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Old 10-12-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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ON the tow this weekend I found my brakes to be less responsive than they have been. With the Prodigy controller I had to dial them all the way up before they felt like they were holding adequately.

i will try adjusting them first, to see if that helps, but for those who have done their brakes....did you find the 12X2 Shoes at an auto parts store? If so how much did you spend on the set?
Do both axles have brakes on a 66? Or just one?

We towed up a super steep incline (25%), which my 6 cyl Trailblazer struggled to do, but made it up and more importantly back down ..without a problem.
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ON the tow this weekend I found my brakes to be less responsive than they have been. With the Prodigy controller I had to dial them all the way up before they felt like they were holding adequately.

i will try adjusting them first, to see if that helps, but for those who have done their brakes....did you find the 12X2 Shoes at an auto parts store? If so how much did you spend on the set?
Do both axles have brakes on a 66? Or just one?

We towed up a super steep incline (25%), which my 6 cyl Trailblazer struggled to do, but made it up and more importantly back down ..without a problem.
Both axles originally had 12 inch brakes on them.

If the brakes are original, then you should be made aware that some of those parts are no longer available.

The cheapest AND best way for a long term fix, is replace the complete backing plates with self adjusters.

You then will have brakes that are up to 2014 standards, and never have to worry about keeping them adjusted, as long as you back up the trailer every couple of thousand of miles or so.

Plus, the complete backing plates are usually cheaper than just the shoes.

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Old 10-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #3
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Before you get up to your elbows in brake dust, try cleaning the umbilical connections. I had the same issue today and the cleaning worked for me. Jim


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Old 10-12-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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Great tip...I usually spray clean with electrical connector cleaner, but didn't before this trip..thanks
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Thanks Andy...evidently I started two threads on this topic...sorry all
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Hey Alan, try NAPA. Take one of the shoes with you (obvious, I know). They have parts for all kinda stuff not in the mainstream.

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Regarding brake shoes, I believe I bought a set of shoes from NAPA about 10 years ago on my '66 Overlander when I first bought the trailer. I did what was suggested above, took an old shoe set to NAPA and got a new axle set of shoes.

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Regarding brake shoes, I believe I bought a set of shoes from NAPA about 10 years ago on my '66 Overlander when I first bought the trailer. I did what was suggested above, took an old shoe set to NAPA and got a new axle set of shoes.

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Actully I didn't think much about the brakes as the brakes worked to my expectation. They stopped the trailer.

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Actully I didn't think much about the brakes as the brakes worked to my expectation. They stopped the trailer.

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The really really big test, for the trailer brakes is easy.

Try stopping the trailer AND tow vehicle, using the trailer brakes ONLY.

You may never have to do that, but, it's wise to do that test so that you know what to expect should your tow vehicle brakes ever fail.

That's not likely, but it's not impossible either.

Safety, should always be practiced, so that you know what to expect should that issue ever face you.

Try it at 60 mph. Use the trailer brake controller only. Bring the rig to a stop. How much further did it take to stop?

You have been around for a long time, so please post your answer, so that others can be made aware.

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