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Old 10-27-2020, 12:52 AM   #1
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Brake Buddy wiring

Upgraded toad recently. Blue Ox baseplate is being installed, including wiring harness for toad lights. Chevrolet says to not tow without removing negative battery cable. So, I need to supply power to Brake Buddy from MH. Anyone with experience or suggestions on this? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-27-2020, 12:59 AM   #2
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You can run wires directly to the battery terminals and then run them to the Brake Buddy.

Your other options is to use the Auxiliary 12V pin on the trailer wiring connector.

Personally, I would run wires to the battery directly for the Brake Buddy and then wire up the Auxiliary 12V so the coach keeps the toad battery charged.

Or.....

You can take the easy way out an purchase a battery jump starter and just plug the Brake Buddy into it and just recharge it at night.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:21 AM   #3
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Thanks Judge. I do have a battery jump start, I'm just trying to keep it clean and simple.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:23 AM   #4
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Upgraded toad recently. Blue Ox baseplate is being installed, including wiring harness for toad lights. Chevrolet says to not tow without removing negative battery cable. So, I need to supply power to Brake Buddy from MH. Anyone with experience or suggestions on this? Thanks in advance.

I have a brake buddy and it gets power from the MH. I have a 2013 Ford Focus. The key is in the off position when towing. No need to disconnect the battery. Very easy and the Focus is about 2,900 lbs. I have the hatchback. My wife and I and the three Irish Settlers just fit.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:28 AM   #5
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I just did this install on my wife's Chevy Colorado. I installed a remote battery disconnect which supplies power directly from the disconnected battery so you can wire it to a cigarette lighter receptacle for the braking system. Works great in the Colorado.
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Jannnda, owner's manual clearly states not to flat tow without removing negative terminal. Apparently different from Focus. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:01 AM   #7
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Thanks 16ACE 27. Would love to hear more. Any pics?
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Jannnda, owner's manual clearly states not to flat tow without removing negative terminal. Apparently different from Focus. Thanks

Thatís why I got a used Focus. Very easy to flat tow and are really cheap to buy. I only use it as a toad. Looked at other cars but the Focus seemed to be the perfect fit for me.
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:41 AM   #9
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Jannnda, I understand, smart move.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:39 PM   #10
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16ACE27, did you install the disconnect switch to the toad battery?
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Jannnda, I understand, smart move.

I have a friend that did a lot of research on cars/trucks that could be flat tow. Two years ago when I purchased my Hurricane 31Z I realized none of the cars I had could be flat towed. Being a newbie I thought I could tow one of the cars in my fleet. Boy was I wrong. Anyway. My friend suggested getting the lightest car that would fit my needs. He recommended the focus. And itís been perfect. Not a car I would pick for my daily driver but works great as a toad.
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Thanks 16ACE 27. Would love to hear more. Any pics?
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16ACE27, did you install the disconnect switch to the toad battery?
Yes, The disconnect is on the Toad (Colorado) battery. I'll try to get pics today.
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Thatís why I got a used Focus. Very easy to flat tow and are really cheap to buy. I only use it as a toad. Looked at other cars but the Focus seemed to be the perfect fit for me.

We had a 2015 Focus with manual transmission. Very simple to flat tow. We looked at the automatic at that point and it very clearly stated in the owners manual that the automatic required the battery to be disconnected. What year is your Focus?
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I too was concerned that the manual said to disconnect the negative terminal I use a brake buddy for my 2019 Canyon and it works fine.
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We had a 2015 Focus with manual transmission. Very simple to flat tow. We looked at the automatic at that point and it very clearly stated in the owners manual that the automatic required the battery to be disconnected. What year is your Focus?

You are correct the 2015 with automatic required the battery disconnect. I have a 2013 SE (it had to be the SE) with automatic. I canít remember if it was 2014 or 2015 when Ford changed it.
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Yes, The disconnect is on the Toad (Colorado) battery. I'll try to get pics today.


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Upgraded toad recently. Blue Ox baseplate is being installed, including wiring harness for toad lights. Chevrolet says to not tow without removing negative battery cable. So, I need to supply power to Brake Buddy from MH. Anyone with experience or suggestions on this? Thanks in advance.

could you please state vehicle make and type.
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