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Old 05-22-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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Talking Well, time for brakes, anyone tried the self adjusters ???

Well, It spring and time to inspect, check and possibly overhaul the brakes on our 31' AS. I found that when I took it out of storage the brakes functioned when applied but not as they should. I checked the adjustment the other day and tried to tighten them up and found some of the teeth on the star wheel worn down making it difficult ( but not impossible) to make a proper adjustment. Anyhow, with that in mind I decided today to pull a wheel and check farther. I found that the packing on the bearings looked good but while I have things apart I will re-pack and put new seals in. I found the brakes to be quite rusty and definatly raised my curiosity as to their ability to function. Since brakes are not where I like to experiment I will be replacing the brakes ASAP.

Has anyone here in Forumland tried the new style self adjusters ????? I checked with a couple of local suppliers and they haven't heard of self adjusting elect. brakes yet. I'm still waiting on one to get back to me on availablity and pricing. In the meantime I located a local source for the seals and have ordered them. I was suprised at the price, but gotta have them. Anyhow, brakes are readily available just waiting on the info. for the self adj. type.

Thanks for all the help from the forums. You guys are GREAT.
Happy Memorial Day from an AMERICAN VET

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Old 05-22-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
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You can buy Dexter Nev-R-Adjust loaded backing plates for around $50 from Eastern Marine. That's about $7 more than the old U-Adjust-M backing plates.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:43 AM   #4
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Well, got the self adjusting brakes yesterday. I installed them and re-packed the bearings and new seals also yesterday. It began to rain just as I finished so I waited until this morning for the test drive. The brakes worked fine. Wasn't sure just how the self adjusting feature works but I guess time will tell on that. The former brakes did work but far from adaquate. One wheel looked much more worn than the others so I would gather that perhaps that was the only wheel that was working. You could feel some brake action back there but a long way from good brakes. Now they grab nicely when applied from the controler. My truck has good brakes and at low speeds there did appear to be adaquate braking but no doubt highway speeds would tell a different tale. Now I feel comfortable that I have good brakes.
The install was very straightforward. The Dexter self adjusters came as a complete unit mounted to the backing plate. Remove the old and install the new. The old brakes had the mounting bolts welded to the backing plate so they came off with the old plate. The new units came without bolts so I had to make a trip the the hardware store and get 20 bolts which added an additional $30 to the cost. But that's the way it goes.
So now I'll keep an eye on the adjustments and see it they work up to expectations.

It's nice to have brakes.

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