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Old 10-06-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Cost of new axles? W/ disk brakes?

What is the cost of swapping out the original axles for new ones (on a two axle unit), and is there any real advantage of converting to disk brakes at the same time?

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Old 10-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #2
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What is the cost of swapping out the original axles for new ones (on a two axle unit), and is there any real advantage of converting to disk brakes at the same time?

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Disc brakes are many times superior to electric brakes, especially on a travel trailer.

More stopping power for the trailer, plus in case your TV brakes fail, that additional stopping power can be a saver.

They don't fade, and the cost of maintenance is less.

We cannot post a price on anything we sell. Sorry.

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What about trailers that are seldom used? Experience with car and truck brakes suggests disc brakes will get rusty and freeze up while drum brakes, being enclosed, will stay good much longer.

Size and weight would also be a factor. Drum brakes might be adequate on a small, older trailer that is not used a lot while a new, heavy model would need the discs.
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We cannot post a price on anything we sell. Sorry.

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How much are the ones you don't sell and are yours more or less than that?
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How much are the ones you don't sell and are yours more or less than that?
The ones we don't sell are free.

They are stacked in a dumpster.

The ones we do sell cost a little more than a dollar two ninety eight.

American money, that is.

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Old 10-07-2010, 10:54 AM   #6
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I think that Dan is looking for some ballpark figures with which to base some decisions on.

The last time that i checked into a disc brake conversion for my 2005 Safari tandem axle, the cost was running around $2500. It could run a little less if you were replacing the axles at the same time. As far the advantage to going to discs, they supposedly stop the trailer a lot better.

A far as new axles go, I have no idea.

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I think that Dan is looking for some ballpark figures with which to base some decisions on.

The last time that i checked into a disc brake conversion for my 2005 Safari tandem axle, the cost was running around $2500. It could run a little less if you were replacing the axles at the same time. As far the advantage to going to discs, they supposedly stop the trailer a lot better.

A far as new axles go, I have no idea.

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The cost you estimated, is way way too high.

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From a little bit of research I think new axles and disk brakes installed is gonna run about $3-3.5K, I've factored in about $1000 for labor as I think it's quite a long install time. Probably worth getting it all done at the same time.

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It looks like the axles from Southwest Wheel have a max width of 80". If that is correct, the are too short for a 'Widebody" and maybe for a normal body Airstream?
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