RV Trailer Brakes are sometimes uncared for till there’s a catastrophic failure that would have been averted.
Similar to the brakes on your automobile or truck, RV Trailer Brakes should be changed at common intervals to make sure they are going to work whenever you want them too. Happening hill with an additional ton or 5 behind you isn’t the time to comprehend you need to have changed them.
The very first thing that you must do is work out what RV Trailer brakes you’ve, in an effort to order the replacements.
What RV Trailer Brakes Do I Want?
You want two key items of knowledge to get the precise brakes to your Fifth Wheel or Journey Trailer.
First that you must know what measurement axles you’ve. Someplace in your axle needs to be an data tag that exhibits what weight axles you’ve. Ours are Dexter 7,000 Pound Axles.
The following piece of knowledge you want is the scale of your brake meeting. Completely different measurement axles and rims could have totally different measurement assemblies. Our axles have 12 inch x 2 in brake assemblies.
Ordering Substitute RV Trailer Brakes
Similar to every part else, there are various kinds of trailer brake assembles. There are handbook adjustment brakes, and self adjusting. We selected to make use of the Dexter 12×2 Nev-R-Regulate Self Adjusting Trailer Brakes.
These self adjusting brakes imply that I don’t have to recollect to positive tune them each season earlier than we hit the street. The brake assemblies will regulate themselves to take care of the correct amount of spacing between themselves and the brake drum.
In your Fifth Wheel or Journey Trailer, your brake drum is all a part of your Hub Meeting. Changing your brake drum and bearings is simply as necessary as changing your RV Trailer Brakes. In case your bearings give out your wheels can snap proper off your axle.
The brake drums are topic to a situation known as glazing. That is when the hub absorbs a lot warmth that making use of the brakes acts extra like a sharpening wheel than a brake pad. The contact floor of the hub turns into as easy as glass stopping the brake pads from truly slowing you down.
We ordered these Dexter Brake Drum And Axle Bearing kits. They arrive with the brand new hub, new inside and outer bearing, grease caps, lock nuts, lock ring. The entire deal.
RV Wheel Bearing Grease and a top quality Grease Gun are the following issues you’re going to want. My grease of alternative is Lucas Pink n Cheesy. It has nice thermal properties, and after doing a upkeep greasing of my axle bearings final season the trailer towed simpler and I even picked up half a mile per gallon on my gas gauge.
Eradicating your current RV Trailer Brakes
Begin by eradicating the Mud Cap. Faucet it from the within out with a hammer and it’ll finally come out of your Hub.
Then take away the cotter pin or lock ring that’s holding your spindle nut.
Subsequent take away the nut and washer, and pull the complete Hub Meeting out and off the spindle.
As soon as the Hub Meeting is off, wipe off any remaining grease with a paper towel.
Now take discover of the 2 wires going by means of the again of the brake meeting. You will lower these two wires, on the trailer aspect of the wire nuts.
Lastly, take away the mounting bolts that maintain the brake meeting on.
Now all it’s important to do it pop the brand new brake meeting on, and set up the brand new lock nuts. On the again aspect that you must reconnect the 2 brake wires. I extremely suggest utilizing shrink tubing for a water tight connection.
Now slide your drum again onto the spindle, and reinstall the washer, luck nut and lock tab.
The ultimate factor to do it faucet the brand new mud cap on and grease the axle. There IS a proper option to grease an axle, and if you wish to see do it, Try our youtube video the place we just do that.