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Back in 2006 I had Mor/Ryde installed Dish brakes on Dexter never lube axle 7,000 lob axles. The total cost was $3,093 that was the best option we ever did. I would never buy a 5th wheel without Disk Brakes. If you ever own a 5th wheel with Disk Brake option you want go back to electric. Disk Brakes are so much more efficent, and its like night and day difference in stopping. Upkeep on Disk Brakes is so much cheaper. I do believe also if you don't have enough Truck to stop your 5th wheel without brakes on the 5th wheel you don't have enough Truck. But its my belief you can never have to much Truck but you can have to much 5th wheel. GBY...


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My plug fell out, and dragged on the highway completly destroying itself. I didn;t know it fell out until I had to stop in a hurry, and no brakes. The controller I had at the time did not warn me. My Hensley TRU CONTROL tells me NO TRAILER DETECTED. Thank God for 4 wheel disc brakes on the TV. So why worry about broken brake lines? Think about no 12 volt power to the brakes. Same thing.

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Good ol Clint, I need to get those DVD's out again. That was a dirty harry statement right? Pale Rider my favorite.
To keep on topic, you had no big grades I take it?


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Posted: 04/09/10 06:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep. "A man's got to know his limitations".
I've driven trucks, big trucks, for over 40 years. I know what I can do. Others might have chosen to pull into a rest area. Their decision.


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Yeah, Harry Callahan said it. "Well, you're a good man, lieutenant. A good man always knows his limitations". I still listen to the soundtracks of his westerns. Kinda haunting music but unmistakable for anything but Clints. I still get a kick out of the braying mule sounds on Two Mules for Sister Sara.

I-95 from NYC to SC is fairly flat and on a December weekend not overly crowded. Different conditions would have made me re-think the drive with no trailer brakes.

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If you are worried about a line breaking carry a spare line, plug, and brake fluid. As a teenager I lost a brake line on my car (hit a rock off-roading). Plugged the line to the one wheel and drove with the other three brakes to get home.

On subject, my electric brakes work just fine, they will lock up if I want them to. Maybe if I had a bigger trailer I would need disc brakes, but as long as the brakes are stopping the trailer why replace them? I know disc are suppose to be better but for my 10,000lb trailer drum work and that is all I need.

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I did my own work to install disc on 6,000# Dexter axles. The improved braking is remarkable. I will never own an RV with electric brakes again. I sued stock length tubing from the auto parts and borrowed a small tubing bender from a buddy. I used a Carlisle actuator which required a Prodigy interface att he time. I think the new actuators are compatible with Prodigy. I spent around $2,000 on everything.


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Scooter Alfa wrote:

Did you guys read about the guy that did this then the tire blew taking the hose out. He ended up with no brakes. So now he said if he had left it electric brakes he would of still had 3 brakes not zero. Food for thought is all

I had a line break from excess vibration. It wasn't secured properly to the axle and broke at the caliper. Although I had no brakes on the trailer I still had the truck brakes. It takes a bit longer to stop but I managed for two days until I could get it repaired. It was a cautious two days, going down I-95 but not an emergency.
I would not give up the hydraulic for electric regardless of the possibility of the loss of brakes. It's rare to have a line break and the pluses outweigh the minuses.

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Food for thought is all

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Scooter Alfa wrote:

Did you guys read about the guy that did this then the tire blew taking the hose out. He ended up with no brakes. So now he said if he had left it electric brakes he would of still had 3 brakes not zero. Food for thought is all

I had a line break from excess vibration. It wasn't secured properly to the axle and broke at the caliper. Although I had no brakes on the trailer I still had the truck brakes. It takes a bit longer to stop but I managed for two days until I could get it repaired. It was a cautious two days, going down I-95 but not an emergency.
I would not give up the hydraulic for electric regardless of the possibility of the loss of brakes. It's rare to have a line break and the pluses outweigh the minuses.


What ! You ran 2 days without trailer brakes? Be ready if certain people read that. Glad you made it alright.

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