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Old 06-04-2017, 08:23 AM   #1
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Comments on the Brakemaster 9100.

I'm researching a brake system for a DP towing a 3200 lb vehicle. I am looking closely at the Brakemaster 9100.

There is 4 year old thread here on that system with positive notes. Do you a current comment or experience to share?
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Old 06-04-2017, 01:56 PM   #2
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Hello, I have used the same roadmaster 9000 cylinder system for 9 years. It is reliable and very effective. It installs and removes quickly. The only issue I have had is that the quick exhaust valve diaphragm recently blew out. The replacement diaphragm and o-ring cost $8.37 and took 5 minutes to replace. I now carry a spare which means I will never have it blow out again.
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I've used the 9160 (has a breakaway unit since the law requires it here) since 2005. Works well and will hold the air charge for months as I found out.

A few months ago I bought a friends CR-V that was supposedly already set up with all RoadMaster gear. I found that the brakes now need rebuilding due to the setup on the cylinder being too tight and not allowing the brakes to release fully when they heated up. Have corrected the setup but need to get the brakes done when I have time.
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If all is setup properly the system works well; however I may switch to a different type of system on the next Toad I get.
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I should add that I've used the same 9160 system on two MH's and three toweds so far. RoadMaster has kits that have all the parts necessary to make the new connections, one for the MH and another one for the towed.
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I recently installed the Brakemaster 9100 on my Chevy Spark. My RV is a gas workhorse and the previous owner had installed the compressor and other components on the RV so I went with the 9100 for the toad. I installed myself, this part took about 2 hours to run the air line, brake light indicator wire and the seat bracket to connect the cylinder to. I installed it at the same time I did the base plate and all together it took 6 hours. Then it took another 4 hours to install the brake light wiring and diodes the next day.

Set up is pretty easy and takes only a couple of minutes each time (connect the air hose and wire between RV and toad, pump brakes until they are stiff to relieve the vacuum assist, attach cylinder). Main thing is that the cylinder has spring tension on it so you want to make sure it is adjusted the first time by the instructions.

I think it is a good system.

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Brakemaster 9100 / 9160

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I'm researching a brake system for a DP towing a 3200 lb vehicle. I am looking closely at the Brakemaster 9100.

There is 4 year old thread here on that system with positive notes. Do you a current comment or experience to share?
Hi Steve,
We tow a 2017 Subaru Forester, manual transmission, (3,200 lb.). We are happy, so far, with our 9160. We like the added safety of the break-a-way feature. It's easy in, easy out. They have been around for many years, really no bad comments. Be safe out there and have fun.
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I have used my 9160 for around 10 years and in at least 5 toads. works great. Only 1 complaint and that is the break peddle clamp could use improvement.
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..the break peddle clamp could use improvement.
Yeah. I figured out:

Bend the tab, where the pin goes, down a bit.

With gloves on and my thumb on the bottom of the plate that fits over the top of the peddle, push up and make the clamp open much wider than the peddle. Hook the top on and rotate the bottom clamp under the pedal and push the bottom clamp up.

Shake a bit to make snug.
Move pin plate up and insert pin.

I think a locking lever would be better than the whole segmented plate pin on a cable setup. Not sure how much cost difference.

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