Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

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Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Eliza & Jack » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:27 pm

I decided to repack wheel bearings on our 2015 34RL. We only put 3000 miles on it since we bought it new in February. Every thing was alright until I pulled the last wheel the right rear. The brake adjuster and spring fell out of the drum. By the way it looks it was never attached to the brake shoes. The drum is pretty scarred up and the adjuster and spring are junk. The shoes look like new and the drum had no brake dust at all. The dealer is going to contact Dexter and send me new parts. This is a good reason for those that like to grease the e z lube zerks rather than pull the drums.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby JoeCamper » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:41 am

That same thing happened to me last December, while we were traveling. My TPMS alerted me to a high temperature condition on the right front wheel. I stopped in a school parking lot since it was a Sunday and the lot was empty. When I removed the drum, I too found the brake adjuster and spring at the bottom of the drum. They were severely mutilated from rubbing against the pad and drum. I removed the loose pieces, tied the brake shoes together with a zip tie and cut the wires to the brake magnet. I continued our trip to SE Georgia with only 3 working brakes since I only had about 100 miles to go. When I went to a trailer specialty shop in Jacksonville, FL, the guy told me that is a common problem with the self adjusting brakes. He recommended replacing the brakes with manually adjusting brakes. So, that is what I did. If I remember right, I believe I did it for less that $200.00.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Eliza & Jack » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:51 pm

Next August we plan on installing disc brakes. I don't like having to worry about the brakes and if we have all four. We pull with a gas engine and need all the braking we can get on down grades.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Eliza & Jack » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:22 pm

Well, that settles it!!!! While traveling to Minnesota, we stopped for the night at lakeside casino and RV park in Osceola iowa.
While turning around in the parking lot I heard a scraping noise coming from the right front brake. I pulled the drum to find the adjuster and spring dropping on the ground. Looks like it has been off a while. I just ordered a disc brake kit. It is costing us 1835.00 and free labor that is me. We owned our Cardinal for 7 years and put 50 thousand miles on her and only repacked wheel bearings every year. Never had brake problems. That had 6k lb axles with reverse adjusters. These forward adjusters on the CC are a poor design in my opinion.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby JoeCamper » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:20 am

I want to go with disk brakes, also, Jack. I am not happy with the stopping power of the current set up. I guess I'm going to have to get off of some money. :(
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Danny & Cheryl » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:04 am

Disc Brakes, you will not believe the stopping power.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Eliza & Jack » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:48 am

Etrailer.com got my order yesterday. I will install as soon as I get them. When 1 brake stops working you can tell. They are shipping with China made bearings so I may order usa made timken's from a different web site.
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Re: Brake adjuster rolling around in drum

Postby Eliza & Jack » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:58 am

I repacked my wheel bearings every year and have noticed changes in some of the bearings so have decided to not use the new Chinese bearings that come with the disc brake kit. I just ordered new bearings and races from bearings.parts in Iowa. They are NTN that are made in the U.S.A.
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