There are two types of brake systems in the market: portable and permanent installed. In our opinion, RVibrake3 is the right choice. It's the easiest to setup and most technologically advanced braking system on the market. And just because its technologically advanced doesn't mean it's complicated, it's the advancements that actually make it easy to use.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding:

1) Do I plan to change towed vehicles in the next 3 years?

This question, like choosing a light system, is important because if you are having a permanent installed braking system, you are again going to either have to have it uninstalled and reinstalled in another towed vehicle or bite the bullet and purchase another system for the new towed vehicle.

2) Do I want to pay for installation or do I want to have to install something myself?

Installation time for permanent installed braking system takes about 6-8 hours to install as compared to 45 min. for portable system that only need the breakaway installed. If you have it installed by a dealer, the shop time can be expensive, especially with changing vehicles.

3) Do I want add lots of monitors to my dashboard?

We are obviously partial to our RVibrake3 system and when you purchase an RVibrake3 you receive the Command Center tablet and hub. This tablet allows you to monitor multiple products on one screen. When you purchase other systems that only monitor themselves, you still have to purchase other monitor for devices like tire pressure monitoring systems (we’ll talk about that in a minute as well).

4) Are all braking systems created equal?

The simple answer is no. Between permanent installed units you have some that interact with the air brakes on RVs that have air brakes, and those that create their own air supply by splicing into your vacuum system in the towed vehicle. In the portable braking systems there are those that are very large and then there’s the RVibrake3 that is 4 inches tall and only 10 lbs. Also, in the portable brakes, you have to choose between electic pistons and air driven pistons. Reaction times on electic systems take as long as 3 seconds to fully actuate vs. air driven which only take 1/2 of a second. These are all important things to consider. We made a chart HERE to see how they all compare. Spoiler alert, Brake Lock Detection is only in the RVibrake3.

Again in our opinion, our RVibrake3 system is the best for many reasons, but the biggest reasons are its size, its technology, and the Command Center. You can see how it compares with other brakes HERE.


We hope this guide helps you as you plan for your flat towing adventures.

If you still have questions don't hesitate to e-mail or call 800-815-2159.

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