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Old 05-19-2011, 10:08 PM   #113
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Nice looking work Top, but do you have the stopping power coming from the Hill country down here?
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:41 PM   #114
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I think we'll manage.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:42 PM   #115
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Smile Post trip assesment

We got back from our long summer trip a week ago. I just wanted to follow up with everyone on how the trip went and how Abby towed with her new Axis axles. To sum it all up in a word,
Wonderful!
We left on 30 June and returned on 9 July. We went from here in central Texas to Moab, Utah and back. Some 2,626 miles. She towed like a dream. Smooth as silk. We went up and down some steep hills in Texas and Colorado. I never once had the brake controller above 3.5v. The brakes worked great. I never had any worry that the brakes on Abby weren't enough. So for those of you reading this wondering if 10" brakes are enough on a 3,500lb axle, I say they are more than adequate.
It was a long trip and we went on some great and some not so great roads. There were no problems of everything being on the floor when we finished a long tow. It was a considerably better ride than the last long trip to Big Bend in December on the original Henschens. We did hit this HUGE dip on US 550 in NM near the Apache Nugget Casino tent. I was very glad we had new Axis axles from Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations under Abby for that one.
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i love it! I am eagerly waiting on my axles that I ordered, hope to get back at it soon. I will post a seperate thread as you did. Hope you had a great time on your trip!
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Great thread TOP! I have learned a lot reading it through, your work (and subsequent documetation thereof) is impressive! We all have something(s) to learn from each other. This makes the dreaded "must replace axles" task less daunting... Axles, TVs and other "contentious" issues will always be topics for debate...
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I replaced our 70 Overlander axles with new Axis axles recently. After driving on the originals for over 750 miles (they were about neutral in position so not really bad) it is a completely different ride with the new axles. It takes all the bumps and tends to absorb them, it rides smoother with much less movement and sway, (I've towed it with and without a load level sway control system to compair) and of course it's riding higher. We started seeing the tell tale signs with rub rail detaching, cabinet separations and a lot of bouncing on the road. We just got back from a 10 day trip-our second trip since owning it and it towed through the mountains of West Virginia like a dream. Even on the 6% grades the brakes were smooth and solid. I would highly recommend to anyone contemplating the issue to definately replace them and enjoy the ride!
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I am with Andy on this brake issue. Drum brakes are funny. Adjustment makes a big difference. Only part of the drum brake power comes from the magnet. Some of it comes from the frictional forces produced by the shoes when they begin to rub against the inside of the drum. The frictional forces actually increase the braking forces. It is a boot strap kinda thing. This is why drum brakes are a little more touchy than disk brakes. If they are out of adjustment they may not work right. If you will notice many drum brakes have the front shoe made of a different material. This is to make sure you have the correct amount of friction. Too much and the brakes lock with little effort and too little they don't work hardly at all. I put some cheap brake shoes on the back of my truck a while back and they would lock up all the time. I took them back and got the next higher grade and they worked fine. Most brake controllers apply full brakes so trailer brakes have a hard life. If you just barely put your foot on the brake the trailer gets 100% power after a small delay. Unless you have a proportional controller they all work this way. So I would much rather have the 12" brakes because they will run cooler and not fade as quickly. All of them will stop you under the best of conditions but will they stop under the worst conditions of going down a mountain and being not perfectly adjusted.

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The numbers come from the brake manufacturers catalogs.

All electric brakes will fade when they get hot enough.

That being the case, check 10 inch and 12inch brakes on the same size trailer, and see how fast the 10 brakes fade out.

Amazing observation.

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