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Old 02-27-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question Tracker and us Gear tow brake

I just purchased a 1999 Tracker that had previously been used as a toad to tow behind our 29 ft. coachmen. It has a Demco tow bar and a US Gear Unified tow brake model UTB-1000. The previous owner had rewired it to work with a Reese Pilot Trailer brake control model 83503. Has anyone ever seen something like this? I have bench tested it and it appears to work great but I am wondering about tossing the Reese control and ordering one from US Gear before I go to the trouble of installing the control unit.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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Hi 56 Nomad,
The USGEAR control board may still be in the Tracker. Can you contact the previous owner? If not it should be up under the dash (inside the passenger compartment). If it is not there, and you are comfortable with the work that needs to be done, go for it. I have the USGEAR system for 6+ years. It has worked as advertised. Wired and connected correctly, the unit will charge the Tracker battery as you drive down the road.
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Hi 56 Nomad,
The USGEAR control board may still be in the Tracker. Can you contact the previous owner? If not it should be up under the dash (inside the passenger compartment). If it is not there, and you are comfortable with the work that needs to be done, go for it. I have the USGEAR system for 6+ years. It has worked as advertised. Wired and connected correctly, the unit will charge the Tracker battery as you drive down the road.
I spoke with the previous owner the reason he rewired the unit was the original controll unit was bad and he didn't want to spend $500. to replace it. At this point I am leaning toward tossing the whole works and replacing with new. Not sure yet what to get but will read other post on brakes an hopfully will find something easy to install and reasonable price. One thing I will do before deciding on a replacement is check out relacement parts cost.
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Consider contacting USGEAR and/or a local certified USGEAR installer. A guy next to me, at a rally, had his control board replaced for about $250 and that included labor.
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Consider contacting USGEAR and/or a local certified USGEAR installer. A guy next to me, at a rally, had his control board replaced for about $250 and that included labor.
Thanks Gary
Sounds like the guy at the rally got a real deal. I checked today and the two parts I need total $476.84 plus 6.5%sales tax plus shipping with no warranty. Still looks like the US Gear is going in the dumpster and the $500.00 will go towards something new with a warranty.
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