Originally Posted by c_oneil
I use an older Roadmaster brake box type that does work but I couldn't call it very reliable or effective. It is easy to install. The Patriot system is a much newer and probably evolved to a better engineering point and may be great. I never tried it. The problem for brake boxes in general seems to me that you have a box sitting on an uneven carpeted floor bouncing down the road and braced up against a driver seat that is padded and springy. The pressure needed to stop a toad in a panic stop with a dead (no power assist) pedal is considerable. For everything to not move around, stay lined up right and apply strong pressure on the pedal really quickly every time when you need it seeems to me a bit optomistic for a brake box. I'm still looking for something better.
Carter, the points you brought up concerned me as well...relying on a brake box precariously placed on an uneven floor resting against a cushy seat bottom to help in slowing a toad leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. But, I have been looking at the RVI Brake2
and reading reviews, both "unbiased
" from the buying public and the more trusted reviews from members of this forum. They are over the top with positive comments. It fits lower in the footwell and once I get and inspect the footwell of my Chevy Sonic, I'll have a better handle on whether or not that is the way I want to go. But, I still can't shake the image of the "box" bouncing around and losing it's effectiveness while I diddle down the road unsuspectingly. I am a crafty guy...I was going to order the box, (or maybe even the Patriot...the jury is still out on that) place it in the proper position, then measure out and fabricate a "relatively" discrete mounting strap that can be removed as simply and easily as the box itself...know what i mean??? Truthfully, I probably would have liked to consider spending the extra cash on the AirForceOne unit...until I read it is designed for an air brake system. I have a 25 ft Winnebago View...I'm pretty sure I don't have an air brake system in that unit, so it would seem the AF one is off the table. Further thoughts anyone????