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Posted: 05/15/19 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

im considering an entire brake replacement for our 12 yr old 27 ft tt
linings are glazed and 1/2 worn, drum slightly rusty, magnets are questionable
brake performance is poor
im pretty sure its never had anything new in the brake department, this is our second season coming up and we plan a 5000 mile trip
suggestions as to sources, brands etc etc
dexter leaf spring axles, 15 inch wheels, probably 10 inch brakes, have check diameter and width of course, might even be 12 inch brakes
would be even nicer to add a parking brake!!


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E-Trailer. Just get the whole assemblies backing plate and all. Add new drums and bearings. Done.

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blownstang01 wrote:

E-Trailer. Just get the whole assemblies backing plate and all. Add new drums and bearings. Done.


x2 I did that to our Bobcat trailer at work last year. Etrailer is a great company.


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Go for the self-adjusting brakes.


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Same length & weight TT as our Spree. Ours has 12" brakes and work great. I'd suggest upgrading to 12" if you have 10" now. I'd replace the bearings too.

BTW, while you're in there, inspect the plastic bushings. There's likely to be not much left of them. Maybe time to look in to Dexter equalizers and wet bolts. Also inspect the frame above the spring hangers for cracks. (The frames on the Spree's aren't all that strong.)

Oh what the heck, while you have it all apart, install a set of shocks, lol! You won't regret it. They transformed our Spree.


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Posted: 05/15/19 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You probably can't upgrade to 12" brakes without replacing the entire axles. DO NOT use the Chinese bearings from E-trailer, use Timken. The bearings they sold me with the entire kit of Dexter drums and brakes were junk that failed immediately.

Self adjusting is not something that I want, it is a minor job to adjust brakes and the drums should be pulled regularly to inspect the brakes anyway.





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My Dad has some brake issues on 2 yr old trailer.. he replaced controller (in truck) and all 4 brake/backing plate assemblies. He had the shop re use the drums and bearings, but the rest was all new. His problems were solved.

This was after having the brakes worked on and checked numerous times at dealer and other shops.

He just wanted to get back to camping and not fighting brake issues.

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Consider converting to disks. You will not regret it.


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Often there are amazon sellers selling the same items cheaper than ETrailer. Watched a few trailer brake repair Utube videos. It is very cost effective to change out the entire brake set, backing plate, drum, shoes vice just the shoes. Not a lot of time difference, either.


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I'm also a fan of the E-trailer brakes. I got the self-adjusting version.

The lining material on their shoes stops much better than the stock ALKO brake that came on mine.


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