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Old 11-24-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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RoadMaster BrakeMaster System

Who has tried the BrakeMaster proportional braking system?? Braking the Toad from the MH's air brake system seems like a good idea.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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I really like mine especially compared to the nearly worthless Brake Buddy I used to have. I got an exceptional deal on mine including the brakeaway, otherwise my first two choices would be the M&G System or the Air Force One.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:10 AM   #3
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I have had mine for over 7 years and use it for either of my 2 toads as desired. I am very happy with the way it performs and is not activated unless the actual service brakes on the coach are applied. I have never had a problem with the unit and like the fact it is non-intrusive to the toad system. This said, there are some models that I have heard are not compatible with this system due to the fact that a vacuum assist is always active.
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I have had mine for over 7 years and use it for either of my 2 toads as desired. I am very happy with the way it performs and is not activated unless the actual service brakes on the coach are applied. I have never had a problem with the unit and like the fact it is non-intrusive to the toad system. This said, there are some models that I have heard are not compatible with this system due to the fact that a vacuum assist is always active.

I'm with Mike on this one. We have had ours on two motorhomes and it is easy to install the small piston to the brake pedel. The piston does not take much room to store and only requires a small out of the way bracket under the toad's driver seat.

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Old 11-25-2009, 07:28 AM   #5
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Nodine - Bob,
I notice you have a Monaco, so I have a question for you. My Diplomat PDQ has an air line fitting next to the trailer hitch on the rear. Is this already plumbed from the brake system, by Monaco?
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I notice you have a Monaco, so I have a question for you. My Diplomat PDQ has an air line fitting next to the trailer hitch on the rear. Is this already plumbed from the brake system, by Monaco?
Jeepsrule, I believe that you are looking at the air bleed valve for draining air out of your compressor / brakes not for toad brakes. Monacos are pre-wired for US Gear Unified Tow brake, I belive starting in 2006 or could be 2005.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:50 PM   #7
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We've had our Brakemaster system for 5 years and about 40k towing miles. It is easy to work with and has worked great for us except for the time I removed the cylinder from the toad and laid it on the ground by the towbar while I unhooked it ... then failed to pick up the cylinder when I moved the toad and repositioned the coach. ...the cylinder didn't work very well after the rear duals mashed it into the packed gravel surface. But I was able to get a replacement fairly quickly from Roadmaster, so I can confirm that not only does it work well and is virtually maintenance free, but replacement pieces are quickly available for those who manage to destroy part of the system!
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We have had ours on 2 different coaches over several years and the switch over coach-to-coach was easy. The difference in braking with/wothout is huge. It is a nice smooth process of braking. It is easy to put in/out and with the dashboard light you know if the braking system is working. I would have no other system, but this one.
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I notice you have a Monaco, so I have a question for you. My Diplomat PDQ has an air line fitting next to the trailer hitch on the rear. Is this already plumbed from the brake system, by Monaco?
No, that is the water drain for the air tank. The dealer that installed my BrakeMaster put a Tee in the air line going to one of the rear brakes.

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I'm in the process of installing mine on a Honda Element. So far, very easy. I called Roadmaster and asked if I could install a pull chain valve on the breakaway tank. They were very nice on the phone..and said yes and they liked my idea.
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Don't know if this might be helpful, but here's a link to some pics I took of my installation in a '94 Jeep Cherokee. BrakeMaster pictures by bobged - Photobucket Coach is a Tiffin Phaeton on a Freightliner chassis. To activate the dash monitor LED, I tapped into the brake controller wire (red/white 36T) that runs from the connector plug at the rear of the coach to under the dash. Just make sure you mount the breakway air resevoir with the bottom lower than the top, and in an accessible location so you can periodically drain any moisture from the tank.
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Cool pictures Thanks.
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Who has tried the BrakeMaster proportional braking system?? Braking the Toad from the MH's air brake system seems like a good idea.
There are several other good proportional braking systems if you would like to compare. There is SMI, US Gear Unified Tow Brake and a couple more that I can't think of.

U.S. Gear Corporation Home Page

Towed Vehicle Towing - SMI Braking Systems

There are alot of posts on this subject.
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We have had ours on 2 different coaches over several years and the switch over coach-to-coach was easy. The difference in braking with/without is huge. It is a nice smooth process of braking. It is easy to put in/out and with the dashboard light you know if the braking system is working. I would have no other system, but this one.
Plus one. Same is true for me.
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