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Old 05-25-2016, 09:52 AM   #1
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Need help with SMI Installation of Duo brake system

For those members who have the SMI Stay-in-Play Duo brake system, can you see the notification light if it is installed in the tow vehicle?
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:19 AM   #2
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In my experience, Most people can see the noti light on the rear view mirror. If you have problems due to windshield angle and sun reflection or lack of clarity in your camera you can run the red wire for the light to the cab of the coach and find a new ground in the coach.
If that does not fit your liking, SMI sells a wireless coach link kit that will allow you to simply plug in the receiver to a 12v outlet in the coach and get the signal where you need it.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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My lite was placed on the dash of our toad and can be seen on my rear view mirror. Works great but I find myself tapping my brakes to insure toad brakes are working when light comes on.
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I have the SMI system on two different toads, a truck and a Honda CRV. I prefer to just run a wire to the motor home dash. The wire is incorporated into my umbilical cord between the toad and the motor home. This way there are no issues seeing the light. All you need is one wire the length of the coach to make this work.
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I did the same I used a 7 wire plug to six wire on the road and ran a 12v hot to charge and the signal light back to the dash via the electronic brake control line
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I do the same as "gremlin" and "Dutch Star Don," which is to use the factory-installed "blue" electric brake controller wire that runs from 7-pin connector to under the the dash. I put a small red LED on it and positioned the LED so both the driver and passenger could see it, but otherwise not shining in the driver's eyes (it's pretty bright).
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One other thing I didn't do yet but am planning on is wiring a normally closed relay to the ignition power circuit on the radio and to the power circuit on the Stay-In-Play that way when I switch on the toad's brakes it'll automatically turn off the large radio screen and not use that battery. This will also serve as a secondary indicator that the system is on if I'm trying to drive the car.
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Thanks for all the help and ideas. Picked up the Wrangler today, and they did not get the SMI brake system installed. They lost the tech this week that normally does it and I did not want a new guy to learn on my new Wrangler. They did get the baseplate installed and brake light wired and a charge wire installed. So, when they get a experienced tech, I may take it back or consider other brake options.

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Its honestly not that hard an install to do yourself, I watched the you tube videos of a few people doing it and then read the directions twice and dove in. It took me about 3 hours mostly because I was trying to be super tidy with all the wiring, which I mostly managed...
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I can't see it in my rear camera. Whether it's not bright enough or the camera just doesn't provide good image, I can't say.
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For anyone interested in the wireless kit they sell..it retails for $249.95
It runs on 900 mHz as to not get any interference from the wireless systems on your coach
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CarlAda, assuming it's working properly, the light on dash need to be tilted slightly to see in rear camera. Mine is very bright but until I found a spot that would work I couldn't see mine either.
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