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Old 02-20-2018, 10:30 AM   #1
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Is U. S. Gear Unified Tow Brake still an option?

Last summer I bought a 40 foot 2001 Country Coach Intrigue. It was previously used to tow a 'toad' vehicle. On the dash is a US Gear Unified Tow Brake controller, (like the one pictured) and I was told by the seller, wired to the connections at the rear hitch are other components that make up the Unified Tow Brake system.

My intent is to tow a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and want to learn what components I need and how I might confirm the components on board my coach are functional, and functioning as required.

From the U.S.Gear UTB web site I got an email address for "customer.service@approducts.net". When I emailed them my question, the reply I got seems to say the UTB system has been out of production for 5 years. Is this true?? Did they misunderstand my question?

Is there no new product supply for components required to implement the U.S.Gear Unified Tow Brake on a four-down, 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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Yes, they have been out of production for quite a while. I suggest you look at alternatives such as the SMI units, M&G, and even the portable units such as RVi and Brake Buddy.

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Old 02-20-2018, 11:33 AM   #3
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I have a UTB System and really like it. I like the ability to activate the towed brakes from the MH drivers seat. I called US Gear just now and they confirmed what you posted, the UTB is no longer in production. A company in Yuma AZ bought their inventory and is selling it. The company is "Just 4 Towing". Based on that I would go with another system.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:27 PM   #4
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I also have the Unified Tow Brake on my 2014 CRV (bought the CRV with the Unified Brake parts already installed). Works great. Last year I was able to buy a new module (the one you show in the picture in your post) at PPL. I also see there might be kits available at You are being redirected... That site indicates kits not available on line, so need to call? Perhaps they aren't available??

(edit: Don't know why the link indicates "you are being redirected" ... it is the
E-RV Parts Superstore (which I've never bought from just came up during a google search))
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:19 PM   #5
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Apparently US Gear is no longer producing & distributing the UTB, but the original inventer has a new company called Smartbrake that still makes and markets the system, though with "improved components".

See this previous topic for more info:
New Unified Tow Brake anyone?
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