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Old 02-25-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Toad Brake Choice

I am looking to add a supplemental brake system from my 2008 Camelot to my 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Been reading (Maybe too much) and have narrowed to the M&G, US Gear UTB, or SMI Air Force One. The M&G seems to be my favorite, but it requires a lot of modification to the Jeep to make it fit. The US Gear looks good as the coach is already wired, but uses electric instead of coach air and the brake pedal for activation. The AFO looks good as well with air activation from the coach, but uses the brake pedal like the US Gear.
Any advice from those who have been there, done that would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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Hi Mikey,

I can testify about the US Gear Unified Tow Brake system.
I installed in 2 days, in my first tow car and uninstalled and installed
in my new one and it continues to be flawless.
you must tap into the vaccuum system's rubber hose and to the brake light electrical switch. Instructions are clear and backed up by tech svc.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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Ditto on the US Gear Unified Tow Brake.
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on the M&G system...
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I have an electric, early version of the SMI system. I have been very happy with it. Moved it from a '90 4runner to a 2009 Fit.
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We used to have an '06 Grand Cheerokee as a toad. We used a Roadmaster Brakemaster system. WE now use the same system in the Rubicon. It has been flawless.
I mounted the breakaway air canister to the top of the brake actuator to avoid mounting the canister under the hood of the Grand, Worked out very nice and still use it mounted the same way.
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I installed the M&G system myself and love it. Hooks up in 5 seconds, is proportional and no electronics to go south.
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I'm happy with my US Gear setup. I particularly like the manual control abilities and visual feedback that the in-cockpit module provides.

The manual activation lever makes it real easy to test the system before starting out each day: Hold the manual brake lever, release the MH brakes, and feel that it is resisting the MH from rolling forward. Then release the manual brake level and feel the toad brakes release and the MH start rolling free. It's comforting to know that everything is working as it should.
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M&G system is the only way I would go if you have air brakes. Love it! 5 second hook up and no problems at all.
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Ditto on the US Gear Unified Tow Brake.
Hardy (Del) is always right

Once the US Gear Unified Tow Brake is installed you (almost) never have to give it another thought. Should I ever have to install a toad brake I would install this again - no if's and no but's.
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Mikey,

These systems are all good but, it seems, that US Gear UTB is the majority rule.
And there you have it!


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Well, let me weigh in for the M&G system, I've had one since Jun 2007 and have never had the first minute of trouble with it. It's a clean install, and a very fast hookup/unhookup for your TOAD.
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What's the best system if you don't have a DP and therefore no air pressure? Getting ready to buy a Honda-CRV as a toad.
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