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Old 07-05-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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parking brake: suggestions?

I want to retrofit my 1980 with electric brakes with a parking brake feature (maybe even have it double as break away safety brake). I am working on what size dexters I will need, but also need to think about the parking brake lever: Has anyone fitted these and have suggestions as to what is the easiest/best to use?



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Old 07-05-2009, 12:50 PM   #2
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Hmmmm ... parking brake? Does that imply that the electric brakes will be energized whenever parked? Not sure how you'd power them ... or that you want to add a cable activation system? Let us know what your solution is.

My parking brakes are chocks, and they work just fine.

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Old 07-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #3
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Seems like a lot of work,but it can be done ,you would need to retro fit the hardware from a car rearend, with the cables and an engagement lever [lever from an emergency brake mounted between seats].You would also probably have to cut out the part of the backing plate that the cable comes out of ,and weld it back in the dexter plate. Too much work,I`ll use a couple of 2x4 s.Dave
You can`t use electric ,it will burn out magnets.
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A couple of wheel chucks will do a better job and cost nothing if you make them out of wood.
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This concept works great with my little Jeep trailer. You can see from the picture that the parking brake handle moves a mechanism that pulls a cable to a splitter and then pulls another set of cables to equally expand the shoes while parked. This little setup works great on this application but I cant imagine why you would need mechanical or electrical parking brakes on the Airstream?!

I use the expanding wheel chocks between my tandem wheels and they work great. A wedged shaped block would do well too

If you do consider electrical, the current draw to maintain contact would suck batteries down in no time. If you decide to go forward with the plan please post pictures so we can see the final project.

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A couple of wheel chucks will do a better job and cost nothing if you make them out of wood.
Howie nailed it again....

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this system is required in parts of Europe. i'm sure someone there will have information and post it.

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