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Old 10-22-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Brake systems for flat towing

We own a 2016, 31FK. We currently do not tow anything behind us but we are considering buying a toad for next season.
My question for all of you is - Do all toads require auxiliary braking systems or is there a weight limit where below that supplemental braking systems are not necessary?
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:15 PM   #2
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I wouldn't tow a car behind a class "C" E-450 without auxillary brakes.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:22 PM   #3
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I was wondering that myself. Was thinking an old VW about 1800 lbs. Anyone know the law on it ?
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:25 PM   #4
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Some states don't even address dingy towing brake requirements, only trailers.
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Hello. I have a 2008 Seneca and I flat tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Although I can't say with certainty on the enforcement, some of my fellow RV'rs tell me California Highway Patrol does look out for the presence of break-away cables on toad vehicles. Theses cables would show certain proof to the in-motion patrol troopers that the vehicle has an auxiliary braking system in service. Think I'll research that and return to this forum my findings in the coming days. I use a Brake-Buddy with mine. I always have the break-away cable attached. And honestly, given the expense of your vehicles, and liability concerns today...I just think it's a good idea to utilize. My 2 cents which actually belongs to my bride! Happy Trails
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:54 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your responses. I wasn't thinking that the auxiliary system was necessary but wasn't sure. I appreciate your help.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:17 PM   #7
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Iam2alan, you need an auxiliary braking system if you're going to tow. If something happened to your towed vehicle without a braking system your insurance company may not cover the damages. Anyway, why chance it.
If you air brakes the best system is the Air Force One it mirrors your braking action using direct proportional braking. No inertia.
https://smibrake.com
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:00 PM   #8
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I like the RViBrake and have used one for about 5 years. Works great. Since I have 2 vehicles that can be used as toads, ability to switch between vehicles is a plus.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:02 PM   #9
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In some states, including California, anything above 1500 lbs requires on-board active braking of some sort, controlled by the tow vehicle. That includes trailers as well as towed automobiles. That is for active towing. The other half of the equation is what happens if and when your toad breaks away from the tow vehicle (your 31FK). It happens, and it's always unexpected. Many states also require that toad to have a braking system which will BECOME active if and when the toad were to break free of the tow vehicle. That can't happen any other way than to have an auxiliary braking system which can be applied when all cables, wires, or hydraulic lines are torn free. There are many systems available, both new and used, and they usually work pretty well. Some require more modification of the toad than others. Some keep the driver notified of system status while moving. Pretty much all of them are active for normal braking assist, and become self-active in the event of a breakaway. There are some circumstances where your insurance company won't pay for any damage, injury, or death associated with a breakaway, if you haven't taken steps to install, use, and maintain such a system. I wouldn't tow without one. It's far more than braking assist for the added load, or what condition your tow vehicle brakes are currently in.
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This is a good start.


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