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Old 11-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #29
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Thumbs up 12" Dexter brakes

Thanks a million guys! The new self adjusting assemblies are on their way, ta da.
Thanks again, 92 landyacht, and Andy.
All the best. Cheers! Rich
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:47 PM   #30
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Dam I wish i had read this first
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:01 PM   #31
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:05 PM   #32
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:16 PM   #33
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Yes thanks mucho!
At least two of us here are right now preparing to go thru our tag axel brakes to get them back into operational condition.
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Well detailed tutorials are very helpfull !

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Old 12-31-2014, 01:00 PM   #34
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Looks like my next tutorial will be "How to replace rear disc brakes on a P30 chassis". I just picked up a fantastic deal on new rear discs, loaded rebuilt calipers with Wagner Thermal Quiet pads from RockAuto.com. Total came in just under $100 for the set. Figured it was a good time to replace the entire rear brake assembly. Still need to pick up some new rear seals but those are pretty common and cheap locally. TAGs were done in this tutorial and I did fronts this summer. Stay tuned...
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:20 PM   #35
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Thanks for the excellent writeup on this vital subject! However, one important comment I might make as a retired paramedic - consider using something like "brake kleen" or similar solvent to clean the bearings etc, rather than gasoline - you don't want to know what happens if you get a spark of anykind while doing the job, as I do!! Just some advice from one that has seen the result. Again thanks for the excellent article, but don't want to lose one of our "airstreamers" (or airstream for that matter!)
If any of our other non-motorhome members review this thread, this is an awesomely-documented process that is identical to what I did on my 34' 6-wheeled Avion. I'm assuming it'll be very similar for the AS travel trailers. Part numbers for the brake assemblies will be different, of course.

I used diesel fuel to clean my bearings. I agree 100% about the hazards of using gasoline.

Edit: to add a link for Southwest Wheel's site where I got my parts. Another good source.

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/...ssemblies.aspx
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:42 PM   #36
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I agree with the non use of gas to clean the bearings. Didn't have anything around that could have done the job so I used what I had on hand.

The rear TAG axle in my motorhome is in fact the same as used on other Airstream's. This includes motorhomes and trailers alike, so many of the components and assemblies will be the same between the two.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:57 PM   #37
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I agree with the non use of gas to clean the bearings. Didn't have anything around that could have done the job so I used what I had on hand.

The rear TAG axle in my motorhome is in fact the same as used on other Airstream's. This includes motorhomes and trailers alike, so many of the components and assemblies will be the same between the two.
I hope you didn't think I was criticizing your use of gasoline. I've done the same thing many, many times. Really didn't think much about it because I was always outside, away from any ignition source. Hadn't really considered the spark possibility. Once I bought my diesel pick-up, I had a jug of fuel on hand to use. The first time I needed to clean something, I remember thinking about the diesel's lower volitility. Glad it all worked out!

Anyway, great how-to documentation!
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:24 PM   #38
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I hope you didn't think I was criticizing your use of gasoline. I've done the same thing many, many times. Really didn't think much about it because I was always outside, away from any ignition source. Hadn't really considered the spark possibility. Once I bought my diesel pick-up, I had a jug of fuel on hand to use. The first time I needed to clean something, I remember thinking about the diesel's lower volitility. Glad it all worked out!

Anyway, great how-to documentation!

We have plenty opportunity to get crosswise with gas and sparks like filling your tank, can, or lawnmower. Used with care I think the risk of a woof isn't as great as lighting your hair on fire with the kitchen stove or gas grill. Then there's the health and environmental arguments. But the most important reason for not cleaning bearings with motor fuels is that they contain additives that coat the surface and prevent grease from sticking in place and allow it to slinging away. I use a volatile solvent like acetone or alcohol as a final rinse. Probably as dangerous as removing nail polish or that hair spray we use in potato cannons.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:56 PM   #39
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Bump just in case someone is looking for this.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:09 AM   #40
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92Landyaght... your pics are gone from post #1...?
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Yeah, another example of why you need to attach the pictures to the posting, instead of a link!!
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