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Old 07-04-2015, 09:15 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Sandy and Shirley View Post
30 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago, I would have done it myself also -- but at 68 I'm beginning to act like my kids, "call the guy". Funny how the things we tell our kids not to do eventually becomes what we do!
I am also 68 and still try and do things myself. Main reason for that is the people I have paid to do things don't usually do it to my satisfaction. Not that I am picky, because I am not. I just want things done right especially if I am paying.

Once in a while I will have someone do something I can't.

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Old 07-04-2015, 09:42 AM   #12
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n-e-d has a good solution. As for the 12v power, the Georgetown's have a 7 way trailer plug that has a 12v power in it. Just run that power leg to the patriot brake and install a 12v receptacle so the patriot brake can plug into it. Problem solved.

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Old 07-04-2015, 09:56 AM   #13
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Sandy and Shirley: Check this out:

It says it's the 20 most popular braking systems that ETrailers sells for use on a Ford Focus. Not sure of it's validity, but ETrailer is usually trustworthy. I have an Invisibrake by Roadmaster and love it, but I'm not sure if it will work with your braking system. In reading, they say it will work with your vehicle if you have an ELECTRIC hydroboost braking system but will not work if your brakes get their boost from the power steering pump. The Invisibrake has a separate power wire that hooks to the toad battery so it has power for breakaway action. It also gets power from coach (turn on your lights while towing) to trickle charge the battery. When the unit gets a signal from the coach brake lights, it activates an air compressor that operates a strut to pull the brake pedal via cables and it activates a vacuum pump that provides boost to the braking system. If the break away cable is pulled, the system activates automatically. If it will work for you, I love mine. Stays in place and you never even know it's there.
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:28 AM   #14
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You know the battery is Still in the car it's just disconnected. Run a separate wire from the battery to your brake system. All power will be off except the aux brake.
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:19 AM   #15
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We also toad an auto jk jeep with a blue ox plate and bar. I use a patriot brake and power it with the always hot cig lighter in the console. I use a roadmaster battery maintainer under the hood of the toad, it is about a size of an old zippo lighter. It keeps the toad battery charged by the coach but prevents voltage from going to to the coach from the toad (magic of diodes!). We us a trailermate wiring harness to power the toad brake lights (diodes again) from the coach, click and play. I use this setup because I did not want to permanently mod the jk. Dont know if any of this helps, but here it is anyway.....
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:48 AM   #16
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We originally bought the Blue Ox patriot system but it just doesn't like floor board in our Jeep Liberty. I really didn't get any use out of it at all.
Now we have the Invisibrake system and man what an awesome setup that is. Once installed it really is just hook up and drive off easy.

We just towed from Dallas to San Diego and back with it and not even a single hiccup. With the Patriot we stopped 5 times in a 2 hour trip to reset the thing.
You would still need power to operate this system but you could still tap into the toads battery for that.

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