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Old 04-08-2016, 08:43 AM   #1
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I just purchased a Trade Wind and have discovered that it originally had hydraulic brakes.

Please tell me how you converted so that the trailer is safe and legal to tow.

Barbara
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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My 1958 18' Traveler has Hydraulic Disconnect Brakes. The system was antiquated by design with a lever that actuated a master cylinder & connected to the TV with a chain. I replaced the axle with a new Dexter Axle with Electric Brakes.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thank you!

I hope that will work for me.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:52 AM   #4
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Apparently replacing the axle will depend on whether there are leaf springs or a torsion axle now. And I don't have the answer to that.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:56 PM   #5
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Most likely you have leaf springs (I did) (unless somehow someone converted it to a torsion axle long ago).

Your axle and leaf springs may be fine as is. Finding compatible brake parts OR new compatible complete Hubs might be difficult - it was for me. I gave up and converted my '60 Tradewind to a Torsion Axle. It was a "Team Effort" in my case, as I don't know how to Weld (or at least not where I'd trust my life w/my skill). So I had help welding on Mounting Plates, and then did the rest myself.

Anyway, I'm glad I switched.

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Big problem with the 60-61 Tradewind torsion axles (especially out on the California models) seems to be whether or not the torsion axles were welded on or with mounting plates. I didn't even try to mount my replacement axles on myself since our '61 axles were welded on and did not have the skills or tools to fabricate and weld my plates. Since I got new axles through Colin Hyde and he's only a few states away I figured I'd get the job done right and got the bonus Lake Champlain ferry to take the trailer over to his shop!
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