I have a new to me metal Brake Buddy and I don't have an instruction manual for it. The toad (came with the BB) has an emergency switch in the grill which the previous owners instructed me to use. But the problem is I can't figure out where the attachment to the BB is for the emergency wire. How does the BB know there's an emergency? Are there any online manuals? I've tried the Brake Buddy website and there's no mention of this older unit.
Thank you everyone for all you assistance.
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The emergency switch should haVe a plastic insert with a ring.. Your break-a-way cable goes one end to the ring (I suggest a clip here) and the other end to a part of your motor home NOT part of the hitch.. Suggestion is to run it through one of the safety cable attachment points and then on to the frame of the MH or some other part NOT part of the hitch.
Finally, Google: Brake Buddy (The model number) Manual
REplacing the portion in prens (and the prens) with the model number
Thank you, I'm already set up with the switch and cable by the front bumper. It's the interior wire part that I'm questioning. There literally is no model number on the Tan Metal Brake Buddy to reference, hence my problem finding a manual. I saw somebody selling the same unit on ebay and the manual was included so I know it's out there, somewhere.
Two wires come out of the back of the breakaway switch. They should be routed into the cabin of the toad and terminate with two banana plugs (the old style 1 wire plugs that speakers used to use). The BB had four plugs in it. Two (one red, and one black or possibly white will take the two plugs from the breakaway. The other two are to light up a bulb in the cab of the towing vehicle to tell you when the BB is activating. The other plugs are for a wireless transmitter that also indicates to a receiver plugged into an outlet in the tow vehicle that the BB is activating. They are junk and break almost immediately.
__________________ Scot & Laura Kellersberger
Newmar 4 wheel drive Dutch Star 3891, 2019 F-150 Toad. U.S.Army (ret) 1985 - 2006
I have the tan metal one also-- but the manual is in the coach which is in storage. I suggest you just download the manual for the classic, which is listed online at several sites. The operation and controls are the same as the older one, just the packaging (e.g. the housing) has changed.
2013 DS 4338
2015 F-150 toad with kayaks,bicycles and a Harley in the back
I too have an older brake buddy in a metal box that I received. Unfortunately no manual.. It has five plugs, I'm assuming the red and black ones at the top of the unit are for the break away, and the wireless transmitter I have has a banana plug and a DC style male plug. Problem is there is a single banana plug and two DC style female plugs on either side of the banana plug! I don't know which DC hole to plug the transmitter into, and I don't know what the other plug would be used for. Any suggestions? Would love to see the manual for it as well. Unit seems to operate just fine, but I can't get the transmitter/receiver unit to function.