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rk911

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Posted: 12/07/17 05:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

it's likely that the brakes on your MH are rated for the GVWR and not the GCWR. that being said the cost of the aux braking system is always worth it.


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I'm always amused/puzzled at folks here who won't bat an eye at dumping $6,000 into FBP to impress the neighbors but won't spend $2,000 on a safety factor.

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I asked this question a while ago. The majority of the responses were that it wasn’t nexesaary (which I don’t agree with)! My argument is that if a 2500 lb trailer requires one so does a 2500 lb car.

And home state doesn’t matter when it comes to this. That’s like saying I can tow at 70 in my home state so I can tow at the same speed in a state that has a 55 mph limit!

Brakes are a must IMO on anything being towed that’s over 2klbs


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My two cents if you can afford a vehicle capable if pulling a toad and fuelling / maintaining it then you can darn well afford braking for the toad.


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I appreciate all the opinions and I'm leaning towards braking even if I get the Fit. But I would still contend that it's not black and white. Just as a MH/toad will stop quicker with brakes, there are fairly wide differences in stopping distances among all kinds of vehicles. So if you follow the argument to always have brakes, then why not only buy the fastest stopping car.
By the way what will brakes for a toad cost me. I already have the blue ox tow bar and the electrical connection for tail lights, etc. just not supplemental braking.


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Posted: 12/08/17 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

About $1000 plus installation.


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Why not use the Ready Brake System?
Easy do it yourself install and inexpensive. I have used the Ready Brute tow bar with the Ready Break built-in for five years and have found it works well even when going down steep grades such as 190 into Death Valley from the west, down Tioga Pass east out of Yosemite and several times over the Rockies, Sierra, and Siskiyous.


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It's never mentioned in these brake discussions, but you're not really getting a full braking action on the toad anyway with the engine off. Unboosted brakes don't have the stopping power of boosted ones, correct?

I'm wrestling with the brakes/no brakes decision now. I'm leaning toward brakes even though it will double the cost of setting up the Equinox as a toad. The owner of the RV shop I work at says I don't need them.


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Roadmaster and SMI Stay-N-Play fills the vacuum system so you are not pushing on a dead pedal.
I would think for your self and not many dealers. I am even surprised that a dealer would not want to sell a system even if not needed.

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jplante4 wrote:

The owner of the RV shop I work at says I don't need them.



I assume he/she will pay for the lawyer to defend you if sued?
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