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Old 09-23-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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checklist for brakes, shocks, regrease


Here is my check list. Am I missing anything obvious?

Loosen lug nuts
Jack trailer up and secure with jack stands
Have some spray stuff to loosen bolts
Wheels off
Remove dust cap and pin
Pull off drums
Pull off backing plates
Install new brake (dexter self adjusting) plates on correct sides.
Don't squish wiring
Secure wiring
shrink wrap or nuts with tape

Get drums checked to see if they need machining

Install new shocks
slightly bend bracket to get them off
cut washer in half to facilitate installation

Repack hubs and look for damaged bearings
have couple bottles of brakes degreaser
buy new seals
buy axle grease
new cotter pin

Put everything back together and take it for a test drive.
Brakes adjust themselves. Activate brakes on a dirt road to see if all four brakes are working.

Thanks a bunch

Steve
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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Left out three steps

Most people turn the drums whenever you have them off - usually 8 to 10 bucks per drum - good insurance. Make sure the people who are turning them have the adapters to centralize the drums on the hub. The bearings on the trailer are larger than those on most autos and you may have to go to a shop specializing in trucks to ensure they have the proper adaptors for their machine. Obviously the tire and wheel assemblies need to be demated from the drums for this to happen.

Good time to check the manufacture date on the tires - if they are over 5 years old change them out while they are off and proir to doing a drum/wheel/tire balance.

You might luck out and find a shop that can balance the drum, rim, and tire together...the best way to do it on an Airstream. Make sure the tires/hubs go back on the Airstream as they were balanced.

Torque the lug nuts when you first put the trailer on the ground - anywhere from 85 to 150 ft/lbs on aluminum rims - this number does vary by manufacturer and mating angle - I run 140 ft/lbs on mine.

Last - AND VERY IMPORTANT STEP - retorque nuts on aluminum rims at 50 and 200 miles. You'll be surprised at how loose some of the lugs are at the 50 mile mark - so far my 200 mile checks have been good.
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thanks for the info on torque. I was wondering about that. i have a torque wrench just need to figure out how to use it.

With balancing do I take the drums and rims/tires into a place or do I take the whole trailer?
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Also brush on anti-seize on the threads of the studs for the lugnuts, it will protect the threads for years.
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