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Old 04-02-2021, 06:33 AM   #1
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What is a good toad brake system for a diesel pusher

I am looking for a good braking system for my 2017 Winnebago Forza (diesel). I tow a 2016 Chevy Colorado 4x4. Any recommendations with would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:22 AM   #2
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Air Force one. Have it, love it.
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:00 AM   #3
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Great, thanks!
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:33 AM   #4
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We have had the RVI brake on a couple RV and went with it again for this one as it seems to do all we want.
I think the brake system is more a last ditch safety item for us as we do not drive or stop, nor pull a large vehicle in a way that added breaking power is really needed.
Only in "panic" mode for us? And so far that has not happened!

So I think most any of the systems will work, so it gets down to the details of how to set them up and the small points.
The RVI is not likely to be much different than several others and which you might like is still open until you use one, right?

For the RVI, we plug it into 12VDc on the dash, it has a cord from the RV to the car for lights, etc. and one more small item is a breakaway switch which most states require as a final safety if the hitch, safety chains and everything else goes bad, the brake will then put the car brakes on to stop it from running away! So we need to have a small connector under the dash for the breakaway.
It is a basic switch mounted under the front with a pin which has a small tether that will put the pin out if the car goes too far away!

Setting up to tow, once the car and cord is connected is this:
Set the RVI box in the floor, snap the "claw" of the box on the brake pedal, plug in the 12v and breakaway wires. It then has you push a button three times, while it activates the break to check it is setting solid, etc. and if it all happens, the "magic voice" says, ready!
WE also have a tablet which came with the system and a hub for communications from the tablet by the driver to the box. Before we take off, we have a test button on the tablet screen and I push it while the wife watches the car to see it does actually do it's thing.
Sound difficult but my wife does the brake while I hook up the tow bar and then we test it al along with checking all the RV and car lights. Pretty quick and simple.

The difference is likely to be in those details!
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Old 04-02-2021, 09:46 AM   #5
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Thanks, I will look into that one.
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Old 04-03-2021, 01:05 PM   #6
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Has anyone owned a ReadyBrake RB-4000 Towed Vehicle Receiver Style Supplemental Brake System?
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:10 PM   #7
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Me too, Air Force One undaughterly the best. Had it installed on my 2004 Journey that recently sold and bought a 2016 Journey. Tomorrow I'm installing the "coach portion" of the Air Force One on our new coach. It was a plus selling point telling the prospective new owners of the 04 Journey that it came with the AFO braking system!
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:27 PM   #8
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Look into the M & G air brake system.
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Old 04-07-2021, 06:32 PM   #9
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I don’t know much about all the other braking systems but my old Classic Brake Buddy has been great for 17 1/2 years. I’m still using it on my 2004 Liberty I have pulled over 100,000 miles.
It works, simple.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:08 PM   #10
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I use the ready brute elite. Going on 5 years now!
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:00 AM   #11
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I have a 2017 Colorado and I use the RVI2.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:47 AM   #12
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Thanks for all of the GREAT information everyone.
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:49 PM   #13
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I have a 2017 Forza 34t, towing a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid, and I use the Air Force One. It has worked flawlessly for 2 years+ now, and I love it. I HIGHLY recommend the product.
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Old 04-09-2021, 03:47 PM   #14
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I have the ready brake receiver i use with a 2017 Wrangler. It works good for me
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Old 04-15-2021, 11:39 AM   #15
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Thanks so much for the excellent advice! I appreciate everyone's input!! Hopefully I will be able to return the favor with input to someone else's question. Safe travels everyone!
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I use Demco Stay-in-Play Duo Towed Vehicle Braking System. Have not had any issues.
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:01 AM   #17
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Thanks for the recommendation.
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