We have the Stay N Play Duo installed in our 08 Wrangler. Our control unit is installed in the front passenger forward footwell and unless the co-pilot is very tall, they will never know it's there.
The engine compartment in the Wrangler is 'smoke'n' hot with the V-6, so the control unit located in the pax compartment made more sense. The units vacuum hose is 'T'd just before the brake booster and down stream of the SMI system vacuum check valve and goes through the firewall and is then routed over to the pax footwell.
I had two of the SMI check valves go bad on our extended trip last summer. Both had been contaminate with engine oil mist (dinosaur oil)from the vacuum hose, swelling the rubber diaphram and causing a blockage in both directions. Wherever your engine vacuum source goes to, I would recommend that the SMI check valve been installed on an uphill angle from the engine head vacuum source. I rerouted mine so the check valve is higher and that seems to have fixed that little problem. This failure doesn't effect the braking from the aux. braking system while under tow, but causes extreme foot power to get the toad stopped while driving. In your case, it would be some loss of your power steering.
Since this little snafu, the system works as advertised and we are very happy with the SMI. I wouldn't worry too much about air circulation around the control unit...if it can withstand the heat of an engine compartment, it'll take any heat the pax compartment can dish out! Sorry no pics. Bob