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What type of brake control do you use in your toad behind a Class C unit?

 

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Our Class C was only 24' long. We didn't feel a need for a toad. We just drove the RV everywhere. When we traded it for a 35' Class A we bought a Honda CR-V. That was in 2010 and we are still driving the CR-V although we no longer have a motorhome to tow it. It still has a base plate on it, though, just in case. :) 

Linda Sand

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We use on our Class A the Ready Brake Elite. It is a surge brake. We didn't want anything that had to be hauled in and out of the toad.

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We have a 33' Class A which is in the same class as many Class Cs.  We tow a 2018 Equinox to keep the tow weight under 4000 lbs.  We selected a vehicle that can be towed four-down as the weight of a dolly trailer would have gotten us close to maximum tow weight.

Since a vehicle in tow is a trailer (all states definition), an auxiliary brake unit is necessary.  The main reason for the auxiliary brake to to stop the toad in case of a break-away.

Helping with the braking is a secondary reason for an auxiliary brake.  When GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is determined, the assumption is that the towed weight supplies it own braking power.  The towing vehicle brakes are rated for stopping the towing vehicle only.   A common misconception of many.

we use a RVI 3 auxiliary unit as it is small and easily handled.  It is an inertia trigger brake device and we have a display at the dash that indicated when the toad brakes are being applied, important for any brake unit as as any device that can set the brakes in the toad with no indication to the driver can wind up with locked and burnt brakes. 

The RVI 3 display also has a manual application of the toad brakes.

The Ready Brake Elite puts a surge brake into the tow bar.  That is okay as long as your also install the break-away accessory that is not standard with the Ready Brake.  And the Ready Brake has no indicator to the driver that brakes are being applied.  But it is cheaper than a tow bar and separate auxiliary brake unit.

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Let me make a couple of corrections to the above post: 1) there is a line run to indicate the brake is being applied, comes with the kit and 2) the break away kit is only $100 or so and mostly legally required, well worth it. We  bought the Ready Brute Elite and have been very happy with it.

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From the website for the ReadyBrake Elite (which I do have):  

* Has a hard wired in dash light monitoring system for the Ready Brake

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I guess there is a variance from the Ready Brake site "No electronics or electricity are required to use the Ready Brake and after the initial install all that is required to connect or disconnect is a single cable that hangs over the tow bar."

There is no indication of a dash light in the ReadyBrute Elite instructions nor the ReadyBrute Break-Away kit instructions.  But there is the  DL-300 In-Dash Monitor.

So If you get all the parts, not just the ReadyBrute Elite tow bar, then the ReadyBrute Elite is okay.

 

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Ready Brute Elite comes with the dash light, check website. All you need to add is the break-away.

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When we bought ours 3 years ago it came with the light. We didn't do that part of the install and don't have the directions.

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