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Old 09-03-2015, 11:15 AM   #1
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Classics with Disc Brakes ?

What year did Airstream start using Disc Brakes on Classics ? Do all 2000's and newer have disc brakes ? Hope to here some replies .
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:21 AM   #2
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I know it was prior to 2007. And I assume you only want to know about E/H brakes.. there were vacuum discs waaaay back.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:54 PM   #3
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Our 2005 Classic has disc brakes. They sure are nice. Easy to work on to replace pads. Kodiak brand rotors and calipers.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:01 PM   #4
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The 2015's have the standard drum brakes. I wanted to go to disc brakes, but found that there is no conversion possibility due to the Dexter Nev R Lube bearings. E Trailer really tried to figure this out for me with both Titan and Kodiak, but no soap.
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Barry, we were at Jackson Center two years ago with our 2012 Flying Cloud, Dexter Nev R Lube bearings, and they gave us a quote of a little over $3,000 to install the disc brake assembly. I think they would remove the Nev R Lube assembly, bolt a new spindle on our present axles to install them, and we would then have disc brakes with standard bearings.

Didn't do it because our drum brakes were near new and worked well. Still on my mind.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:28 PM   #6
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The 2015's have the standard drum brakes. I wanted to go to disc brakes, but found that there is no conversion possibility due to the Dexter Nev R Lube bearings. E Trailer really tried to figure this out for me with both Titan and Kodiak, but no soap.
Nev R Lube bearings, in my service related opinion, are very risky.

First of all if your traveling and have a problem, replacement parts can only be special ordered. Therefore you must wait.

Secondly, the owner is convinced that the brakes will last a long time as well. NOT TRUE.

If you must take the running gear apart to service the brakes, then why not do the bearings at the same time, I think, is an interesting question.

Dexter also says you cannot add balancers such as the Centramatics, because they move the wheel out 1/16 of an inch. HUH!!!!

A few owners have done exactly that and have not experienced ANY problems.

That proof, I think, might make many owners feel that Dexter, at times, likes to create false information, such as shocks are not needed, but yet they install them for Airstream, because Airstream has a better opinion as to the need.

Certainly, torsion axles absorb shocks, but the added shock absorbers, help even more so. Time has more than proven that over and over.

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Old 09-05-2015, 02:07 PM   #7
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My 2006 30 S/O came new with Dexter hydraulic disk brakes. Dexter all the way. 4 piston calipers, Dexter Never Lube and Dexter Rotors. Had to replace the Acti-Brake actuator due to it being junk and they finally went out of business for that reason. Replaced with Tuson RV Brake system / Direclink. It ain't cheap but neither is your Airstream. If you want the best look into www.direclink.com . FYI there is nothing in it for me if you get one. I am not connected with Tuson in any way. I have been through the first generation Actibrake, the second generation Actibrake (the one you had your dealer drill the hole in to check for leaks) and the Dexter replacement the AS Factory installed to replace it. The Dexter with a P3 controller was OK, but the Tuson system with it's two way computer controlled system is the best I have found.

All the Dexter components on my trailer have worked perfectly. I did have the brake hose issue but that was an Airstream issue and was resolved early on.
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Our Classic came out of Jackson Center new with Henschen 5,000# axles and optional Kodiak Electric over Hydraulic Disc Brakes. We have successfully used a Tekonsha P3 Controller with no problems on 3 tow vehicles. We just had the brake pads replaced for the first time since new after noticing a crack in one of the pads. At the same time we had the hydraulic fluid flushed out and replaced. These disc brakes are far superior to the electric brakes we had on our '93 Excella 1000 29' and '00 Excella 28'. Smooth, consistent braking power all the time with these discs and low maintenance!
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E/H Disc Brakes

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What year did Airstream start using Disc Brakes on Classics ? ...
I do not know the starting year; however, our 2006 30 ft. Classic has disc brakes.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:12 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies My problem is I have a 2009 GM 2500HD and my ITBC won't work with Disc Brakes so it looks like I need to add a aftermarket controller , Since we have been looking for a newer Airstream Classic I have passed up 2 of them because of the brakes , Now I need to get the controller problem figured out before I miss out on the next one .
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I wouldn't pass up a good trailer just because of your ITBC. Just install a good after,arket BC, like Direclink.

What did you do before ITBC were available? This isn't big deal....?
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:37 AM   #12
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2008 classic 25fb. Dexter axles and disc brakes. Replaced the Actibrake with a Dexter controller. The PO has a trailer brake magnet inline with the brake actuator. and my 2015 Ram recognizes it as an electric brake. I haven't tried disconnecting the magnet to see if the Ram IBTC recognizes it as EOH.

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I wouldn't pass up a good trailer just because of your ITBC. Just install a good after,arket BC, like Direclink.

What did you do before ITBC were available? This isn't big deal....?
I didn't want to add another controller since my truck already had the ITBC I didn't know GM was so far behind times . Hoped this would be the last truck I would be buying . My previous truck I added the controller but my Airstream had drum brakes . Will adding another controller cancel out my ITBC ? I talked to Direct Link and they acted like it isn't a easy install . Both the Classics I missed were out of state and didn't want to go there and not be able to tow them home . Lesson learned .
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It's pretty easy. Just like any other controller under the dash. But you need to disconnect the blue OEM brake apply wire and attach the Direclink blue output to the trailer connector. That can be done anywhere in the harness between the itbc and the truck umbilical socket.

But the magnet mod is easier and then you can use itbc. Is there a reason why you don't want to do that?
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