SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional
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SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional

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Get automatic, proportional braking with a system that never has to be removed, replaced, or reset. The DUO activates when your RV's brake lights go on and an inertia sensor in the towed car detects deceleration. No false braking. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar braking systems from SMI. SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional part number SM99251 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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SMI Tow Bar Braking Systems - SM99251

Get automatic, proportional braking with a system that never has to be removed, replaced, or reset. The DUO activates when your RV's brake lights go on and an inertia sensor in the towed car detects deceleration. No false braking.


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
  • Inertia sensor detects deceleration and signals system to activate brake pedal with proportionate amount of pressure
  • No false braking
    • Coach brake light must be on for system to activate towed car's brakes
  • Sensitivity control on the inertia sensor lets you regulate how aggressively the towed car's brakes activate
  • 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 driving
    • Inertia sensor mounts in the cab of the vehicle
    • System automatically functions when towed vehicle is hitched 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 pump restores towed car's vacuum after each braking event
    • 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
  • Necessary installation components and instructions included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Operating unit dimensions: 8" long x 5" wide x 2-1/4" tall
  • 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, Proportional Braking

There are many supplemental braking systems available to RV owners who choose to tow a car. Stay-IN-Play DUO combines the best features into a single system that is both automatic and fully proportional. This system relies not only on your towed car's momentum to activate, but also on your RV's brake light signal. As a result, the DUO will automatically activate any time you engage your RV's brakes, so long as there is enough deceleration for the system to detect. And when it does activate, your towed car's brakes will engage with an intensity that matches the slowing or stopping action of your RV.


An inertia-sensing mercury switch inside the DUO's controller is what makes this system proportional. This switch reads and interprets changes in forward momentum that occur when your towing setup decelerates. As your RV and car slow down, this switch sends a signal to activate your towed vehicle's brake pedal with an intensity that matches the deceleration of your RV. The result is even braking across your towing setup. Whether you lightly tap the brakes in your RV or apply them hard in a panic situation, your towed car's brakes will be applied proportionately.


Dual Activation Signals

G Force Controller

The G-Force controller is responsible for sending the signal that activates the brakes in your towed car. When the coach brake lights come on, the tow bar wiring sends a signal to this controller. This signal powers the internal, inertia-sensing mercury switch, enabling it to detect deceleration. If a change in forward momentum is detected, the G-Force controller initiates the braking process by sending an activation signal to the system's operating unit.


If the mercury switch is powered but there is no change in momentum, the system will not activate the towed car's brakes. Likewise, if a decrease in forward momentum occurs but there is no brake light signal from the RV, the inertia sensor will not be able to register the deceleration, and the system will not activate the towed car's brakes.


Because the DUO will not work without your RV brakes being applied, there is no false braking. When you downshift in your RV without applying the brakes, the DUO will not mistakenly depress your towed car's brake pedal because that first activation signal is not there. And because there is no time delay, this proportional system delivers instant braking in an emergency.


Note: The G-Force controller mounts in the towed car and must be pointed it in the direction of travel - with the toggle switch facing the rear of your vehicle - for the internal sensor to function properly.


Sensitivity Adjustment

You can adjust the sensitivity of the inertia-sensing mercury switch with a knob on the front of the G-Force controller. Adjusting the sensitivity lets you decide how intense the change in momentum must be for the sensor to respond. Adjust it to fit your personal preference so that you can get a customized braking experience. Set the sensitivity low and the DUO will only respond when you forcibly step on your RV's brake pedal. Set the sensitivity high and it will respond when you merely tap your RV's brakes.


To fine-tune the sensitivity, first move the knob all the way to its most sensitive setting. From there, you can apply the coach brakes and gradually move the knob until you get the setting right where you want it. You only need to set the sensitivity upon initial setup.


Permanent Installation with Concealed Components

Operating Unit

The operating unit receives the signal from the G-Force controller to activate. It then delivers air through a hose to the actuating cylinder, which depresses the towed car's brake pedal with a pressure that ensures your car will brake in proportion to the deceleration of your RV.


DUO Under Hood

Once you install the Stay-IN-Play DUO's operating unit under the hood of your towed vehicle, it stays concealed. Not only will it be installed and ready for the next time you want to tow your car, but it will also be out of the way so that you won't notice it when you drive your car normally. In addition, there is no need to constantly set up or remove this system. As a result, you don't need to worry about where to store the components when you're not towing.


Actuating Cylinder

Small Cylinder

The actuating cylinder depresses your towed car's brake pedal upon receiving air 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.


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.


The Stay-IN-Play DUO's operating unit ties into your car's vacuum line and uses a built-in vacuum pump to activate the vacuum-assist function of your car's brakes when it's being towed. As a result, the actuating cylinder of the Stay-IN-Play DUO does not need to apply extreme force to the brake pedal to achieve proper braking. The Stay-IN-Play DUO 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

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. The Stay-IN-Play DUO'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.


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 illuminate when its engine is off, then a stop light switch kit (sold separately) is required for proper notification.


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.



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This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2019 Ram 1500

2011 - 2011 Mazda 2

2012 - 2014 Chrysler 200

1995 - 1997 Nissan 200SX

1989 - 1989 Nissan 240SX

2010 - 2012 Ram 2500

1980 - 1983 Datsun 280ZX

2004 - 2013 Mazda 3

1993 - 2003 BMW 3 Series

1991 - 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT

2007 - 2007 Chrysler 300C

1999 - 2004 Chrysler 300M

1984 - 1984 Datsun 300ZX

1990 - 1994 Mazda 323

2010 - 2012 Ram 3500

2013 - 2018 Nissan 370z

1984 - 2019 Toyota 4Runner

2006 - 2012 Mazda 5

2012 - 2019 Fiat 500

2014 - 2016 Fiat 500L

2006 - 2008 Mazda 6

1983 - 1989 Dodge 600

1986 - 1997 Mazda 626

1993 - 1994 Oldsmobile 88

2007 - 2019 GMC Acadia

2017 - 2017 GMC Acadia Limited

1995 - 2019 Hyundai Accent

1990 - 1995 Plymouth Acclaim

1981 - 2019 Honda Accord

1992 - 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva

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Video of SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional


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




Video Transcript for Best Tow Bar Brake System Options

Today, we're going to take a look at the best tow bar braking systems.Here, we're going to have the Demco Air Force One. Here we have Demco Stay-IN-Play Duo . This one is going to be Roadmaster's InvisiBrake, and here we're going to have the Blue Ox Patriot II. Let's talk about some of the differences between these.With our Blue Ox Patriot II, the nice thing about it is it's portable. We can switch it between vehicles if we have multiple vehicles that we tow. You just set it in the floorboard of your driver's seat, you adjust your seat up to the back of it.

You're going to mount this side to the pedal. You have a screen that mounts in your RV, plugs into a 12 volt outlet there, and it reads a wireless signal to tell the braking system when you're applying the brake in the RV.This braking system is also going to require 12 volt power. Now, if your vehicle requires a battery shut off, it will require a 12 volt power outlet, which can found here at eTrailer.com and will need to get wired directly to the positive side of the battery.The downfall of this is, when you take it out or when you stop and you're wanting to drive your vehicle, this has to be removed. You have to find somewhere to store it. Second, your breakaway switch, this has to have a mounting location on each vehicle that you are using the Patriot in.

So anytime you move this to a different car, you're going to have to unbolt it, have a mounting location on the other vehicle that you install this. The difference between these three and our Blue Ox Patriot II is these are going to be a more permanent installation.Now, the difference between our InvisiBrake and our Stay-IN-Play Duo and our Air Force One, is the InvisiBrake has to be mounted inside the vehicle. We're going to have a monitor light that gets mounted in the RV, so we're going to have to run a wire from our 7 volt plug up to the front of the RV. We're going to have to drill a hole in our dash in the RV to mount this light. It's going to tell us when our braking system is activated or being applied in our towed vehicle.With this one, there's a lot more involved with installing it.

This actuator here or this cylinder has to be mounted somewhere under the seat. You're going to have a wire that runs through here that cannot be bound up. It has to make a big loop. This one, in my opinion, is a little bit more difficult to install.Our Stay-IN-Play Duo can work with electric brakes, or air brakes, on our RV. It can be mounted anywhere on the vehicle, inside or out.

There's no pulley system. An actuator arm applies the brakes in your towed vehicle. With both the InvisaBrake and the Stay-IN-Play Duo, you have to tap into the vacuum line on your towed vehicle in order to allow the unit to apply the brakes. This goes for the Air Force One also.Now, the difference between our Air Force One and the InvisaBrake and Stay-IN-Play Duo is the Air Force One requires you to have an RV with air brakes. Now, if your RV has air brakes on it, the Air Force One is a great system. The tank here, this section, is going to mount on the RV and it's going to tie into your air brake system on your RV. You're going to have an air line that you're going to run to the back of the RV, hook it into an L bracket on an air fitting. The rest of this, here, is going to mount in your towed vehicle.Now, all of our braking systems are going to be proportional braking systems, which means, when you apply the brake in the RV, it's going to match that amount of pressure and apply it to your towed vehicle as it's being flat towed. The Air Force One is going to be a true proportional system. What I mean by that is, is because it's tied into the air brakes on the RV, when you apply the brake in the RV that air pressure is sent from the RV through to your towed vehicle and applies that same amount of pressure on your towed vehicle.With our Stay-IN-Play Duo and our InvisiBrake, they're going to work off an inertia center. It's going to get an electric signal from our brake lights, in turn, activating our operating unit, drawing air from our brake system in our towed vehicle, in turn, applying the brakes.With our InvisiBrake and our Stay-IN-Play Duo, we're going to have a sensitivity setting that we can adjust the amount of pressure being applied to our brake in our towed vehicle. With our Air Force One, we don't have that adjustability. It is working directly off the air pressure from the RV.Another difference between our three permanent braking systems here is, with our Air Force One and our Stay-IN-Play Duo, you have an actuator. This part gets mounted to your firewall and this part gets mounted to your brake pedal arm. You have an air line tube that comes in here that activates, fills the cylinder up with air pressure, in turn, applies the brake pedal.With our InvisiBrake, we're not going to have an actuator that we mount to the brake pedal arm. You're going to have this pulley that mounts to the firewall, this wire. You're going to have a bracket that mounts in between the two nuts and mounts right on the top of your brake pedal on the brake pedal arm. Another difference between our Stay-IN-Play and our InvisiBrake is with our Stay-IN-Play Duo, you can turn it off and on, where InvisiBrake, it stays on all the time.Now, all three of these are going to have indicator lights. As I mentioned before, this indicator light has to be run up through the front and mounted on the dash of the RV. With our Stay-IN-Play Duo and our Air Force One, our indicator lights are going to be LED lights and they're going to mount either on the rear view mirror or somewhere on the dash of our towed vehicle.All of them are going to have breakaway switches, which is this switch right here. What this switch is used for, it's used in emergency situations. If your towed vehicle comes detached from your RV, this pin is pulled out and it applies the brake in your towed vehicle. Each one of these braking systems is going to require 12 volt power to operate.In summary, as far as ease of installation, I'm going to give that to the Blue Ox Patriot II because it's more of a universal unit that can be switched between vehicles. As far as versatility, I'll have to give that to the Stay-IN-Play Duo, the InvisiBrake, and the Blue Ox because it can be used with air brakes or without. As far as adaptability, I'll have to give that to the Stay-IN-Play Duo and the Air Force One because they can be mounted anywhere on the vehicle. As far as my personal opinion, I would go with the Stay-IN-Play Duo because it can be used with either air brakes or without and can be mounted anywhere on the vehicle.And that'll do it for a look at the best tow bar braking systems.


Customer Reviews

SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional - SM99251

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (84 Customer Reviews)

Get automatic, proportional braking with a system that never has to be removed, replaced, or reset. The DUO activates when your RV's brake lights go on and an inertia sensor in the towed car detects deceleration. No false braking.

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As a result of changing motorhomes, we had to switch from an Air Force One breaking unit to a Stay ñ Play Duo. Thanks to the video provided? by etrailer.com, the change over was VERY EASY. We really like how the new system works. Setup is so straight forward. Thanks etrailer for all your support. 639931



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I have found a couple of things I am not pleased with. First is the toad vehicle it kills the battery. My dummy key is on the on- position not in accessory position. The second is led lights when brakes are applied in this Arizona sun you cannot see them, at night they are fine. 604938



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2017 Ford Focus

My order from etrailer arrived already today, Saturday! I only placed the order on Wednesday. The website was so user friendly and easy to navigate in helping me find the correct products to purchase to make my vehicle flat towable. When I forgot a very important, albeit small item, I called the 800 number. Preston helped me cancel my original order and then duplicate it, adding the new item to my order so that I would not have to pay for separate shipping. I'm looking forward to having the whole system installed and using it to tow my car with my Class C RV. I would definitely order from etrailer again with all confidence. 562939



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2004 Honda CR-V

Had I not gotten a DVD from someone else, where the install was thoroughly demonstrated, the written install instructions would not have been enough to do the job. Needs better instructions for installation. Have not tried the new SMI Duo yet but have heard good things about it. 517258


Comments

On the product page, whe have numerous product installation videos that will give you a good idea of what the installation will involve.

-- Mike L - 06/05/2018

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2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Easily installed this product myself in about6 hours. This braking system has worked extremely well for me, after using it for over 12000 kilometres, including two trips from Canada to Arizona and then California. Only takes a few seconds to set up , then tow safely. Fully recommend this product, as it gets put in place once, then it is always ready. No need to assemble or remove anything for normal driving operation. 572173



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2015 Jeep Wrangler

I was a little intimidated by all the parts and different components of installing this product myself, but I decided to give it a try on my 2015 Jeep Wrangler. I did the installation in my garage with just basic hand tools and a cordless drill. I watched the videos from etrailer on different installation applications and then used the written instructions as a guide. The compete install took me about 5 hours and wasn't too bad for someone with average mechanical skills. The only problem I encountered was when attaching the clip for the cable on the brake pedal solenoid to the firewall. The self-tapping screw included with the kit did not hold the clip in place so I had to use a bolt through the firewall with a nut and washer. Ordering and pricing through etrailer was excellent and Heather at the order desk was very knowledgeable and professional. I received my order very quickly (3 days) and I will definitely order from etrailer in the future. 381273



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2015 Jeep Wrangler

This braking system is as easy to activate as flipping a switch. Now the installation, on the other hand, is a project! But, well worth the effort, since an alternative (non-installed) product would be cumbersome having to be positioned and stored in the vehicle. I have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler and the space in the engine compartment is rather tight. I had to fabricate a strap or two to secure the under hood equipment You need to be rather handy with tools and willing to dive in to get it done, but the results are great. The brakes of the towed vehicle apply proportionately without jerking. I did, however, by the radio transmitter-receiver to indicate that the brakes were indeed working because I found that the light supplied with the braking unit was not easily visible in the rear camera of the motorhome. I am happy with this product. 338459


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I am still very satisfied with this braking unit. Since I installed it on the Jeep, we had incurred a rather abrupt panic stop with our motorhome with the Jeep in tow, and the Jeep tracked straight with no bad events. Without the Jeep brakes in operation, I am not sure that we would have avoided a collision. Great product!

Skip A - 02/03/2018

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Jeep Wrangler

I selected the SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo system after comparing it with the Blue Ox Patriot. The SMI unit has performed as advertised...setting up for towing our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is as easy as it gets. I didn't want to deal with the hassle and uncertainty of the Blue Ox controller floor placement. After connection to our Winnebago Vista, you flip one switch, attach the LED brake indicator to your rear view mirror, do a brief light check and you'really good to go. I had only one issue that needed attention. While towing, I would intermittently blow the fuse link with the SMI controller unit in the Jeep. A quick call to SMI suggested the solution. Apparently some SMI units needed a slightly higher amp fuse due to the the initial power draw from the vacuum pump when braking. I replaced the stock fuse...15 amp if I recall...with a 20 amp and no more issues. SMI customer service is great and I'm very pleased with my decision! 345933


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Still performing as expected! 5k trip to Colorado and back. Up and down the Continental Divide with no problems. Still the best supplemental brake system for me...both in ease of activation at the RV Park and operation during the drive.

Craig G - 02/26/2018

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Not being overly mechanical I had the braking system installed in a shop. Once installed and set up you literally do not feel any difference in the amount of braking applied to stop the motor home with the toad attached. Nothing to unbolt or re-install every time you use the tow vehicle is nice. One minor complaint is that I was not advised that the wiring kit needed to wire the taillights in the toad to the motor home braking system is not included and had to stop the installation midway to go out and locate the missing item. Very pleased with this product 184591



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It wasn't easy to get everything installed in a way that looked neat and professional but in the end the ease with which you can hook up the car and start towing makes it worth it. I bought a replacement factory vacuum pump line so that I didn't have to worry about ruining the original one and as a result the installation looks that much better. Literally all I have to do is flip a switch once the car is connected and I'm ready to go. Given a second opportunity to do the installation I would mount the LED light strip vertically on the backside of the rear view mirror to make it a bit more visible but other than that, I'm happy with how it turned out and the system works great. 590065



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Jeep

Everything installed without any issues. I'm very particular so it took 2 days to complete everything. I'm sure a pro could do it much faster. Have towed the 4" lifted (and loaded) Jeep accross the Rockies about 6 times and everything is working perfectly!! Very happy camper!! 301005



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2014 Honda CR-V

I chose the DUO Stay-in-Play brake system primarily because of a review that convinced me it would be easier to install than my first choice, the Invisi-brake. The overall installation was fairly easy with the great Video that stepped you through the process specific to the 2014 Honda CR-V. There's no way to properly praise the Video. Without it I could not have done the install. There is little to offer in the way of suggestions for improvement, but there were a few moments where things were difficult. If it is possible, without great difficulty, I would suggest including instructions on how to remove the driver's seat, or at least tip it backward, so that one can access the under-dash area easily. Also, I would revise the anchor procedure for the brake actuator to use a through-the-firewall bolt with a fender washer and locking nut instead of the sheet metal screw now used. The firewall metal is just to thin on the majority of vehicles to hold for very long with these forces in play. As much trouble as it is to install this anchor one would be better off to do this right the first time. The Honda CFR-V metal was so thin the sheet metal screw stripped out immediately, requiring the use of a bolt through the firewall. Reaching such a bolt is difficult, but not impossible with the air cleaner cover removed. So far, brake adjustment has been easy and brake is functioning as expected. So long Buddy Brake! You are a good product and have served me well for about 15 years in 3 rigs, but I am tired of taking you in and out!! 271482



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2015 Jeep Wrangler

SMI Stay in Play Duo installation in 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Packaging was great with everything needed included plus extra items for various installation methods of you’re choosing. Upon initial investigation and survey, everything except the CD Information pack was accounted for. No big deal, as I had previously watched 2 different Youtube installations found on the internet. In fact, the internet videos were what I used as my step by step installation process, and the written instructions were only used for concerns where the video may not have been as clear as I had hoped for. Understanding that everyone has their own style and methods for doing this project, I purposely was not in a hurry to rush through it. All in all, I took @ 8 hours to install the Adapter 4 to 6 pole #30637, the EZMount Tow lights Kit, and the Stay in Play Duo Braking System. I choose the EZMount because I didn’t want to mess around with the OEM taillights and wiring. Magnetic lights don’t work so well on composite tops and I didn’t want to stick them to the sides of te Jeep, so I modified the EZ mount to wrap around the thickness of the rear glass hatch on both sides. I added a 2”x 4” pc of Velcro on the inside of the glass hatch and the mating surface of the plastic light housing - to hold the lamps in place until the rear gate was closed. I ran the wire harness on the inside under the trim all the way up to the front and through the grommet in the firewall. The flat 4 wire was routed and secured up to the Adapter 4 pole to 6 pole that I had fastened to the Blue Ox base plate. The actual installation of the SMI unit and assorted parts went rather smoothly. Most difficult issue was the lack of working space in front of the driver’s seat area. Installing the screw that holds the G force controller on the front (the side towards the front of the car) was difficult as it was almost a blind installation due to lack of room. The nut and fender washer used through the fire wall for attaching the air cylinder cable bracket was a challenge to reach - tight fit with not much room for one's hand and arm. Other than that, no big surprises – just a lot of tedious steps to do when you want to be sure that it is being installed properly – take your time and don’t be in a hurry. Once everything was installed – it all worked when I checked the system out. The only thing that may seem a bit odd is that when setting the G force initially, the compressor will shut off while adjusting per instructions. To do this initial adjustment, the wife stepped on the brake in the Motorhome, with the switch “On”. The compressor starts, and the brake is pushed down by the Air Cylinder, at which time I slowly adjusted the G force until the compressor shuts off. I secured the adjusting bolt and I told the wife to take her foot off the brake and then re-apply them. The compressor did not start again and the air cylinder did not apply the brakes in the Jeep. After setting the G force per instructions, the unit didn't turn on when the brakes in the Motorhome were applied - but since we were not moving - all I can assume is that the brake system will function while slowing down once the accelerometer setting (the sensitivity setting on the G force box) has been met. I assume that the sensitivity setting method includes a way to ensure the Jeep brakes are not engaged too frequently and only until needed. This is the only step that is a tad bit confusing without an explanation as to what to expect once the G force sensitivity is set. Lastly, I checked the brake away switch and it turned the compressor on and applied the brakes as expected. Overall - the installation went rather smoothly. Can't wait to see how the product works once we hit the road. I'll check back and provide an update later. 446684


Comments

Still working as expected, trouble free and no problems since the install.

Mike A - 10/23/2018

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I selected this item as an alternative to braking systems that sit in front of the driver seat and must be put in and taken out each time it is used. I like the fact that it is nearly undetectable once installed and works seamlessly. On installation the most difficult part was drilling the holes to screw the unit under the driver seat. The carpet being the primary problem in my experience, as it bound up around the drill bit. 554291



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2017 Jeep Cherokee

I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from ETrailer.com. The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model. Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from ETrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort ETrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from ETrailer that they have a price match guarantee! So my equipment consisted of the following Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep) Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look. Some of those extra steps: The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion. In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it. I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great! Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom. I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work. The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to. Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems. 410273


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Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you

Roy - 07/30/2018

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2003 Subaru Outback Wagon

I chose to go with this unit because I didn't like the idea of the other types that mash the brake pedal without any vacuum assist & the fact that you have to remove, then reinstall them each time you want to use the car. This ended up TOUGH install. Not because of the unit, but rather the lack of ANY room under the hood on my 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon to mount the operating unit. The only place I could find that would be out of the way was under the driver's seat of all places! Luckily there was JUST enough hose with the unit to reach all the way to the brake booster. I had to cut the carpeting so the seat would clear the operating unit during movement without any chance of contact. There was no hole in the firewall large enough to accommodate the hose so I had to drill a hole for that although I was able to route the wiring through a small rubber grommet. Routing the hose to the firewall was a real challenge! I ended up running it through the heater duct under the driver's floor mat to the left side kick panel, then up over the pedals keeping clear of any moving parts. WHEW!! The brake pedal actuator went on without much fuss, although with my large feet I have noticed I'll catch the actuator with my toe on occasion. I may mark the location it's in now & merely raise it up a tab in between trips. The wiring was pretty much straight forward, there was plenty of included wire & I had JUST enough room tho mount the G-Force Controller on the left kick panel covering without interfering with my feet. The breakaway switch I fastened to the body in front & below the radiator. I read where everyone was saying you need to have a battery cut-off device to keep the braking system from draining the battery over time, but I had power from the RV keeping the battery fresh so I didn't worry about that & saved myself the $180 for the cost of an automatic battery disconnect. After installation, I sat in the car while we towed it around the neighborhood to see how it worked & made the necessary adjustments to the G-Force Controller. Now THAT was weird! What with the car steering itself & braking too. We just got back from a 4,000+ mile trip & everything worked fine. On occasion I forgot to flip the switch to turn the system off, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. All in all a great system! 188067



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2018 Chevrolet Spark

I have always had great customer service with etrailer. Spent a lot of money. I bought the complete towing package for my 2018 Chevy Spark. Everything looks great. 551954



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2015 Subaru Forester

I ordered an entire setup to flat tow my Subaru with my RV. Having never done this before I was nervous about missing something I might need. etrailer made it very easy when I called them on the phone. I told them what I was trying to do and they made sure I had everything needed to complete the job. I was given a name and phone number to call the same person if I had any issues. When one of the boxes was opened it was missing two pins from the manufacturer. A quick phone call and they had them in the mail in a matter of hours. This kind of personalized service is missing in our ever changing world. It was a pleasant surprise to find it here. Great Job etrailer. I will favorably recommend to everyone. 493015



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Jeep Wrangler

The Smi Stay-IN-Play DUO is a great product. I bought and installed it on my Nissan Frontier PU last year. I sold the PU and bought a Jeep Wrangler in October this year. I transferred the unit to the new Wrangler and installed the unit under the front seat and it worked out perfectly! The unit is so easy to use and works extremely well on the Jeep! 321595



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2012 Dodge Charger

I installed this in a 2012 mini Cooper S. With the turbo charger there is no room in the engine compartment for the system unit, so I mounted it under the passenger seat. I had to remove the seat, cut out the carpet, mount the unit, and then buy longer seat attachment bolts. I used half inch thick spacers between the seat track in the floorboard. Made a long run for the vacuum hose to get up to the engine compartment through the firewall. By removing the cowling on the driver side, it exposes a huge Gromit where the main wiring harness passes through the firewall. It actually had two nipples ready to be cut off to run the vacuum hose and the wires through — so that part was pretty easy. I haven’t towed it behind the motorhome yet, but it passed all the start up tests the first time! 474484



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2016 Ford Edge

Thanks to installation videos provided by etrailer, I felt confident that I could do the install myself. I had never pulled off moldings and panels in a car before, but with your videos as guidance , it was a breeze. This system was going into a 2016 Ford Edge 3.5L AWD and your (and SMI's) instructions call for installation of 2 check valves. After calling SMI to clarify the install points, it got even easier, as only one valve is required, and is ridiculously simple to install it. No cutting of original car hoses required (see photo). After everything was installed, the whole setup just simply worked, no troubleshooting required. That was fun and it is totally doable, even for the average guy like myself. 403633


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The rear-view camera display in my RV is not good enough to show the operation of the brake notification LED which is applied to the rear-view mirror in the towed car. I installed a small light in the RV dash and ran wiring all the way back to the toad, with a disconnect plug at the hitch, of course. Now it is easy to see when the car brakes come on. Else, the system works great.

Herbert M - 07/13/2018

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2018 Jeep Wrangler

After doing much research and reading many reviews and watching a lot of your instructional videos I chose the Stay-in-Play Duo. It came complete with instructions and extra parts for any application. I like the fact that after everything is installed it is just a matter of flipping a switch and checking it out and drive off. I mounted it in a 2018 Jeep wrangler, not very much room for the operating unit, but I I went off of one of your videos on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and mounted it underneath above the cross frame below and behind the radiator but still protected from the elements. Not a lot of room under the dash either, but everything is in and looks great and ready for the 1st trip. 518348



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Great product. Took a while to install, but not difficult. Installed it in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler 2 door. Just completed a 5000 mile RV trip towing the Jeep. System worked great. I installed the brake pedal LED lamp in the RV on the dash and ran the wire thru the Jeep 6 pin & RV 7 pin connector. It lets me know when the Jeep brake pedal is depressed by the stay-in-play system. I did use a brake lamp relay to isolate the Jeep brake pedal switch from the brake lamps with the key off. Battery drain was minimal as the system uses very little power. simple to use, flip the switch on. simple to adjust with the lamp in the RV indicating when brake pedal is depressed. 643732



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Self installed. Online videos were a help. Would recommend. 643045



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system works great once you get everything hooked up. no wireing dia. were available for the new jeep JL 635275



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Everything is doing very good. 635108



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So far, works as advertised. However, this was a very long and tedious install. If you buy this and install yourself, make sure you take your time. Also, you'll be cutting into the vacuum line for the brake booster system. When you do this, do not forget the check valve. 620325



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Shipped on Time. Arrived on time. Easy to install by my RV dealer. However, install may be a little harder if first time install. It will be used on my Chevrolet Equinox behind my RV. Appears to work as described as I have only used it one time. The only issue the RV service center had was the length of the bolts to hold the cylinder to the brake pedal. The bolts were too short. 613320



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Can’t review the brake system yet as it will take some installing. But etrailer continues to amaze. Product arrived less than 24 hours after ordering and appears to be undamaged. The product information available online is amazing and made my selection simple. 612117



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Excellent braking - trouble-free system. I love it!! 608541



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2018 Lincoln MKX

Good quality product. It is a very convenient and functional braking system for your car. Once installed, you can't beat it with any other system I have seen. I would rate the install as a 9.7 out of 10 (with 10 being the most difficult). Most handy people will have significant trouble with this installation. etrailer.com had a video of the installation on my exact vehicle (2018 Lincoln MKX). I installed for 3 days while watching a 20 minute video. Got hung up on one step and a phone call to a helpful technician solved the problem. Excellent customer support. 606336



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2013 Jeep Wrangler

With basic mechanical ability, I was able to install the product myself and it has worked as expected. The only negative point is the indicator light is not very visible in the rear view camera of the motorhome. 605001



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2012 Jeep Wrangler

Will i need the brake lamp relay # RM-88400 as well with my 2012 rubicon? 603891



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2005 Jeep Liberty

I'm very pleased with this Stay-in-Play /DUO Braking System which I installed on my 2005 Jeep Liberty. I debated wheather I dared install it myself, but with the video instructions I decided that I could. I watched the video a couple of times, then followed it step by step during the installation, and it went pretty smoothly. One issue I had is that they changed the instalation of the LED indecator light, since the making of the video, so the parts did not come as described on the video. I do prefer the new method, as described in the installation manual, but it does require a toggle switch to turn it off. I installed one just below the Control Unit inside the car (see photo). I was also very impressed since, right after ordering the system, I found it for less on another web site. I emailed eTrailer about my disappointing discovery, and they credited me back the difference. GREAT COMPANY! 589378



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Product is great the help video from etrailer fantastic. Shows how much they want to help their customers. Much appreciated. 586518



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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

This is a good company to deal with. The customer service is excellent and the products are as described. I'll be shopping more here. 586484



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Installed and performing as intended one year later. Great dealing with etrailer—-fast-efficient-and knowledgeable. Will buy from them again. 583937



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Was exactly what I wanted. The sales person knew their products and was extremely helpful. If ever i am in need of additional parts i will use etrailer.com. 583769



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2007 Saturn Aura

Great service. Outstanding delivery time. Very helpful customer service. 575141



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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

I ordered base plate, tow bar and all the goodies to hook up to our RV. Very good service and everything was delivered in 3 days. In the process of installing now. I have ordered parts from etrailer before and they have always been very good. 574356



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Fiat

This was a great product. With the flip of a switch, I went from normal drive to assisted break towing. From a user point of view, it could not have been easier. The break-assist indicator was located on the dash and therefore seen in the rear camera of the motorhome. I had it installed on a Fiat 500C. While a small lite vehicle, with the braking system, I towed it easily throughout the Rockies and coastal mountains from Oregon to Southern California. Simply a great product. 554603



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Not fun to install, but my questions were quickly answered by SMI. Results are great. There is no evidence of the system inside the toad as the control box was hidden in the console. The best way to go if you want effortless connection. No box to place in the driver location in order to tow. Nothing to remove when you want to drive the towed vehicle. 554020



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Works as advertised. Installation took me a while to do but I'd select this product if I had to do it again. Etrailer online installation video was invaluable. 552030



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They had the hard to find part and also at the best price. And topped it off with fast shipping. Thank you. 545425



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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

I got the best price on the internet and free shipping. Some places wanted 999-1200 I got it for considerably less with free shipping 538925



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The attachment of the pulley fixture to the firewall is a bit of a hassle as the self tapping screw has a tendency to round out the hole. Recommend drilling and using a different very short screw so as not to penetrate very far through the firewall. 530109



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2016 Toyota Sienna

After 1 year it's working well. Absolutely no problems with the unit. I particularly like that you can hardly tell it's in the car. 523970



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2014 Nissan Frontier

The product was easy to install and works great 510708



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Received promptly. The Etrailer videos made installation much easier. Great supplemental braking system and does the job intended. 508980



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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

My installation with a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee went very will, thanks to the provided videos on etrailer.com This breaking system is awesome, it works very well. I highly recommend it. 508526


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I install it over a year ago and many miles...still working great.

Randy D - 05/19/2019

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  • Recommended Parts Needed to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler JL or JL Unlimited
  • For your Jeep Wrangler JL, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521450-5. This kit has removable arms to give you a very clean look when not flat towing your Jeep, and also gives you a clean connection to your tow bar when towing behind your motorhome. I recommend installing this base plate using Loctite threadlocker # LT37420 to keep your hardware from vibrating loose over time. For your tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, Non-Binding...
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  • Difference Between Roadmaster EZ4 and EZ5 Base Plates for 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Both the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit # RM-521448-4 and EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521448-5 will fit on your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The primary difference between the two designs is the way they attach to the tow bar. The EZ5 does not use the quick-connect crossbar which provides a cleaner look, but prevents you from using some accessories that mount to the crossbar such as a Rock Guard like the Roadmaster # RM-4000. If you are at all interested in using a rock guard or protective...
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  • What do I Need to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler JK with Factory Bumper
  • To flat tow your Jeep Wrangler JK behind your motorhome, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tail light wiring harness, and a supplemental braking system. Depending on the year of your Wrangler, you may also need a Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, (2012, 2013, 2015-2018) or a Stoplight Switch, # RM-751452 (2007-2011, 2014). For your base plates and tow bar, I recommend using the Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Kit, # RM-521448-5 for 2010-2018 or # 1429-3 for 2007-2009,...
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  • Flat Tow Wiring for a 2017 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit, part # RM-15267, is the best option for you to use to flat tow your 2017 Jeep Wrangler. It will provide a 6-Way wiring harness to the front of your Wrangler that you can connect to the 7-Way on your RV with the included Flexo-Coil cord. If your Wrangler has separate lighting you will need to use a wiring converter, part # 118158, along with 2 additional diodes, part # RM-792, to keep your turn and brake signals separate. If...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk
  • For a Blue Ox base plate kit that is confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk edition you would want the part # BX1136 which is a confirmed fit. Then for a tow bar the part # BX7365 would work well with this base plate kit. The Kargard you would want then is the part # BX8870. For lighting I would go with the custom fit kit part # HM56208 as it wouldn't require any splicing or drilling into the light housings. You will also need the brake lite relay # RM-88400. For...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 213 Fiat 500 Behind an RV
  • Demco base plates # DM9518300 fit the 2013 Fiat 500 Gucci and Lounge models. If you have a Pop or Sport model you would instead use # DM9518298. All of the compatible tow bars come with safety cables so you can use them or the ones you have; either way will be fine as long as you are using something. The most cost effective is the coupler style Kwik Tow # DM9511011. But if you are going to be doing a lot of towing I strongly recommend going with a non-binding tow bar such as the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Latitude or Latitude Plus
  • For your 2019 Jeep Cherokee you'll need to first start with a base plate kit. For that you'd want the part # RM-521452-4. This fits the Latitude, Latitude Plus and Limited models. If you have an Overland, Trailhawk, or Trailhawk Elite you'd want the # RM-521451-5. Next you'll need a tow bar which for that the Roadmaster Sterling part # RM-576 is your best option for if you have the Latitude or Limited models since you'll need the included crossbar. If you have an Overland or Trailhawk...
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  • Best Parts to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler TJ with D-Ring Adapters
  • Towing your Jeep Wrangler TJ behind your motorhome requires a tow bar, a kit to connect the tow bar to the Jeep, a lighting solution, and a braking system. You also may need a way to maintain the Jeep's battery while towing and a high-low adapter to keep the towing setup level. One of the best tow bars on the market is the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, part # RM-676. It's a non-binding tow bar that makes it easier to connect on unlevel ground. The arms are also self-aligning to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Ford Fiesta SE Behind an RV
  • I will be happy to recommend the parts you will need to flat tow your 2016 Ford Fiesta behind your RV. The first item needed will be base plates. The base plates are what will mount to the Fiesta. They provide a safe attachment point for the tow bar. For these I recommend # RM-524438-4. The tow bar is what connects the RV to the Fiesta. There are a lot of options but not to worry because I will recommend one that will work best with your Fiesta. Non-binding tow bars are the way to go...
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  • Is a Battery Charger Needed with the Stay-in Play Duo Supplemental Braking System?
  • On your 2018 Jeep Wrangler, I am thrilled with the parts you ordered. The Mighty Cord Trailer Connector Adapter - 4-Way Flat to 6-Way Round - 12" Harness # A10-6034VP will give you the 12V charge line from your 7-way on your motorhome to give a maintenance charge to your Jeep battery. Although a charge line isn't required, the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System # SM99251 does use that vehicle battery, so I do recommend connecting it. You can simply connect the 12V wire...
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  • Roadmaster Invisbrake #8700 or Blue Ox Patriot II Supplemental Braking Comparison
  • The Invisi Brake # RM-8700 and the Blue Ox Patriot II part # BRK2019 are both supplemental brake systems but they are pretty far apart in every other way. The # BRK2016 is a much simpler to install setup that works very well. But you have to install and remove it every time you want to flat tow/drive. For this style though it is the best setup. The Invisibrake requires a one-time in-depth install that will take some time, but once installed it works great. If this is more like what you'd...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited with Steel Bumper Package Behind an RV
  • Demco base plates # DM9519339 are currently the only base plates confirmed to fit the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited with Steel Bumper Package as of 6/28/2018. Demco has several excellent tow bar options that you can use: Commander # DM9511010 is rated for 6,000 pounds and is a non-binding tow bar which makes hookup and disconnect easy even on uneven terrain. Excali-Bar II # DM9511009 is rated for 10,500 pounds and is also a non-binding tow bar. Dominator # DM9511008 is rated...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • Can you be more specific on if you are referring to the price of the parts or an installation? If it is the parts, there are a number needed and I'll be happy to let you know what they are if you need recommendations.
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  • Flat Towing 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon With Bumper That Has Roadmaster Tow Bar Bracket Kit
  • The Roadmaster Nighthawk Tow Bar # RM-676 is a great choice for your new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon; it will attach to the Roadmaster Tow Bar Bracket Kit on your Rock Hard Aluminum 4x4 Front Bumper and has integrated LED lights as well as a plug and safety cables so it offers the most convenience among the tow bar options. For a wiring kit to operate your Jeep's lights, I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 4-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15247 or to add a 6-way plug, the...
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  • Difference Between Roadmaster EZ4 and EZ5 Base Plate Kits for 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The main difference between the EZ4, part # RM-521450-4, and EZ5, part # RM-521450-5, base plate kits is how they connect to the tow bar. The EZ4 kit uses Roadmaster's Quick Disconnects that are included with a lot of their tow bars. The EZ5 kit doesn't use the Quick Disconnects but uses pins and clips and clips instead. The tow bar's crossbar is used with the Quick Disconnects of the EZ4 but with the EZ5 the lugs of the tow bar fit directly into the base plate brackets. Take a look...
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  • Supplemental Braking System Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2012 Fiat 500 Behind an RV
  • In the world of supplemental braking systems the discontinued AutoStop BX8893 is one of the more difficult installations. While it seems like a simple set up the reality is that routing the cable to the brake pedal can be complicated. Also if the breakaway system is used BRK3050 and gets tripped the system has to be sent back to the manufacturer to reset it. In short I would advise against this system and go with a less complicated braking system. One of the preferred systems for our...
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  • Demco Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL with Steel Bumper Kit and Winch
  • The Steel Bumper Group/Package of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon has the removable end caps to convert to a stubby along with being winch ready. The Demco Tabless Base Plate Kit # DM9519339 is compatible with this and would work well. Demco has several excellent tow bar options that you can use: Commander # DM9511010 is rated for 6,000 pounds and is a non-binding tow bar which makes hookup and disconnect easy even on uneven terrain. Excali-Bar II # DM9511009 is rated for 10,500...
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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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2018 Chevy Colorado
  • There are a number of parts you're going to need in order to flat tow your 2018 Chevy Colorado, starting with compatible base plates. If you have Adaptive Cruise Control you will need the Blue Ox # BX1721 Base Plate Kit, and if you do NOT have Adaptive Cruise Control I recommend the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. For a tow bar I recommend going with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 because of how easy the tow bar is to connect to the base plates as well as its long...
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  • All Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited With Factory Bumper
  • There are a number of parts you're going to need in order to flat tow your 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited and I'll list the parts you need below: - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521450-5 - Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522 - Safety Chains: RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 - Supplemental Braking System: SMI Stay-IN-Play...
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  • 2013 Smart Car Flat Towing Component Installation
  • For your 2013 Smart fortwo, I will walk though the parts listed to confirm fits and compatibility to assist. The Blue Ox base plates # BX1987 is a confirmed fit and will work well with the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs # BX7365 you referenced which comes with the safety cables. For your tow bar wiring, the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 is an excellent choice to give you the clean connection and utilize your factory wiring while...
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