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Old 09-27-2017, 03:19 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Braking

We have a Class C Coachman Leprechaun E-350 Chassis. I am planning on towing a 2017 Ford Edge. I understand that it is a good idea to install an auxiliary brake system.

Can I get some thoughts on this and what type of brake system I may need to put on my Edge.

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I have a 2017 coachmen leprechaun 260ds and am towing a 2016 ford edge.

1. Do you have the base 4 cyl engine in your edge. If so you may not be able to flat tow anf will probably need a trailer or dolly. In 2016, the optional 6 cyl or larger 4 cyl only can be flat towed.

I am towing with a blue ox alpha bar, blue ox base plate, blue ox car guard 2 rock guard, and blue ox patriot 2 brake assist. The installer put in a remote battery shut off (switch inside the car) and an always on 12v socket for the patriot in the left side dash compartment.

The edge weighs about 4,500 lbs and the e450 has a 7,500 tow capacity.

I have been very happy with the complete set up.
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We have a Class C Coachman Leprechaun E-350 Chassis. I am planning on towing a 2017 Ford Edge. I understand that it is a good idea to install an auxiliary brake system.

Can I get some thoughts on this and what type of brake system I may need to put on my Edge.

Thanks,
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It is not only a good idea, but it is also a requirement in some states and provinces. On IRV2 there is a whole forum on towing where you will get a wealth of information and everybody's opinions/preferences on the different equipment used. Here is the link http://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/
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Look at the Ready Brake system. Easy with no electrical, no switches, no fuses to pull no pulling in and out each time and no setup each time for use. I'm running the Ready Brute tow bar system. Can be ordered with any base plate.

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Make sure the hitch you MH has come with a hitch with enough weight rate. I read some are not rated at 7,500#
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Look at the Ready Brake system. Easy with no electrical, no switches, no fuses to pull no pulling in and out each time and no setup each time for use. I'm running the Ready Brute tow bar system. Can be ordered with any base plate.

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Mostly correct. It will work with any baseplate, and it is a mechanical system, which as stated means no pre- and post-trip device installation issues / time, etc. ("setup"). In addition to the usual safety chains / cables and break-away line, you just attach to the brake cable already installed to your brake pedal.

However, you may nevertheless need to deal with battery drain issues, apart from operation of the brake system. We love our Ready Brake system pulling a 2014 Honda CRV. Now I just need to find out what is killing my battery even with a Roadmaster fuse switch!
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for RVi2 system. Use it in the Jeep. Easy install and only takes a couple of minutes to set up each day. No issues with the battery. Haven’t had to use a charge system.
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