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Old 12-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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SMI Airforce One install price

Just recently went to Newburgh, Indiana and had my AF 1 installed. If anyone was interested in the amount charged there at the SMI company, it was $400. Just in case someone was in the area it might be worth looking into. Nothing like having it installed where they make it. They will let you stay in parking lot overnight to get started at 8am and you will be gone by lunch. Just a FYI...


Newburgh is in the most southern part of Indiana..
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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My local mechanic installed mine for $350. It took him about 4 hours.
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My local mechanic installed mine for $350. It took him about 4 hours.

Saved $50 . That's Great!! I just couldn't find a mechanic that I really trusted to install such a critical device and I was in the neighborhood and opted to go with the SMI company install. You would find it hard to believe some of the prices different shops were asking to install the unit.
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:31 PM   #4
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We paid about $250 to the dealer for install when we bought our rig 2 years ago. We also got a great deal from Dyer RV on the unit which they had on a holidays sale.
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What the h#*l I was quoted by several rv dealers 8 hour labor?
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:19 PM   #6
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I was going to purchase mine from Colerain in Beech Grove, but they did not have any in stock and the install quote was $900. Bought it from Amazon and installed it myself in about 5 hours total. Even the video says it should take an experienced technician about 3 hours. Looks pretty much like the RV dealers think we all have deep pockets and they'll do their best to reach into them.
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I ended up converting the 1/4 inch air chucks to the 3/8 chucks. I drug one down the highway and couldn't find a replacement so I stopped at a Lowes store. I also made a mounting plate to hold everything in place on the grill of the truck.
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I had a SMI in my 04 Odyssey. Installed it myself. Now I use RVi brake system and it is very compact & easy to install when traveling and non invasive which I like the most about it.
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I was going to purchase mine from Colerain in Beech Grove, but they did not have any in stock and the install quote was $900. Bought it from Amazon and installed it myself in about 5 hours total. Even the video says it should take an experienced technician about 3 hours. Looks pretty much like the RV dealers think we all have deep pockets and they'll do their best to reach into them.
SMI said they were working on adding to their list of certified installers and more of a "common" install price. So yes, I was very pleased with the $400 install from the SMI factory.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:06 PM   #11
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I did my own install at my leisure over two days. $400 to have it installed by the folks that made it, is not a bad price in my opinion. My issue during the install was cutting the airlines on the coach braking system because the Instructions did not appear to be clear on where, or which lines to cut. Once I got under the coach and looked, the instructions started to make sense. I would not trust just any RV dealer to install it. I think $400 is cheap for total peace of mind and knowing it's done right. And by the way... I love mine.


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We actually had an agreed upon installation time. We knew what SMI suggested was a reasonable install time and held the dealership to that cost. It did take them much longer but that ended up Bering their loss. But heck they had just gotten a check for our purchase price.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:14 PM   #13
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If I had to pay someone else to work on my RV's I would not have one.
I keep telling my wife how much money I save here LOL. She a retired banker and one hell of a bean counter.
The cost I keep hearing for stuff are ridiculous.
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[QUOTE=Dutchstar08 If I had to pay someone else to work on my RV's I would not have one.

Sure, right..... next transmission or engine job you do please post a step by step tutorial and pics so we all might one day be as handy as yourself.....Thanks in advance!!
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