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Why not install a dedicated 12V outlet for the Brake Buddy charged from the MH?
Connection to the toad battery is required for a break away situation. The voltage drop from the MH might be to great for proper operation of the brake.


The Brake Buddy has its own battery just for this reason.
Thanks, haven't keep up with recent BB.


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CA Traveler wrote:

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Why not install a dedicated 12V outlet for the Brake Buddy charged from the MH?
Connection to the toad battery is required for a break away situation. The voltage drop from the MH might be to great for proper operation of the brake.


The Brake Buddy has its own battery just for this reason.
Thanks, haven't keep up with recent BB.


Yes. The only thing I know about them is when I helped my buddy install his that he bought in 18. It had the battery built in and needed a 12V supply to keep it charged. Since his focus needs the battery disconnected to tow we installed a dedicated 12V outlet that is only powered from the MH and only for the Brake Buddy. Has worked flawlessly for 3 years and over 10k miles for him.


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dodge guy wrote:

CA Traveler wrote:

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Why not install a dedicated 12V outlet for the Brake Buddy charged from the MH?
Connection to the toad battery is required for a break away situation. The voltage drop from the MH might be to great for proper operation of the brake.


The Brake Buddy has its own battery just for this reason.


Please Dodge Guy, pray tell where the BB's battery? Should I be doing some sort of maintenance or adding water?


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Why not install a dedicated 12V outlet for the Brake Buddy charged from the MH?
Connection to the toad battery is required for a break away situation. The voltage drop from the MH might be to great for proper operation of the brake.


The Brake Buddy has its own battery just for this reason.


Please Dodge Guy, pray tell where the BB's battery? Should I be doing some sort of maintenance or adding water?


Scratch all that everyone! My apologies. As I was looking up the brake buddy, I noticed I was wrong. My buddy has the Blue Ox Patriot which has the built in battery.

Again I’m sorry for the confusion. Don’t know how I was wrong? I’m never wrong! [emoticon]

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Thunder Mountain either system should work to power the BB2, and keep it from draining your battery. The plus to the Cooltech might be if it's all using the same umbilical cord vs having a separate line to deal with.

Now whether you need it or not, only way to know is to give it a test run and find out. Just make sure you have a way to charge the Jeep in case. I just can't imaging the system drawing that much power to totally drain a newer Jeep battery, sure maybe an old one that's already near end of life.

In all my reading about the various BrakeBuddy systems (select/classic/stealth) I never found one with a built in battery, they come with the charge cable and the remote sensor in the motorhome has a battery but that's all. There are none listed on the accessory page either.


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