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Old 01-04-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Just noticed that the trailer is starting to pull to one side a bit and needs adjusting.Which way do I adjust my brakes.Is it push down to tighten or push up to tighten,Just cant remember.(I dont want to turn it wrong and figure out my mistake on my own so why not ask and get it done right the first time.)I was trying to search it but just did not find a subject specifically on this.Thanks Everyone.
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Just noticed that the trailer is starting to pull to one side a bit and needs adjusting.Which way do I adjust my brakes.Is it push down to tighten or push up to tighten,Just cant remember.(I dont want to turn it wrong and figure out my mistake on my own so why not ask and get it done right the first time.)I was trying to search it but just did not find a subject specifically on this.Thanks Everyone.
Looks like you push up. I can never remember ether. How to Make Final Adjustments to Car Brakes: How to Adjust Brake Drums on Cars | eHow.com


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I can't remember either—go one way until the drum either locks or it doesn't. If the latter, go the other way. A 50% chance of getting it right.

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I went through this last fall.
Pull the trailer up on blocks to get one axle off the ground or jack up one side to if a single axle.
Make and adjustment, spin the wheel, make an adjustment, spin the wheel and listen/feel how much drag on the brake lining. I put mine at a very slight drag - till each one felt about the same.
Trailer stops straight.
Sorry can't remember which way to adjust - use trial/error.
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Just noticed that the trailer is starting to pull to one side a bit and needs adjusting.Which way do I adjust my brakes.Is it push down to tighten or push up to tighten,Just cant remember.(I dont want to turn it wrong and figure out my mistake on my own so why not ask and get it done right the first time.)I was trying to search it but just did not find a subject specifically on this.Thanks Everyone.
I would suggest that you pull the wheels.

Several things can happen, mechanically, to cause a pull other than adjustment.

Assuming evrything with the brake system is OK, without physical inspection, is not a very good idea, ever.

A major brake should be done every year, or 10,000 miles, whichever is first.

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Go with Andy...

After 4 seasons it's time to pull the drums, pack the bearings and do a complete brake inspection/service.

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I did it yesterday.I just needed to adjust the brakes and that was it.Everything is perfect now.Took all but about an hour to do it.This includes hooking it up adjusting the tires,Test driving on the road and then unhooking.
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Repacked bearings and adjusted the brakes two days ago and could not remember after I had the drums back on. Of course I adjusted the wrong way on the first wheel. I made a drawing in the maintenance log for the AS so I could refer back to it next time.
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I would suggest that you pull the wheels.

Several things can happen, mechanically, to cause a pull other than adjustment.

Assuming evrything with the brake system is OK, without physical inspection, is not a very good idea, ever.

A major brake should be done every year, or 10,000 miles, whichever is first.

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Im sure you dont mean to do a Major brake job every year. I think you might mean to do a major brake inspection every year and possibly at the 10k mile interval you may have to replace some parts pending that inspection.

Is this what you meant? or do I have it wrong...

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Im sure you dont mean to do a Major brake job every year. I think you might mean to do a major brake inspection every year and possibly at the 10k mile interval you may have to replace some parts pending that inspection.

Is this what you meant? or do I have it wrong...

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A major brake, should be done every 10,000 miles or once a year, which ever comes first. That is now an RV industry standard, in fact Airstream says every 6 months.

All to many things can and do go wrong with electric brakes, as well as bearings.

Alxo, due to long periods of non-use, water gets into the bearings. There is no way possible to determine if your bearings do or do not have water in them, except by visual inspection.

If, by chance, the water is present, and that chance is about 50 percent, then the water attacks the bearing or bearings.

That being the case, the bearings should be removed, cleaned and inspected, then repacked, and reinstalled with NEW grease seals, ALWAYS. Reusing the old seals has a very large risk with it.

After the major brake, then the running gear should be rebalanced again, unless the trailer is equipped with Centramatic balancers, or their equal.

Now the question becomes, how can you assure yourself, that the complete running gear is "hunky dory" without visual inspection???

Safety, safety and more safety is the issue. Not taking steps to being safe, automatically places you in a "risk" category. Most owners live by the proper and timely PM. Some don't mind taking those risks. But when they do, and break down while on a trip, all hell breaks loose when they are told that it may take several days for the parts, and if a bearing fails, it many times takes the axle spindle with it, and I can assure you. that a quick replacement axle, will not be availble, but should it be, then there is the additional wait, and, the addition expenses.

It simply is not worth the risks involved. Do the PM's as necessary.

Travel trailers are not like cars and trucks. They do not have the built in same reliability that the automotive industry does.

Yes, a major brake job, is necessary, as outlined.

But, it's your trailer, your money, your inconveniences as well as those that may be traveling with you. And in the case of a bearing failure, now you must get your insurance company involved as well. They will only take care of the resultant damage, never the cause of the damage.

My 43 plus years with the Airstream program, has not been for naught.

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I think there's some confusion what a "major brake" is. As I understand it this is an inspection of the brakes, not a "brake job" as Airslide called it.

To me a brake job is a general term meaning replacing shoes, springs, etc. I believe the magnets go first, later the shoes. When replacing shoes, best to replace springs too. At that point you might as well get the entire brake assembly as it's cheaper than the parts and you can now get self adjusting brakes.

Self adjusting brakes have been around for decades, but just appeared in the RV industry, or at least the Airstream part of it. My experience is that the brakes should be adjusted frequently, maybe 5,000 miles. Of course, every time you remove the drum (hub), you have to adjust them when you put everything back together.

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