Why You Need a Supplementary Braking System for Your RV
Needing a separate braking system installed for the trailer may come as a surprise for novices who are towing a trailer for the first time. Yes, the RV will indeed have a braking system of its own, but when you’re towing a trailer behind it, it’s recommended that you install another braking system on that trailer. This will ensure that the towed vehicle will brake accordingly and in conjunction with your RV, saving them from being damaged unnecessarily.
There are basically two kinds of braking systems – the ones that can be permanently installed on the towed vehicle, or those that are portable and can be installed and removed as required. The permanent ones will need to be installed by a professional, but after that, you can easily hook up your RV to the towed vehicle in just a few minutes.
These are also called supplementary braking systems, and if you’re planning to tow anything with your RV, it is absolutely essential that you install one on the vehicle to be towed before going anywhere. The most important reasons for installing a supplemental braking system will be safety, minimizing stress on both your RV and the towed vehicle, and maintenance.
Let’s talk about safety reasons first. It’s actually pretty straightforward: using a separate braking system on the towed vehicle allows you to enjoy a more controlled driving and towing experience. More control over the towed vehicle means you’re reducing the danger of having thousands of pounds at your back going astray or not stopping when your RV stops.
Installing a supplementary braking system also puts less stress on the RV and the towed vehicle. Keep in mind that even though your RV can tow 5,000 to 10,000 lbs. of vehicle, it’s not really designed for stopping anything behind it that weighs that much. Some may insist that their motor home’s braking power is much more than the weight of the vehicle being towed, but using your RV’s brakes for this purpose will cause unnecessary damage and stress to its brakes. It’s much better to use supplemental brakes instead.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most, if not all, RV manufacturers are placing weight limits on the vehicle and loads that their RVs should be towing without using supplementary braking systems. These recommended weights range from 2,000-3,000 lbs. depending on the RV. Exceeding that limit will not only put your RV at risk of being damaged, but your warranty will also be voided if you don’t follow the specifications set by the manufacturer.
Brake Buddy Classic Breakaway System – This system will automatically engage the brakes upon sensing that the towed vehicle has separated from your RV, bringing the vehicle to a controlled stop.
Brakebuddy Digital Classic II – A portable braking system that works via an electronic decelerometer. The system applies pressure on the towed vehicle’s brake pedal through air cylinders and also informs the driver that the brakes are being applied.
Even Brake System – The brake system that ensures even, proportional braking for your towed vehicles. This system will automatically apply the brakes of the towed vehicle at the same time and at the same intensity as the brakes of the RV.