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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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It appears my trusty 2001 Honda CRV may be appearing the end of its useful life. Accordingly I am close to buying a new Ford 150 FWD PU to replace it.

Since the curb weight on the Ford is substantially more than the little Honda, I probably need to put some auxiliary brakes on it.

I never used brakes on the Honda so I am somewhat ignorant of the brand, kind, type, etc of auxiliary brakes for the Ford.

Any suggestions, comments, recommendations?
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I have a f-150 crew cab '13 I use Brake Buddy, easy to set up, and a blue ox towbar system, about 2-3 hrs to install the mounting plates on my truck, and did the led lights and signals I installed inside the Ford light hosings. easy to set up to tow brakes work great, no air or hydraulic lines to mess with. hope this helps
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Thanks, Jon.

The F 150 FWD Crew Cab is what I am likely to buy. I haven't bought a new vehicle in more than 15 years and it somewhat shocked me to learn a pick-up truck today costs more than I have paid for a house 30 years or so ago. But, after looking at some tow vehicles the last several months, the Ford seemed the best bet. Got hauling capacity plus the comfort and convenience of an automobile.
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I use Brake Buddy, easy to set up, and a blue ox towbar system, about 2-3 hrs to install the mounting plates on my truck, and did the led lights and signals I installed inside the Ford light housings. easy to set up to tow brakes work great, no air or hydraulic lines to mess with. hope this helps
Ditto- Have used this system for 11 years. Can't say enough good about it. Easy setup, easy transfer between different vehicles.
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Glad to help Tommy, I'll be at Pine Mountain, but I'll have my trailer in tow, going to Florida Grande after and want my car and motorcycle with me for the winter there.
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I'm fairly ignorant of braking systems and a review of the "Brake Buddy" web-site suggests several models. Which one should I consider for towing a full size PU?
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Tommy, we use the Air Force one by SMI. Easy hookup, desconnect.

https://smibrake.com/towed-vehicle-b...-force-one.php
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The Yankee Doodle Poodle says, "Brake Buddy Stealth. It's a small unit that stays inconspicuously installed under the drivers seat. The cable to the brake peddle is hidden under the floor mat or carpeting. Nothing to carry around and install every time you want to use it or stow it away. Please remember my special Uncle Tomny Treats at Pine Mountain too".
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I have a f-150 crew cab '13 I use Brake Buddy, easy to set up, and a blue ox towbar system, about 2-3 hrs to install the mounting plates on my truck, and did the led lights and signals I installed inside the Ford light hosings. easy to set up to tow brakes work great, no air or hydraulic lines to mess with. hope this helps
Jon what kind of led's did you put inside your light housing?
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Thanks all y'all who commented. Yep, I bit the bullet and shelled out enough money to buy a small house and drove home a new Ford F-150 4W Drive XLT.

Got the base plate on order and should have it installed before the end of the week.

Now, here's the stupid question of the day. I have no technical nor mechanical skills so I'm going to get John Boy Hughes at CoachCraft to install the brake system (Brake Buddy or Brake Buddy Stealth). Would I be taking a bad chance pulling my new F-150 to Columbus, GA without Auxiliary Brakes?

I have a 10 K lb Blue Ox Tow bar and the F-150 has a curb weight of 6600 lbs.
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