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Replacement for Atwood 61101 Brake Actuator

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I am in need of a replacement brake actuator for my Atwood on a 2002 Jayco Eagle UDST. The master cylinder is shot and the brakes do not work. also, the ball lock has to be held back with a screw driver to slide over the ball. 6,000 lb 2inch ball mounting holes are 3inch apart has a lockout Trailer wiring is a 4-pin I saw one of your responses Problem is, in the reviews I read that the unit had to be welded onto the A-frame. I would very much like to bolt it on like the unit is designed. Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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Helpful Expert Reply:

The Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator part # DM72VR should be a direct replacement for the Atwood 61101 Brake Actuator that you have now. This newest updated it rated at 7K instead of 6K. This is a bolt on option that mounts on 3" centers. The review you are referring to, the customer did indeed weld the brake actuator to his tongue but this is not required for installation because it is a bolt-on actuator.

Unfortunately, we do no offer a bolt-on brake actuator for drum brakes with a manual lockout that will work for you therefore in order to retain a reverse lockout feature you will need to add the Reverse Lockout Solenoid part # DM11993 as well as the Hopkins Wiring Harness part # HM37918 and the Curt Trailer Connector Adapter Flat part # C57187 to the above brake actuator. This option however will prevent you from having to manually engage the reverse lockout each time.

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Conner L

Question:

Thanks for the information about the replacement. Instead of the wiring harnesses/adapters, would it be a better option to replace the 4-pin on the trailer with the plug that fits the 7-way plug on my truck.

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Yes, it would be best to just replace the 4-way on your trailer with a 7-way that way don't have to use any adapters and you can just run the reverse lockout wire directly to the 7-way. This will make for plug and play once you get the trailer connector switched out for which I recommend the Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV-Style Trailer Connector part # PK12706.

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Conner L

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Follow up Questions

David S.

I have the Atwood 82543 needing replacement (cylinder is bad, its vintage 1995 OEM on a Four Winns drum brake boat trailer). Your expert states the Demco 8605001 is the closest replacement and I would need to add the electric lockout T4748800. Is there a complete, electric lockout integrated Demco (or other) model you would recommend as a replacement? Thanks!

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Reply from Chris R.

The Demco # 8605001 is still the best option for replacement that we have available, even though it doesn't feature the electric lockout. We don't have a similar solution that does.

Reply from Dexter 6.

@ChrisR I have a at wood that is welded on the trailer tongue that sticks out 3' from the fold in plate. Is the Dexter model 660 a good replacement for this?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Dexter What is the part number on your actuator?

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