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Jim and Barb

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Posted: 01/18/21 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Preparing for a cross country 12,500 mi. Currently have about 15K on them now. Any suggestions welcomed of what I should look for when I pull the wheels and inspect .

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Repack all bearings. Check brake magnets. There are wear indicators on contact surfaces. Check brake shoes for wear. Adjust brakes as needed. I learned how to do all this from Youtube.


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Posted: 01/18/21 04:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With only 15K on them your brakes should still be in very good condition. If you have standard wheel bearings then it's time to clean and repack them.


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Posted: 01/18/21 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do they seem to work? Otherwise simply adjust and go.


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Posted: 01/18/21 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

take the time to pull the drums and inspect shoes, drums, bearings and magnets. Also at least clean and repack bearings. Along side the road in Timbuktu is no place to be broke down because of lack of maintenance





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Adjust electric drum brakes every. 2k miles, even if the mfgr says they are self adjusting. We have poor experience with self adjusters
. Have a helper apply the brakes in the tow, its better than pulling the pin on the breakaway switch. use a V/A meter to insure application at each wheel. Volts and amps. Undersize or poor connections in wiring will still show voltage but not the amperage to fully engage the brake.
12 v dc needs a fat wire with strong connections to carry the current to those magnets.
Simplest method to verify brakes are working is to use a compass. with the brakes engaged, the north needle will lock onto that wheels magnet.

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Clean all grease from bearings, pack with quality synthetic grease and use US Made National/SKF seals then adjust brakes.


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Posted: 01/18/21 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brakes, Hubs, Bearings etc Manual/Info


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Planning a long trip? Or any trip? I always think about what can stop the trailer from being towed. 1)Tires 2)lights 3)bearings 4)brakes 5)accident
(1) Carry a spare, and the tools to change. Also the understanding that the spare is not to get me home, but to a place to get the tire fixed or replaced.
(2)Lights, I carry replacement bulbs spare plug and socket, some wire, tools to diagnose and fix any problem I could have.
(3)Bearings are maintained more often than needed. And when I pack the bearings, I pack a extra set, and put them in the WB grease tub, and in the incase box. Races, seals, cotter pins, nut and washers, well packed in a box also go for a ride. Of course, I have tools and knowhow to change if needed.
(4) brakes. Shoes and drums are wear items, and if inspected when doing bearings, are unlikely to fail. Springs will last the life of shoes if shoes stay in adjustment. Magnets, the wire could break off, but if you pay attention to how routed, it is unlikely. If it does, I have a spare. Any other brake problems can be fixed with same tool and skill set as lights.
(5)Accident is the hard one. By keeping up on the others on the list, and understanding that I'm not the best driver on the road, I must pay attention, I have so far avoided that issue
Many people, including my wife, think I carry so much, I must expect to have trouble. But in millions of miles of driving, other than a burned out light, I have never had all the tools and parts to properly do the repair. So I think more things I can fix, less likely to have trouble. Often I have managed so get things rigged to get home.

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^^^^^ Good advice^^^^^^

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