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Posted: 01/08/22 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am trying to determine the best Toad braking system for my set up. I have a DP with air brakes and a 2000 jeep cherokee. Initially i thought the brakemaster 9160 for air brakes looked good, but have now been made aware that an airline failure in the toad could negatively impact my coach air brakes. Yikes that's scary. How about the brake buddy system? Looks a little cumbersome and I don't like that it's not proportional. What does anyone suggest?

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Brake Buddy's do work well and they do have a proportional braking setting.
Have used one for the last 15 yrs.


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never heard of an airline failure


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I have been using a non-proportional Brake Buddy for 21 years. Yes, it's cumbersome but it works well when necessary. I'm not sure I want my toad brakes wearing out, helping the coach stop all the time. Your millage may vary.

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Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional

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There are several systems. I do not like the "Brake Buddy" box in the driver's seat for a number of reasons.. They advertise "No installation" but the fact is YOU install it (not a professional) every time you tow.. Unless of course it's a short trip and you say "oh the heck with it" (yes it happenes)

US-Gear Unified brake decelerator is, in my opinion the best **IF** you know how to take advantage of it's features.. This is an electric over hydraulic system and provides a charge to the towed's battery But you can engage the towed brakes without the motor home's or disable the towed's brakes adjust the "Gain" and it is proportional. I know of no other system that flexible. BUT you need to know how to use some of those features and you should not be driving in places you need them . (They come in handy on bad roads)

I think it's M&G for motor homes with air brakes.. IF and I stress IF it fits your towed it's totally transparent. NOTHIGN in the cockpit (All under the hood) They also make a kit with a 12 volt compressor for Motor homes without air brakes.

Beyond that Ready Break. this is a surge brake system.. if the car "pushes" against the motor home it pulls the brake pedal.. Now there are a couple issues.. One is the cable is a parking brake type cable and if it gets rusty it can jam up on you. Otherwise it's a great system.

Most of the others are enough alike in how well they work as to not distinguish.


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The systems that use the coach air, like mine (Air Force One) and M&G are all protected in case there is an airline break. They will have no effect on your coach or toad, other than losing the use of toad braking until the airline is repaired. I've been using AF1 for over 10 years. Whoever told you about failures is clueless.


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Posted: 01/09/22 05:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a look at the NSA Ready Brake system. Easy one time install, fool proof.


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M&G brake will fit your 2000 Cherokee. Go to https://mgbrakes.com/ for more information. It's by far the best and there is no reason to believe there would be any negative effect on your RV brakes.

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We bought the RVI3 system and have been happy. It's simple and easy to set up and use. We bought it based on a friends recommendation.

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