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SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes - Proportional
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SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes - Proportional

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2016 Ford F-150 - SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes - Proportional

This truly proportional braking system uses the air pressure from your RV's brakes to apply the brakes in your towed car in the same manner. Low-profile design installs out of your way and is always at the ready.


Features:

  • Supplemental braking system applies towed vehicle's brakes in proportion to braking action of RV
    • Towed car's brakes are activated at the same time and with the same intensity as those in your motor home
  • Truly proportional system uses the air pressure from your RV's brakes to apply the brake pedal in your car
    • Coiled air hose connects air assembly in RV to operating unit in towed car
  • No false braking
    • Coach air brakes must be activated for system to apply towed car's brakes
  • One-time setup - no need to remove or to activate each time you tow
    • Operating unit and actuating cylinder stay hidden so everything is out of your way when you are driving
      • Low-profile design of operating unit allows for more room in the engine compartment of towed car
      • System automatically functions when towed vehicle is connected to RV
  • LED coach notification system illuminates when the towed vehicle's brakes are applied
    • Connects to towed car's brake light switch to ensure proper reading
  • Vacuum-assisted function of towed car is activated with air from the coach brakes
    • Less force is needed to move the brake pedal in the car, resulting in more natural braking and less risk of damage
    • Compatible with vehicles that have continuous-power-assist brakes
  • Breakaway included
  • System meets FMVSS safety guidelines for motor homes that use air brakes
  • Necessary installation components and an instructional CD included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: motor homes with air brakes
    • Can accommodate air-over-hydraulic brakes - additional 1/4" DOT air line (not included) may be required
  • Coiled air hose length when fully stretched: 7'
  • Breakaway cable length when fully stretched: 7'
  • 5-Year warranty


A supplemental braking system is a must when towing a car or truck behind your RV. Without it, the weight of the towed car can create a safety hazard, strain your RV's brakes, or affect your RV's warranty. Most states require a supplemental braking system.


Automatic, Truly Proportional Braking

Air Force One is a proportional braking system. When you apply the brakes in your motor home, the system will engage your towed car's brakes at the same time and with the same pressure as those in your motor home, creating synchronized braking.


To achieve this proportional braking, Air Force One ties into your coach's air brakes. The patent-pending process uses air pressure from your coach's brakes to depress the brake pedal in your towed car. The result is uniform, real-time braking that mirrors the slowing or stopping action of your coach. Whether you lightly tap the brakes in your RV or apply them hard in a panic situation, your towed car's brake pedal will be applied in the same manner.


Many other proportional systems activate the towed car's brakes based solely on inertia. With this kind of setup, any activity that affects the forward momentum of your towed car - from the coach actually braking, to driving over a pothole - can activate the supplemental braking system and apply your towed car's brakes. This potential for false braking, which can occur simply from driving over uneven terrain, can create a rough ride for you in the RV and can also wear out your towed car's brakes over time. Air Force One is different, though. Because it is tied into your coach's brakes and is not dependent on inertia, this system activates only when you apply the brakes in your RV, so there is no false braking.


Permanent Installation with Concealed Components

Once you install the Air Force One system, it stays concealed and out of your way - both in the RV and in the towed car. Unlike systems that require you to keep the actuating box under the seat or in the trunk of your towed car, Air Force One does not take up valuable storage space inside of your car. And the components that install on your RV all remain hidden beneath the vehicle so that no room is taken up in its interior either. Because the entire system installs permanently, there is no need to constantly set up and remove this system. You never have to worry about where to store a bulky actuator box when you're not towing. And while most of the components do remain on your vehicle and RV at all times, none of them will interfere with normal driving or braking.


Coach Air Connection Assembly

Because Air Force One uses air to activate, it is a natural choice for diesel motor homes that have air brakes. The coach air connection assembly taps into your RV's air brakes and delivers the air necessary to activate the towed car's brakes through the included coiled air hose. The valves on the coach air connection assembly ensure precise airflow.


Pressure Protection Valve

A 1-way check valve collects air from your RV's brake lines so that it can power your towed car's brakes. This pressure protection valve also ensures that your RV's air lines maintain the same amount of pressure so that the braking in your RV is not affected.


Relay Valves

Metered air from the coach's brakes connects to a service relay valve. This relay valve collects air from your RV's brake lines so that it can power your towed car's brakes. When you activate the brakes in your RV, the delivery relay valve releases the appropriate amount of air to the operating unit in your towed car.


The coach air connection assembly is best mounted in a location on the RV where the air lines will not be near direct heat sources or moving parts, such as in front of the rear axle.


Note: Air Force One is designed for motor homes that have air brakes, but it will also work with RVs that have air-over-hydraulic brakes. Additional parts (not included) may be required for installation on RVs with air-over-hydraulic brakes.


Operating Unit

The operating unit, which mounts in your towed car, receives air from the coach air connection assembly. The unit then diverts a matching amount of air through a hose to the actuating cylinder that mounts on your towed car's brake pedal. That air activates the cylinder so that it applies proportionate braking pressure.


The unit goes under the hood of your towed car, so it is out of your way and always ready. Because this system is a universal fit, you can remove it from your towed car and reinstall it in a different car or truck if needed.


Actuating Cylinder

Small Cylinder

The actuating cylinder depresses your towed car's brake pedal upon receiving the air that is delivered from the operating unit. This small cylinder stays mounted on the arm of your towed car's brake pedal at all times and will not interfere with braking while driving.


Actuator on Pedal

Mount this cylinder so that it is perpendicular to the firewall when you depress the brake pedal. A clamp anchors the actuator to the firewall.


To connect the actuating cylinder to the operating unit, you will need to run the included air hose through your towed car's firewall. You can usually create the necessary, small opening without drilling. In most instances, you can cut a slit in the hood release cable grommet. Simply cut the end of the air line at an angle to poke it through the slit.


Coiled Air Hose Connection

Coiled Air Jumper

The coiled air hose, also called a jumper, connects your towed car to your RV by connecting the operating unit to the coach air assembly. When you are ready to hitch up your car and tow it, simply hook up the coiled air hose at the same time as you hook up your tow bar.


Vacuum Pressure Creates Smooth Braking

Normally, when you activate the brakes in your vehicle, a vacuum multiplies the pressure you apply to your brake pedal, creating the force necessary to stop the full weight of the moving car. On most cars and trucks, this vacuum-assist function does not work when the engine is off. As a result, many supplemental braking systems on the market have to use an excessive amount of pressure to effectively depress the towed car's brake pedal.


Air Force One reactivates the vacuum-assist function of your car's brakes when it's being towed, even though the towed car's engine is not running. As a result, the actuating cylinder does not need to apply extreme force to the brake pedal to achieve proper braking. The operating unit ties into your towed car's vacuum line with a tee so that it can use the air pressure from your RV to create the vacuum your car needs to brake gently. As a result, no additional vacuum pump is required to create the vacuum-assist function for your towed car's brake pedal. Air Force One will replenish your towed car's vacuum after each braking event so that you will get smooth, even braking every time.


Built-In Safety Features

AFO Light in Towed Car

Most supplemental braking systems have methods of letting you know you when the system itself is activated, regardless of whether the towed car's brake pedal is depressed. Such setups leave opportunities for false notification. Air Force One's system is different. This system's LED monitor connects to your towed car's brake light switch. When your car's brake light goes on or off, so does the notification light. So you can tell whether your car's brake pedal is depressed.


Air Force One Monitor Install

You can install the monitor light on your RV's dash, or you can save time by attaching the monitor light to the back of the rearview mirror of the towed vehicle. This way you can see the light from your RV's backup camera or rearview mirror. The system includes the necessary parts for either installation method.


Note: If the towed car's brake lights do not activate when the engine is off, a stop light switch kit (sold separately) is required for accurate notification.


AFO Breakaway

The breakaway system ensures that your car will come safely to a stop if it accidentally detaches from the RV while you are towing. A switch mounts to the front of the towed vehicle. This switch - which is wired into the operating unit - includes a pin that connects to your RV's hitch receiver with a breakaway cable. If the car separates, the cable pulls the pin from the switch, causing a signal to be sent to the operating unit. A reserve air supply will then apply your towed car's brakes. This system also has "total coach protection" built in. If there is separation, the RV's air supply is sealed off, so its brakes will continue to function as normal.


Air Force One meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) guidelines requiring that supplemental braking systems use a separate air supply and activation relay valve.



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SM99243 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details SM99243 Installation instructions

Video of SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes - Proportional


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for SMI Air Force One Braking System Installation - 2016 Ford F-150

Today in our 2016 Ford F-150, which we'll see connecting to a 2009 Tiffon Phaeton on a Freightliner chassis. We're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the SMI Air Force One. This is a proportional braking system designed for use on motor homes with air brakes. Its part number is SM99243. Now as part of the braking system, we want to hook up our breakaway cable. Then we've got our coiled cable, which helps to keep the tension to it and up off the ground.

This needs to be connected to your hitch or your frame. We don't want to connect it to the safety chain connection points here, although it is a little bit easier. You do want it to be connected to the frame of the vehicle. The other component for our braking system's going to be the airline. Just pull that cap off, it's going to push right on there. Same thing here.

Pull that cap off, and slide that right in. Now we'll be ready to test out the system and make sure it's working as it should. Want to make sure all of our lights are working properly, I'll start with those running lights, left blinker, right blinker. Got our brakes, and then finally, our blinker with our brakes applied. Now here we can see the truck in the backup or the rear-view camera. Nice thing about that, monitor light's going to be right up here at the top.

You can see as we hit our brakes, you can see it activate. As we release them, we'll see it go off. This is going to give us notification, even from inside of our coach, if our brakes are active in the truck. Something that I find really nice about the Air Force One, is it does have builtin safeguards. It's currently tied directly into the air system on our coach.

You'll notice once we get below a certain PSI in our primary or secondary tank, which is right around 60 to 70 PSI, it deactivates the Air Force One. That being deactivated, it's going to save any of the air in our system for the brakes on our coach. As soon as we we're to start the engine, bring that air pressure back up, the Air Force One will start operating again immediately. See, back up to full pressure there, as soon as we hit our brakes, Air Force One's going to turn back on, just like we hoped. Now we're going to begin the installation a little bit earlier than when we actually start putting the Air Force One in, the control module and stuff. We're going to use our airline here, and we're going to get this ran while the bumper's off the truck. We're going up there to the middle where you make a quick, easy connection. We want to get this taken care of kind of beforehand. It's going to run from the front of the vehicle alongside of the battery, then it's going to go to our operating unit over there. What I'm going to start now is just getting this basically from the battery out of the front of the truck. We can take care running it to the control module later. If we just stay to the right side of that radiator guard, it's kind of right here. If you'll stay over to the passenger side of that, you can run right by it there. Make a nice, easy bend where this will be able to come back here and be connected in. Now for our airline and also for our breakaway switch wiring, we're going to be mounting those right over on this side. We want our airline and that wire to pass through the side of the shroud. We're going to make a cut in it here. Basically we just need an X. We should be able to pass those items through without any kind of issue there. Airline will come in and make the turn to its connection. The two wires for our breakaway switch will be going out the other way. Leave it hanging like that for now, got the two ends we need, and pull out any slack from our air hose there, and I'm also going to run my breakaway wire right up with it. You see I've got a little bit of slack there. Just use a little black tape and tape it there and pull them up. Now we're just going to use a couple of zip ties to secure both the breakaway wires here and also our airline. There's a piece of wire loom that runs right up there. That'll give you a good anchor point. All right, that should be ideal for making our connections once we have our bumper in place. Now here's the bracket we've made for mounting our air fitting, and you can see that small hole there. That's going to be where we mount our breakaway switch. Basically, we've taken a universal long bracket here. This is part number 18136. We measured down two and a half inches and bent it, then cut it off an additional two and a half inches out, so this is going to give us a great solution. You see we've got our holes pre-drilled there, so what we'll do is just bring this right up to the backside of the bumper here, and just a couple self-tapping screws will hold that in place. Gives us a really nice, solid mounting location. That, and our breakaway will sit just offset here to the side. Now on this air dam, kind of directs air in here, we're going to trim out just a little bit here on each edge. That's going to allow our brackets room to fit in there. Pretty easy material to work with, razor knife should be all that you need. Get that there, and on the other side as well. All right, now we should be able to get an extra set of hands and get our bumper put back up into position. Now with the help of a couple extra sets of hands here, we can get our bumper put back into position. We're going to connect those fog lights on each side of course. Now we'll want to loosely start one of our nuts on each side. That'll get our bumper held into position there for us, and we'll hang while we get it adjusted. Now we'll place our bolt in for our breakaway there. Want to get our nut started, and we'll use our ratchet and a box end wrench and get that tightened down. Now we're going to use our tubing cutter. We want to get a nice flush cut. This is part number F9009. We can bring it up and plug it right into the valve there. Keep a pretty soft bend, don't want it to be to where it's actually going to kink. That would be about as much as you'd want to have that bending. If we got all of our connections in place, we can put that panel back on the front. Here you can see, once we have that trimmed out, pop it back on, and I have great access to the connection points we need, but it doesn't like we've got a bunch of stuff hanging off the bottom or anything like that. The first component we're installing's going to be our operating unit. That's going to go right up here on the bulkhead. We're just using quarter-inch loom clamps. Just bring that right around the arm that sticks out there. The next thing we need to determine is the best location to mount our actuator. This is going to mount around the brake pedal here. Luckily we've got a nice straight, thick brake pedal so we're not going to have to worry too much about getting a certain location there. We'll just bring this up, now, to a point to where when we have our foot on the brake pedal, that this is going to be up and above it. That should be plenty of room there. Just going to make a small mark on my pedal there, so I know exactly where that's at. Now, behind that, we need to go directly to the firewall. Should be about right there. Also mark that location. Then we're going to clear out a little bit of material there, because we want to mount the keeper directly to the steel. We want to set the tension on our cable here, so we have about a quarter-inch or so of slack, and about an eighth or a quarter side to side movement, so we'll get that loosely set now. Kind of a rough figure, and once we mount the actuator we'll get it dialed in a little bit better. Now that we've got our cable loosely set, there's a small set screw on there. We're going to run that set screw down until it makes contact, and then we're just going to go about another quarter turn or so. We don't want that to be so tight, because if it is, it can actually break that wire. Just hold that up there, use the provided self-tapping screw, get it mounted into position. Our actuator can come to our pedal, so get that little bit of slack there. Now it's just a matter of putting the plate right over the four studs there, and attaching the four nuts. Now these we're going to tighten down, you have a crossing pattern. The plate is going to flex around the pedal slightly. As it does that, it causes a locking action to keep everything nice and snug for us. Before we make any more changes here, we'll take care of getting everything else mounted. One thing we do want to mount to that actuator's going to be our read switch. The reed switch is easy to install. It's just going to be a little magnetic switch here that activates a light indicating the system is activating. We'll slide that in all the way until it seats there. Then with a small screwdriver, we just tighten up that set screw. Should be good. Typically this is factory-set, so we won't have to worry about messing with it. Now, while we're underneath the dashboard here, we're going to be passing an airline and also a wire in and out from inside the vehicle. If we look just behind the emergency brake here, got our main wire loom that comes in. There's a little circular hole right off to the edge of that. What we can do is just cut that away, just inside of that circle. That's going to provide us with a good area to pass through the airline wire. When we do that, we'll show you where to cut on the outside to make sure you get a good, clean passage through there. I'm just going to separate my breakaway kit wires away from my airline tubing here. Those are going to stay right there until we need them, then we can run our air in. Right up to the point closest to the vacuum line. Now to get that into position, we had our top cover pulled of there. We'll get that put back in position now. Again, when we fit this in, we need a really nice flush cut. We'll just make a gentle loop like we did before, and get it pushed right in our end. We'll be able to secure that up and out of the way once we're done, just using a couple of zip ties. I'm going to run my two black wires right over this way, zip tie them to that airline, and that'll get it pretty close up here where we'll need it to make our connections. Black wires that come from our operating unit, it doesn't matter which one, needs to connect from the blue wire coming from our breakaway switch. We don't have the length of wire that we need to connect, so we're going to be using a two-foot piece of 16-1-1. We're going to use two DW05744 butt connectors. Just so we can extend that wire enough to make that connection. Any of these heat shrink butt connectors that we use during our installation, we're always going to use a heat gun, one of the mini torches, or a lighter, and we're going to get those ends so they shrink down around that wiring. You'll know when it's done properly because your wire will look like it's kind of magnified and a little bit of clear gel will come out of the end. Now to our orange and black wire here, I've also added a short length of brown wire, again it's 16 gauge. That's going to help us to get to the battery. This needs to be connected to the brown wire coming out from inside, which we'll show in a minute, through a fuse holder into our battery. That'll be right there, until we need it in just a few minutes. It'll be one of the last things we do. Now, if we look right down here on the firewall, we'll see where that main wire loom runs out and then the cover over it right there. We just need to trim that off, so we can pass our airline through. Typically by just cutting an X in it, that'll allow what we need through. You'll see I taped that small length of brown wire that comes with our coach monitor, our notification kit, right to that, and we'll push them both through at the same time. Now we'll go inside and pull through whatever length we might need. That should be enough inside of here. Doesn't take too, too much. We can always pull through more if we need it. Our reed switch wiring, you see we've got a blue, a brown, and a black. Run that over top of the OBD port there. The brown wire we need to connect to the brown wire we just brought in. Use one of our blue butt connectors here, so we've got that taken care of. We can pull back a little bit of the slack on the brown wire there. Make another nice flush cut there. Pass that up over the OBD wire loom, then that'll be connected right into our elbow at the end of our actuator. Zip tie around it. All right, for our next step, we're ready to get our notification light mounted. You can see it's got an adhesive strip there on the back of it. We need to mount this somewhere where it'll be visible from the RV. We have three red LEDs that are going to light up any time the system's activated. Typically right here on the back of the mirror's going to give us our best chance to keep it really nice and visible, just want to clean that up with a little rubbing alcohol. Peel off our strip here, and I'm going to place it with the wire going toward the middle. That way I can hide it with this one that runs up. There is a small sensor here on the back. We want to be sure that when positioning, we position it above that sensor. Just want to give it a good squeeze, make sure it's put on there nice and firmly. Then we'll bring our wire up, we can zip tie it off right to the other wire that runs to our mirror. Now in our kit, we've got a red and black wire. They're about four foot long. Just using blue butt connectors that also come with the kit to connect those together, just matching up red for red and black for black. These simply offer us an extension to get down to the wires from the reed switch. We're going to get our wires tucked up above the headliner there, work that all the way around to the outside edge there. Then we'll go in behind this plastic rubber strip. I did kind of tape the wires together about every foot just to keep them running nicely with each other. We'll stop when we get right there and take a look at it from this other side. Here in the panel behind the driver's side door, once you open it, just want to use a trim panel tool or a screwdriver. Just going to push it in there and gently pry out a couple pressure fasteners that hold this in place. Then we rotate it, almost like opening a door, then we can pull straight out on it. We'll continue running our wire down behind that rubber. Then right down through this area, we'll get this right down there by that reed switch wire. Just like that. Now we can put our cover back in here, and just like before, we just kind of got to rotate it into position. That tab's lined up like that, now we'll make our connections down here. Now the red wire that comes down from our light, that needs to be connected to the black wire from our switch. Trim back, we'll strip it, and we're just going to use a regular blue butt connector to make the connection. That's going to be red to black. See we've got our black wire right here. That needs to go to that blue wire. This is where we're going to change it up just slightly. What we're going to do is bring that down, strip it off like normal, that little part we just cut off, we're also going to strip off. Bring the two of those together, and this is where we're going to use a larger 10 to 12 gauge butt connector, instead of using that triangle-type splice fitting, we can use this which is typically much more secure. Then this will go right in there. Now for making our ground connection, we we're provided with this ring terminal. Just going to be a little small for the stud we're going on, so we're going to use one a little bit larger. Trim our wire back to the appropriate length here. Strip it back and since we are using a larger ring terminal, I'm going to double it up. Slide that on and crimp it down. Then we'll be using the stud located right behind our parking brake, which you can see right here. If you have any excess wire hanging down there, just use a few zip ties to get it nice and tight. Now I'm going to grab the end of my brown wire, also the end of my airline tubing. I want to run that up around the backside of the brake booster here. Now the airline we'll just leave there in the middle. My brown wire, I'm going to run that up behind this insulation over to our other side. Just like that, going to tuck in pretty nice. Put a zip tie on it back here at this wire loom. We'll grab our fuse holder. Want to remove the fuse and set that up here. Cut that at about the four or five o'clock position, get both ends stripped back. Now I'm going to add on another one of our heat shrink butt connectors. This is DW05745, it's the larger size. That crimped down, see we've got a stud right there we can connect to, so we don't need too much wire from this side. This comes from our reed switch. Our other brown wire here, this is from our orange and black wire on the breakaway switch, so let's bring those back here. Now let's trim the wire from our reed switch and the wire from the orange and black wire on our breakaway switch off. Get both of those stripped back, give those a twist, twist them together just like we did inside. Then get that fuse holder crimped on. Slide the provided ring terminal there. Crimp it down. Slide that right in through that little cover there. It's going to go right over that stud, just need to back that nut off. Again, with our fuse out, place that right down on there, and re-secure it. That's going to take care of our wiring on this side. I like to zip tie this to the . see the small battery cable there Zip tie that off to that, that way they take the battery out, it'll go with it rather than them having to make a bunch of changes to do that. Now we'll bring the airline from inside the car over and get it flush cut and put in the air outside. Zip tie the two of those together. Now the last wire from our operating unit is going to go to ground. There's a ground stud located right up here on the firewall we're going to use. We're going to go to that one right there. We're going to need to double up this wire to use a nice, large three-eighths style ring terminal. Twist that right over like that and re-secure it. All right, now we get our vacuum lines taken care of and we'll be ready to test out the system. We've connected our vacuum line here, to the vacuum port on the Air Force One. It's going to come right out to a check valve. There's a kind of a green side, or like a yellow-ish side of the check valve and a black side. We'll just want to ensure that that black side of that check valve is facing the operating unit. We're going to be tapping in right here outside of the brake booster. You can see, we've got a nice, straight piece of vacuum line right there. We'll make a splice to it. We're going to take out a short section, because we're going to be adding in an additional check valve. This is where our T's going to slide in, our T will be right in between there. Additional check valve with the black side toward our engine. This is the part we'll be adding in, see our T, we'll have our factory vacuum line going in here. Got our check valve here, black side towards the engine, and then the factory vacuum line'll be going in there. If we get rid of about that much vacuum line, we should be in good shape for it to fit in there without too much of a fuss. That small piece we just took out, one end we're going to slide our check valve into, and slide that onto the T. That, and I'm just going to plug that right in line with our vacuum line here. Last thing on our truck side, anyway, is going to be to slide that fuse into position. Pop that cap over the top, keep it protected from the elements, if you want to you can kind of turn it down out of the way. Whatever your preference is. Now our F-150 is going to be hooked up to this Tiffon Phaeton motor coach. You can see the air brake assembly back here. We're basically going to be just in front of the rear axle, just behind that basement storage area. See we've got the two booster assemblies here. We're going to go up into the valve assemblies. Now, we're going to splice into this line for our metered air. Makes a loop, comes right up here. If you look in that top valve body, you see this 45-degree angle. That's going to be our supply air. That's the larger line we're going to tap into, and then from that angled fitting, straight down there's a 90-degree fitting that's going to be our metered air. We want to be sure when we tap into these that we get nice flush cuts on our hose. Tubing cutter's going to be recommended to get the job done properly. Before you tape into these, you want to pump your brakes to reduce your air pressure. You'll want to do that without the vehicle running. Then there should be, hear that, just minimal air left in the system if any. I like to take out about an inch-long section, not too, too much, but enough to actually get our T in there. You see how we've threaded in our larger five-eighths push to connect fittings On two sides of the T, just want to get that in far enough to where that thread sealant really does its job. Here we've got our quarter-inch coming out of the top. We're just going to put that on our lines and press the line in to each side. Now for our metered air connection, same thing with our T. Quarter-inch coming out of the top, but we've got our three-eighths in each end. All right, we got those in place, now let's take care of mounting our air tank assembly. Here's the new valve assembly and tank that we're going to be putting on the coach. Basically we'll bring our supplied air in here, through a quarter-inch airline. Our metered air in here, and then this is going to go out to the rear so it can give us the air that we need to operate the actuator and everything in our vehicle. You'll see there are four oblong holes here we'll use for attachment. We want to be sure, wherever we decide to mount it, that this valve is facing down. We don't want that up. We just want to find a suitable location. It'll be kind of up and out of the way. I'm going to cant this back just a little bit, that way this line can run out that way and as we bring our others in they'll stay pretty smooth without having to have a real sharp bend in them. Just going to get my hole locations marked there, put a hole in here and here that'll accommodate the three-eighths bolts provided. Now before drilling this out, you will want to confirm that you don't have anything in that storage area. You can see our holes here and here, where they've come out in the basement. We're going to take our three-eighths bolts and flat washer. We're going to place them through there. Just to give us some extra surface area, we're going to be just using a little spacer block there. You could use a three-eighths fender washer, several options. That just gives us a little more structure there to spread that energy out over a larger area, so we won't have to worry about anything. We'll just let those stay there, go inside, put our tank assembly up, and place on our other flat washer and nylon lock nut. Now we'll use a nine-16ths wrench and socket, get those secured down. You may need somebody inside here holding the wrench for you if you can't reach around. With the tank assembly in position, we're going to start running our airline up forward. We'll need to do this twice, so you can mark it and run the two lines at the same time, or you can just run them individually. We're not going that far, so I think I'm just going to run mine individually, but that would be completely up to you. We'll go right along with this factory wire loom that runs up through here. They've got some nice big zip ties on it, tuck in right behind those. Should keep everything in good shape. We're going to just bring that down and plug it right into our metered air connection. Our tank assembly, we'll plug that into our metered air, so we'll trim off the length of hose we need. Again, you want to use a good tubing cutter. That'll go right into that metered air connection. It'll be the one in between the tank and the valve there. Good solid run. We'll just do the exact same thing with the other one, although we'll go to the supply line and we'll connect it in here. Now we just use a few zip ties, we can kind of secure that off. Then we'll take what's left of our airline and run it back to the rear of the coach. You can see, we've mounted our plug in fitting here, right on top of this wiring tab. Not going to hurt the hitch's integrity at all, but keeps it up out of the way, convenient location. We're just going to plug that cleanly trimmed hose right down in there. We can let that lay over, if you want to, a big zip tie right around here, keep it from wiggling around, won't be a bad idea. At that point, we're ready to pressurize the air system here on the coach and make sure we don't have any leaks. To do that, we're just going to spray it down with some soap and water. To test out the system, we're going to start in the coach. We're going to depress the brake pedal about a quarter of the way. We should see our actuator move. With that confirmed, we'll go ahead and press it down about halfway, and again we should see our actuator move a little bit further. That's going to indicate that we're getting air from the coach to the truck. This should have also, during that process, charged our Air Force One. Let's pull that breakaway switch and makes sure that it also operates then. We'll pull the breakaway switch. See our pedal activation there. It's going to indicate, if we we're to have an accidental disconnect, the brakes will be applied, and our truck will come safely to a halt. Let me place that back, actuator's going to quit trying to stop the truck, and our three LEDs will go off. With everything working properly, that's going to complete our installation of the Air Force One, part number SM99243, on our 2016 Ford F-150, which we are connecting to a 2009 Tiffon Phaeton on the Freightliner chassis.


Customer Reviews

SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes - Proportional - SM99243

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (59 Customer Reviews)

This truly proportional braking system uses the air pressure from your RV's brakes to apply the brakes in your towed car in the same manner. Low-profile design installs out of your way and is always at the ready.

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2019 Ram 1500

Purchased the Air Force 1 through trailer. Great price, sales staff very knowledgeable, and technical support assisted me with installation. I would highly recommend etrailer. 613790



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2014 Cadillac SRX

Great supplement braking system! After the initial installation, no setup to tow other than hooking up the air line between your coach and the tow car. ETrailer ships fast! 583267



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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Great breaking system , I installed the unit on my 2016 Equinox ,and our new 2018 Tiffin Phaeton.Most dealers don't want to cut into the Coach air system ,hey grow a pair it's no big deal . They just want to sell you the big clunky box then you have to deal with that . Air Force 1 just disconnect jump in , throw a switch and go . Recommend to all . 580338



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2007 Honda CR-V

Excellent products, shipped as promised and arrived on time. I have installed all the products. Although it took me longer then a professional installer, I had little to no issues. The online installation videos for all the parts (which were attached to the online order status sheet) made it extremely easy to install. The videos were of a professional actually installing the equipment step by step. etrailer.com has a customer for life. 508326



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2012 Ford Focus

The kit came complete and instructions are clear and very helpful. I did need to call before buying to ask a couple of questions and received extremely knowledgeable and courteous advice that helped make my decision easy. Thanks so much for your product and support. 289217


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Thanks for the follow up letter. We have only towed the vehicle twice for very short distances since installing it but will be going full time on the road in another week and a half and will put it to the test then.

Ron - 10/27/2017

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2018 Ford F-150

Very happy with etrailer for the purchase of a Blue Ox tow bar with needed hook ups for lights, etc and an Air Force One Brake system for my 2018 F150. Crystal did a great job of comparing options and matching pricing from across the web. She offered free installation. The Installer, Shane was awesome, I wanted all hookups hidden by the front plate on the F150 when not towing, Shane came through and then some. Finally, the manager Robert was excellent on follow-up as we had some air leak once we got home. etrailer stood behind everything and follow was exceptional. Very pleased! 553768



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2012 Saturn Relay

"Out of sight, out of mind" would be the best description I could offer for the Air Force One supplemental braking system! When properly installed, it's effective as well as quick and easy to hook up. Connect the tow bar, safety cables, safety switch cable, tow plug and air line, you're done! Five minutes at most. I did add a couple of features to my towing system: 1. Using a relay and the extra wire in the connector to the coach, I installed the LED indicator strip on the dash of the coach; no need to rely on the back-up camera to verify operation of the brake cylinder. Coaches that have a tow connector are usually equipped with a power wire to the cab for electric brakes - this wire is a good way to get the indicator signal to the front of the motorhome. 2. I used the 12 V power connection from the coach to connect a charging wire to the car battery to ensure it would not discharge; I used an auto-resetting breaker with a rating below the glass fuse in the 12 V circuit to prevent a fuse from blowing if the charge current gets to high. In all, a great investment! I have an article I wrote on the install if anyone is interested. 598284



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Jeep Wrangler

Hello I would like to take the time to review these products so that other customers will have some level of comfort with their purchases. I all started a year ago after the purchase of our new Allegro bus motorhome. We realized that we would need a tow vehicle to really enjoy the motorhome vacation experience. After a little research on the internet and from other motorhome magazines , we decided on a jeep wrangler for the towed vehicle. Never have towed a jeep, I contacted etrailer and they made some recommendations. At the time I didn't know if I would need all the stuff they recommended, but with a policy I could return what I didn't need. Well they were spot on I needed it all. I must say after towing 12000 miles from Ca to Yellowstone and then on to Red Bay Alabama, and back to California this equipment has performed perfectly . I am glad I found etrailer and talked to one of their salespeople and that they had the knowledge to recommend the accessories so I could install them myself and enjoy the journey and do it safely. After talking to many fellow rv owners they told me that I had bought the best equipment possible, I told them I would like to take the credit, but honestly I just purchased what was recommended by etrailer. 2018 Allego Bus 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon SMI Air Force One Blue Ox Base Plate Blue Ox Hitch Reciver stabilizer .( A must have accessory, stops the rattle of the hitch) Blue ox tow bar ( Aventi 10000 lb hitch) I hope this review helps, and makes you trip a safe one. I know that when we pull out of the campground this equipment makes us feel safe. It is just nice knowing that everything works to make it as easy as possible to hook up and disconnect the toad. 577942



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2014 Mini Clubman

Great product. I did the coach side install, my local shop did the tow car install. A tight fit under the hood of a Mini Cooper but it worked great. Had a minor problem with the vacuum check valve failing, but SMI was great about sending a replacement to me. (there was some sort of gap on getting registered due to purchasing this from etrailer) Also had to wait longer than I expected to recieved this product.. no doubt was shipped to order to etrailer, then to me... instead of from stock. 372143



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I consider myself an average driveway mechanic. Give me a good set of instructions and the right tools and I'll tackle just about any project. But to make sure you don't get the wrong idea, I don't do mechanic work for a living, it's just a hobby. Having said that, the SMI Air force One installation was reasonably straightforward with the exception of the coach air tank assembly. I have a 2005 Itasca Meridian 34 foot DP, and I had a heck of a time finding a space large enough to hang to the tank assembly on the under carriage. Even so, I had to add a brass fitting or two to change routing of the air lines for clearance. After the tank assembly was installed, I fired up the diesel and discovered that my air system would not hold pressure. So I crawled back underneath the motor home and found that I hadn't firmly seated one of the air lines to the tank assembly. Once I reseated the air line, the pressure held steady. I found the instructions to be very helpful, just bear in mind that installations on different brands of coaches may require some ingenuity to make things fit. Personally, I found it took more time to install the equipment in my car than it did on the motorhome. Finding a place to install the operating unit and hoses so they would not interfere with normal engine maintenance takes a lot of thought. Also finding a route from the passenger compartment to the engine compartment is a definite challenge. All in all, the instructions are complete, but it's still a lot of work. If you don't like puzzles, trial and error, and being a contortionist, I would leave the install to the professionals. But if you don't mind bending your body like a pretzel and are handy with tools, go for it. And don't be afraid to call SMI or e-trailer for help. 237647



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2016 GMC Canyon

Vehicle 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel. Installation of the SMI Air Force One supplementary braking system was not too difficult. The instructions from SMI were good as was the video from etrailer. The only reason that I didn't give it a 5 star is because the air cylinder installation on the brake pedal was complicated by an unusual shape of the brake pedal arm. I eventually found a solution. Tapping into the truck's vacuum line was a little difficult but the kit included everything I needed to T into the vacuum line and install the check valves. All in all not a bad installation, this summer we'll see how it holds up. 371137



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2016 Jeep Wrangler

SMI Air Force One was the choice I made when we outfitted our 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited last year. I can honestly say, without any hesitation,...this was the best choice ever. The installation was very straight forward. I was reluctant to cut my coaches brake lines...but the technicians at SMI were very helpful. I emailed them a picture of the brake lines that I had identified per the instructions, and wrapped a piece of colored electrical tape around the lines to identify them. The SMI techs wrote back within 20 minutes and confirmed that I had correctly chosen the correct air lines for splicing into. The fittings where a breeze to install. The system has performed flawlessly...and it works so well ---- if it weren't for a video camera view on my dash...I wouldn't even know the Jeep was back there. When I go to hook and unhook the Jeep. I keep my components in a canvas bag. It contains my Safety cables for the tow bar, lighting umbilical, and the two SMI parts...a coiled quick connect air line, and a safety breakaway cable. The other components of the system stay in place...no lugging them around. They are totally out of sight. If you have a coach with Air Brakes...this, in my opinion, is the best thing going. Proportional braking...directly metered by your coaches signal line. The system is robust...and includes it's own ping tank, and D.O.T. approved metering valve. I feel it's the safest...and best performing braking system built for a towed vehicle PERIOD. 392190



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Delivered quickly and in good order. Adam was most helpful. 655979



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Price was good. Easy to install and video was a huge help. 644021



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2014 Jeep Wrangler

Just finished a 10,000 mile trip trailering a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with Air Force One braking system and we are very satisfied with the product. No issues or failures and once installed, it is very easy to use. We can connect and disconnect from the Air Force One and our Blue Ox towing system in 2-3 minutes. 642897



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2017 Jeep Wrangler

SM99243 Review: I have a 2017 Jeep Wrangler and needed a way to hook it up to my 1991 Hawkins Diesel Pusher Motorhome. The etrailer staff was very helpful in helping me purchase the correct system. I purchased this system because it seemed to make the most sense. Once installed it is seamless. Nothing in the way, works every time. The indication LED is handy if you have a back-up camera on your MH. I use the RM-521448-5 Base Plate and the RM-676 Nighthawk Tow Bar. 5 Stars! 635931



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Chevrolet Silverado

The dealer I bought my motorhome from in Massachusetts wouldn't install the AF1 because it required tapping into the MH's airlines. Was traveling to Maryland and couldn't find an RV dealer there to install it either. Finally found a service center outside Gettysburg, PA who was willing to install and had a technician who had previously done several units. Installation went without a hitch. Have traveled down the east coast to Florida, across south to New Mexico then north to Wyoming. Trip has included the mountains in New Mexico and Colorado. Have had no issues with the AF1 and seems to do its job well. I like that I don't have anything to disconnect and store inside my toad like you have to with other designs. I don't even know it's there. SMI should consider finding a way to attach the dust covers for the vehicle connections to the chord as I've almost lost them a couple times. I do have to reposition the LED lights attached to the rear view mirror of the toad because the backup camera on my MH doesn't show that far up on my toad (2001 Chevy Silverado). Will likely move them down on to the dash itself or see if I can adjust the camera. All in all, I'm very satisfied with system. 635826



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Nissan Xterra

I have used various “Toad” brake systems over the years and some things do get better. Having a coach with an air braking system makes these the most logical and reliable available. This unit is my second installation and being used for a “second” vehicle (an offroad Xterra) that will be towed on Northern journeys where the roads are rough and unpredictable. Lauds to the folks at etrailer.com for their assistance and great service! 615237



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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

Pulled entire length of route 66 and then some. We had absolutely no issues with all of our etrailer equipment. Thanks for all of your help. 601732



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2017 Ford C-Max

Airforce One is ideal for a vehicle being towed behind a diesel pusher. Once installed, you don't have to make any changes or move any equipment when towing. All the components were packaged and shipped in good condition. The installation was challenging, but went well using the videos from etrailer.com along with the packaged installation documents. The videos were more helpful. Thank you. I would recommend etrailer.com because the website was helpful, the ordering process was easy, and the equipment came in when expected. 597465



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As always, perfect service. 590968



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We really like this tow bar and Air Force One. This product is easy to hook up. The service at your facility is the best and thank you again for installing everything and allowing us to stay overnight on your property. I tell everyone where to buy RV products. GREAT COMPANY THAT KNOWS HOW TO ASSIST CUSTOMERS AND CARRIES ITEMS THAT RVERS NEED AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. I WOULD RECOMEND YOUR COMPANY TO EVERYONE. THANK YOU! 588412



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2019 GMC Acadia

Perfect! 588232



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Ram 3500

I purchased an Smi Air Force One braking system from eTrailer last year. They had great pricing on the unit and offered FREE installation, which I found nowhere else. There tech did an excellent job on the installation on my Chevy Colorado pickup. I can now legally tow my truck which is over 3500 lbs., and notice a big difference when braking hard. I can no longer feel the truck pushing me. The AF One is a proportional braking system that works off of the air pressure applied on the coach brakes. It has worked flawlessly. Truck brakes are only applied when the coach brakes are applied and not on long grades where the compression brake on my Alegro Bus is engaged. This saves on the truck brakes. 582941



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2006 Chrysler Pacifica

Perfect product. Brenden was knowledgeable, helpful and his follow up was fantastic. Thank you so much. I love dealing with this company. They put the customer first! Thanks again Brenden- great job. 546328



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2010 Honda CR-V

I installed this unit onto my 2010 Honda CRV. I did this installation at home. The directions that were supplied were very easy to follow. The operating unit fit over the main fuse panel out of the way. A very neat and tidy package. I used Vancouver Axel &Frame to install the air components onto my 38ft. diesel pusher. This system has worked very well over several thousand kilometers. I have recommended this system to other owners. Very pleased with system and your support. 481006



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called looking for braking system for tow vehicle. etrailer representative was very helpful in knowing what I was interested in. Very professional help, the order was placed and the product was delivered in a very timely fashion. I would recommend etrailer products to anyone. 480733



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Best brake system I ever bought! Takes seconds to hook up. There’s no need for another device on the dash inside the motorhome. I wish I had bought this years ago. 471893


Comments

Its working great! We did have to replace part of the system last spring the part that attaches to the break pedal but I still like the system and its ease of use.

Donald D - 02/01/2019

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Reason for purchase. Reduced price and quick delivery. 463405



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If your RV has an air brake system this is the only way to go. I researched for days, which way to go with the braking system. After talking to Chris W. at etrailer I decided to go with the SMI Air Force One. It's very compact and out of the way. Thank you Chris W. for giving me all the information I needed..... You guys are the best at etrailer. Adrien A 460945



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2007 Nissan Frontier

The service from etrailer was fast and reliable. The SMI Air Force One is a very good system and installation was pretty straightforward. The only problem that I had was mounting the actuator to the firewall. My firewall is made up of two thin layers of sheet metal with a little spacing between the two layers. To me, only using a self-taping screw through one layer of metal wouldn't last long. Unfortunately, I could not drill a hole through both layers of sheet metal to install a bolt through the firewall due to the fact that I would have drilled directly into part of the steering mechanism in the engine compartment. Therefore, I ended up drilling a large hole through the first layer of sheet metal only and then using a small toggle bolt to hold the anchor to the firewall. Once installed, the system works perfectly! 447887



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Have used e trailer three times, they have a price match of 110%. Got refund next business day on every items. Great consumer service and products. 443697



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2010 Honda Ridgeline

SMI Airforce one brake system is fantastic. I installed myself direction and kit was first class with everything I needed in the kit. The system performs as advertised and makes flat towing very easy. I just ordered and installed a 2nd vehicle kit so I have my choice of vehicles to be towed. etrailer was the most reasonable and their on line videos were a great help along with their sales associated. I would strongly recommend both E trailer and SMI for your RV needs. 427558



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Received my towbar, Airforce One and lighting kit in less than a week! Great videos and knowledgeable people, can't wait to get everything installed this week and get on the road. Thanks Susan and George for such a wonderful experience. 420897



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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Installed myself no problems. Works gre at. 411235



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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Timely delivery, excellent product with support information available as needed. Used video to support step by step installation and all went well. Used the braking system recently on a multi-state two week trip and worked perfectly. 402403


Comments

The products continue to perform very well! I appreciate you reaching out and checking on it! Thank you!

Sue - 07/09/2018

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2002 Chevrolet Suburban

After 1 year of use of the SMI Air Force One braking system I can say I am very happy with this purchase. The only two problems I have had is the air hose disconnecting from the vehicle side, however this is most likely caused by the grill of my Suburban vibrating against the connection. (Just a heads up to those installing. You may need to shave a curved section of the grill to keep this from happeneing to you). Also, the LED brake indicator is not that visible via the rear view camera from my motorhome. Other than that, this is a very fine system, which I would highly recommend. 391687



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2008 Honda Accord

Item arrived in a timely manner. Not installed yet but this has a good reputation. Most if not all of the other brake systems for a toad do not use vacuum assist and for my Accord it is nearly impossible to have braking power without the vacuum. And when you see someone use 'break' for 'brake' give them a virtual dope slap! 380045



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2015 Ford Focus

IMO this system is the best you can buy. Once installed its out of the way no muss or fuss. Installation is best left to professionals unless you have a knowledge of air braking systems. It has worked flawlessly and I would not hesitate to purchase this unit again 380036


Comments

No issues and works perfectly. My only problem was seeing the LED indictor light that mount to the RV mirror. Its difficult to see in the Rear camera.

Richard - 05/13/2018

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If you are interested, SMI offers a separate wireless transmitter # SM99945
SMI CoachLink 900 Wireless Transmitter and Receiver Braking Indicator Set
$229.95
. This will connect to the towed vehicle braking system and has a monitor that plugs into the 12-V outlet in your motorhome.

-- Rachael H - 5/14/2018


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Excellent set up. 378906



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No issues 369380



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After having the Stay-IN-Play for a few weeks in the box a light went off in my head, wrong system. I called etrailer for a return to get the Air Force One because I have air brakes. The return went well and had my new SMI Air Force One in about a week. This is a great system if your coach has air brakes, love it. EZ hook up. 331969



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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Great website, simple to use, I can get excellent explanations about the products, video helps, easy to shop and easy to decide, but best of all- unbeatable prices!!! 326705



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2012 Chevrolet Silverado

The SMI Air Force One kit arrived as expected and I will install soon. After watching the videos on installation, I'm satisfied the system will work as advertised. 326513


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HAPPY HAPPY

Norm - 12/19/2017

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I am thoroughly impressed with etrailer and their personnel. I placed an order for one of their products. Their response was timely. The correspondence has been great and the prices are reasonable. The product arrived when they said it would and their follow up to make certain I am satisfied has been second to none. I will definitely shop with them again and will recommend them to all who aree in need of their products. Great job, etrailer! 318342



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I researched extensively before purchasing this supplemental braking system. SMI Air Force One was rated very high. The perforance has exceeded my expectations. 317952



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To whom it may concern, I must compliment Jennifer S. for her professionalism, knowledge and diligence, explaining the product and finally shipping on time. If the product is half as good as the service I received. We will let you know how the product works after instillation. Regards, David Cohen 315790



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2013 Dodge Durango

I purchased a Blue Ox base plate, Air Force One braking system, and a light kit for my 2013 Durango. I could have not asked for an easier process with selecting and ordering, also the tutorials and videos were a great help in determining what was the best system for me . Everything arrived as planned and in great condition. This is not my first time using etrailer.com and my prior experience was equally good. 308970


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After using the items I reviewed, about 6,000 miles, I am more than satisfied. The towing setup is easy to hook up and unhook and the braking system is second to none. All of the installation was completed by myself and a friend, both of us have a technical background him more than me and we found the videos of the installation extremely helpful.Thank you for following up and providing excellent products as well as support services.

Ken G - 10/23/2017

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

I have the AF1 Installed on my 2015 Jeep Trailhawk. Since installing it along with a Blue OX tow bar, have had no problems and has worked flawlessly. Easy to hook up takes about 5 minutes from start to finish including hooking up the jeep start to finish. I would highly recommend the AF1. It's out of sight and easy to connect and disconnect. 288130


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  • Recommended Parts to Flat Tow a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Aftermarket D Ring Mounts
  • To flat tow your 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited you will need a Tow Bar, Safety Cables, a Base Plate Kit, Lighting, a Supplemental Braking System, and possibly a High-Low adapter. For a tow bar I recommend going with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 # RM-520. This tow bar has a weight rating of 6,000 lbs and features arms that adjust individually for easy hook up and disconnect. Safety Cables that go great with this tow bar and are also rated for 6,000 lbs are the Roadmaster part # RM-643 which...
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  • How to Move SMI Air Force One Braking System to New Vehicle
  • To use your existing SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System # SM99243 in your new vehicle all you need is the Replacement Towed Vehicle Installation Kit # SM99226. This kit includes the installation hardware you need for just the towed vehicle side of your setup so you can move the system over to your new vehicle.
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  • Flat Towing Setup for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler with a Lift
  • If the aftermarket bumper on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler has the 1 inch D-Ring bumper mounts, which it looks like it does, then you can use the Adapter for Jeep D-Ring Bumper Mounts # RM-035-1 which is compatible with the Roadmaster tow bar like the Sterling # RM-576. You can determine if these adapters are compatible by measuring the thickness of the D-Ring mounts. If they are 1 inch thick then these will work great! A complete flat towing setup includes a Tow Bar, Base Plate Kit, Safety...
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  • Availability of SMI Air Force One Kit for Just the Towed Vehicle Side
  • For just the vehicle side of the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 what you need is the Second Vehicle Kit # SM99209. This comes with just the components that install on the towed vehicle.
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  • Parts Recommendation to Flat Tow 2019 GMC Canyon Denali
  • There are a number of parts needed in order to flat tow your 2019 GMC Canyon Denali, which I'll list for you: - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-4 - Tow Bar: Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 - Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch # RM-766 (Please note this cannot be used if cannot be used if your Canyon is diesel or has dual batteries,...
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  • Parts Required to Flat Tow 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite
  • There are a number of parts needed in order to flat tow your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite, which I will list for you: - Base Plate Kit: Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9519340 (so long as your transfer case has a "Neutral" option) - Tow Bar: Demco Commander Non-Binding Tow Bar # DM9511010 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 - Supplemental Braking System: SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System # SM99251 OR if your motorhome...
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  • Replacement Actuating Cylinder for SMI Supplemental Braking Systems
  • I believe you are referring to the actuating cylinder and there are replacements available, depending on which SMI system you have. For the SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System for Motor Homes with Air Brakes # SM99243 you need the Replacement Duo Actuating Cylinder for SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System # DM6210. If you have the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System # SM99251 you need the Replacement Duo Actuating Cylinder for SMI Stay-IN-Play Supplemental...
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  • Should SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251 be Replaced with SMI Air Force One # SM99243 for New RV
  • Both the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251 and the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 are great supplemental braking systems that are very popular and have received many 5 star reviews from our customers. The only real difference between these systems is that the Stay-IN-Play DUO is activated by electrical and inertia sensors whereas the Air Force One is activated solely by the air braking system on your RV. The DUO will work on you deisel with air brakes but you'll likely experience false...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2014 Honda CR-V Behind Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar # BX7420 to you will need to install a baseplate kit. The kit for your vehicle that will work with the Avail is # BX2258. This is a custom design, specifically for your CR-V. To power the Honda's lights you can use the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit # RM-155. This bypasses the CR-V's wiring system so there is no splicing necessary. It works independently of the vehicle by installing additional plugs and sockets inside...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Chevy Sonic Sedan
  • I'd be happy to give you all the parts that are needed to flat tow a 2019 Chevy Sonic, though there was not an available version of an online owner's manual for a '19 Sonic I could refer to so you will want to check your copy to confirm any necessary steps you need to take before flat towing. Here are the best parts for you to flat tow your Sonic: - Base Plate Kit: Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1703 - Tow Bar: Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar # BX7420 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with D-Rings on Smittybilt Front Bumper
  • The front bumper on your 2005 Jeep Wrangler does resemble the Smittybilt XRC. If that is what you have then you actually won't need a base plate kit as you can use D-Ring adapters to flat tow your Wrangler. We have verified this with Smittybilt in the past. What you will need is either the Roadmaster 1" D-Ring Bumper Mounts # RM-035-1 or the 3/4" D-Ring Bumper Mounts # RM-035 and then a compatible tow bar like the Falcon 2 # RM-520. If you don't already have safety cables then I recommend...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport or a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • To flat tow your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport behind your RV you will need a Base Plate Kit, Tow Bar, Safety Cables, Vehicle Tow Bar Wiring, a Supplemental Braking System, and possibly a High-Low Adapter. There are a couple of great brands that we carry for all of this equipment and a lot of it depends on what kind of setup you want when it comes to the brand. The 2 dominating brands for the Base Plate and Tow Bar are Blue Ox and Roadmaster. Although they are very similar in quality I prefer...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2008 Honda CR-V Behind an RV with a Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • A free tow bar? Hard to pass up that deal! The Blue Ox base plates # BX2246 for your 2008 Honda CR-V are indeed compatible with your tow bar which appears to be the Aladdin or a version of the Alpha (# BX7365). Either way the base plates are compatible. In addition to the tow bar and base plates you will also need a lighting solution and supplemental braking. The tow bar comes with safety cables and I see them in your picture so you won't need to add any additional cables. For lighting...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System For 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4
  • For your 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4, I have the parts you need to make flat towing easy. I recommend you start with the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-3176-3 and use the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520. You will also need the safety cables # RM-645. For your wiring, I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 which will give you a clean connection at the front of your truck and allow you to use the factory wiring...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Since your 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the Neutral position you can flat tow it. To flat tow your Grand Cherokee you will need a Base Plate Kit, Tow Bar, Safety Cables, Tail Light Wiring Kit, a Supplemental Braking system, and you also might need a High-Low Adapter. The base plate kit that I recommend is the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1411-2. The great thing about this kit is that is has removable arms which will give the front of your Jeep more of an OEM look when you are not...
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  • Is the Roadmaster 9700 System # RM-9700 Recommended for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster 9700 Portable Supplemental Braking System # RM-9700 is a very good Supplemental Braking System option that will serve you well while flat towing your 2015 Jeep Wrangler. The main reason that some people choose to not use a portable towing system like the 9700 is because they do not want to store it or have to install it every time they get ready to flat tow. For people that have this viewpoint (and if you would rather not have to do that) we recommend a permanent install...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Behind a Winnebago RV
  • All in one packages for flat towing are coming soon but in the mean time I can tell you all of the individual parts you will need to flat tow your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport. It is a lot of information to go through so don't hesitate to ask any follow-up questions. The first thing you will need is a set of base plates. The base plates will mount to the front of your Jeep and provide a safe and proper attachment point for a tow bar. Since your Jeep has the standard bumper you can use Roadmaster...
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  • Recommend Flat Towing Components for 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • Demco Tabless base plate kit # DM9519340 is a great starting point for your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk's flat towing setup so long as the Jeep has factory tow hooks and a transfer case with a neutral position. With it the Demco Dominator Non-Binding Tow Bar # DM9511008 is an excellent choice for convenient hookup and maintaining a clean appearance on the Jeep. Since the Dominator includes safety cables and an adjustable head you save on the separate cost of safety cables and also a high-low...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System for 2016 Ram 4WD Behind Motorhome with Air Brakes
  • Your 2016 Ram 1500 4WD EcoDiesel is towable without any speed or distance restrictions. Page 714 of the online manual for the 2016 Ram 1500 says that the 4WD with automatic transmission can be flat towed if you follow the guidelines spelled out in the manual. Automatic transmission trucks should be shifted into PARK and the transfer case shifted into NEUTRAL. Pages 714 through 722 detail the procedures required. For your towing, I recommend we start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • For your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk I recommend the Blue OX Base Plate Kit # BX1136. All base plates for your Cherokee will require about the same amount of trimming. I've attached a video of the install on a 2015 Cherokee you may find helpful. You should know that your vehicle may have Mortorq fasteners that require a special bit from Snap-On to remove. I recommend going with the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 for your supplemental braking system. The wireless systems will work but...
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  • Will Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller work for RV?
  • The Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 is an excellent choice to tow any trailer that has between 1 to 3 axles (6 brake assemblies). The main feature is the control knob that mounts in dash or other easily accessible area, it allows for fast and easy adjustment of braking power with a turn of the dial. I checked with the manufacturer to see if this unit will work with an RV with air brakes. The best answer that we received was, the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer...
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  • Recommended Equipment to Flat Tow 2017 Cadillac Escalade 4WD with RV That Has Air Brakes
  • Flat towing a vehicle behind an RV requires a few items, including base plates, a tow bar and a braking system among others. These and all other items for safe and legal flat towing are outlined in the linked article. To flat tow a 4WD Escalade it must have a 2-speed transfer case that has both Neutral and 4WD Low settings. Blue Ox base plate kit # BX1716 is a good choice for your 4WD. Our in-house installers like the Blue Ox gear. For a tow bar I suggest their Alpha # BX7365 which includes...
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