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Old 06-03-2015, 11:51 AM
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Toad Braking Systems

There are a few threads regarding base plates for towing the Cherokee behind a motorhome, but little information as to the auxiliary braking systems used. Now that quite a few Cherokees are Toads, I'm curious what systems you are using to stop them.

I've got the Roadmaster 9160 braking system, which includes a breakaway system. There is a ram attached to the brake pedal and everything is powered by the air supply of the motorhome (diesel). It is a proportional system, based on how hard I apply the MH brakes. (I've got another thread trying to resolve the only electrical connection problem I have: wiring the sensor wire to let me know up-front in the MH, whenever the brake is actually applied.)

So, how do you stop your Toad?

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Re: Toad Braking Systems

An old Brake Buddy Vantage bought in 2007. Used it on a Honda CR-V for 8 years. Using it now on my Cherokee. The original Clevis was not wide enough to fit over the Cherokee's wider brake pedal arm so Brake Buddy sent a wider one no charge. Takes about a minute to set up. Put it on the floor and slip the clevis over the brake pedal and close the latch. Plug it into the always-live 12V outlet and plug in the breakaway connector. Snug up the electric seat and push the auto startup button. Came with a wireless remote control I have mounted in a cell phone holder suction-cupped on top of the dash. It allows the sensitivity to be changed on the fly. But it also reports braking (light) or brakeaway (light and beeping) events. On the flip side, it rips out in no time. Keep it in the basement of the MH when camping.

Used it first with a Pace Arrow Vision Ford F53 chassis Triton V-10 gaser. Set it for high sensitivity and for more weight than the CR-V was. When I'd brake the MH, the Brake Buddy would apply the brakes on the CR-V and it felt like a drag chute had deployed. That poor CR-V brake system got a real working. My logic was I could replace the Honda's rotors and pads, but I couldn't even take a wheel off the MH. Reduce the wear on the MH's brakes:-) But I think that prematurely wore out my tow bar. It got pretty sloppy at the end of 5 years. Also, I don't think the baseplates are engineered for that either.

It gets very little use now with the diesel pusher. I've changed the sensitivity to only apply during relatively hard stops. Most of the braking is done with the MH engine's exhaust brake. The service brakes are mostly used for the final stop from 15 mph down.
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Re: Toad Braking Systems

We used a Ready Brake Brute tow bar. It's a tow bar a brake system in one. I liked the simplicity of the system.


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