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Old 01-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hydraulic brake lines

First the disclaimer: I am not an expert on any kind of brakes and am only offering information on an issue I addressed on my Airstream 2008 30' Classic with hydraulic disc brakes . I would recommend that everyone interested consult with a brake specialist before proceeding with any issues related to brakes. What I'm reporting on is an issue pertaining to my unit only and what I did to resolve the problem.

On the recommendation of a friend, A fellow Airstreamer with the same hydraulic brake system, I checked mine and found the identical problem. The rubber hydraulic lines were too short to allow them to be installed with a proper bend when connected to the top of the caliper. This resulted in a very sharp bend which constantly flexed as the wheel bounced up and down. My trailer has about 9000 miles on it and already the 2 of the lines were showing signs of failure at the bend.

My solution was to have stainless braided lines fabricated a couple of inches longer which allowed a much larger radius bend to where the line connects to the caliper. I also had the lines fabricated with a 90 degree elbow where the line attaches to the distribution manifold. The new lines were fabricated here in Tampa while I waited. A simple look should verify if your lines were installed as were mine.

Jerry, Irene & Clancy
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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You can also move the mount for the steel brake line 1" closer to the axle, which will ease the bend on your existing hose.4 self-tapping screws are cheaper than 4 new hoses.

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These are over the counter items at any good speed shop or mail order from Jeg's, Summit or Speedway Motors at reasonble prices.
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