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Old 05-15-2018, 04:54 AM   #21
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How much for a brake job? Add "plates" did they mean rotors? Also service on the everlasting bearings?
Dealer wants $2500. ?
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:05 AM   #22
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Response to a couple of the above posts.
Radial Tires should never be reversed in rotation...presume that's why they only rotate truck and car tires back to front not criss-cross as they used to do for bias ply tires.
When I said spin the bearing I meant by hand. You should never use air to spin a dry bearing. I'm watching for smooth rotation and then as was noted, push on the bearing and rotate to feel for any roughness.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:14 AM   #23
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How much for a brake job? Add "plates" did they mean rotors? Also service on the everlasting bearings?
Dealer wants $2500. ?
Backing plates hold the brake shoes... i.e. they did not mean rotors.

I purchased 4 new backing plates for average $84 Canadian ea. (Two steps of two wheels each...slightly less for the second set)

I had the original Dexter drums refaced for $200 total. (Both brake magnet and drum faces)

At the International last year, Dexterity replaced my neighbour's tri-axel backing plates (6) for $800 total...no work on the drums.

Dealer prices reflect their overhead and lots of profit.

Backing plates change out is not difficult just time consuming. If you have an old trailer like mine, you will struggle to get the 5 bolts off. I replaced all of them as I did the change out since they were pretty corroded and it makes the replacement go smoother.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:25 AM   #24
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Yes, after 6 years of pulling you need to at least check the brakes and check and re pack the bearings. I just did mine. I have done them before and it is almost easier for me to do it than to schedule a shop and take the trailer in. My suggestion is to take it to a shop and get it done. But it can be done at home. You can buy the bearings and seals from Amazon. Also the brakes if you need shoes or to change the backing plates.

Yes, you can always make "one more trip" until something happens. Damaged axle. Maybe a tow. Wheel bearing on fire. Wreck. that sort of thing.

In Florida we found a RV service called "The Toy Doctor" who came to the campground and pulled the wheels, greased the bearings, and checked the brakes on the site. And he was cheaper than most shops. You might check for mobile RV servicing in your area.
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