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Old 12-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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which brake system

I am setting up a new vehicle to tow, I would like your input on the following braking systems, 1. SMI Air Force One, 2. Rvibrake.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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AF1, no doubt. I've had the same system on 2 coaches and 2 toads and will be putting it on a 2013 Allegro Bus that will be ours in about 2 weeks. The only problem I ever experienced was the cable on the actuating cylinder broke. Sent the cylinder back to SMI and had it returned fixed in less than 2 weeks. Total cost including postage both ways was less than $30. This was after we put over 100,000 miles on the system.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I am setting up a new vehicle to tow, I would like your input on the following braking systems, 1. SMI Air Force One, 2. Rvibrake.
You don't state what type of brakes your coach has. I am assuming you have air brakes because of your consideration of the SMI Air Force One system. You also don't say what vehicle you are towing. If you do have air brakes on your coach then I would lean to the SMI Air Force One. Another system to consider that you may not know about is the M & G Engineering - Car Braking Systems: Home Page supplemental braking system. This is what we use with our Jeep Liberty and we don't even know it's back there. I tried a Brake Buddy (similar to your RviBrake) and hated it. It just doesn't sit right in the Jeep's foot well.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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I have used a Roadmaster Brakemaster for about 4 years without issue. Getting ready to run the airline on my new MADP.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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Have you considered Ready Brake? Has worked very well for us.
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Have you considered Ready Brake? Has worked very well for us.
readybrake requires drilling a hole on firewall. i settled with rvi.
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Been using the M&G brake system for almost 6 years on two different pickups and love the system. It's a proportional braking system that doesn't require getting down on your knees to install, just connect one air line and go. Mine hooks up in 5 seconds and has been completely fail safe since day one.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #8
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I just got a Unified Tow Brake, no air lines. I'll be installing it after Christmas.

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Figured I'd do a complete install thread here, just for fun.
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Been using the M&G brake system for almost 6 years on two different pickups and love the system. It's a proportional braking system that doesn't require getting down on your knees to install, just connect one air line and go. Mine hooks up in 5 seconds and has been completely fail safe since day one.
I have the M & G System on my Yukon. I ordered the AF1 system and after taking a look at all those wires & computer and actuator...sent it back for a 90% refund. The professional towing shop where I took the Yukon for installation of the Blue Ox base plate and Roadmaster wiring...told me that they always install the M & G System, unless there is no room in the engine compartment. Then they install AF1.

At every campground, I sure am glad that I do not have to mess around with the brakes. Just plug in the air line and go. The only drawback is you better plan on keeping the towed. The system really cannot be moved from one vehicle to another.
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If you take the M&G off and return it they will give you some rebate against the new one.
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