Gulf Stream Owners RV Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-09-2007, 06:42 PM   #1
trickto322
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chuckey
Posts: 132
Default Supplemental brake system

I was wondering what brake system you use on your toad and why?
__________________
trickto322
2006 TourMaster T40A
2009 Chevy Colorado
trickto322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2007, 08:33 PM   #2
earljan34
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 320
Default

Trickto322, I use the SMI Silent Partner (www.smibrake.com) it is easy to install and easy to use plus it can be controlled from the coach as to the amount of braking you want almost like a trailer brake.

Earl
__________________
2005 sunvoyger, # 8368 , 2001 Jeep toad, 1-Wife, 1-Dog Tori the Maltese. FMCA 64574 Good Sam life member


www.IRV2.com, www.RvNET.com, www.thatscamping.com
earljan34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 08:24 AM   #3
Arthur Hayes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Augustine
Posts: 164
Default

I have been using the US Gear system for 14 months now and I am very happy with it. I installed it myself, not that hard to do. You need to check out the different systems on their web sites.
__________________
Art Hayes
2007 Tour Master T40A
Mercedes Engine
Blue OX Tow Bar
Unified Break System
Arthur Hayes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 04:05 PM   #4
Texas TC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 444
Default

I have a Roadmaster Add a Brake from Camping World. I have used it once and now carry it in the coach if I am ever stopped and requested by the law to install it. It is one that applies a predetermined amount of brake through a small compressor built in to the box you install in the toad. I did not like the delay for release of the brake and felt it cost me some fuel mileage. Also, my coach and toad do not exceed the GCWR of the coach so I have plenty of brakes with the coach brakes alone. It would be nice to have the breakaway feature but not important enough for me to go through the hassle of installing the unit every time I attach the toad. If I were to do it again, I would install a unit that works with the brakes on the coach and applies brakes evenly when needed.



__________________
2008 SuperNova (6331)
2011 Jeep Wrangler (Toad)
Now: 2011 Winnebago Journey Express
2011 Silverado 4x4 Texas Edition Extended Cab (Toad)
Texas TC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 10:43 PM   #5
coolchas11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Monroe
Posts: 246
Default

We have the US Gear unified tow brake. Long View did the installation. The ease of operation is what interested us in the system.
__________________
2007 Tour Master T-40C
coolchas11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2007, 02:20 PM   #6
Curt Krueger
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Modesto
Posts: 50
Default

I have been using a Brakebuddy for the past four years and it has been very reliable and has saved me a couple of times due to those unforseen events on the road. I installed it myself and have used it on two different MH's

IMHO I am sure that in the near future there will be mandatory use of these devices in most states. I believe some states require them now.

Curt
__________________
2005 Crescendo triple, 2000 Blazer toad, Brake Buddy,DW,2 cats and lots of patience
Curt Krueger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2007, 05:13 PM   #7
RayChez1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,219
Default Re: Supplemental brake system

Quote:
Originally Posted by trickto322
I was wondering what brake system you use on your toad and why?
I have been using the Brake Buddy for the last four years and on two different toads. It has been a good brake system with no problems.
__________________
2002 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser
2018 Buick Envision Essence
Neway Freightliner chassis
Aventa II Blue Ox
RayChez1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2007, 08:41 PM   #8
mfa
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 305
Default

I, too, use a Brake Buddy Vantage (the red one.)
mfa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2007, 09:03 PM   #9
rdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 386
Default toad brake

First, kudos for worrying about having an auxiliary brake on your toad. I could work out the physics for you, but suffice it to state that any towed vehicle becomes a ram-rod when you have to panic stop. If an accident occurs (God forbid), having a brake system may help you with your insurance company.

I chose U.S.Gear's unified brake system. It stops proportional to my coach, and has a separate controller so I can adjust the braking in my towed Jeep, as well as a way to "dynamite" the brakes in the Jeep. There is nothing to hook up apart from the electrical
7-->6 line from the coach to the Jeep, along with a breakaway line. Plug, Clip, I'm done.
The unit is permanently mounted in the Jeep, outta sight and outta the way.

Whatever works for you. Check them & price out.
Safe travels
Rick



__________________
Safe Travels
Rick
07 TM 40D;ISL 450 Cummins(upgraded). Very happy w/coach
Gnarly toad to scoot around.
Geocaching, hiking, fishing, National Parks, Civil War sites.
rdlamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2007, 11:11 AM   #10
trickto322
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chuckey
Posts: 132
Default

thanx for the info. I have been using a dolly with surge brakes.

I saw the U.S. Gear system for $759 at PPL on the net however I ordered my tow bar and base plate from them and the shipping is terrible. Waited 15 days and still no delivery.
__________________
trickto322
2006 TourMaster T40A
2009 Chevy Colorado
trickto322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
12 Volt System davidd9999 Electrical 2 04-10-2016 11:25 PM
air brake -wiring a brake controller frank Class A 6 02-12-2010 11:14 AM
Dinghy supplemental brake dolidog2000 Class A 6 02-28-2009 08:31 PM
Hyd. system trickto322 Class A 2 03-14-2007 09:41 PM
Dish System & Sony surround system darbyjudy Class A 3 09-06-2005 10:22 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×