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Old 08-12-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Dexter E/H Actuator to replace ActiBrake Actuator

I would greatly appreciate hearing from owners that have replaced Actibrake actuators with Dexter E/H actuators, or have installed Dexter actuators for any reason. Information on the exact Dexter model number used, ease of installation, if you did it yourself, etc. Of special interest is how well the Dexter actuator worked with a Ford ITBC.

My Actibrake unit stopped working recently, and I am giving consideration to replacing it with a Dexter unit. Our trailer is a 2006 model year Classic, 30 ft., pulled by a 2010 Ford F-250 with the ITBC.

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Old 08-18-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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I would greatly appreciate hearing from owners that have replaced Actibrake actuators with Dexter E/H actuators, or have installed Dexter actuators for any reason. Information on the exact Dexter model number used, ease of installation, if you did it yourself, etc. Of special interest is how well the Dexter actuator worked with a Ford ITBC.

My Actibrake unit stopped working recently, and I am giving consideration to replacing it with a Dexter unit. Our trailer is a 2006 model year Classic, 30 ft., pulled by a 2010 Ford F-250 with the ITBC.

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Most of the owners that required a replacement went with the Carlisle actuator.

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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nickmeloy,

According to the Carlisle web site, their actuator is not compatible with your truck.

The Titan Brake Rite II SD is compatible with the adapter module.

The Dexter DX1600 is compatible with the 2008-2010 Super Duty Ford ITBC.

I'll be fitting the Dexter unit, at my own cost, if Airstream don't replace the Actibrake unit currently fitted and subject to a recall. Although it works at the moment, I have no faith in it and it probably wont work in the future.

Our truck is an 2008 F350 6.4 Super Duty.

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I have a 2010 F-250 with ITBC and my Carlisle actuator works just fine.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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Dexter 1600 psi Actuator Installation

I removed the Actibrake actuator last weekend, cleaned and painted the metal box at the front of the trailer (2006 model, 30 ft. Classic with hydraulic disc brakes), traced and cleaned up the wireing, and installed the Dexter actuator. The unit was tested with the breakway switch and it performed as specified. The unit was confirmed to work with the manual slide when connected to the truck (2010 F-250 with Ford's ITBC), which was then used to bleed the brakes.

I road tested the trailer today, and the brake operation seems to be more agressive than when using the previous actuator (Actibrake) at the same gain setting (7.5) on the ITBC.

I would appreciate hearing from other Ford ITBCs controlling a Dexter actuator as to the gain setting that they have found to be satisfactory on this size trailer (30 ft. Classic).

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Nick, for what it is worth, I have my ITBC set to 7.5 also for my Carlisle actuator.
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I would greatly appreciate hearing from owners that have replaced Actibrake actuators with Dexter E/H actuators, or have installed Dexter actuators for any reason. Information on the exact Dexter model number used, ease of installation, if you did it yourself, etc. Of special interest is how well the Dexter actuator worked with a Ford ITBC.

My Actibrake unit stopped working recently, and I am giving consideration to replacing it with a Dexter unit. Our trailer is a 2006 model year Classic, 30 ft., pulled by a 2010 Ford F-250 with the ITBC.

F. A. Meloy
If you can have a dealer do the "Recall" it could save you big $$.
There is a problem with the brake fluid getting on the electronics. This causes the actuator to fail.
BTW I went with the Carlisle unit. It is supposed to work with my 2006 F-250 with Tow Command.
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Is the Carlisle actuator a 1600 or 1200?
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Is the Carlisle actuator a 1600 or 1200?
1600 for disk, 1200 for drum.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:23 PM   #11
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Actibarke 1976 Airstream

I installed the Kodiak disk brakes and the Actibrake actuator on my 1976 A/S a little over 2 years ago and I have not had any problems, yet. Is the Actibarke failure more frequest with the newer factory installed Airstreams or does the failure occur in the retro fit installations as well. Thanks

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I installed the Kodiak disk brakes and the Actibrake actuator on my 1976 A/S a little over 2 years ago and I have not had any problems, yet. Is the Actibarke failure more frequest with the newer factory installed Airstreams or does the failure occur in the retro fit installations as well. Thanks

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It appears that the bulk of the problems, was with the latest Actibrake actuator, that's housed in a plastic jacket.

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Andy I bought the Disk brakes and Actibrake from you at the end of 2008. It's gray about the size of a shoebox. Would that be it.

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Andy I bought the Disk brakes and Actibrake from you at the end of 2008. It's gray about the size of a shoebox. Would that be it.

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This is a photo of the original Actibrake, that's OK.

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