Originally Posted by Leipper
...The backing plate is a simple install (although I have heard conflicting stories about whether the hub braking surfaces need turning) - this ameliorates labor costs which tends to even out overall costs...
it is a simple install. I was at an SOB dealership the other day picking up common parts, and noticed they had backing plates on the shelf. Now, it might just be the brand they carry, but the man helping me told me that everything mounted on the backing plate would work on my Airstream, but the backing plate itself would not
. I would need to transfer the stuff from one backing plate to another.
I tended to trust him because although he works for an SOB dealer, he tows an Airstream
Just be careful that the loaded backing plates you buy will fit your axles.