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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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Old 02-27-2016
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Will be towing our 2013 CRV and after reading about braking systems am looking for your thoughts. Most posts here and on the net are years old.
First while desirable is a brake system really necessary?
Who has real life experience with a system that does not require breaking into toad electrical or hydraulic system?
These cars are just so complicated with computers controlling systems my concern is voiding my extended warranty or worse burning out something.
I'm ok with having to set up a unit on the floor that attaches to the brake pedal if that's what it comes down to.
For sure want a system that indicates if brakes are applied up on my coach dash.
As far as brake lights, turn signals saw at Vidalia a set up with a light bar that mounts in the toad receiver hitch. That eliminates splicing, diodes into toad electrical system which I really want to avoid.
And who is using what brand tow bar and why did you choose that one?
All suggestions and thoughts appreciated.
Thanks friends.
ps :still looking for our future BB !
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I use a portable brake system because it was cheap. Used 120.
I use a Blue Ox tow bar because it was cheap. Used 150.
I use a Blue Ox Base Plate because it was cheap. Used 50.

Now the the Slide in Light Bar was a different deal. Randy built that so he, Mark and Thomas could see my signals. Its was difficult to see my signals with the additional bulbs added to our stock tail lights. Im very easy to see with that light bar. I tried to pay for it, really I did. New custom built zero $.
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I use a portable brake system because it was cheap. Used 120.
I use a Blue Ox tow bar because it was cheap. Used 150.
I use a Blue Ox Base Plate because it was cheap. Used 50.

Now the the Slide in Light Bar was a different deal. Randy built that so he, Mark and Thomas could see my signals. Its was difficult to see my signals with the additional bulbs added to our stock tail lights. Im very easy to see with that light bar. I tried to pay for it, really I did. New custom built zero $.
HI Rick,
We met in Vidalia and now I know it's your light bar I saw. What brand is your brake controller? Did you run the wires to you light bar thru the interior or go underneath?
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In several states a toad braking system is required by law. They do hand out tickets, a couple of WOGers got them. The key giveaway is the center brake light doesn't come on with the others unless the toad brake pedal moves. But I don't think the M&G system moves the pedal, so I guess you need to prove you have one if they stop you.

I use an SMI system that is a proportional system operated from the coach air brake system. It generates a vacuum to energize the power brake system and has a small cylinder attached to the brake pedal up under the dash out of the way, Permanently installed. Just hook up the air line and you are good to go. It has a built in system for emergency break-away.

A separate light bar is a good option as the electronics in today's cars are way too fancy. I installed a combination of relays and diodes in my 2009 Jeep for the lights, works fine but not so easy to do.

Why these systems cost so much is a mystery, there is abut $50 worth of parts in them.
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HI Rick,
We met in Vidalia and now I know it's your light bar I saw. What brand is your brake controller? Did you run the wires to you light bar thru the interior or go underneath?
Paul
Brake Buddy portable thing. The wiring is ran under the Jeep and zip tied in place. Thousands of miles with this set up and only one real problem.
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Cool way to change tires Rick.
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adding the light bar is the best way for tail lights.
LED,and bright!
Adding bulbs to the factory lights just does not result in good tail lights,IMO.
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adding the light bar is the best way for tail lights.
LED,and bright!
Adding bulbs to the factory lights just does not result in good tail lights,IMO.
That's why we used the SRX LED tail lights with the diodes.
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M&G Engineering Air Brake System, proportional toad braking, simple, one moving part, warranty - life, pricey. I like mine, bought another when I traded toads. Wire toad lights from the Wanderlodge the way you like. Don
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adding the light bar is the best way for tail lights.
LED,and bright!
Adding bulbs to the factory lights just does not result in good tail lights,IMO.
unless you have old honda crv and put in leds!!!
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