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Old 07-21-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Blowout- brake emergency fix!

On our return trip from Niagara Falls home to Florida, we blew the Right rear tire on our 2006 Classic 31. Some minor damage underneath to the Airstream- after we took the blown tire off, we noticed that the brake was dragging-possibly caused by the steel from the tire, scoring the caliper. Upon further inspection, I found the caliper in the inside piston was stuck, forcing the pad to drag on the disc. The outside caliper was OK. Since we have Electric over hydraulic brakes, I couldn't just remove the pads, since as soon as I applied brakes, it would pump out the brake fluid. We were 5 miles from the next exit. I removed the pads, disconnected the brake controller (P3) in the cab, which left us with fully functional lights, turn signals and brake lights on the AS, but no brakes on the AS. Using the Jake brake, Tow/haul and going to manual shifting and using the tach on our Dodge 2010 2500 diesel, it wasn't much of an issue to get to the next exit. I went to autozone and purchased a package of 3/16" inverted flare fittings, a roll of teflon tape, and a cap that fit that thread on the flare fitting. After making all connections tight, we reconnected the P3 and applied brakes and checked for leaks. (I put tape over the fitting on the wheel to prevent dirt and water from getting in). Voila! No leaks and we had 3 brakes on the trailer for the rest of the trip. If you have EOH brakes, you may want to consider having these onboard for such and emergency.

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Old 07-28-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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Glad you are OK. I carry the same fitting combination so I can do a caliper hydraulic delete in route if it ever needs to be. 3 brakes better than no brakes. I had a caliper issue a few years ago, came home on 2 calipers. Long story.

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