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We are thinking about having the Air Force one installed on our motor home and tow. Just wondering if any of you have this and how you like it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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breng wrote:

We are thinking about having the Air Force one installed on our motor home and tow. Just wondering if any of you have this and how you like it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Just had one installed and it seems to work fine, although I can't say more based on personal experience until, well, I've had some. We did quite a bit of research before buying this unit and it seems to get 100% positive evaluations. Hence the choice.

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I installed mine myself and very happy with it. One improvement I recently completed was to run a wire from the harness to the cockpit to provide an indicator light of when the toad brakes are activated. I found the LED indicator they have you mount on the tow bar is just too hard to see in the rear view camera during daylight hours.


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Love mine. Had it installed at their headquarters near Evansville, Indiana. Would never go back to a brake buddy.


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Installed mine last month and it works great. The LED light provided mounts with Velcro to dash and very visible in rear view camera.


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I just had the SMI Air Force One installed on my new Honda CR-V. I had the M & G system on the old Honda but that system would be so much more difficult to install on the new 2013 as the master cylinder is much lower and more difficult to access (but could be done).

The Air Force One works about the same as the M & G. The only obvious difference to a lay person is that the Air Force One has a cylinder that is attached to the brake pedal arm. It's attached pretty high so it can't be seen at all.

So, to answer your question, it works great. My installer was going to have my front left turn signal light up when I pressed on the brakes so I would know that the Air Force was working. Since I put a full mask on the front of the toad, I told him that it would not be necessary. So, in essence, I don't know if the brakes are activating. I probably should get something put inside the coach to let me know.

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waroland wrote:

Mine came with a LED strip that works off the brake light switch and is mounted on the dash when in use allowing me to see when brakes are activated.

Mr.Mark wrote:

I just had the SMI Air Force One installed on my new Honda CR-V. I had the M & G system on the old Honda but that system would be so much more difficult to install on the new 2013 as the master cylinder is much lower and more difficult to access (but could be done).

The Air Force One works about the same as the M & G. The only obvious difference to a lay person is that the Air Force One has a cylinder that is attached to the brake pedal arm. It's attached pretty high so it can't be seen at all.

So, to answer your question, it works great. My installer was going to have my front left turn signal light up when I pressed on the brakes so I would know that the Air Force was working. Since I put a full mask on the front of the toad, I told him that it would not be necessary. So, in essence, I don't know if the brakes are activating. I probably should get something put inside the coach to let me know.

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I've been to Mt. Juliet on the lake..... my sister lived there in the mid 70's across from Johnny Cash. I should probably get a light strip like you have.

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I've been using the SMI Air Force One since April 2009 and had it installed on our very first coach and toad. Since that time, we have had two more coaches and the SMI Air Force One system on the toads as well.

Since this is my first and only supplemental braking system, I can attest to its effectiveness and ease of operation. By the way, we had the system moved from coach to coach and I installed the brake controller system myself on the lastest toad.

I like the fact that the system has its own proprietary air tank which receives its air supply from the coach's air tanks; therefore, there is no usage of the coach's air system when stopping the toad. Its truly proportional braking.

* This post was edited 01/25/13 08:02pm by TZScales *


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Mine came with a LED strip that works off the brake light switch and is mounted on the dash when in use allowing me to see when brakes are activated.

Mr.Mark wrote:

I just had the SMI Air Force One installed on my new Honda CR-V. I had the M & G system on the old Honda but that system would be so much more difficult to install on the new 2013 as the master cylinder is much lower and more difficult to access (but could be done).

The Air Force One works about the same as the M & G. The only obvious difference to a lay person is that the Air Force One has a cylinder that is attached to the brake pedal arm. It's attached pretty high so it can't be seen at all.

So, to answer your question, it works great. My installer was going to have my front left turn signal light up when I pressed on the brakes so I would know that the Air Force was working. Since I put a full mask on the front of the toad, I told him that it would not be necessary. So, in essence, I don't know if the brakes are activating. I probably should get something put inside the coach to let me know.

MM.


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