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Old 03-02-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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NEWBe and still learning this site.. Need new shoes


Worked all day on my new baby.. 72 Overlander.. Wheel wells,, seams on the belly pan,, and such..

My brake shoes are the old riveted type,, so by my guess state there age as being almost as old as the camper.. The life of the lining I would guess by the rivet head depth is 1/3 left.. I feel I want to replace them as they show some cracking on the face of the brake lining..

My question is double sided,, as I am searching for replacement bake shoes and would think a group like this in size would have a full page of supporting links of places to get parts.. I know its here but just cant find it yet..

If not,, any idea where to find brake shoes?

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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Brake shoes can be replaced, but a better option is to replace the backing plates. They include all new shoes, springs and magnets.

You can find these at Airstream shops and other locations online.



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Old 03-02-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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Hi, Sodbust, and welcome to!

My thought is that an entire new brake assembly which includes the springs, adjusters, shoes, and matching fresh drums. is a better investment than just getting new shoes, and cost is surprisingly low.

You are bound to find other problems in them if you look carefully, and if the shoes are original, chances are the other parts are too.

I don't like to cut corners to save a few dollars on something as important as brakes, there's just too much on the line.

Most trailer places sell complete sets to fit your trailer. They are fairly generic.
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
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Kelsey-Hayes made the brakes, so maybe they still make replacement shoes for them?
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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No library of links, parts and supplies YET. I think this would be a great addition to the site!!!
The other question is if your axles are original and if there is any spring left in the rubber. If not you will want to replace them otherwise you'll be riding around with no shock absorption!
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