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Old 05-20-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hello one and all!

I need to put on electric brakes on my 1973 25 airstream. I dont know if I should take it to a dealer and have them do it, or if I can do it myself. I dont even know where I would begin to look for the parts. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Dave
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hello one and all!

I need to put on electric brakes on my 1973 25 airstream. I dont know if I should take it to a dealer and have them do it, or if I can do it myself. I dont even know where I would begin to look for the parts. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Dave
Replacing the brakes is easy as pie.

You don't even need a jack.

A couple of 2 x 6's will let you lift the trailer high enough, on one tire, and suspend the other.

You can then remove that tire and wheel, and then replace the brake backing plate.

Do that 4 times and your done.

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Old 05-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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If you are comfortable with nuts and bolts mechanical work there is no reason not to do it yourself. The backer plates simple bolt into place and the electrical connection is just connecting 2 wires at each brake. No polarity to the wires. Adjusting the brakes is standard, tighten the star adjuster till the wheel will not turn and then back off 4 clicks on the star adjuster.

The more important task will be setting and adjusting the wheel bearings as you put the drums back on. Use a pair of channel pliers to tighten down the wheel nut, while turning the drum, till it is snug. Now back off on the nut about 1/8 of a turn or until you can insert the cotter key. The important thing the drum wants to have some in and out play when you are done. TOO TIGHT is wrong.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:50 PM   #4
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You can get the backing plates at Northern Tool,you might as well get a bearing packer,and some high grade wheel bearing grease,there is one in N.Ft. Myers,now the wheel seals are a different matter,take an old one to NAPA and see if they have a double lip seal,you will want to check your
brake drums when you pull them,if they are smooth,scuff them up with some 80 dry sand paper,if they are grooved you need to get them turned or back to N.T.to get new drums.
Install backing plates,connect electric,pack wheel bearings,install seals ,replace drum.adjust brakes,install wheel and torque nuts,drive off ramp,you have 1 wheel done,only 3 more to do .
They will be easier,first 1 is the hardest.Dave
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Thank you all so much. I will keep you posted when I get them done. It sounds pretty easy now with all the direction! Thanks again!
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Is this for replacing old electric brakes with new? I've got a 1975 with non-working vacuum brakes, I need to upgrade to something, something that works anyway!
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Is this for replacing old electric brakes with new? I've got a 1975 with non-working vacuum brakes, I need to upgrade to something, something that works anyway!
Some parts are still available for the original vacuum operated disc brakes.

Also the syncronizing valve can be rebuilt, which is the usual cause of those brakes not working.

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Had totally new brakes system done by A/S repair shop here and new shocks installed . Replaced the Vac system on the 77. Cost about $1600 total.
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Wow, $1600 is a lot - is that something that a handy kind of person could do? I'm fine keeping the disc brakes if I can switch away from the vacuum system. Oy! I'm reading the archives as fast as I can, so I can understand what questions to ask... Good thing I've got some months before she needs to get on the road.
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Wow, $1600 is a lot - is that something that a handy kind of person could do? I'm fine keeping the disc brakes if I can switch away from the vacuum system. Oy! I'm reading the archives as fast as I can, so I can understand what questions to ask... Good thing I've got some months before she needs to get on the road.
There are new style actuators available that you can add to your system, which does away with the need for any vacuum.

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You might want to call Andy at Inland and ask him about the self-adjusting brakes. One less chore to do...

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