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Old 06-14-2006, 11:35 PM   #1
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77 Excella 500 Brake Advice needed

I just bought my first Airstream. It is a 77 Excella 500. The current brake system is the older vacuum style system. I was told by the local dealer to scrap this system and go with an electric system. What all is required to convert the system to electric? Also the dealer said he would do it for $1500, is this a good deal? Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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I just bought my first Airstream. It is a 77 Excella 500. The current brake system is the older vacuum style system. I was told by the local dealer to scrap this system and go with an electric system. What all is required to convert the system to electric? Also the dealer said he would do it for $1500, is this a good deal? Thanks.
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If it were me, I would replace the actuator with a new electric/hydralic pump like the new disc brake Airstreams have and keep the discs which are much better than electric drum brakes. The new actuator is about $500 to $700, plus installation. If you decide to convert to electric drums. I will take the disc brakes you remove.

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tschat,

I've got a '77 31' International with disc brakes. When I bought the rig, the p/o recommended that I change the vac/hyd system to electric/hyd. I bought the Carlisle actuator (about $800 USD) in my town and took it with me to where the trailer was in Alberta. Once I made the deal on the trailer, the p/o (an oil field instrument tech) did the change-over in a couple of hours, while I pretended to know what he was doing. He had a work truck full of s/s tubing and fittings, etc. and was kind enough to volunteer his labor.

I've been really happy with the system. My total combined weight is almost 14,000 lbs and the trailer alone can slow the F250 diesel and A/S while descending the mountain roads around home. I just had my local shop replace the brake pads (which I had purchased from Inland) along with a bearing re-pack, and they said that the rotors and calipers were in great shape yet.

Good luck!

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