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Old 02-19-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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I have a 1984 Airstream Excella (34' -- 6 axle) and had the brake assemblies (electric brakes) replaced about 3 years ago. There is approximately 1/8" lining thickness left on the shoes. We will be going out west and to Alaska this summer (a "lot" of miles and mountains)--do I need to replace the brake shoes before the trip? Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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When the linings have reached the same thickness as the metal backer, in this case the shoe, it is necessary time to replace the shoes. I believe the shoe would be about 1/8 inch. So yes replace them before taking that trip.

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The linings don't really come with much more than that. My vote is inspect and make sure all are reletively even, if yes than I would wait and take a look next year.
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Lesson in intuition: For some reason you heard a message to worry about it. Follow through, replace them or check and see they are still new enough. For some reason you are supposed to be in there checking. Maybe a brake part is being awol. The more you act on intuition, the more you get.
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Lesson in intuition: For some reason you heard a message to worry about it. Follow through, replace them or check and see they are still new enough. For some reason you are supposed to be in there checking. Maybe a brake part is being awol. The more you act on intuition, the more you get.
If in doubt, do it.

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Bill C,

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I would think the brake shoe is 1/16"and the lining is 3/16" when new & bonded vs. riveted. There has been a recent thread on here about brake dust & wear. Three years is not a lot of time unless your brakes are dragging or wearing prematurely. You might talk to the rv shop as to their experience.

In my case, I purchased the trailer in 2003 and have not changed the brake linings yet. It took quite a while until I got them adjusted to where they were same braking force. (when my wife winces in the passenger seat & causes me to lock a wheel, then I know which one is adjusted too tight)

My linings are not wearing much. Two trips to Texas, one to Florida, Internationals, British Columbia caravan, Newfoundland caravan, plus misc. trips. 20,000 plus miles.

Are you going to Alaska on the caravan with Makovich????
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