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Tow Vehicle Ingenuity—The Secret Is Out
We’ve all heard tales of the secret menu that In-And-Out Burger offers. Not a July 4th goes by without reminders of Area 51, courtesy of the movie Independence Day. Rumors regularly circulate about the new iPhone or secret Android devices that are just around the corner. Then there is that magical, hidden campground with perfect campsites, exquisite scenery, sans all other campers.
It seems there is always some secret facility or unique operation that only a lucky few have found. Add this one to the list, M&G Engineering in Athens, Texas. Less than two hours southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, “hidden” on Highway 19, is such a facility.
Tow vehicle braking systems by M&G Engineering
Here, M&G Engineering designs, fabricates, sells, and installs their ingenious tow vehicle braking systems. At an installed price lower than most other available systems, who better to install it than the folks that designed it?
Officially called Car Braking Systems, these tow vehicle brake systems started life in 1987 from the mind of Leon Meadows, the company president. Their patented air cylinder is at the heart of over 22,000 installed units, both locally and throughout their dealer network.
Virtually every state requires a tow vehicle braking system for weights that are well under the typical tow vehicle’s gross weight. Most of those states also require a breakaway system, should your tow vehicle become separated from your motorhome. There are additional laws for triple towing, as well as specific towing speed limits. Choosing a proper braking system and finding someone to install it in a timely manner at a reasonable rate just got easier.
General Manager Monty Rasco’s team will install the Original M&G Car Braking System with no additional connections or cables inside the vehicle. For new vehicles with limited under-hood space, the M&G 2.0 Brake System fits the bill.
Add a Breakaway Kit and you can hit the road, not only at a significant savings but with meticulous care and precision as their name implies. These folks are truly Engineers in the highest sense of the word, as evidenced by their attention to detail and immaculate shop and workspaces.
Excellent customer service
With M&G Engineering, you can tell that you are dealing with folks that care and understand the magnitude of what they are doing and how it affects you, the RVer. Turning over your keys to someone to service your car or truck is often hard. Turning over the keys to your beloved RV is gut-wrenching. Putting BOTH in someone else’s hands is all but impossible.
Fortunately, when those hands belong to M&G Engineering, you can rest easy, knowing their attention to detail will provide a safe, long-lasting braking solution for your tow vehicle, while treating your RV as if it were their own.
You’ll often find M&G Engineering at various rallies and events. M&G Engineering in Athens, Texas will continue to install top-notch Car Braking Systems for your RV tow vehicle in secret anonymity. As your one-stop shop, M&G will also install tow bars, base plates, and can wire your vehicle for towing as well.
You’d better contact them soon if you need to equip your toad for next season, their secret is out!
Author’s note: Recently, I was fortunate enough to use the services of M&G Engineering. Having recently purchased a tow vehicle, I made my appointment with Monty and headed south. Once we arrived, we pulled both vehicles into immaculate work bays. For the motorhome, the service pit offered the M&G team easy access to the rear-end components of the motorhome without having to mess with jacks or lifts.
In the time it took to check my email, catch up on Facebook, and skim through a couple of RV magazines, everything was ready to go. As expected, the equipment, fit, and finish were all first-class.
Monty explained the new hardware. No maintenance, adjustments, or fine-tuning were necessary as the unit I received was vehicle-specific. Although our Jeep already had them, courtesy of the previous owner, Monty was ready, able, and willing to install any towing hardware or wiring for lights if needed.
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Wayne Davis says
We have this on our 2011 Colorado . Installed 2013 works great . Just hook up air line from motor home to toad you are all set
Carl Wilkins says
I never learned anything regarding the “ingenuity” of the braking system. I’m glad to see they do a quality installation but the article would have been more helpful to know more about the system.
So what is this “low” price ?
I have this M&G system on my 2016 Ford F-150 and in my older 2000 Ford Explore. It will be in all of my future vehicles.
So simple to use.
Thomas Bird says
We have used this system on two coaches and two tow cars over the past 15 years. Excellent unit with one connection point and no invasive product in the car interior. Check their web site for details.
Don Sharpe says
Would like to see the install with the parts shown installed on vehicle.
Leon Brink says
I have a 2019 jeep Cherokee and a 2015 win a ago 37 foot gas rig .i want to set up the jeep for towing
What would the total cost be including the braking system.
Tom Pfender says
What did it cost?
keith h says
“At an installed price lower than most other available system”
Patrick Buchanan says
Installed cost of original brake system on a 2016 Jeep was $1135. For quotes on other vehicles, M&G can provide, here is the contact link: https://m-gengineering.com/contact/ . Quite a bit more detailed information and pictures on their website, linked several places in the article. https://m-gengineering.com/ .
Had this system installed on our 2011 Jeep, at the recommendation of our RV Service center. System worked fantastic. So, when I decided to tow my GMC 2500 HD, I installed the system on it, and couldn’t be happier.
We have had this braking system on our 2014 Honda CRV since the car was new. Absolutely love it. Nothing to take in or out of the car like the Brake Buddy. The only way to go and priced very similar to Brake Buddy.
What about vehicles that don’t have air breaks or compressors?
Dana Helvey says
The install on our 2014 CR-V back 6 years ago was about a grand including the device, break-away and installation. We drove to Athens (recommended), and the work was accomplished quickly, cleanly, and accurately. We’ve unfortunately had to “land” on the brakes a couple of times…boy is this system worth the money! Also, no more fretting about another system deciding on it’s own to lock up. That happened previously with one of those “popular” devices that operates by pushing on the brake pedal…lost 4 tires, wheels, brakes, over 5 grand worth of damages.
John A Hall says
M&G has an Air Compressor that can accommodate your needs. I have had two M&G systems on my last two Class A Motorhomes pulling Jeep Wranglers. Prior to that I use an Air Force One system, it was ok. The M&G Compressor delivers a proportional braking force to the TOAD. I was extremely happy with both of my M&G systems and would highly recommend them to anyone. JH
R Carter says
I had their system installed in 2011 in my 2004 Safari Cheetah and my ’02 Jeep Wrangler prior to our cross country trip. Performance was perfect. So easy to hook up and to disengage when needed. Their system so beats the ones requiring pedal connections and other such apparatus that must be installed and removed each time you wish to use your towed vehicle. Excellent product ! ! !
Dalton Bourne says
A really great brake system for “toads” that is roadmaster 8700 invisibrake hidden power braking system. We installed it on our 2017 Jeep Wrangler we tow behind our 40 foot motor coach. The unit is so small that it did not take a lot of space under the driver’s seat , it creates both air and vacuum which fully energize my towed vehicle’s brakes. The progressive braking system is so good that if I need to stop immediately, it engages the brake pedal and rapidly ramps up the braking. Another great feature is, while it’s towing, the battery is being charged!!!
Dalton Bourne says
How I wish I bought this product sooner! The built-in safety and backup mechanism make it definitely worth the money. This works with any towed automobile which has vacuum-powered brakes.
Dalton Bourne says
I like the remote monitoring from inside the RV of the Blue Ox brake system and the peace of mind of having the breakaway feature in case your tow comes unhooked from the RV. For some reason, the brake bracket is a little tricky to get attached to the brake pedal, but once attached, it works perfectly.