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Old 08-27-2014, 11:45 PM   #31
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Excellent reference to the rvnetwork thread, Boo. Thank you.


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Old 09-15-2014, 05:37 PM   #32
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Does anyone use or have explored the SMI Delta Force portable brake?
It compares favorably with the RVi2 brake (very close in price as well) but also offers dual-signal activation and it is anchored by a tether cable rather than pushing on the seat or seat pan. Seems like a good system.
Just wondering if there is any real-life experience with this unit.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #33
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I feel that the SMI Air Force One is a great toad brake. It uses the air from the RV's brakes and thus applies the toad's brakes in proportion to the RV's. There is no setup to put anything in the toad when it is time to tow. It has a reserve air tank in the toad for break-away situations. I'd like to hear from anyone that has used it.

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Old 09-16-2014, 08:38 PM   #34
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I-RV: I feel the same about the AF1 but was advised against it by Freightliner. They recommended US Gear Unified Brake but I found out that company lost the patent on a key component and cannot sell it as a complete set now (questionable future?). I really like the Stay in Play Duo as an alternative to AF1 though.
Same basic components as AF1 with dual signal activation. Only thing lacking is a dash unit for the coach but a notification light can be added.


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Old 09-19-2014, 08:30 AM   #35
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H'mm, dose not appear that anyone within shouting distance of this forum has used AF1. I guess that says something!
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:21 AM   #36
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I decided to keep it simple and purchased SMI's Delta Force portable braking unit. It has the capability for dual-signal activation using inertia (which all the other 'boxes' use alone), plus the brake light signal from the coach. Seems like a good unit so I took the plunge. Since it just came out this summer I have not been able to find any reviews. I am awaiting delivery of the unit then installation of the baseplate and wiring of our new car on the 29th, but I will post a full review once I get to use it on the 30th.
*The choice of the Delta Force over the RVi2 unit was based on physical size of the units. Our new Ford Flex has an oddly contoured floor pan which would have had the RVi2 unit sitting at a downward angle and also required installation of a stop pan to hold the unit in place. The Delta Force has a smaller footprint and is tethered to the firewall by a cable to not only keep it in place but eliminate the need to brace the unit against the seat.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:59 AM   #37
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Remind me to never deal with the trailer place RKC02 mentioned for advice!!!!!!

His kind of help or opinion is of no use to anyone
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I have the AF1 system and love it. I did the install myself and the hardest part was getting the courage to cut the chassis air line. The fact that the system has a check valve to prevent failure of the chassis brakes in the event of a leak eased my mind though. I have not read the literature in about 8 months so I may be wrong but I thought I recalled it being approved by Freightliner.

Initially I had difficulty seeing the brake notification lights that mount to the toad rearview mirror and face fowards and are intended to be visible in the rearview camera. Once I adjusted my camera contrast it was easier.

I towed for almost a year without an aux braking system but attended an FMCA rally in Perry GA this past March and the liability issue in the event of an accident put the fear in me. I can tell a difference when hard braking is required.
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Thank you Edgewant; at last I found someone using it on a Brkshire.
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Old 09-20-2014, 12:23 PM   #40
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I had the Air Force 1 installed as soon as we purchased our toad, in July of this year. No fuss, No muss. Just connect the air hose and drive away. Very clean install and it works as advertised.

I do recall my installer asking about which chassis we had and remember him saying Freightliner's air system provided for an easier install than others. We only have about 5000 miles towing but so far I'm pleased.
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