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1L243

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Posted: 07/31/22 04:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2017 Coleman 300tq Toy Hauler with 4400# Lipert axles.

When I pulled into our campground last Tuesday I felt a serious tug on the trailer brake. I checked all the wheels with a temp gun and the right rear was 30 degrees hotter than the other 3.

Waiting until today (tell me about it) a day before we are due to check out I thought I better give that wheel a look.

With the wheel off the ground I could tell there was a problem when I spin the tire. Pulled the tire and drum I could see that things were bent out of place. The brake pad arms seemed out of position and the backing plate was bent out.

Don't know how it happened but it's Sunday anybody that is open today including camping world does not have the 10 inch backing plate with brake components for 4400# axle instock.

They had 3500# component which looked the same but when I checked to see what the difference was I found that the backing plate 4 bolt mounting holes are slightly different that the 3500#. The too is the same but the bottom a little wider.

When I look at the mounting holes I see no noticeable difference but when I tape measure I come up with 2 13/16 center to center. But my imperfect measuring tape may differ by 1/16"

Monday when a local trailer parts store opens I am going to try and get a total backing plate and brake component replacement for 4400# axles. I will be taking my old one with me.


Now. if I can't get the replacement part I need I am thinking of straightening out the backing plate and putting it back on without the brake components until I get somewhere that has the part I need 200/300 miles. and just running on the 3 good tires that still have brakes or Should I cut the power to the rear axle all together and just run brakes on the front axle.

Any thoughts.

Wish I would have got started on this sooner.


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Posted: 07/31/22 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well first you shouldn't have posted your problem. Got to be smarter in situations like this.
Truth is I drove 20,000 thousand miles with only three functional brakes on the fifth wheel.
Did get them all replaced before a trade in.
Whatever you do is your business I suggest you keep it that way.
You can always edit your post and none will be any the wiser.


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Posted: 07/31/22 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^^^^ WHAT ????? [emoticon]. [emoticon]


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Posted: 07/31/22 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ford truck guy wrote:

^^^^ WHAT ????? [emoticon]. [emoticon]


Liability in case he wrecks.

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What? did I really read that response? Take it home on 3. I have towed further than that with NO trailer brakes. Just pay attention.

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I think what stickdog is saying is... Losing one brake out of four is not really going to make a whole lot of difference just to get you out of the situation you are in..

Sure, fix it when you can, but if you can make a 'fix' to get you back on the road again where you can fix the issue correctly, is just what you gotta do..

I found that my old Prowler TT only had 3 functioning brakes after it's first year of use.. Found a broken wire inside the backing plate assembly that got pinched on assembly, but I never knew the difference.

I spliced the wire and still didn't even notice a difference..

Anyway, I have never posted that before either (at least I don't think I did in however long I've been posting here... [emoticon] )

Post only what you want to get criticized on and judged on for your actions! That's the way of the social media now a days, so just go with it..

I would have no problem disabling that axles brakes to get me home and fix it properly.. But, that's just me..

Good luck! Mitch


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Posted: 07/31/22 07:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With one axle side lacking the brake components, I'd disable that axles brakes altogether, watch my speed, and repair when I get proper parts. That's just me though, others may have differing opinions.

May need to adjust brake controller as needed.

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Posted: 07/31/22 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ford truck guy wrote:

^^^^ WHAT ????? [emoticon]. [emoticon]


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stickdog wrote:

Well first you shouldn't have posted your problem. Got to be smarter in situations like this.
Truth is I drove 20,000 thousand miles with only three functional brakes on the fifth wheel.
Did get them all replaced before a trade in.
Whatever you do is your business I suggest you keep it that way.
You can always edit your post and none will be any the wiser.



Ha Ha funny. Its just a brake backing plate component failure.. I was curious how it actually happened and thought maybe someone would have an Idea so I can fix whatever it was before it happens again.

Hopefully I can get the part I need but if I don't I think I will cut all the brake power to that axle. I don't think braking on one side and not the other is a good Idea.

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ford truck guy wrote:

^^^^ WHAT ????? [emoticon]. [emoticon]


Wow your truck is 21 years newer than mine!

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