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Old 12-29-2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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I happened to be looking through a Northern Tools catalog and found that they carry a number of different brake kits at great prices, however they are NOT Dexter or Al-Ko and I have no idea how good they may be.

Set of 7" electric drum-hubs and brake plate $199 (Controller and breakaway switch not included)

They also have kits to convert drum brakes to disc brakes (10" $449, no 7") or to add hydraulic brakes, drum-hub, brake plate and tongue actuator, 7" $379, 10" $399.

Shipping is 80-90 lbs
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:55 PM   #2
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A local RV dealer, Brandt Trailer Sales in Dayton OH, quoted me a price of $258.00 for a complete set of 7" Dexter brakes to fit our 04 13' Scamp. For the convenience of dealing locally and not paying for shipping, I'll probably go with this. Out of curiosity, I asked about converting to 10" brakes and learned that I'd have to change wheels and tires (may not be a problem for Casitas). I figure 7" brakes will work much better than no brakes, so I'll stick with the stock size.

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Old 12-29-2007, 10:24 PM   #3
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Be sure he's talking about the drum-hubs being included!

There's a thread currently going on at Yahoo Scampers about upsizing brakes, but as I see it there's really no point. The stock 7" brakes are strong enough to lock up the wheels (part of adjusting the controller is basically to lock up the wheels and then back off that setting a bit), so what's the point of bigger brakes beyond perhaps less wear and tear on the hardware?

IIRC, previous cars I've owned had 8" brakes...
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:55 PM   #4
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Pete, I purchased a replacement set of brakes and hubs/magnets from Northern and they work well. Was less expensive than putting in new magnets and shoes.

www.northerntools.com www.jcw.com are great sites for parts and even better cataloges to have next to your rocker to do research with.
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Pete,

A local RV dealer, Brandt Trailer Sales in Dayton OH, quoted me a price of $258.00 for a complete set of 7" Dexter brakes to fit our 04 13' Scamp. For the convenience of dealing locally and not paying for shipping, I'll probably go with this. Out of curiosity, I asked about converting to 10" brakes and learned that I'd have to change wheels and tires (may not be a problem for Casitas). I figure 7" brakes will work much better than no brakes, so I'll stick with the stock size.

Parker
The 7" brakes are more than adequate.
I redid the 7" brakes on a Trillium 4500 earlier this year and I could lock the brakes up and wear flat spots on the tires if I had wished to.
I just did a complete brake replacement on my 13' Scamp and again if I wanted to I could wear flat spots on the tires.
10" brakes on a small trailer are overkill and a waste of money in my opinion.
I would check with a plain trailer supply company, not an RV dealer, or a suspension shop as they both will carry the brake parts you need, probably at less cost.

Good luck.
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