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Old 11-05-2010, 07:25 PM   #85
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Our 2006 trailer was on the recall list even tho we had the later version of the Actibrake and had no problems with it. However, we did have it replaced with a Dexter at JC in September. After leaving JC, we traveled to West Virginia (mountains)& noticed we had a leakage in the Dexter. Had to return to JC and they installed a second Dexter which seems to be working well. We also had to replace our Hensley brake controller as it was not functioning correctly. Nightmares about brakes for a couple of nights but all is well & working great. JC took great care of us and worked hard to solve the problems.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:00 PM   #86
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Our 2007 Classic failed the recall test 3 weeks ago and tomorrow Airstream Europe will be completing the installation of a new Dexter unit, which will be the fifth actuator on our trailer.

Unfortunately it can only be tested using the brake away as our Hayes Genesis gave up the ghost two months ago. Waiting for the postman to deliver a P3.

Hopefully, this will be the end of three and a half years of issues with brakes. Really pleased to see that 4th Actibrake unit go in the bin!

Thanks to Jackson Centre for arranging all the work to take place at Airstream Europe.

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Old 12-19-2010, 03:30 PM   #87
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Well here is another failure for you. We pulled the trailer from the storage unit to our house on Friday and this afternoon when I go outside, I hear the pump running. I grab a 1/4" socket and undo the plug on the pump unit.

The brakes were install by Roger Williams Airstream back in 2007. I noticed the Actibrake and Kodiak companies have the same address in Ft. Worth. Are they business partners or does anyone know?

Which unit and which brand should I use? I have the shorter shoebox unit in my front box behind the LP bottles.
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kodiak is it's own company and still in biz. (as of 2 weeks ago)

acti'b is outta biz a couple of years now.

there are 3-4 viable options and several threads discussing the virtues of each.

since the brakes are kodiak, consider calling them 4 a recommendation.

'time to actuate' or engage braking is an important consideration.

that WAS one of acti'b selling points, the SHORTEST time to engage.

another issue is the ability to replace the brains (circuit board) without replacing the full assembly/reservoir...

at least one brand offers this modularity.

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Old 12-19-2010, 04:08 PM   #89
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.....and the answer is??
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.....and the answer is??
the point is that there isn't ONE answer

price/space/ease of install/vendor support and so on may influence choice.

it is my understanding the factory service center is using the dex' for recall work and replacements.

some are using carl'

some are using b'rite.

and there are others.

kodiak supplies a LOT of brake sets,

so what they suggest and why would be good to know.

IF/when my acti'b fails it will probably be replaced with b'rite,

but so far the actib' has performed flawlessly at 100,000 miles.

see post #13 below for a nice summary of the terminology and some of the features of these gizmos.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f439...tml#post799813

there is also literature/testing available on time to engage/performance and other technical features...

guugle using the key term (the word begins with actu'...)

then let us know what U choose and why and how the install goes.

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:30 PM   #91
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2air',

I met Bill Glidewell (CEO of Kodiak) when I was doing all this work with David Tidmore back in 2007. Bill's office is just a couple miles from mine, so I may just swing by and pick his brain for options....

The 3 models you listed are the ones I found as choices....just wish we Airstreamers didn't have to go through so much FUN just to enjoy our trailers!!!

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hi dwight,

that's a great idea.

will be looking forward to your report on what the main man suggests

for those of us using his products.

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:48 PM   #93
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You took the words right off my lips....."for those of us using his products"!!!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:38 AM   #94
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I replaced the ActiBrake with the Brake-Rite EHB and love it. Easy hook up on the wiring and hydraulic line.

I contacted Dave Schumaan about reimbursing me for the cost of the Brake-Rite unit ($549.95). The disc were installed by Roger Williams in 2007 which is within the recall period. Dave said NO in a written response back to me. I even contacted Roert with Roger Williams Airstream that did the work and they said "good luck".

Short of filing a complaint with the BBB or small claims court, what are other options?

The brakes were installed by an Airstream approved and authorized dealer and service center during the recall time period....so it should be covered by the recall. I also know that Roger Williams Airstream installed the disc brakes on some trailer that went to Bayer RV because the factory was too busy to do it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:47 AM   #95
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Unfortunately unless you bought the trailer new from Airstream with the Actibrake then they would have no responsibility to replace it. Airstream was stepping up for its customers because Actibrake went out of business. The warranty if any with your unit would have been through Actibrake and not Airstream, doesn't matter who did the "after market" install.
This is one of those pay up and move on times..
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:47 PM   #96
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What Do You Suggest?

Our disc brake system was installed by Airstream in JC. It was a retrofit (take off the electric drum brakes). Sometime last year JC indicated bring it in... they'll check it for problems. However, since everything was working at the time I chose not to make the 1000 mile round trip.

So we go camping this weekend and as we prepare to return home I noticed the ActiBrake pump pulses slightly every 15 seconds. It's not enough to stop the trailer or really even slow it down. As I rolled through the campground I simply noticed a slight tug - almost like the brakes were not releasing - or if a rotor was warped... just a little tug. Got out to inspect and here the pump pulsing for just a few seconds about every 15 seconds.

Fortunately, we did not have far to go and it was not on the freeway. So I drove back to the storage facility carefully.

Is this the start of the full-on pump problem? I'll call A/S in JC on Monday but just wanted to check with the forum first. Any ideas?

If I do end up replacing the pump/reservoir - which brands have worked best? I know Inland Andy suggested Carlisle. I see others mentioned. Tell me your thoughts.

I forgot to say: The unit only does this when connected to the tow vehicle. When I disconnect the umbilical cord the periodic pulsing stops. Everthing on the TV seems okay. The 7-pin connector appears to engage properly. I guess I'll check for ground/power issues.

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It's been a while but I seem to remember that its normal for the brake controller to send pulses. I asked the question when I put a test plug on the 7 way and the light flashed. I had a prodigy controller and the factory said it was normal. My Actibrake would "grab" every once in a while then it just one day decided to lock up. It was replaced by a dexter unit by a dealer (non Airstream) and AS paid for it. The old unit was junk determined by the test hole drilled. The new unit worked but since we spent so much time camping in the dealers lot, we traded the stream for a new HitchHiker 5th wheel. Fulltiming now, nice to have the room.
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Seems to be the Brake Controller

I did some troubleshooting today and realized the brake controller is reseting itself when I stop and start the tow vehicle engine. I've tried to contact Hayes (I have a Genesis controller) but nobody has called back yet.

On a related note. I called Kodiak since it's their brand of disc brakes. They don't test controllers. They leave that up to the actuator company or installer. However, Kodiak indicated their suggestion for actuator is Carlisle or BrakeRite. The person I spoke to at Kodiak indicated they had not tested Dexter. That does not mean Dexter will not work. Of course this should all be confirmed for your situation as information like this has a way of changing.

I also spoke to Airstream in Jackson Center. Their first choice for aftermarket brake actuators is Dexter (since ActiBrake does not exist any more). The technician recommended the Hayes Genesis controller as first choice and Tekonsha P3 as the second choice with aftermarket disc brakes.

I'll keep you posted.

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