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houstonstroker

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Posted: 09/19/22 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Texas law is 4500 pounds or more, auxiliary braking is required. Also get the wiring kit and fasten an outlet on the front of the Jeep somewhere. Then the cord plugs into the motorhome 7 way. I also take advantage of the charge wire, so the Jeep battery remains charged.


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cbigham

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Posted: 09/20/22 07:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No affiliation but have used https://www.demco-products.com/rv-towing/supplemental-brakes/stay-in-play-duo
For my hydraulic braked class c for many years, and before that their air brake system for my 40 ft diesel prior to the class c. Worked as it should, very reliably never an issue. We just completed Alaskan trip this summer. Nothing broke, no false braking incidents, no troubles in spite of the badly damaged roads, dirt sections, mud, occasional snow early in our departure.Both air and electric systems very robust. I couldn't imagine how the surge brake systems would perform with the bucking and bouncing, sections ornplaces an immediate stop on a curve section or detour where I had no towed brakes... jeep pushing the motorhome in such situations in mud, dirt,uneven pavement, mud, ice etc.

I think it a false economy debating whether you need this or not. Fwiw if I did it again I'd get the electrical version first. Will work on any towing vehicle. My jeep has the guts of the air brake system still in it, lights, wiring, but also the electrical. Had it 14 years. Electrical system would have worked just fine with the diesel had I known better back. In. The. Day.

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Posted: 09/20/22 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From what I've read, the surge brake has a shock-style cylinder that activates at 250lbs of pressure applied from the toad in a braking or shoving situation from the toad onto the RV via the surge brake tongue connection. Simple, straight-forward cable connection that if installed correctly, should work in those situation you describe in Alaska. Force is force regardless if its from braking/sliding/slipping/bucking.....too much pressure and the surge brake will pull on the toad brake pedal as needed. Obviously, if the toad goes sideways in a slide all bets are off (as in most all braking systems).

cbigham

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Posted: 09/21/22 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Perhaps best to visualize the situation as a series of speed bumps going around a corner or even around corner up or down hill. Either way, better to have towed brakes than not.

Good luck with your purchase,

Cb

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