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Old 09-23-2016, 02:28 PM   #11
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We use the Roadmaster Falcon 2 with the RVI Brake. Good luck!
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:06 PM   #12
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I'm pleased with our Roadmaster Falcon 2, but it can be hard to release if the toad isn't straight behind the coach. If you decide on a Roadmaster and can afford the difference, I'd recommend their All Terrain. They claim you can release it at any angle.

We have a Blue Ox Patriot braking system. It works fine. Other brands have similar features. Compare their features and weights. Those that use an air compressor to provide braking force can use a lot of power and can drain your toad battery quickly. The Patriot uses little power when it's not applying the brakes. We've towed for nearly two days just on the toad's battery. I have since added a wire to supply 12 volts from the coach to the toad.

I'd recommend against any system that gets its signal from the coach's brake lights. They fully apply even if you just want light braking. Our Patriot does not apply at all with light braking, and I can adjust the braking force or turn it off with the wireless remote.

One disadvantage of the Patriot is that it takes 2 or 3 seconds to fully apply the brakes. Some claim to be faster.

These and other products have been discussed several times on this forum. Do a search for other threads.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:10 PM   #13
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I can adjust the braking force or turn it off with the wireless remote.
By turning it off remotely I assume you mean tell it to quit braking? How do you do that as there are times I would like to be able to stop it from braking.


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One disadvantage of the Patriot is that it takes 2 or 3 seconds to fully apply the brakes. Some claim to be faster.
I would also like it to quit braking quicker at times but if I can cancel it manually that would be fine.

Overall I like it.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:15 PM   #14
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NSA Ready Brake, a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar and wiring for the tail lights by Hopkins. Very pleased with the set-up.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:27 PM   #15
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tow bar and brakes

Obviously most people are happy with whatever they got, there does not seem to be any horrible product out there but nonetheless I have my opinion. I am using the Demco Commander tow bar, hooks up and releases easily at odd angles, reasonably priced, good instructions and you get a knowledgable person if you call them. SMI stay in play for the brakes because their system is totally out of the way, just flip a switch to turn it on or off, it will not activate unless you have pushed on the brake pedal(no activation of your car brakes just because you hit a bump), easy adjustment of sensitivity and again it is easy to get someone knowledgeable on the phone. The Stay In Play is a little harder to install than the box sitting on the floor but it is very positive(no problems with boxes pushing against soft car seats) and a lot less trouble afterwards.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:36 PM   #16
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Ready brute elite with blue ox base plate. So far so good. I have not used any others so I cannot compare.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:49 PM   #17
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Hi and thanks for your time I value your comments and replies.
I just bought my first TOAD vehicle. Eight 2010 sabaru outback all-wheel-drive.
I'm getting ready to tow behind my class c RV and wanted to know what system you use and why also what braking system do you use and why.


Thanks Andy
We have a Sunseeker 3010DS and tow a Jeep Wrangler. We use the Blue Ox system after attending last year's RV show in Hershey. No regrets. We use a Brake Buddy system based on several recommendations from friends. Also no regrets!
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:59 PM   #18
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By turning it off remotely I assume you mean tell it to quit braking? How do you do that as there are times I would like to be able to stop it from braking

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I would also like it to quit braking quicker at times but if I can cancel it manually that would be fine.

Overall I like it.
Just dial the remote control from 0 for no braking to 9 for maximum force.

Dial the remote to 0 to make it release the brakes quicker. Sometimes I have to do this when it has a false application on a rough railroad crossing.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:18 PM   #19
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Our Lexington tows our Saturn Vue with a Blue Ox towbar and Patriot brake system. Very easy to hook up, used almost 20,000 miles so far. Alaska, all around Midwest, right now on trip from WI thru Yellowstone, on to Oregon and then down to Texas.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:00 AM   #20
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Same as GMACKLEM- Blue Ox towBars with Patriot Braking. Nice easy set up I also use magnetic tow lights. We travel with the bicycles on the back of the toad and and if their covered you cant see the tailights
We have a cover for our Bikes that shows the taillights throughs the cover - got it on amazon
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