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Old 06-23-2010, 12:02 AM   #29
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SMI Duo. w/control unit mounted inside on the passenger side foot well which makes all components unobtrusive both in the pax compartment and the engine compartment. Very happy with the system. Bob
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:06 AM   #30
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Wrangler,4dr. No auxillary. (13.0k miles towd). No problems.
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ok, I've order an SMI braking system for my 2000 wrangler. "Hope" it will get here Friday for install this weekend, but probably won't see it until Monday :(

In the lil bit of driving around I've done with the jeep pushing, I can feel it back there only if I stop fairly hard. And I'm not talking panic stops, more like "darn that light sure is yellow"

So I bit the bullet on it. Particularly the breakaway feature will be good peace of mind.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:43 AM   #32
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We tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with no aux baking system and we have been as far west as Tucson and have had no problems. I am going to install an SMI Stay-In-Play Duo braking system, probably this winter.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:16 PM   #33
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2004 Wrangler LJ with no break assist. Just back from a 6K mile trip out West (up and down some steep grades) and not a single problem even with a panic stop or two.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:18 PM   #34
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When we had a motorhome and towed a dinghy, we had a brake system and a break away system as well.

From an engineers point of view, you have more mass rolling, therefore you have more energy stored and it takes more to stop it. You may stop a foot or tow shorter with the dinghy brakes, but 1 inch can mean the difference between stopping and an accident.

That alone makes it worth the cost to install dinghy brakes.
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Well kiss my GRITS! Guess I spoke too soon, just had a brake snafu with my Stay in Play. The check valve between the engine and the 'T' fitting for the controller went 'toes up'.(blocked BOTH ways!) At the time of failure, we were in the Bad Lands, SD so I removed the check valve to get brakes back on the Jeep. (not towing) E-mailed SMI and Peter said they would ship me one at my location. Just emailed back to let them know we would stay put for shipment...hope it doesn't take too long. This is some country we all live in and although we've been here almost a week, I can sure use another couple of days to explore this area.

And FYI, I'm still quite please with the system. All things mechanical ya know.... Bob
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:23 AM   #36
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I wouldn't want to be in front of someone that didn't have aux braking in an emergency situation, legal or not.
We use ReadyBrake and the ReadyBrute tow bar with their breakaway system. It works perfect as I have had the chance to "test" it out a few times. We tow a 2007 Wrangler unlimited automatic.
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As of yesterday I have joined the growing number of owners who have an Aux brake system for their Toad. Well, kind of.....I have the Brake Buddy in the Wrangler..catch is it is still in the box. But, it will be installed before the next trip.
Many Thanks to a fellow RVer here on line for selling me a great system for the Wrangler and also sharing many stories of RV travels.
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I use D-Brake Professional Tow Brake for my Jeep.
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Can anyone post links to pics or threads on installing a stay n play in a wrangler?

I'll be installing mine over the next couple days / weekend.
Found a very nice place for the big box, on a "shelf" under the master cylinder. Wondering about the breakaway switch (on top of or under the bumper?) (Should it be easily removeable so as not to foul with rain snow and salt when I'm driving the jeep in the winter?) and locating and dressing the wires for the "I'm working light"?
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FWIW, we have the UsGear Unified brake system on our 09 Sahara and it works great.
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Towing 2003 Wrangler Sahara with Brake Buddy including break-away. That's what the package came with and I still don't know enough to say that there is something better that would be worth the money to replace the Brake Buddy.

My Brake Buddy says it works via the remote box and based on the tugging sensation from the rear of the coach during hard braking, I believe that it is.

If I were putting together a toad from scratch I'd certainly entertain other braking systems as candidates but the Brake Buddy is doing the job for now.

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Old 08-11-2010, 05:36 PM   #42
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Battery Disconnect

When you tow your Jeep, do you disconnect the negative side of the battery as the Jeep Owners Manual states? If we disconnect it, the Brake Buddy does not work. Our RV place says it's not necessary, but I'm not sure I trust that statement. Any suggestions?
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