VIP Enterprises: Supplemental Braking Systems Comparison Chart

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Chart Last Revised 01-01-02


Chart Key

A-air cylinder, bl-motorhome brake light, C-cable,
co-computer, da-does not apply, E-electric, H-hydraulic,
ms-mercury switch & brake light, N-no, O-optional,
pe-pendulum, pv-proportional valve from m/h brakes,
sm-some models, sr-surge receiver slide, V-vacuum, Yes

**Note: -Systems that apply towed brakes every time (and/or) to a greater degree than M/H brake will wear towed brake faster than a system that does not.


Braking Systems



Will Work on any M/H or Towed Vehicle (M, most)


Y


Y


M


Y


N


N


Y


Y


M


Y


Y


Y


Y


Y

System monitored & controlled in the M/H by Driver

Y

N

N

O

N

N

N

N

Y

sm

N

N

N

Y

Automatic Operation with manual override

Y

N

N

O

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Automatic Operation can be turned off from M/H

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Requires more than one signal to Activate Automatically

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

System status indicator light(s) in M/H (number)

3

N

1

O/1

N

N

O/1

N

1

1

N

1

N

1

Audible signal in M/H When Brake Applies in Towed

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Can Apply Tow Brakes without Applying M/H Brakes

Y

N

N

O

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

M/H Brake must be Activated to Operate System

N

Y

Y

O

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Activation Sensitivity Adjustable while Driving M/H

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

sm

N

N

N

Y

Audible & Visual warning in M/H of hot brakes on Towed

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Audible & Visual Signal in M/H if problem with system

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Radio transmitter Involved

N

N

N

O

N

N

N

N

N

sm

N

N

N

N

Integrated Break-away

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Audible & Visual Break-away alarm in M/H

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Emergency Release of Activator in Towed Vehicle

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

Break-away Included or Optional or Not Available

I

O

I

O

O

O

O

NA

I

I

O

I

I

I

Requires check-valve(s)

N

N

sm

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Requires quick coupler(s)

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Uses seat to Push Against

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Must be wired into Towed Brake Light Switch

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

**Will Damage any part of Towed Brake System**

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Will Damage Towed fire wall

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Uses cable to pull Brake Pedal in Towed

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

Brake Actuator can be tested from Towed Vehicle

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Will Adjust automatically for Towed Brake Wear

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Towed Vehicle System OK light (in towed)

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Power applies and Power releases Brake in Towed

Y

N

N

N

N

da

N

da

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Requires removal of activator to Drive Towed

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

System Activates Brakes on all wheels of Towed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Towed Vehicle Battery can go dead (extensive towing)

N

N

sm

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

N

sm

N

N

Trickle charges Towed Battery form M/H

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Applies Towed Brakes in true proportion (same as M/H)

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Applies Brakes to Towed every time M/H Brake Applied

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Can be Set-up for Towing alternate vehicles

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Welding or modification of Hitch Required (S, sometimes)

N

S

N

N

N

N

S

S

N

N

N

N

N

N

Needs M/H or Car Brake System Modification (intrusive)

N

N

sm

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Sensing Mechanism

ms

sr

pv

pe

pv

pv

sr

sr

bl

ms

pv

bl

bl

co

Activation Type

E

C

A

A

A

A

C

H

C

V

A

V

A

E

Air compressor needed & included

N

N

sm

Y

N

sm

N

N

N

N

sm

N

Y

Y

Vacuum pump needed & included

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

sm

Y

N

sm

N

Y

Can be self installed (nr, not recommended)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

nr

Y

nr

Y

Y

Y

Y

nr

Approximate installation time (hrs, from/to)

4/6

2

3/5

1/3

1/2

3/6

2

4

5/6

1/5

3/6

3/5

2/4

5

Suggested Retail Price (rounded)

840

475 625

700 900

800 1025

700 925

575 1025

400 600+

600 750

800 1000

800 850

450 1075

800 1150

750

1000

Warranty (yrs)

10

5

1

3

3

1

5

Y

1

3

3

1

1

1




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