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Old 04-14-2007, 06:50 PM   #15
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concern....

I'm concerned that the way your flex lines bend down, they'll snag on debris... say a stick in the road, etc. and pull the line out. Can they not be mounted closer to the axles and curve up?

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Old 04-14-2007, 09:55 PM   #16
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Great Advice

Yes, new shocks are on their way as well. Marc and 2air, I agree with your recommendation, now that I see your pictures. It will be much better with the brackets up higher and closer ... I also like the fact that the flex hose goes up then down (well away from debris kicking up). Thanks again, Doug
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:29 PM   #17
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Update: ready for new axles

Well, I believe I have everything ready. The brake lines have been run and connected to the Actibrake unit (all wired in). I have pulled out the old axles and cleaned up the frame. We just heard from the freight company, the new axles are due to be delivered tomorrow, Wed. That's only 1 day shipping! Here are some recent pictures of the brake work.
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Here are some recent pictures of the brake work.
that looks very nice!

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:27 PM   #19
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Wrap Up on this Thread

Just to close out this thread, here are several pictures of the disc brakes installed on the new axles (what a difference from the old axles that were horizontal). Everything went smooth except for one little glitch. The Actibrake module failed in the first several days and the folks at Actibrake sent me a replacement (2 day shipment) and everything works fantastic. We took the trailer out to Grand Teton National Park and handled the mountains with ease. Put about 3,000 miles on it (including blowing a tire - no damage to the system). Many thanks to Andy, Actibrake folks, and the forum members for helping with this project ... on to the next one!
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Just to close out this thread, here are several pictures of the disc brakes installed on the new axles (what a difference from the old axles that were horizontal). Everything went smooth except for one little glitch. The Actibrake module failed in the first several days and the folks at Actibrake sent me a replacement (2 day shipment) and everything works fantastic. We took the trailer out to Grand Teton National Park and handled the mountains with ease. Put about 3,000 miles on it (including blowing a tire - no damage to the system). Many thanks to Andy, Actibrake folks, and the forum members for helping with this project ... on to the next one!
Please let others know the difference in braking, that you experience comparing the electric brakes to the disc brakes, with your 32 foot Airstream.

Could Actibrake improve on the way they assisted you?

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I also converted to disc brakes with the Actibrake actuator. I needed a new unit, things weren't working properly. Actibrake sent me a new actuator, in faith that I would send mine upon receipt of the new one. They even paid shipping both ways!

I would say Actibrake has excellent customer service!!
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Braking difference is HUGE

Hi Andy, the difference is incredible. I have seen others talk about a 40% improvement in stopping distance and I believe it. We had an instance on I-80/94 near the I-65 interchange southeast of Chicago where we were moving at about 65 mph and a car in front of me decided to come to an almost complete stop so he could merge into the exit lane ... I had to lock up all four brakes. That was a first ! I have never had that kind of stopping power with the electric drums.... nor that kind of smoke and squeel from the tires! The trailer definitely provided the majority of the stopping power ... good thing we had our seatbelts on because we were jerked forward. I cleared that crazy car with lots of distance. Like SequoiaCoast Actibrake covered the shipping costs both ways when they replaced the unit. They and you, Andy, were great to work with so no improvements needed! On our next trip out west I will have the confidence to take some of those steep grades (like Flaming Gorge Canyon in Utah).
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