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Old 10-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #15
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Gotta tell ya I always had this admiration for people with a Jeep with an oldfashioned Y bar on the front bumper, pulled up and driving around on the trails. That way if in a jam a fellow Jeepster just attaches the bar to the hitch and back you get! No messy tow rope over longer distances, yea need the tow rope to get out of the rut or off the rocks but other than that the trip back to camp is easy. The bar on the bumper also adds to the ruggedized look. Those tow bars are with a couple of hundred and should be rather reasonable to attack as every thing is out front and no plastics to mess with.
Been there done that. These days, however, I'm using a Blue Ox. Much easier to hook up, no need to be "dead on" for alignment or distance. But I agree, can't beat low tech for durability and function.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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Call camping world they will give you an rough estimate.
Camping World does not sell SMI products.

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Old 10-13-2012, 09:52 PM   #17
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I did the SMI install myself. Connecting the air line to the coach was simple. They give you a connector that taps into your rear brake line.

I installed the SMI system on three different trucks over the past few years. I moved the same system from one truck to another. The hardest part on some vehicles is trying to find a spot to mount the components. On the first two trucks I found room behind the bumper. On the third truclk there was room under the hood.

You mount the control unit and run four wires. There is an auxillary air tank that I hose clamped to the frame. The hardest install is the ipston on the brake pedal. They give you a sheet metal screw to attach the cable to the floorboard. I ran a bolt through the floorboard to make it more secure.

The install only takes a few hours. Once you mount all of the components, you run the wires and air lines.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #18
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Here is the breakdown of the phone estimate I received from Master Tech RV in Elkhart.
SMI Duo. 1099
Install aprox 350 to 400
Blue Ox tow plate (CRV) 400
Install approx. 400
Light kit. 149
Install approx 350 to 400

Not sure why the light kit install was so high. I'll have to verify before going up there.
They do everything including testing with the MH.

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