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I am looking at buying a Class A that has never towed a vehicle. We have a 2001 Honda Accord with GVWR of 4235 lbs. What is the most economical braking system I can use for that vehicle? We will be traveling in the mountains quite a bit. Is it advisable to tow a vehicle that size without supplemental braking? Your advice is appreciated!


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That's easy! Ready Brake. Simplest, easiest to hookup and unhook and easy install. No box to lift in and out of the vehicle. Also least expensive.

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jauguston wrote:

That's easy! Ready Brake. Simplest, easiest to hookup and unhook and easy install. No box to lift in and out of the vehicle. Also least expensive.

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X-2 on the Ready Brake. I've used Brake Buddy and US Gear.
last toad I installed Ready Brake, simple install and works great.

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Question on the ReadyBrake and others that press or pull the brake pedal. I've always thought that it was really hard to stop a vehicle without the engine running. What about this?

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It is not a issue. Federal law for many years has mandated that vehicle brakes must be able to safely stop the vehicle if the engine is stopped and the power brake unit is not operational.

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Check out Air Force one Braking System. It works off the towing vehicle's braking system. The small control box fits under the hood and does not take up much space. The important thing to me as old as I am, "THERE IS NO GETTING DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND HOOKING IT UP TO YOUR BRAKE PEDAL EVERYTIME YOU HOOK UP THE DINGY." It is permanitaly installed.


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jauguston wrote:

That's easy! Ready Brake. Simplest, easiest to hookup and unhook and easy install. No box to lift in and out of the vehicle. Also least expensive.

Jim


That is absolutely the only system I would ever buy!

"Is it advisable to tow a vehicle that size without supplemental braking?"

That is a decision only you can make. Such systems are not required by law in many states. Where they ARE required by law, the law sometimes specifies that such systems must "be approved by the Administrator". Which ones have such approvals? Nobody seems to know! Perhaps because none of the normal testing organizations have ever, AFAIK, done any testing! Many thousands of vehicles were towed many millions of miles before these systems were ever invented, with minimal problems. There have been literally thousands of posts made in various RV forums about the issue. Search them out, read to your heart's content, then decide what is right for you.
Good luck.

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seaboard,

Same thing as Ready Brake. 30 second hook up and no bending over lifting anything(-:

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jauguston wrote:

seaboard,

Same thing as Ready Brake. 30 second hook up and no bending over lifting anything(-:


I am not familiar with ready brake but if it is the same it is good for us old folks. Does the Ready brake hook into the RV air system?

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