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Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional

Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional

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2016 Ford F-150 - Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional

Get intense, emergency braking or steady, smooth braking in a single portable system. Easily switch between proportional or full braking. One-touch Auto Start makes setup fast and easy. Remote lets you change settings from your RV.


Features:

  • Supplemental braking system applies towed vehicle's brakes in proportion to braking action of RV
    • Responds to deceleration of RV to activate towed car's brake pedal with matching intensity
  • Full-braking setting activates brakes in towed car with maximum power no matter how you apply the brakes in the RV
  • Braking power settings ensure that the system applies your car's brakes with the correct pressure
    • Eliminates over-braking and the damage it can cause
  • Sensitivity control lets you adjust rate of responsiveness of internal sensor
    • Low sensitivity requires intense stopping action from RV to activate brakes in towed car
    • High sensitivity allows Brake Buddy to respond to even minimal slowing of RV
  • Advanced terrain-sensing ability prevents false braking
    • System won't activate when going over bumps
  • Wireless remote control mounts in cab of RV
    • Plug into 12V accessory outlet or use with AA batteries
    • Easily check readouts for potential problems
    • Change braking modes and settings while on the go
  • Lightweight, portable system is easy to position, adjust, and remove
    • TruFit risers allow unit to sit level for optimal performance
    • Quick-Lock clevis is simple to install on almost any car's brake pedal
  • Easy-Pull harness provides power and breakaway connection
  • 15-Amp charger charges your towed car's battery while you tow
  • 1-Touch Auto Start sequence prepares braking system with a push of a button
    • Removes excess vacuum pressure from your car's brakes
    • Checks braking system for errors
  • Compatible with hybrids and other cars with electric power-assist brakes


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 19" long x 11-3/4" wide x 6-3/4" tall
  • Power draw at 12V: 15 amps
  • TruFit riser adjustment range: 1" - 4" tall
  • Easy-Pull harness length: 36"
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Proportional Braking

The Brake Buddy Select 3 is a proportional braking system that applies your towed car's brakes with an intensity that matches your RV's braking action. The built-in inertia sensor detects when and how your rig slows down, and it then engages the actuator arm to press your car's brake pedal with an intensity that matches that slowing action.


The main unit of the Brake Buddy Select 3 is designed to activate only when deceleration is actually taking place. It is built with advanced terrain-sensing technology that keeps the unit from activating when you go over bumps in the road. As a result, your towed car's brakes won't engage unless you intend for them to engage.


Full Braking

You can also select the full-braking mode. When in this mode, the Brake Buddy will activate your towed car's brakes at the maximum preset intensity, regardless of how intensely your RV is decelerating. The full-braking setting is ideal for when you're towing a heavy truck or SUV, or if you're towing your car down a steep incline. By setting the power to a higher level, you can ensure that the momentum of your towed car won't cause it to push against your RV.


Braking Power Settings

Select Control Panel

The braking power settings determine how intensely the Brake Buddy Select 3 applies your towed car's brakes. When you're first setting up the Brake Buddy, choose a braking power based on your vehicle type. Begin with a pressure that falls into the recommended range for your towed car, as seen on the chart below.


Vehicle TypeRecommended Braking Power
Hybrids10 - 20 psi
Cars and Compact SUVs25 - 45 psi
Small Crossovers25 - 45 psi
Crossovers and Small SUVs35 - 65 psi
Mid-Size Pickups35 - 65 psi
Large SUVs and Pickups45 - 75 psi


After selecting an initial setting, press the plus or minus buttons on the actuator unit's control panel to fine-tune the power setting. The setting should be enough to cause your towed car to give a slight tug at your RV during a braking event. Braking power doesn't normally need to be reset unless you're changing to a different towed car.


Once the overall braking power is set, you can customize the sensitivity on the Brake Buddy. The sensitivity setting determines how aggressively you need to brake in the RV for the Brake Buddy to activate your towed car's brakes. If you set the sensitivity high, then your car's brakes will activate with just a light tap of your RV's brakes. Setting the sensitivity low ensures that your car's brakes will only activate when you hit the brakes in your RV with a fair amount of intensity.


Easy Remote Operation

Select Remote

The included remote control allows you to monitor or change settings for the Brake Buddy Select 3 from the comfort of your RV's cab. You can easily switch from proportional braking to full braking and vice versa with the push of a button. You can also change the Brake Buddy's sensitivity settings, which makes it easy to fine-tune the braking as you drive so that you can adjust based on feel. Finally, the remote will illuminate to alert you of any errors with the Brake Buddy system, including a breakaway event.


Powering the Brake Buddy

Instead of connecting to a 12V accessory outlet, the Brake Buddy Select 3 draws power directly from your towed car's battery. To do this, the included wiring harness connects to your car's battery. Install the harness by routing the wire end through your car's firewall and into your engine compartment. Connect the harness to your battery with the included battery wire and ring terminal.


Mount the connector that's on the opposite end of the harness in a convenient, out-of-the-way location beneath your car's dash.


Easy-Pull Harness

To connect the actuator unit to this connector, use the included Easy-Pull harness. This harness plugs into the connector below your dash, then into the braking system. When connected, the harness carries both power and breakaway functions in a single cord. And the large grip ring and wide handle make it easy to hold while connecting and disconnecting the actuator, all without ripping connectors or pulling on wires.


If you're concerned about your car's battery going dead as you tow, don't worry. The Brake Buddy Select 3 includes a 15-amp charger that pulls power from your RV to keep your car's battery charged while the Brake Buddy is connected.


Fast Setup and Universal Design

Not every car is built the same. Some have brake pedals with unusual shapes. Some have uneven floorboards or mats. These differences can make it difficult to set up a portable braking system in your towed car. But the Brake Buddy Select 3 is able to fit in almost any car on the market.


Quick-Lock Clevis

The Brake Buddy's actuator arm comes with an adjustable Quick-Lock clevis, which securely wraps around your towed car's brake pedal, regardless of the pedal's size or shape.


The clevis also comes with a quick-locking lever. Once you adjust the jaws of the clevis to fit your brake pedal, turn the lever to tighten the clevis in place. And when you're done towing, disconnecting the clevis is a snap. Just turn the lever to release the clevis jaws, and remove the clevis from your brake pedal. It's that simple.


Risers Off Kilter

Uneven floorboards can cause a portable braking system to sit at an angle in your towed car. This affects the leverage of the actuating arm, which can result in ineffective braking. Each of the TruFit risers on the Brake Buddy Select 3 actuator unit can be individually adjusted, raising or lowering each corner of the actuator unit, so that the system sits level in your car. As a result, the actuator arm is able to press straight against the brake pedal to ensure that your brakes are properly depressed every time.


TruFit Risers with Wrench

To adjust the height of the risers, twist them counterclockwise, either by hand or with the included riser wrench. Pull each riser out to match the height you need, then twist the riser clockwise to secure it at that height.


One-Touch Auto Start

Select AutoStart

The Brake Buddy Select 3 will automatically check your brakes every time you start it up to confirm that your vehicle is ready to tow. After setting up the unit in your towed car, press the Auto Start button on the unit's control panel. The arm of the unit will push and release the brake pedal several times, removing vacuum pressure from the brakes to prevent overbraking. The unit will also check for any connection errors.



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Video Transcript for Review of Brake Buddy Tow Bar Braking Systems - Brake Systems - HM39524

Today we're going to take a look at the Brake Buddy Select 3 portable proportional supplemental braking system. Now, you might ask why portable Brake Buddy braking system Well, a couple reasons. It's noninvasive to the towed vehicle. There's no risk of voiding your vehicle's factory warranty. It is self-contained, requires no connection to the RV, and it's easily transferred between tow vehicles or RVs. Now, this unit will include everything shown here on the table.

It includes the Brake Buddy Select 3 unit, the quick lock clevis that'll attach to the brake pedal, the wireless remote that you can control it from inside your RV, the breakaway kit, a 15 amp charger, the dash mount connector here that'll install in your towed vehicle and the easy pull power core, which will connect the unit to your towed vehicle and even this little riser wrench that'll help you adjust these risers to get you the right height.I'm going to try to go through all these parts just to describe them for you, but basically this will give you a nice intense emergency braking or steady smooth braking in a single portable system and you can easily switch between proportional or full braking. Now, the proportional braking setting, this will apply your towed vehicle's brakes in proportion to the braking action of the RV. It responds to deceleration of the RV to activate your towed car's brake pedal with matching intensity, and if you switch it to the full brake setting, this will activate your brakes in a towed car with maximum power, no matter how you apply the brakes in the RV.Now, the full braking setting, that's ideal when you're towing a heavy truck or SUV or if you're towing your car down a steep incline. By setting the power to a higher level, you can ensure that the momentum of the towed car won't cause it to push against your RV. And the braking power settings ensure that the system applies your car's brakes with the correct pressure, eliminates over-braking and any damage it can cause.

Now, this unit or system, it's a very lightweight, portable system. There's a handle here to carry with. If you just lift up on back here, it'll let you raise that handle and then you can lift up the whole unit. The unit only weighs about 12 pounds, very lightweight.And on the bottom it'll let you easy position adjust and remove this in your vehicle. On the bottom, it has these true fit risers.

They're four legs right here. It'll help to let it sit level for optimal performance because they adjust independently. Basically, you can just loosen those and you can see, it'll come out. Gives you an adjustment range of about one and four inches. And because they're all independently adjustable, and again, if it's hard to get off ...

That one came off anyway. You can put each one, all four of them, you can put it at a different height to make it fit your application. If it is hard to unscrew these, that's why they include this riser wrench that'll fit right on there and helps you loosen them. And once you get them to the correct height, put the wrench back on them and then just snug it and tighten down.Now, it does also include this quick lock clevis right here. It's very simple to install in almost any car's brake pedal. Basically what you do is you just adjust this and set it to your brake pedal. Now when you do do your initial setup, what you want to do is pull the pin and clip and remove it from the brake pedal because then we can adjust it a lot easier for your individual brake pedal. And then after you get it individually set up for your brake pedal, it's very easy to install. Once it's all set up, it has the threads here that you can adjust it to your correct straight pedal and then all you do is move this handle and that'll clamp it down on your brake pedal, and then all you have to do is attach it to the Brake Buddy with the pin all the way through and then just put the clip on it. So, very easy to install.Now, it is a one touch auto start sequence. There's a button up here, a red button that you push, it'll say auto start. If you push that, it'll prepare your braking system with just the push of the button. Basically what you'll do is with the vehicle's engine off, push that auto start button and what it'll do is it'll run this, extend this arm about five times and what that's doing is it's removing any excess backing pressure from your car's brakes, and then it'll also go through and check your braking system for any airs. Does have a sensitivity control from one to seven. Lets you adjust the rate of responsiveness of the internal sensor in this unit. The low sensitivity requires intense stopping action from your RV to activate the brakes in the towed car, and if you set it for high sensitivity, it'll allow the Brake Buddy to respond even minimal slowing of the RV. Does also offer advanced terrain sensing ability, which will present false braking, so the system won't activate when you're going over any bumps. Does also offer this nice wireless remote control. This'll mount in your cab in your RV. Even comes with a pad that it snaps on that you can mount it with.But basically this, you can either plug it into your 12 volt accessory outlet or use it with the included battery. I put the battery in here and you can see, you can turn it on. And just like that, when you turn it on, you can do all your controls from the cab of your RV. Lets you easily check readouts for any potential problems. And again, you can change the braking modes and settings while on the go. The same settings you set on the unit here, you can do it with the remote.Now, it comes with this dash mount connector right here. This'll install in your towed vehicle. Wires into the breakaway kit and the 15 amp charger. The 15 amp charger will charge your towed car's battery while your tow . as long as it has a 12 volt connection between your coach and the towed vehicle. And with this installed in your towed vehicle, then you can use this easy pull harness, which will provide the power and the breakaway connection. So what you'll do is, this will be in your vehicle. You can just push that in there and take the other end. Has a nice push and pull, easy pull, and just line that up, plug it in there, and it'll make your connection to your 15 amp charger and your breakaway kit and gives you the power to run the unit.Now, this unit is compatible with hybrids and other cars with electric power assist brakes. The specs on this, the power draw at 12 volts is 15 amps and the dimension on this unit if we put the handle down . Again, I mentioned the weight of it is only about 12 pounds, very easy to handle. The dimension on this is about 19 inches long and 11 and three quarter inches wide and overall height of the whole unit is only about six and three quarter inches tall. Does give you a nice instruction manual that'll also go through all these pieces I just went through; how they install, how they connect, with pictures. Makes it very easy to hook everything up. But that should do it for the review on the Brake Buddy Select 3 portable proportional supplemental braking system.


Customer Reviews

Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional - HM39524

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

Get intense, emergency braking or steady, smooth braking in a single portable system. Easily switch between proportional or full braking. One-touch Auto Start makes setup fast and easy. Remote lets you change settings from your RV.

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Best on the market. Well worth the mone y. 665721



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2019 Dodge Charger

I have used a Brake Buddy for 19 years. The first BB was recommended by a local RV / Camping supply dealer. The new "Select 3" that I just purchased has many improvements to make the BB easier to use and to fit the towed car. Brake Buddy's system is complete, nothing more to buy, brake away, remote, and battery charger are all included. The 5 year warranty is a bonus. Most RV dealers and suppliers still recommend Brake Buddy. 695943


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  • Comparing the Brake Buddy Classic 3 and Brake Buddy Select 3 Supplemental Brake Systems
  • Great question! The Brake Buddy Classic 3 # HM39494 is a more basic system than the Brake Buddy Select 3 # HM39524 as the Classic just uses preset braking (which applies the brakes at a preset intensity when the inertia sensor detects deceleration) while Select lets you choose between proportional and full-braking action (activates towed vehicle brakes at max power regardless of RV brake pedal intensity) when you’re towing a vehicle. The Select also comes with a remote control so you...
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  • How To Install Break Away For Brake Buddy Braking System
  • The Replacement Breakaway System for Brake Buddy Classic and Select Supplemental Braking Systems part # HM39340 replaces the brake away switch for the brake buddy Classic II, Select II, Classic 3 (# HM39494), and Select 3 (# HM39524). We have not yet installed the breakaway switch from this setup yet to have a video to for assistance but I have attached the installation instructions for installing the break-away with the Brake Buddy system.
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  • Does Wireless Remote for Brake Buddy Select 3 Need Signal Booster
  • The wireless remote that comes with the Brake Buddy Select 3 # HM39524 is designed to sit in the cab of your RV and still be able to communicate with the portable system that is mounted in your towed vehicle. You won't need a signal booster to use this system.
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  • Will Brake Buddy Select Braking System Fit 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • There's no reason the Brake Buddy Select part # HM39524 wouldn't work in your 2006 Jeep Wrangler. It just hasn't been added to our fitguide at this time. This is a proportional braking system that senses how hard you apply the vehicle brakes and applies them in a proportional amount on the tow vehicle. The advantage the Select model has over the Classic is that it can also give you a "full brake" setup which applies full braking power all the time when brakes are applied. This is particularly...
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  • Is The Brake Buddy 2 Compatible With 1993 Geo Tracker
  • Yes, the Brake Buddy 2 and the Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System part # HM39524 is compatible with the 1993 Geo Tracker. You also need a base plate, tow bar, tow bar wiring and possibly a high low adapter. If you do not have these parts and need further recommendations please let me know.
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  • Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit for a 2007 Jeep Wrangler
  • I do have a solution for you to use the same style of base plate kit but the Base Plate Kit # RM-521448-5 that you referenced is not a fit. Instead you need the Kit # 1429-3 (won't fit with optional Mopar skid plate) if you have the standard factory bumper or the Kit # 1430-3 if you have a Mopar/Warn bumper. If you have a different bumper then let me know and I can help you find a solution. To complete your flat towing setup you also need a tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring,...
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  • Does Brake Buddy Select Supplemental Braking System Drain Vehicle Battery
  • The Brake Buddy Select 3 part # HM39524 like you have plugs into a power outlet in the tow vehicle to power the brake setup. So what that means is that it's draining your vehicle battery as it's being used. Using a fuse bypass won't prevent this from happening. Only solution is a battery charge kit like the part # RM-156-25 like it sounds like you tried which will keep the battery topped off so that when it's being used it will hopefully recharge.
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