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jasselmeier

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Recommended tow package and braking system
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:55:39 AM »
We have a 2013 Profile View, 3500 MB chassis.  Looking for recommended tow packages and aux braking system for our RV to tow a Fiat 500 four down.  Looking for experience and recommendations of rv'ers who have this chassis/toad combo.
Thank you, Joe

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Recommended tow package and braking system
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 09:29:37 AM »
Mostly a matter of personal preference, I think. Blue Ox, Roadmaster & Demco all make excellent tow bars.  The high end models like the Blue Ox Aventa and Roadmaster All-Terrains are pricey vs the basic A-frame ball mount bars, but in my opinion worth the price for the convenience and much enhanced usability.

For a brake system, the basic choice is between a fixed mount and a portable. A fixed mount system is permanently installed in coach and towed vehicle, so a bit easier to hook up the toad once the system is installed.  The portable systems must be placed in the toad each time it will be towed.  Not a big deal, though, no more than 2-3 minutes.

A popular permanent mount brake system for a non-air-brake coach is the SMI Stay-in-Play DUO. The most popular portable systems are the Brake Buddy and the RVI brake.

An alternative package is the Ready Brute from Night Shift Auto. It combines a good tow bar with a surge-type brake unit (fixed mount type). Surge brakes aren't quite as sophisticated as the others, but they work well enough and the package is relatively inexpensive vs the the others.
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John Canfield

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Re: Recommended tow package and braking system
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 02:15:01 PM »
Is that Fiat towable 4-down? I haven't looked at the FMCA towable guide in quite some time.
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jasselmeier

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Re: Recommended tow package and braking system
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 03:00:57 PM »
Thank you Gary...your thorough input is much appreciated.
Yes, the Fiat is manual with the intent for towing four down.
Regards, Joe

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Re: Recommended tow package and braking system
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 08:58:08 PM »
I purchased the Blue Ox system for my tow bar unit, very easy to hook up and stow when not used. I also purchased the SMI Stay-in-Play DUO and really like how simple it is to use. Always mounted to the car and totally out of the way under the hood. I would purchase it again should I ever get rid of the car.

 

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