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Old 07-01-2019, 05:11 PM   #1
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U. S. GEAR tow brake

We have had a u.S. Gear tow brake for over 10 years. We have done repairs to keep it working. It seems to be nearing it's useful life. We can not find a tow brake that is similar.

Does anyone know if a tow brake like the U.S.Gear is still being manufactured under another brand. Or is there a parts manufacturer. Our brake is a UTB-1000.

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Old 07-01-2019, 05:47 PM   #2
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Check with these folks for a UTB-1000
US Gear Unified Tow Brake UTB-1000 - Value RV Parts
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:44 PM   #3
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I bought our U.S.Gear braking system 14 years ago and have moved it between three different toads with no problems so far. Put 90,000 miles on it.

I'm curious what kind of problem you are having with it so I can keep an eye on mine.
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US Gear doesn't make them anymore but you may find old stock systems and parts still available. There is a new company called Smart Brake, LLC that is marketing something that looks nearly the same as the old US Gear system but uses a common trailer brake controller installed in the RV instead of the custom controller.
https://www.smartbrakellc.com/index.html
I would like to hear from someone that has used the thing.
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we have gone through the trouble shooting list and tested the components. It seems that we might have a bad controller in the MH. We are having trouble locating it since US Gear does not mfg. this any more.
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So what to do? We have spoken to the Unified Tow Brake inventor, Ron Chestnut, who now owns Smart Brake. He has no parts to the old units and stated that it might be difficult to find authentic controller in the after market. We are concerned if we buy a new Smart Brake that future service and parts might not be available since it seems to be a one man enterprise. It does not seem that there is a comperable permanent proportional brake that can be controlled in the coach on the market.
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So what to do? We have spoken to the Unified Tow Brake inventor, Ron Chestnut, who now owns Smart Brake. He has no parts to the old units and stated that it might be difficult to find authentic controller in the after market. We are concerned if we buy a new Smart Brake that future service and parts might not be available since it seems to be a one man enterprise. It does not seem that there is a comperable permanent proportional brake that can be controlled in the coach on the market.
Try tofind used units on ebsy or craig list. I bought a nos unit for $300. I also bought one for parts. Usually it is the brsin in the toad that goes. They are avsilable
Call southwest driveline in yuma
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