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Old 05-07-2009, 06:40 PM   #21
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Custom Brake Hoses

Well my friendly neighborhood hydraulic shop called me yesterday to let me know my new brake hoses were finished. So on my way home from work tonight I stopped and picked them up. I had them made 6" longer and out of braided steel.

I would have started installing them, but it finally stopped raining here and I needed to cut the grass before it needed to be baled. I will post more pictures of the install process and final outcome.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:08 PM   #22
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Finished brake revision

Hi - I finally finished rerouting the brake lines, then bled them (took forever) and tested it all with an overnight this weekend. Works well, and the lines are mostly clear (the front curbside nipple at the caliper is just shy of the lip of the frame!).

Here are some photos I took of the process. Hope they make it clear. I fashioned new flex line brackets from 1.5 " aluminum angle, and fastened these to the 3inch rubberized axle. These brackets were angled slightly to direct the flex line laterally past the offending frame. The rigid brake lines I bought at Canadian Tire (very cheap), and bent them with a bender ($10).

I fastened the rigid lines to the frame with rubber and rivets.

If anyone needs more detail, I'd be happy to post more.

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Old 05-10-2009, 08:05 PM   #23
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lI lost the road side lead wheel interior break pad. (The retaining pad pin was not secured).Result: Total loss of fluid,total loss of trailer breaking capacity,destroyed lead wheel caliper plus rotor. After addressing that problem. I am sitting in Orlando KOA with a non-functioning refrig,a constantly tripping 20 amp AC breaker. 2009 classic 30 in service less than sixty days.Needless to say my first introduction to the AS life style has been less than satisfactory. I reallymiss my previous RV. I forgot to mention my new refrig was also on recall .also
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:18 PM   #24
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Due to your post I inspected my flex lines and I found one that was almost wore through. But mine was worn on the tire side as though the tire was rubbing it.
Looked like plenty of clearance but I guess not enough. Went to have a hose made today but apparently the fitting on the end that connects to the metal tubing must be different. The new one leaked at that connection but the old one doesn't. Anybody know if there is anything special about the fittings. I am going to order a new line tomorrow from Airstream or Airstream dealer but I am curious if any one knows?

Also Deitz645 thanks for calling this to our attention I would have missed it.

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:34 PM   #25
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Installed Custom Hoses

On Sunday I took some time off from yard work and opening the pool to install the new custom braided steel brake hoses on our '06. The install was uneventful except for one loose fitting that proceeded to spray me with brake fluid while we were bleeding the brakes. I made sure the fitting was tight and no more leaks. The new hoses are plenty long enough now and I was able to position them so they WILL NOT rub on the wheel well, frame, or tire. Here are some pictures of hoses on the curb side. The road side looked just about the same.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #26
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Due to your post I inspected my flex lines and I found one that was almost wore through. But mine was worn on the tire side as though the tire was rubbing it.
Looked like plenty of clearance but I guess not enough. Went to have a hose made today but apparently the fitting on the end that connects to the metal tubing must be different. The new one leaked at that connection but the old one doesn't. Anybody know if there is anything special about the fittings. I am going to order a new line tomorrow from Airstream or Airstream dealer but I am curious if any one knows?

Also Deitz645 thanks for calling this to our attention I would have missed it.

Pappy
Pappy,
I am glad folks are checking their hoses. If you get the hoses from Airstream I would ask them to send you ones that are 6" longer than the standard hoses. If you have custom hoses made, just take one to the shop and they should be able to duplicate the fittings. Just remember to cover the fittings that hose hooks up to so no insects / spiders try to make a home in them.

For those folks looking for an Airstream part number for the brake hoses, it is...454300-16
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:43 PM   #27
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Hi I need help with breaks

Not sure if you can help; and truth I need a Bigger truck. I have a 76 airstream I just bought. It is in great condition with the wiring ect./ X retired military man owned. I it hooked to a new Chevy all worked, even electric breaks. I have an 1997 Chevy, Have had problems with the wiring harness. Last year redid all wires to spec, with 6 wires, not 7, but to a 7 way plug. As I also pull a gooseneck horsetrailer. The electric breaks work on the horse trailer/ but not the Airstream? Do I have to have the 7th wire? Wahhh, Been working on it a while and was planing to head to the mountains of nc next weekend. Beth from Bunn NC

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Carl, glad you had a positive outcome to losing your brakes. I had a problem with my brake controller going up into the mountains of NC - not a great time or place! Anyway, stopped at an RV dealer (not an AS dealer) and they wouldn't help (all service techs in meeting), yeah right! The service manager wouldn't even come out to see what the problem could be. So, long story short, I had turned the braking range all the way down to 0 by mistake - turned it up and breaks were there! Glad to know that the breaks were working!

I had a problem with the power jack and Randy from AS was really great and overnighted a part to us also. Every time I have needed AS, they have come through. Sorry to say that the RV dealer in Hendersonville NC (Todds RV) couldn't have cared less.

Is there a retro repair to keep your brake line from rubbing and leaking again?
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