Dinghy-Braking System Roundup

August 1, 2003
Filed under Dinghy Towing

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All too often, the extra weight of towing a “dinghy” vehicle behind your motorhome reduces
braking performance drastically. These products can help keep your heavy load under
control. Apollo Braking System Package Type: Self-contained, portable
Power Supply: Built-in air compressor, powered by vehicle’s electrical system Control
Method: Inertia sensor Actuation Mechanism: Air cylinder pushing on brake pedal
Communications: Digital radio link Other Features:

  • Surge suppressor with eight sensitivity settings
  • Three-minute installation
  • Five-year warranty Automatic Equipment Mfg. (800) 336-4336 www.aemfg.comBrake Buddy Package
    Type: Self-contained, portable Power Supply: Built-in air compressor, powered by
    vehicle’s electrical system Control Method: Pendulum and micro switch Actuation
    Mechanism: Air cylinder pushing on brake pedal Communications: Radio link Other
    Features:
  • Seven sensitivity settings
  • Includes wireless alert transmitter and receiver, emergency breakaway device
  • Three-year limited warranty Master Concepts Inc. (800) 470-2287 www.brakebuddy.comBrakeMaster
    9000/9100
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Your motorhome’s air
    supply (optional air compressor available) Control Method: Operates whenever motorhome
    brakes operate Actuation Mechanism: Floor-mounted air cylinder pushing on brake pedal
    Communications: None Other Features:
  • Works with ABS
  • Easily moved to second vehicle
  • Compatible with optional breakaway switch Roadmaster Inc. (800) 669-9690 www.roadmasterinc.comMG Engineering
    Car Brake
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Your motorhome’s air
    supply (optional air compressor available) Control Method: Operates whenever motorhome
    brakes operate Actuation Mechanism: Air cylinder in engine compartment, between brake
    booster and master cylinder Communications: None Other Features:
  • No parts in vehicle passenger compartment
  • One-year unconditional / two-year limited warranty
  • Applications available for many vehicles M & G Engineering (800) 817-7698 www.mysweetwatercafe.com/BrakeSystem.htmlReadyBrake Package Type: Multiple parts Control Method: Weight of
    vehicle pushing against hitch pulls on wire cable Power Supply: None Actuation
    Mechanism: Wire cable pulls on brake pedal Communications: None Other Features:
  • All parts hidden from view
  • All-brass cylinder and powder-coated receiver
  • Applications available for most hitches and tow bars Night Shift Automotive, Inc.
    (800) 933-3372 www.readybrake.comRemco
    Braking System
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: None Control Method:
    Weight of vehicle pushing against hitch pressurizes brake lines Actuation Mechanism:
    Brake cylinder mounted on hitch receiver tube Communications: None Other Features:
  • Quick-disconnect hose fittings
  • Cushioned mount absorb road shocks, and prevents unnecessary operation of the
    dinghy brakes during minor speed
  • Compatible with ABS systems Remco (800) 228-2481 www.remcotowing.comSMI Vacuum Assisted
    Braking System
    Package Type: Self-contained, portable Power Supply: Built-in
    vacuum pump, powered by vehicle’s electrical system Control Method: Inertia sensor
    Actuation Mechanism: Vacuum cylinder pushing on brake pedal Communications: Choice of
    radio link or wired connection to motorhome Other Features:
  • Uses vehicle’s power brakes to minimize force on brake pedal and firewall
  • Adjustable from motorhome driver’s position
  • Includes breakaway switch SMI Marketing (800) 893-3763 www.smibrake.comSuper Stop Fitzall
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Your motorhome’s air supply (optional air
    compressor available) Control Method: Operates whenever motorhome brakes operate
    Actuation Mechanism: Floor-mounted air cylinder pushing on brake pedal Communications:
    None Other Features:
  • Air cylinder attaches or removes in several seconds
  • Easily moved to second vehicle
  • Three-year warranty Henderson’s Line Up / SuperSteerSuperStop (800) 245-8309 www.supersteersuperstop.comToad
    Assist Braking System
    Package Type: Self-contained portable, with external air
    cylinder Power Supply: Built-in air compressor, powered by motorhome’s electrical
    system Control Method: Operates whenever motorhome brakes operate Actuation Mechanism:
    Floor-mounted air cylinder pushing on brake pedal Communications: None Other
    Features:
  • No modifications required to vehicle’s brakes
  • Package removes for storage in less than five minutes
  • Includes emergency breakaway switch and flexible cable Tow-V-Aire Braking, Inc.
    (888) 464-1105 www.tow-v-aire.comToad
    Stop
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Engine manifold vacuum in your
    motorhome (optional vacuum pump available) Control Method: Operates whenever motorhome
    brakes operate Actuation Mechanism: Vacuum cylinder in engine compartment pulling on
    brake pedal via flexible cable Communications: None Other Features:
  • No components visible from inside
  • Manual activation switch and confirmation light at driver’s position
  • One-year limited warranty RV Stuf & More (800) 478-7883 www.safe-techsolutions.comUnified
    Tow Brake
    Package Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Vehicle’s electrical
    system, electric vacuum pump Control Method: Inertia sensors Actuation Mechanism:
    Under-seat electric solenoid pulls brake pedal via flexible under-carpet cable, vacuum
    pump provides power brake assist Communications: Wired connection Other Features:
  • Adjustable from motorhome driver’s position
  • Nothing to remove before driving the towed vehicle
  • Includes breakaway system U.S. Gear Corp. (800) 874-3271 www.usgear.comVIP Tow Brake Package
    Type: Multiple parts Power Supply: Vehicle’s electrical system Control Method: Inertia
    sensor or whenever motorhome brakes operate Actuation Mechanism: Floor-mounted electric
    motor-driven actuator, pushing on brake pedal Communications: Wired connection Other
    Features:
  • Adjustable from motorhome driver’s position
  • Easily moved to second vehicle
  • Includes breakaway switch Tow Brake International Ltd. (800) 927-6778 www.towbrake.com For more information about
    dinghy-braking systems, pick up the August 2003 issue of MotorHome on the newsstand.
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One Response to “Dinghy-Braking System Roundup”

  1. Amandine on March 19th, 2012 1:36 pm

    Learnthethingsido:@Tallerico500 Just Engage the break as hard as you can open the MAIN LINE where it connects to the Caliper and then close it ralely quick and tight Keep repaeting that till you get a little fluid that will come out. Then if that dont work Pump the hell out of them and them Engage them HOLD THEM TIGHTLY by squeezing the handle bar or what ever Break lever you have and open it again keep doing that to get all the Air out of the lines. It took me 2 days to figure it out but i got it And you can too

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