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Old 06-16-2018, 11:21 AM   #1
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Wireless Coach Link for Demco Supplemental Braking System

I recently bought a Demco Duo Stay in Play supplemental braking system for my Wrangler. I had it installed at Lazydays. I towed the Jeep behind our motorhome for the first time this past week. My issue is that I really can't see the LED monitor light strip that they mounted on the Jeep's dashboard. That is, the camera in the coach shows the Jeep all right but with the bright sun and the fisheye camera, I can't really tell if the monitor lights are on or not. My feeling is that it's important to know if the Jeep is braking when I'm braking in the coach because it apparently depends on how I set the actuator knob in the Jeep which makes the brake more or less sensitive. So it seems pretty obvious to me that I should get Lazydays to order the Coach Link and install it. However, before I do that, I was hoping for some feedback from those of you who have the Duo Stay in Play system and whether (1) you can see the monitor light strip in your toad or (2) you have the Coach Link so you can see the monitoring light in your coach.

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You can do this with a wire that your coach already has.

Use the "blue" trailer electric brake controller wire to pass the toad brake activation light signal to the coach dash, where you'll mount a 12V LED. The trailer electric brake controller wire (usually) is not in use when towing four-down.

This is exactly what I did for my Duo installations, on both the current coach and our former Ford E-450-based Class C. Many others have done the same thing, with toad braking systems other than the Duo.

If you think ahead and wire using some available harnesses and/or terminal strips, you don't have to give up using the "blue" wire for a trailer electric brake controller in the future- even allowing you to switch back and forth between toad brake activation LED and brake controller.
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Thanks for your reply but I'm not really savvy when it comes to electrical wiring. I can buy the Coach Link and Lazydays or another outfit will wire it for me. I'm okay with that, I do other things well. My question was, do others have the Coach Link for the same reason that I want it, namely, because the LED monitoring light mounted on the dash of the Toad is not easy to see when it is lit (and the toad's brakes are engaged). If others have it, do you like it? Was the expense worth it?
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I built my own for less than $5.00. Ask kid in an electronics class at school, they can build you one. Or you could have an installer at an Alarm store do it.

I used this from EBay. and a 12V LED Works GREAT. You could use the same signal they used for the dash LEDs.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_n...72.m2749.l2658
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to the rver that has the Duo system and the indicator lamp. good suggestions above already posted. I like the one to use the brake controller wire to use instead of paying $200+ for the wireless system. I am putting in the Air Force One brake unit and it has similar indicator set up only they suggest putting the lamp on the back of your TOAD rear view mirror which is better than dash and more visible from your coach camera. You will probably still get some glare.
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to the rver that has the Duo system and the indicator lamp. good suggestions above already posted. I like the one to use the brake controller wire to use instead of paying $200+ for the wireless system. I am putting in the Air Force One brake unit and it has similar indicator set up only they suggest putting the lamp on the back of your TOAD rear view mirror which is better than dash and more visible from your coach camera. You will probably still get some glare.
I could never see that darned light, no matter where I put it.
I just built my own using this from Amazon. http://ELENKER DC 12v 10A relay 1CH ...=yo_pop_ma_swf plus an added LED to the reciever.

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I could never see that darned light, no matter where I put it.
I just built my own using this from Amazon. http://ELENKER DC 12v 10A relay 1CH ...=yo_pop_ma_swf plus an added LED to the reciever.

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Same unit I used in post #4

There 1/2 price on e bay
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I moved the light from the dash to the backside of my rearview mirror in truck so I could see it in my rearview camera. I ran the wire they used up the A pillar on the drivers side of my truck then tucked it in to the front edge of the headliner and used double sided tape to stick it to the back of my rearview mirror. My LED also lights up when I am driving my truck and apply the brakes. Mounted on the dash this was annoying, moving behind the mirror helped with this issue too.

I have the Air Force One from SMI/Demco same LED light.
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