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Old 09-09-2010, 12:41 PM   #11
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Another question. We plan to tow a Lincoln MKX(Ford Edge)the dealer is including the Blue Ox tow bar(installing also) we ask about brakes and he said they weren't necessary with the weight of our toad. Is this true?
I have a friend that tows a Honda CRV, which is probably lighter than an Edge, without brakes. He had a brake control for the first three years, but it quit working and he just towed it out west thru the mountains of Colorado and said that he didn't notice any difference. However, I wouldn't do it. Its pretty good peace of mind for around $1000. I'm going to be using a tow dolly since my Ford Focus can't be towed 4 wheels down, but it has surge brakes.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:46 PM   #12
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The dealer did mention some states require it but ours doesn't but of course we will be traveling to many other states. What brake do you recommend, I'm sure we can get them to install it also.
We have the Brakemaster System by Roadmaster. I have a Blue Ox tow bar and bracket on my 2004 Grand AM.

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Old 09-09-2010, 05:24 PM   #13
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Another question. We plan to tow a Lincoln MKX(Ford Edge)the dealer is including the Blue Ox tow bar(installing also) we ask about brakes and he said they weren't necessary with the weight of our toad. Is this true?
We have the roadmaster even brake. Its an all in one package that fits in front of the drivers seat and is adjusted to stop when you slow down. The package contains a receiver that mounts on the dash in the motorhome, a transmitter that mounts in the car and the unit it self which contains a micro board, and a compressor that activates the break pedal. Its a little expensive, but it stops the car when you need it. And there is no modifications to the car when you trade it. We also have the Blue ox tow bar and its the best. We just traded cars and rerouted the stop/brake and directional lights seperately from the vehicles rear lights. While we were on a trip, our old car (Saturn) lighting system went to ground and kept blowing out the fuse in the motorhome. I went out and bought a trailer kit and stuck it in the rear window the rest of the trip. In the Escape, there is room to add the extra light fixture and bulb in the tail light assembly. In many states, if you don't have brakes on your tow car and have an accident, they could charge you too. The car you plan on towing is about 600 lbs more than our escape. Be sure to ask the dealer if it can be towed 4 on the ground. There are some AWD/4wd cars that need modifications before it can be towed.

It was mentioned before about the front end alignment. Our dealer caught it while installing a Safe-T Stablizer on our stearing and FR sent it out to a Ford Truck dealer to realign our front end. Our tires are running true.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #14
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Got our 378 in March, yea she has some rattles, and going up a steep grade it can be noisey. I love this motorhome, it has a wonderfull floor plan, and suits us fine. I have had only one problem with it, the alignment which I fixed myself in about 30 minutes. As you will see in another post we are heading out again tomorrow. I can't wait to retire and spend more time in it. Great MH for the price.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:56 PM   #15
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Brakeing system on toad

My self would not tow with out them. I hear that Canada will not let you in without toad brakes. I also have a Edge and in some 8% grades I could feel toad brakes helping me. Just a few bucks makes me feel better. I have Road master air compressor under coach and air to toad with a air cylinder in floor of toad. I have a 2008 George town 350 with a Ford chassis, and by nature it rides a little stiff, and I keep 90 lbs in all tires as recommended by MFG. I really like the coach ,just wish I had a 378, more room.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:33 AM   #16
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Whatever you heard about Canada not allowing you in without toad brakes is probably rumour. I have been back and forth across the border at least 30 times without toad brakes. Now that I have let the cat out of the bag they will probably catch me the next time.
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I recently got my Dodge Dakota equipped for flat towing and did invest in a Brake Buddy braking system. It has worked very well, and I have the Brake Buddy set to only hit the brakes in the "toad" when I am braking hard in the Motorhome. We have been very satisfied and actually really surprised at how easy it is.
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