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RE: Replacing Elec brakes

I still cringe to think dear old dad towing the family trailer with the station wagon equipped with 4 drum brakes, on the car, not the trailer, none on the trailer. LOL. I think of that every time a discussion arises about tow vehicles. The old 72 Buick station wagon with 350 - 4 barrel had plenty of power to tow. My grandparent used one to tow a tt from Washington to Michigan and back.
Jethroish 01/02/22 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Elec brakes

Follow up: After another quick check of things (adjustments, elec connections and voltage), along with finding 2 elec brake distributors to chat with, I am going with the magnets are just worn out. The wear hole indicators are either gone or barely visible. This trailer rolls 10k to 12k miles per year at 12k to 13k pounds, so I guess it is no surprise. IMO, I highly doubt the brake assemblies are meant or expected to last that many miles. Realistically, unless you are a full timer, most TTs or 5ers probably do not see 30k miles in their life time.
Jethroish 12/30/21 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Elec brakes

I am very comfortable working on brakes. Completely removed drum to make adjustments. Not grease or oil on shoes. Never really worked on elec brakes before other than adjusting. Not worth the $ to me to convert to disc since I can replace 4 assemblies for under $500. I guess the real question is what is normal lifespan od the magnets?
Jethroish 12/29/21 09:15pm Tech Issues
Replacing Elec brakes

Could not find anything on this here. I have a horse trailer with dual 7000# axles. I suspect the brake magnets have weakened. Visually they appear good, but with the brake controller set at the highest setting, only one wheel will lock up on the gravel driveway. Trailer is about 8000# empty. I have adjusted the brake shoes out and they lock up with the trailer off ground. I know things wear out and eventually need replacing. Anyone here ever have a similar experience? Did you change out the brakes with a full assembly that included new magnet? The brakes on the trailer are original (2015 model). Rough guess is the trailer has been towed approximately 60,000 miles in 6 years.
Jethroish 12/29/21 07:00pm Tech Issues
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