braking all the time. With the old units, the instructions said to adjust the settings by slowly moving forward while trying different settings until you felt the dinghy grab the RV and hold it back. With our gasser, we could feel it. With the DP we could not.
The new Select is a much better product than the old basic BB. I think proportional braking is only available on the select. The basic BB only has full application. You can only adjust when it comes on, but not how hard it will grab.I would never go back. But that is my opinion. Others may vary.
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I have had an original Brake Buddy, an old Blue Ox brake unit, and now a BB Select. I use proportional braking all the time. With the old units, the instructions said to adjust the settings by slowly moving forward while trying different settings until you felt the dinghy grab the RV and hold it back. With our gasser, we could feel it. With the DP we could not.
The new Select is a much better product than the old basic BB. I think proportional braking is only available on the select. The basic BB only has full application. You can only adjust when it comes on, but not how hard it will grab.I would never go back. But that is my opinion. Others may vary.
Actually, from what I've read, the original Classic offered only full breaking, but the Classic II offers only proportional braking and does not give you the full breaking option like the Select II does. That being the case, I don't know why I would spend the extra money for the Select II if I don't think I will ever use the full breaking option.
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I have been using the same Brake Buddy for 17 years, 4th motor home, Cherokee, G. Cherokee, Colorado Crew and a Sierra Crew toads. It has worked well and I have no intention of replacing it.
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Air Force One is a great toad towing brake system.
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I don't want my toad brakes to engage during engine braking nor light braking. I want my toad brakes to engage only during heavy braking or emergency braking. Using the Blue Ox Patriot II I can set my braking to 4 or 5 and not use my toad brakes for light braking but still have braking for emergency.
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I want my toad brakes to apply anytime I press on the Coach brakes, but in proportion to the braking effort. I use the M&G Engineering system.
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I don't want my toad brakes to engage during engine braking nor light braking. I want my toad brakes to engage only during heavy braking or emergency braking. Using the Blue Ox Patriot II I can set my braking to 4 or 5 and not use my toad brakes for light braking but still have braking for emergency.
I agree - that's what i like about the RVi3 - but it's adjustable so you can get more or less and activate sooner or later. It does seem to differentiate engine braking and not activate.
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