Originally Posted by ericjan2
I was reading my 1977 AS manual. There is a large section regarding the disc brakes! It was my understanding that the 70's Airstreams came with minimal shoe brakes that were only engineered to stop the rig if it breaks away from the tow vehicle. Am I wrong here? Were disc brakes an option in 1977? Thanks, Eric
From what I’ve seen, the drum brakes used on new Airstreams are essentially the same as those used in the 1970s. At the time, those 2”x12” drum brakes were oversized relative to gvwr and the brakes used by other manufacturers.
Today, perhaps they are not really oversized, at least when we consider that there are now 10000 lb GVWR Airstreams with only two axles and four brakes.