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Old 07-09-2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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Question 1973 Argosy Brakes

Got the pergo style floor in the 26 footer and it looks great.

Next is new tires and since the wheels will be off I want to rebuild the brakes.

My question is.........

Are there common automotive brake parts that will cross over. Parts I can inexpensivly and quickly get locally??

I plan on having the drums turned and installing new pads at the very least.

No coversions here...... budget is way, way, too tight.

Thanks in advance as always for the great help here.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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When I did my brakes, my local Airstream Dealer had Backing plate with all new brake parts for $45.00. Take off 4 bolts, pull off old, install new, replace 4 bolts, turn drums. Done
This was in 2003 so price may have change, but cheapest way too go.

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:19 AM   #3
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$45 times 4 pushes my budget too hard........... can I afford it?? Yes, will I spend that....... No.

I have to think brake shoes can be had for under $10 a pair. Turning the drums is $8 the last time I had them done locally.

Just hoping there is a common automotive/trailer brake pad out there.

Thanks!!
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$45 times 4 pushes my budget too hard........... can I afford it?? Yes, will I spend that....... No.

I have to think brake shoes can be had for under $10 a pair. Turning the drums is $8 the last time I had them done locally.

Just hoping there is a common automotive/trailer brake pad out there.

Thanks!!
While the parts are available separately, it is usually more costly to buy the individual parts. The brakes are likely either Kelsey Hayes or Dexter 12" x 2". One of the early projects on both of my coaches was new brakes utilizing the loaded backing plates -- this solves several problems in one fell swoop -- new shoes, new springs and attaching hardware, and new magnets. In both cases, the springs and hardware were rusted such that they wouldn't make it to another brake job, nor would the magnets have made the additional miles. The loaded backing plates proved to be a bargain when compared to the cost of purchasing the individual parts.

Good luck with your coach!

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I thought they were 10" on the 26 foot Argosy...........


Can anyone shed some light on this??? The manual does not indicate and I have not pulled the wheels yet.
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I thought they were 10" on the 26 foot Argosy...........


Can anyone shed some light on this??? The manual does not indicate and I have not pulled the wheels yet.
Definetly 10" "Boatdoc"
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Yep they are 10". And I went with assemblies after the advise here.
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