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151  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: January 10, 2014, 06:59:45 am
We have the SMI Duo on our Subaru Forester. After a few hiccups after install (bad fuse and user error on sensitivity setting), weve been very happy with it. NOTE: We have not used it in the Rockies so do not have experience with it on miles and miles of steep roads. We did run through the Appalachians and had a few decent downgrades where it kicked in and worked beautifully. We are in the coach full time and move frequently so we wanted simple and idiot proof with no extra parts to move or store and we got it.

As for the unit, it does have the break-away switch and cable. The components we can see are a control box under the hood (mounted wherever your installer can fit it for your model toad), wiring harness with fuse, cable that passes through the fire wall to your brake pedal, very small canister that attaches to the top of your brake pedal, box under the dash against the left wall of the foot well (on/off switch and sensitivity knob) and, for us, a little LED strip with wiring that we pull out and attach to the back of the toads rear view mirror (it comes with stick on Velcro strip but that fell off within hours in the summer heat we now use a hair band). There is also the break-away switch mounted under the front bumper and the coiled cable with little carabiners to attach it when you hook up.

The ready to tow set up for the SMI is: outside: clip on the break-away cable when you are clipping on your tow safety cables; inside: pull the cabin notification light strip out and stick it on the rear view mirror, flip the on/off switch in the foot well - done.

To test the system I step on the toads brake and hold my hand behind the LED strip to make sure I see a red glow and we keep the driver door open while testing lights so we can hear the unit to make sure it isnt engaging when any of the lights go on. It should not engage on a flat surface when you brake.

If you opt for the in-coach notification lights (we should have), you can skip the LED steps. We can usually see the LEDs in our back up camera while driving, however, sunlight reflecting on the toads window can make it so you cant tell if the LEDs are on. I personally do not like having to stare into the monitor watching for the lights when I want to check if the system engaged. Its super easy to see at night but we dont drive much at night. We will eventually have them add the in coach light.

One more item ask in advance if the system works with your toads standard lights. For whatever reason, it does not work with our Subaru. The installer put an LED inside each of our taillight assemblies and that LED is what lights up for turns and braking when under tow. I dont know if it is due to wiring or the ignition switch position or something else but the SMI couldnt be used to control the existing brake lights and turn signals. Manufacturer website has pic of the tiny canister that attaches to your brake pedal http://www.smibrake.com/stay-in-play-duo.html  

I do not know the answer on the trickle charge.
152  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: December 24, 2013, 07:28:29 am
Awesome! I'm sure you'll fall in love with your PC on your first long trip. It's good to hear that all is well and ready to roll.
153  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: FMCA Rally Brooksville Florida Jan 30 - Feb 2 2013 on: December 24, 2013, 07:24:40 am
We would love to attend and meet everyone but are stuck in Maryland indefinitely. We were back for Christmas with the granddaughter and got rear ended the first day. Took out the bike, bike rack, rear window of the Subaru (with an impressive shower of glass bits) and cracked the rear lift gate panels. The bike broke the window but the rack took most of the hit and saved most of the rest of the car. Air bag did not deploy and I wonder if that is because the hitch receiver took the hit instead of the bumper. Luckily the place we stored the rig is flexible and we just have to call and extend its stay. Other than a sprained neck, no injuries. However, it was the granddaughter's first accident. All the accidents mommy and daddy have had and it had to be with the safe driver grandparents. But that's good as mommy and daddy tend to total cars and our hit was minor in comparison. So we will be in the frigid north until the insurance game is over, parts come in, and the repairs are done.
154  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 10:50:06 am
Don't know how we dodged it since Tom's 2012 and several others' 2013's have the bad tires and we bought between those but we did dodge it. The four tires we can see say B3JH 009X. We still have to check the inner dualies but it is likely they are the same as the others. Thanks for the heads up Sparky!
155  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 15, 2013, 08:05:05 am
Welcome Triumph! I'm glad you made it back safe and sound through the snowy north. I hope you get to go out and play somewhere warmer soon!
156  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 14, 2013, 08:42:12 am
Welcome Roger and Deb!

We, too, are hoping to meet other Cruiser owners in Florida (and anywhere for that matter). We live full time and work half time in our 2552 and will be wandering Florida and southern or coastal Georgia for the cold months. We are actually staging for a run back north since our son didn't get his travel plans together to escape Maryland's cold for winter break (boy is he going to regret that one).

We tentatively plan to be near Miami for the first week of February to visit family and we just booked into Lake Kissimee State Park near Orlando for the week of February 9-14, which I think is not terribly far from you. We still need to hit the Florida Panhandle to align our drive shaft and hope to do that in January so we will be sliding through your area sometime then also. We will be north again by mid-March for a wedding then off and away.

If our schedules mesh, we'd love to meet you.
Holly and John

157  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to everyone on: December 12, 2013, 08:54:09 pm
Bill, the kitty is doing just fine (and is becoming too lazy to play with toys). We have sandwiches, she gets some turkey. We have cheese and crackers, she gets carefully diced up cheese. We eat something she doesn't like and she whines and complains before going off to sulk. NOT spoiled at all!

Tell Karen that John and I wish her well and that she should channel the cats during her recovery. Luxuriate in sunbeams, take lots of naps, and only eat the good stuff.
158  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: December 11, 2013, 06:55:59 am
Yet another one! A 2009 full body green 2100 was sitting in the beach campsite at Ft Clinch State Park in Florida. We spotted it on our drive through and talked to the happy owners and met their camper dog Willow. They are heading home to Pennsylvania. They had an interesting story on the purchase. They spotted the Phoenix at a dealer in PA in 2011. It was new, never owned, but basically two years old. The price was too high but they loved it so they called the factory and talked to Kermit to see if he had another one they could buy. He did some sort of magic and the dealer called and offered it to them at the lower price so here they are! They had already walked through the river campsite and spotted ours but we were out when they came by. NOTE: The island is beautiful. The park is very nice. They have a smallish, open to the sun, beach campground as well as the totally shady, wooded, river campground. They have a historic fort that we still need to tour. However, there is a Nuclear Sub Base nearby that apparently messes with your cell/internet signal. You have good signal, good signal, no signal.... good signal, no signal. Makes working from the rig very hard. Our booster is helping and the nearby town has a nice library that welcomes you to their computers or power outlets.
159  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to everyone on: December 09, 2013, 07:26:35 pm
Ditto on the thoughts and sentiments. And, FrecklesTweety, congratulations on that new electric awning. Santa brought you that special something a little early this year and I can tell from your email that you are enjoying it. I love pushing a button and having that awning go out so I can imagine the joy the first time you put out your new awning. I hope we meet again on the road sometime soon. Happy travels! John and Holly
160  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 09, 2013, 07:22:12 pm
Thank you, we will definitely look into it. We have relatives in Spearfish which is at the top of the Black Hills so we are familiar with the area and would welcome the excuse to go back and spend time in Custer State Forest. For those unfamiliar, they have a huge herd of bison that just wanders across the road, herds of pronghorns, burros, and numerous other critters as well as gorgeous scenery. Note the bison are contained and do not wander freely through the campground. You drive over cattle grates when you enter their area.
161  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Registering and Titling Our 2552 In California on: December 08, 2013, 02:42:23 pm
We are considering South Dakota. Do you have to go there and set everything up or can you do it remotely? We figured we'd need to go there to get drivers' licenses if nothing else. Also, do they charge the sales tax over again? We already paid Maryland 6% so we don't want to pay another state also. Our tenant has only been in our house for three months and already wants to extend a year so the Phoenix will be our full time home at least through August 2015. We need to seriously consider this residency and mail forwarding. We haven't seen our mail since we left the DC area on October 2nd. It is going to our son's house and he did scan and send pics of the envelopes but we haven't been successful in getting him to actually send it to us. This is not cutting it. So, how hard and costly was the process in South Dakota?
162  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 Volt Charging Station on: December 06, 2013, 06:11:31 pm
We are finally in a park with cable so we can test our system. We've only gotten fuzzy or no picture so far so we didn't know if it was the park cable or our wiring. We tried with the booster LED off and it doesn't work. We tried with it on and have crystal clear cable TV which is contrary to what works for others. Oh well, at least it works.
163  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tow a Grand Cherokee with a PC 2350 (Ford)? on: December 06, 2013, 09:19:07 am
We tow a manual all-wheel drive 2014 Subaru Forester four down. All we have to do is turn the key to accessory, put her in neutral, and take off the emergency brake (and flip a switch on our SMI brake assist). I think the base weight is around 3500 lbs and we are probably a bit over 4000 lbs with the bikes, car top carrier and other gear for our full time journey. It has ample space for 4-5 passengers and decent cargo space (lots if you put the back seat down). It gets decent gas mileage for our run about trips and can handle "off road" conditions (unlike the Honda CRV that says it is not meant to be driven off pavement). This is not to say it is for rugged off roading like the Jeep may be but it handles the campground roads and most of the back country roads we might be driving on.
164  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:43:32 pm
I found this while I was looking up the EZ one mentioned above: http://www.dwincorp.com/products/82/SUPER-TUBE  looks interesting, big enough for the rhino flex.
165  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 03:15:25 pm
I tried having one installed when ours was built and Stuart told me no. Now I guess we'll have to figure out how to install one ourselves. We may never NEED the 3" hose but there will be times we want to use one if we stay in place long enough with full hookups. We have the hose and caps and elbow but just cram it into one of the bins for now.
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