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Old 08-22-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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My trailer is is in the trailer hospital waiting for a brake transplant.

I am having "camping withdrawals".

I made an appointment last Friday to have the bearings repacked/replaced and have the brakes inspected. As I am very busy with my own work, and am uninitiated in certain trailer mechanics, I figured I needed professional help. I knew I was "Pushing my luck" as it had been 2 years since I had it done the last time.

They reported back that the magnets were badly worn and the coils were exposed. I authorized the repairs they quoted. Now it seems that they were only going to replace the internal parts in my existing hubs. Come to find out that the original Fiber Stream brakes were 7-1/4", which are no longer available as the industry standard is now 7". What we are in the midst of now is the back-and-forth of trying to obtain the correct parts, and waiting for the shipment to arrive.

I have already refurbished the wheels, and replaced the leaf springs and the associated mounting hardware.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:27 PM   #2
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Hi Fred
I thought that was your Fiberstream.I was there saturday picking up some electrical stuff for my" project Scamp". SD Trailer Supply is pretty good , hopefully they can fabricate some parts.
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:54 PM   #4
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I picked up my trailer today! The old brakes were a make not listed in your link, Pete... the tech said they were something his grandfather used back in the day...

Dexter shipped from a warehouse here on the coast; the tech was expecting the parts to come from Elkhart, IN. Apparently, there were the right parts to adapt to my existing backing plates. I now have new Dexter Brakes!
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:15 AM   #5
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Good for you ...That must have made you happy.Now you get get back to safe trailering.
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:05 PM   #6
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Frederick;

I learned that lesson last year. The RV shop put in a whole brake transplant. Works great.

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