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Old 03-25-2006, 08:15 PM   #29
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I have the hydra-vac on my coach, in the 2 plus years of ownership I have never used them ( I will change that in the near future). I have pulled over 3000 miles this way and although brakes are nice, I belive that it would be ok to go without brakes if you drive accordingly. I would not go on the backroads, there will be more trafficlights and other conditions that would force one to stop. Stay on the freeway in the right lane, leave plenty of space between you and the next vehicle and use your transmission to help slow you down. Since this coach is going to a permanent resting spot it would be hard to justify the expense of upgrading the braking system.

Don't flame me too hard, brakes are a vital part of save towing and the size of the tow vehicle also plays into this. In my case I'm using a 4x4 1 Ton Dually Diesel, my truck weight is more than the coach and the brakes are large and well maintained.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:42 AM   #30
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If this is a 70's type unit, it has hydrallic disk brakes. All that is needed is a vacuum line from the manifold. If you are never going to tow the thing again I would not bother if it is smaller than 28 foot. A big one may be snakey without brakes and an inexperienced tower. If you can, maybe you should hire an experienced person with a big truck to tow it for you. In the long run you should follow the lead of most other owners (including me) and replace the antique hydrallics with conventional electrics for a total cost of $350 for parts and one afternoon's labor.
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Old 03-26-2006, 11:30 AM   #31
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In the long run you should follow the lead of most other owners (including me) and replace the antique hydrallics with conventional electrics for a total cost of $350 for parts and one afternoon's labor.

After having towed my Overlander with the new disc brakes, I would never go back to electric drums. My advice would be to simply add a electro-hydraulic actuator in the location of the hydravac. Disc brakes are definitely far superior in braking performance than drum brakes, especially electric drum brakes.
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Old 03-26-2006, 05:39 PM   #32
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It might be over kill as we're towing a 25 Safari, but just the same we're set to have the brakes upgraded the middle of April at the mother ship. I've heard nothing but good results from those who have already had the upgrade.
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Old 03-26-2006, 07:36 PM   #33
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It might be over kill as we're towing a 25 Safari, but just the same we're set to have the brakes upgraded the middle of April at the mother ship. I've heard nothing but good results from those who have already had the upgrade.
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I don't think that it's overkill at all. A 25 Safari is not a very light trailer, and the disc brake upgrade will more than likely make a huge difference in trailering safety.
My Overlander is a 63 vintage, lighter than the 25 Safari, and it is a joy to tow with the disc brakes. Especially since I tow with a 97 Suburban 1500, which is not kown to have the best brakes in the industry. It might not be a big improvement with a larger truck that has upgraded brakes. Still, though, I like the idea that I can descent very long and steep grades, tapping the trailer's disc brakes to slow down the entire rig without noticeable fade, which was not the case with my previous trailer's brand new electric brakes. Crossing the Rockies had me scared a few times. Which is why I went with teh discs on my 63 during the rebuild.
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