Originally Posted by Action
I clarify my opinion to .... I don't believe 10" brakes are equal to 12" brakes. Just on observation the greater diameter of a 12" brake would lend itself to faster cooling even if the lining were the same size. And in my opinon 10" brakes are sufficient to do the job based on liability of the manufacturer. No manufacturer is going to put out a product that is not up for the job. The liability isn't worth saving any kind of money. If a manufacture built an axle for a specific job (load rating of the axle) and it came with 5" brakes and still did the job why would I care, as long as it did the job? (I assume) For more money I can buy a larger diameter brake drums.
This is why vehicle manufactures make more and less expensive RVs. The consumer is left with the decison of is it worth the extra expense? In today's ecomony every dollar counts.
However if bigger is better then go larger than 12" drum brakes would be the place to be or go to disc. Disc brakes are far superior to any drum brakes of any size. More money to be sure as well. And there is a point of money versus getting the job done.
Your absolutely correct, and I could not agree more.
Safety is always an issue, but sometimes, some people, kick it to the curb.