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Old 07-08-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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Brake Adjustment

Our 2001 Safari now has about 9000 miles on it. It has been a dream driving it with Hensley Arrow and Prodigy brake controller. I've notice just this past few thousand miles that a I can no longer cause the trailer wheels to lock up when the full 13v is manually applied. It's still proportional and smooth, just not enough to lock em up. Guessing this is brake adjustment time. Sorry, I'm clueless about such things: Can any good RV shop do this, or is there something special about the A/S that wants me to seek out a dealer. (There aren't many here in northern New England). ... And while on the topic, although the original tires don't show wear to the TWIs; at what age do you just replace all four tires for safety (no cracking yet; but soon). Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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Trailer brakes are not specific to Airstream, so any shop should be able to adjust your brakes. If you take it to a non-Airstream shop, be sure that they know where to properly jack it.

You can do it yourself if you are reasonably handy. The first thing is to remove the brake drums and clean and pack the bearings. While the drum is off, you can determine what way and what tool is required to turn the star wheel to tighten up the brakes. After you put the drum back on, and tighten the star wheel. Look at for instructions from dexter.

If you do it yourself, you don't have to even jack up the trailer. Just run up the joining tire on blocks until the wheel you want to work on is off the ground and go to work.

Hope this helps.


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Old 07-08-2007, 04:52 PM   #3
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The tires are due. They should be replaced every 6 years, regardless of visual appearance.
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