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Old 01-21-2010, 01:33 PM   #15
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Thanks all. I believe I've digested enough to decide on the SMI Air Force One. This looks like a great system with nothing in the toads cabin and I can move it to another vehicle. I've read many posts that love it and have installed it themselves (a plus). So thanks again for all the input.
Hi, I read where you have decided... Good..

Did you look at this one... I don't have it yet (don't own a Dinghy) But I have seen my neighbors and done some research..

CAVEAT: This is strictly FYI..
RV Tow bars with Integrated ReadyBrake Surge Brake, Standard TowBars - Night Shift Auto

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Old 01-23-2010, 08:57 PM   #16
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I think I've decided on one of the systems that will tie into the motor coach braking system and apply toad brakes proportionally. I think I'm interested in the M&G system. It may cost me a little more when I change Toads but they assure me they will buy back some of the parts from the first Toad at the point that I want to install on a replacement Toad. Seems like a pretty good company and they are local for me here in Texas.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:52 AM   #17
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jeepsrule,

I haven't follow this topic closely but can only say that I'm very happy with M&G. I had it installed on my '04 Honda Pilot when it was brand new. No problems at all. BTW, mine was also installed in Athens.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:59 PM   #18
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I haven't follow this topic closely but can only say that I'm very happy with M&G. I had it installed on my '04 Honda Pilot when it was brand new. No problems at all. BTW, mine was also installed in Athens.
Thanks, how was the company and service in your opinion?
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I installed the M&G system myself and it was a piece of cake. It's worked perfectly for almost three years. Plus it's a proportional system that was one of my requirements. Hooks up in 5 seconds.
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The company was fine to work with. At the time I was there they had 2 bays. The owners mh was in the other one. I made an appointment and went there after a visit to Canton Trade Days. I don't know who other dealers are as I've never had an issue with the unit.
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thanks for all the comments. Your experiences are greatly appreciated.
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Very interesting information!!! We tow a 2009 Jeep Wrangler (manual trans) with a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar. We had used a Brake buddy (from our previous toad, a 1993 Ford Escort), but it seems to have "given up the ghost". We are looking into different replacement options.

Since we purchased the Jeep new and store it in the winter, we plan to use it as a Toad for MANY years to come - therefore, we wouldn't mind something installed permanently. But my hubby doesn't want anything obtrusive in the cab that can be seen. We will look over the SMI, M&G, Ready Brake (does it work with the Blue Ox tow bar?), and the Unified Tow and Brake System by US Gear. Let me know your feelings on all systems. Thank you!
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thanks for all the comments. Your experiences are greatly appreciated.
After doing some research and listening to comments in two different forums I'm going to purchase the M & G Braking system. M & G Engineering - Car Braking Systems: Home Page This looks like a good product at a good value. I live close by so I'm having the company install it but you will notice a few posts above BigSkyBob has three years experience with the system and he did his own install.
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Very interesting information!!! We tow a 2009 Jeep Wrangler (manual trans) with a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar. We had used a Brake buddy (from our previous toad, a 1993 Ford Escort), but it seems to have "given up the ghost". We are looking into different replacement options.

Since we purchased the Jeep new and store it in the winter, we plan to use it as a Toad for MANY years to come - therefore, we wouldn't mind something installed permanently. But my hubby doesn't want anything obtrusive in the cab that can be seen. We will look over the SMI, M&G, Ready Brake (does it work with the Blue Ox tow bar?), and the Unified Tow and Brake System by US Gear. Let me know your feelings on all systems. Thank you!
The SMI is great. Plug in the Toad and flip one toggle switch. Nothing is exposed in the inside cab area.
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Very interesting information!!! We tow a 2009 Jeep Wrangler (manual trans) with a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar. We had used a Brake buddy (from our previous toad, a 1993 Ford Escort), but it seems to have "given up the ghost". We are looking into different replacement options.

Since we purchased the Jeep new and store it in the winter, we plan to use it as a Toad for MANY years to come - therefore, we wouldn't mind something installed permanently. But my hubby doesn't want anything obtrusive in the cab that can be seen. We will look over the SMI, M&G, Ready Brake (does it work with the Blue Ox tow bar?), and the Unified Tow and Brake System by US Gear. Let me know your feelings on all systems. Thank you!
The SMI system has worked great for our set up. I have found it very easy to use and don't have to worry if it is working or not. We purchased our set up from www.discounttowingsupply.org. Great selection and prices on towing products. We got our baseplate and towbar there as well.
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We had the M&G on our Saturn L100 from 2004 until we traded it this last summer. They installed it at the FMCA Southeast Area Rally in '04. Never had a problem with it and we towed that Saturn well over 50,000 miles. I would have put one on our current toad except M&G doesn't make one that will fit on the Honda Fit. We had a couple of times when the braking was much appreciated...sudden stops of a 18 wheeler ahead of us because some 4 wheeler pushed in where they shouldn't have. I always try to leave plenty of space between me and the guy ahead, but there are lots of drivers out there that don't understand why I'm that far back from the car/truck ahead of me and will push in making things very uncomfortable and unsafe.
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I looked at putting the M&G on my toad, buth they don't make one for my car, you can't even begin to see the master cyclinder! I ended up with a Roadmaster Brakemaster model 9060. It takes less than a minute to install and remove> I'm very happy with the performance and operation of the unit, and the cost was about 1/2 of other units. I got mine from AdventureRV.net, I think it was $539 plus about $15 shipping.

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toad brake choices

I'm not sure I'm going about this properly but here goes. We're on our third MH on which we have used brakes with our toad. We have always towed light cars using the Brake Buddy, so didn't get too involved in choosing a proper system or, and I don't like to admit this, didn't even study the proper setting protocol to get the best results. Like others, I assumed that the MH had sufficient braking ability for both vehicles as long as the gross combined weight was not exceeded. Wether or not I was right, we are now getting ready to tow our Chevy Traverse which is about 2000# heavier than any of our previous cars and am very concerned about stopping all this extra weight. I still have the Brake Buddy but with our new (used) MH (Itasca Meridian) the previous owner included the Roadmaster 9100 that he used for towing a Jeep Cherokee, and the air line and quick connect are still intact. The decision we have to make, then, is which one is the better unit to use from various points of view. Any recommendations or opinions would be appreciated. Jim & Nona
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