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ncluley

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Need brake system for my toad.  Really like idea of having toad's brakes operated by diesel pusher's air brake system.  I cannot find any local dealer who sells and/or installs the M&G Cylinders.  However, I did find that Blue Ox has a air cylinder system -- BrakeSafe.  Does anyone have any experience with BrakeSafe.  I'm thinking of having it installed in a 2006 Honda CRV.

All input will be greatly appreacited.
 

Tom

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I haven't used the BrakeSafe system or read reports about it, but Blue Ox has a good reputation for their other products. The installation instructions on their web site don't show anything more complex or difficult than installing one of M&G's systems. In the case of coaches with air brakes, both systems taps into the coach's air system. The "advantage" of M&G is that you don't have anything permanently attached to the brake pedal.

If you can undo and fasten a couple of nuts and bolts that hold the boost to the master cylinder on your car, you can install the M&G system as easily and quickly as you could install the BrakeSafe system.

Have you called or emailed M&G to ask for name of your nearest dealer or if they'll ship you a unit?
 

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I would strongly recommend that if you are going the air actuated route the M&G is the very best way to go.  Although I have never seen the Blueox system in operation IMHO it looks kinda like a Kludged together thing.    We use the Brake Buddy and have for over 100K miles with excellent results.  However, if I were to install a air operated system it would be the M&G.  Many satisfied M&G brake systems in service right here in the framily.
 

ncluley

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I have e-mailed M&G -- twice -- over a week's span -- no response about local dealers/installers AND, unfortunately, I am not physically capable of installing it myself.  I'd telephone M&G but we decided to give up our phone a few months ago -- we hardly ever used it except to answer calls from pols and charities.
 

Tom

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What part of the country are you in? One of M&G users may know someone in your area who would install it.
 

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Norman,

We own several Blue Ox products and have found that they not only offer excellent products, but comparable service after the sale.  I wouldn't be concerned about recommending any of their products.  They have a large selection so you can choose the best product for your needs.
 

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ncluley said:
I cannot find any local dealer who sells and/or installs the M&G Cylinders.  However,

I am not 100% sure but

1: I know when I E-mailed M&G they responded... Not exactly promptly but they did respond
(Took about a week if memory serves)

2: Their web site had a "Dealer locator" button where you put in your zip code and away we go
 

Tom

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John

M&G's web site does indeed list dealers (no need to enter a zip code). There's also a phone number on their web site: 1-800-817-7698, but ncluley says s/he doesn't have a phone. I wonder if you can make an 800 call from a call box  ???
 

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If you have a coach still on warranty, check your instructions. Freightliner states if you tap into the air system for the coach's brakes, it will void your warranty.
I recently purchased system from SMI. It is their radio controlled sytem.
 

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smies said:
If you have a coach still on warranty, check your instructions. Freightliner states if you tap into the air system for the coach's brakes, it will void your warranty.
I recently purchased system from SMI. It is their radio controlled sytem.

I think Freightliner would have a hard time voiding a warranty unless they can prove that tapping the air line caused a warranty item to fail.
 

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smies said:
If you have a coach still on warranty, check your instructions. Freightliner states if you tap into the air system for the coach's brakes, it will void your warranty.
I recently purchased system from SMI. It is their radio controlled sytem.

I drove a Freightliner chassis for 4 years/66,000 miles with the M&G and no hassles from Freightliner on any warranty problems. No problems with the chassis air system either.
 

ncluley

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Thanks!  I checked the dealer listing on M&G's web site -- none in NJ, CT, or DE and none within 500 miles of me.  And, they finally responded and confirmed that they do not have a dealer near me.

I guess I will either have to go without brakes for a year or two until I get to start major travelling (just kidding) or settle for BrakeSafe or BrakeBuddy.

Anyway, Thanks for the input.
 

Tom

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Have you asked your nearest RV dealer or repair shop if they can do it?
 

ncluley

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It seems that in this area of the country (NJ) RV dealers will only install items that they sell.  And, I am apprehensive about having someone install a safety unit if that person has no prior experience doing so or has not been trained to do so.

Thanks for the input -- I am going to check out BrakeSafe at a dealer in PA.





 

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ncluley said:
It seems that in this area of the country (NJ) RV dealers will only install items that they sell.  And, I am apprehensive about having someone install a safety unit if that person has no prior experience doing so or has not been trained to do so.

Thanks for the input -- I am going to check out BrakeSafe at a dealer in PA.

Norman

If you will be attending a major FMCA rally in the near future, M&G usually exhibits and installs at the rally.
 
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