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Old 07-18-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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When should you replace your brake pads at around 1/4"?
Also looks like the trailer is lower on one side than the other. What is causing the problem?

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When should you replace your brake pads at around 1/4"?
Also looks like the trailer is lower on one side than the other. What is causing the problem?

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Brake pads are only about 1/4 inch when new.

Make sure the trailer is on level ground.

Check the tire pressure, and make sure that it's equal in each tire.

If the above two tests are ok, then the rubber rods on the low side of the trailer have failed. If that's the case, then replacement is the only fix.

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Thank you, trailer in on level ground, there is 1.5" difference between the 2 sides, tires pressure checked out O.K. What are the rubber rods for? Where are they located. Is it a difficult job to replace them?

BTW I have 3/8" left on the brake pads, planning to go to Yellowstone. Will that hold?
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Thank you, trailer in on level ground, there is 1.5" difference between the 2 sides, tires pressure checked out O.K. What are the rubber rods for? Where are they located. Is it a difficult job to replace them?

BTW I have 3/8" left on the brake pads, planning to go to Yellowstone. Will that hold?
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Since new pads are only 1/4 or 2/8 and you have 3/8, the pads are growing lining and you should be at 4/8 or 1/2 by the time you return from Yellowstone.

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Thank you, trailer in on level ground, there is 1.5" difference between the 2 sides, tires pressure checked out O.K. What are the rubber rods for? Where are they located. Is it a difficult job to replace them?

BTW I have 3/8" left on the brake pads, planning to go to Yellowstone. Will that hold?
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There are four rubber rods, within the axle tube, at each end.

Their length dictates the weight rating of the axle.

They are the suspension system.

There unfortunately, is no repair for them.

The only fix, is replacement of the axle.

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what happens if I ride with bad rubber rods?
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what happens if I ride with bad rubber rods?
When the rubber rods fail, they then lost their ability to absorb road shocks, since the trailer will bottom out, at least on one side, in your case.

Very rarely has the rubber rods failed on one side.

After a half a century, no one has yet to come up with a cause or answer.

I would suggest that you reduce the travel speed, and as best you can, avoid bumps.

When the trailer bottoms out, it causes several types of damages, as you travel. The more the travel, the more the bumps, the faster some of those things happen.

All you can do is be observant and go from there.

Rivets shear, the shell can get fatigue cracks along with the frame, furniture etc., can come loose, wires come loose, appliances shake loose sometimes, it's just very difficult to provide a yes-no answer.. None of these things happen quickly, as they all take some time. Unfortunately, how much time, depends on the exposure to road shock and the miles.

These are some of the things that have happened to other owners, having the same or similair suspension issue.

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Thank you, trailer in on level ground, there is 1.5" difference between the 2 sides, tires pressure checked out O.K. What are the rubber rods for? Where are they located. Is it a difficult job to replace them?

BTW I have 3/8" left on the brake pads, planning to go to Yellowstone. Will that hold?
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Be sure to check both the inner and outer brake pads. 1/4" is plenty pad to go anywhere. Is your trailer loaded heavy on one side? You need to check the angle of the arms on your axle, there are threads that will tell you how.
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O.K I'll check on the arm angles, what's best if I need an axle replacement, Airstream dealer (In which case it is Chrysler dealer) or a trailer dealer?.
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