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Old 11-05-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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Stay-in-play vs Unified

After reading most of the various forums on toad braking system, and researching the vendor sites I have narrowed it down to two systems that I want. One is the SMI Stay-in-Play Duo and the other is the Unified tow brake.
I like the the SMI feature that it only activates when the coach brakes are applied. I like the Unified system's ability two adjust the proportional breaking from the coach.
So the question is; is either feature worth getting one over the other.
We. Will be using an Allegro 36la, yet to be delivered, and a 2013 Honda CRV.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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According to Mike Cody, who is a Freightliner Chassis Instructor, the Unified is already prewired in your MH as are in all Freightliner Chassis that are now being built. None of the other systems are prewired on their chassis.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Since your motorhome is on a Ford chassis, you can ignore that last post although that is great news for folks buying MHs on Freightliner chassis.

Either one is really good but my preference would be for the SMI system. I almost got one for our Fit, but space is too limited to do the install in the Fit (at least for me it is). I think it would be an easier install as most of it will be confined to your car.

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The Ford chassis have had the trailer brake connector and wiring since 1999. On 2012MY and later the connector is located on the left hand side of the steering column support. Before it was mounted behind the instrument cluster.
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I installed the Unified in our Winny and it works great. It is quiet a bit of work to install in the toad but I have done it twice now. I traded our 04 Wrangler for a new one and pulled the unit out of the old Jeep and reinstalled it.
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I can only comment on the SMI as that is what I have. I am very impressed with the unit and customer support.
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Since your motorhome is on a Ford chassis, you can ignore that last post although that is great news for folks buying MHs on Freightliner chassis.

Either one is really good but my preference would be for the SMI system. I almost got one for our Fit, but space is too limited to do the install in the Fit (at least for me it is). I think it would be an easier install as most of it will be confined to your car.

If you haven't joined yet, you might want to consider joining the tiffinrvnetwork.com website. Lots of Tiffin experienced owners waiting to help you.
Sorry about the wrong info. I didn't know that Tiffin used Ford chassis.
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The Unified brake decelerator in automatic mode only operates when the tow vehicle (Motor home) brakes are applied,, Same as the Stay and play.

IN very very rare cases.. You may feel the need to manually activate the towed brakes (I have done it one time) without activating the motor home brakes.. The Unified Brake Decelerator offers this option.

With the Unified brake system you can disable it, enable it adjust it or manually set the brakes, all from the Motor Home driver's seat.

With the Stay and play you turn it on or off from the car when you hook up.
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