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Old 03-22-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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Dexter disc brake failure - stranded in Medford

We are on the road and stuck in Medford OR. Our disc brakes have sprung a fluid leak in the wheel well on one side. The nearest AS dealer is nearly three hours away. Never had this problem before - who can work on these brakes?? I don't feel comfortable driving through the mountains for three hours without trailer brakes on a 34' classic.

Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks!

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:19 PM   #2
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Is there any way for you to isolate the leak that will allow you to use the remainder of your brakes? At least this will give you some braking so you can get to a repair shop.

Also, have you tried to find acommercial trailer repair place that might be able to do a temporary fix? I know that there is a pretty good Airstream dealer in Eugene.

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Try a horse trailer shop.

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Old 03-22-2007, 08:07 PM   #4
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any auto shop should be able to repair a hydraulic brake leak. The actuator is the only difference between it and any other brakeing sytem. Best of luck
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice guys! I will spend the night and try an RV repair shop or auto repair shop in the morning. Hopefully, will be on th road north again by afternoon.

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Old 03-22-2007, 08:51 PM   #6
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hi pete, any idea where the leak originates...

is it a fitting or connection to the caliper, or inside the caliper?

i've heard of leaks inside the dexter caliper as fitted on a/s...

also, hookedonclassics had a leak from a rub/friction on a steel line that was...

to close to a tire? happened very early in ownership or just after delivery...

take photos AND document the issue...

unless you snagged a line on debris you should have warranty coverage...

i'd even consider having a mechanic house call....

if there isn't a shop close...

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Old 03-22-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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I have looked at the situation really good before it got dark tonight. I can't find the leak, but know it is pretty bad. I filled the reservior at a truck stop and tested the brakes, only to find the fluid all over the ground in the twenty or so feet I pulled up and tested the brakes. I only had a few miles to go until my overnight stop, so I drove on - with white knuckles. There is an RV repair shop - not AS just down the road. I am going to call them first thing in the am to see if I can get in to have a look. If it is something other than a line or fitting, is it possible to have them bypass only that brake, leaving the other two on that side and the three on the the street side in order to get us down the road and to an AS dealer in Eugene? The trailer is new, so warranty should cover the repair, if needed. I would prefer AS to do the repair if it something major.

I really appreciate your help. This is what the forum is for, at least in my humble opinion!

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Pete.... How did you get this resolved?

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