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Posted: 01/05/19 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

et2 wrote:

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If your base plate comes off OR your bumper comes off with tow bar????


It WAS NOT installed properly period.



Glad you believe yourself. Not all of us are gullable with everything we hear. Putting all that aside, what does it have to do with using a auxillary braking system or not. Seems like a good reason to use one wouldn't you agree?


It was in reference to an above post and picture. Sorry I didn't quote it for your reference. [emoticon]

And I said nothing about disagreeing with using an aux brake and if you read all the posts you would see that I DO use an auxillary brake.


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rockhillmanor wrote:

et2 wrote:

rockhillmanor wrote:

If your base plate comes off OR your bumper comes off with tow bar????


It WAS NOT installed properly period.



Glad you believe yourself. Not all of us are gullable with everything we hear. Putting all that aside, what does it have to do with using a auxillary braking system or not. Seems like a good reason to use one wouldn't you agree?


It was in reference to an above post and picture. Sorry I didn't quote it for your reference. [emoticon]

And I said nothing about disagreeing with using an aux brake and if you read all the posts you would see that I DO use an auxillary brake.



There's more to it than just a correctly installed base plate. A whole bunch of variables actually. And even if installed correctly, there could be a base plate that comes apart for a number of different reasons.

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Posted: 01/05/19 01:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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There's more to it than just a correctly installed base plate. A whole bunch of variables actually. And even if installed correctly, there could be a base plate that comes apart for a number of different reasons.


And what makes you think the Brake Buddy will stop a runaway vehicle? As I mentioned long ago I use a brake system but do not try to over think the purpose or am I paranoid about every possible scenario that could happen. If I did, I would never get on the road in any vehicle. I did have a brake Buddy system at one time and I remember hitting a bump and the jolt dislodging the system, making it unusable. The BB did apply brakes on my toad, but I never saw it even come close to locking up the wheels. After all, my toad had power brakes and the BB was working those brakes without power assist. You cannot come up with any type of system that is totally foolproof and it is foolish to even talk about, and even try to make up, instances where something bad can happen. [emoticon]

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There's more to it than just a correctly installed base plate. A whole bunch of variables actually. And even if installed correctly, there could be a base plate that comes apart for a number of different reasons.


And what makes you think the Brake Buddy will stop a runaway vehicle? As I mentioned long ago I use a brake system but do not try to over think the purpose or am I paranoid about every possible scenario that could happen. If I did, I would never get on the road in any vehicle. I did have a brake Buddy system at one time and I remember hitting a bump and the jolt dislodging the system, making it unusable. The BB did apply brakes on my toad, but I never saw it even come close to locking up the wheels. After all, my toad had power brakes and the BB was working those brakes without power assist. You cannot come up with any type of system that is totally foolproof and it is foolish to even talk about, and even try to make up, instances where something bad can happen. [emoticon]
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Nobody said anything about it locking up your brakes or they are all "fool proof", least I didn't. Your comment it was dislodged is vague, but perhaps you had some brakes vs zero.

The only foolishness is those people telling others they serve no purpose and aren't required. Even if they're within all the weight ratings and state requirements there's a considerable better chance they'll come out ahead if a emergency braking or toad issue arises.

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The only foolishness is those people telling others they serve no purpose and aren't required. Even if they're within all the weight ratings and state requirements there's a considerable better chance they'll come out ahead if a emergency braking or toad issue arises.


So have you replaced the stock brakes on your toad with the highest performing aftermarket brakes available? There’s a considerable better chance...

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You don't want your breakaway to lock up the brakes, or you've created another hazard. They should just bring the vehicle to a gentle stop. I think most brake buddy or portable type systems will do that. My RVi2 will.


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irishtom29 wrote:

et2 wrote:



The only foolishness is those people telling others they serve no purpose and aren't required. Even if they're within all the weight ratings and state requirements there's a considerable better chance they'll come out ahead if a emergency braking or toad issue arises.


So have you replaced the stock brakes on your toad with the highest performing aftermarket brakes available? There’s a considerable better chance...



But if I had to "tow" a significant amount with my toad, then yes a braking system is used. I wouldn't rely on the cars brakes to do all the work. Many cars specify using a secondary braking system if towing. The toads brakes stops the toad as a singular vehicle just fine, just as it assists in reducing the motorhome stopping distance by not relying on the Motorhome brakes to do all the work.

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If you can feel the toad helping slow the motor home then you are ruining your brakes.

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Five2o wrote:

If you can feel the toad helping slow the motor home then you are ruining your brakes.
Ya no kidding! 4,000 lbs slowing 40,000 lbs

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