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Old 06-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Dexter self adjusting electric brakes on 17' Escape

Hello, I am buying a 17' Escape Plan A trailer...does anyone have experience with Dexter self-adjusting electric brakes on this, or any other rv trailer? Any pros or cons....? Am also getting easy lub bearing set up...any pros or cons on this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Ian
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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No experience, but I don't know why I would want brakes that need manual slack adjustment if I could have brakes that do it for me... like the brakes in every car.

Just a note if anyone is confused: this is a feature to adjust slack only; it has nothing to do with the need to adjust the brake controller.

I don't have a boat trailer, so I have no use for E-Z Lube. I would't object to its presence, but wouldn't pay any premium for it. I suggest a search of this forum for many previous discussions of this somewhat controversial feature.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Ian, are you getting the true Dexter E-Z lubes or just sticking on the Bearing Buddies as Brian alluded to in his Boat Trailer statement.

E-Z lubes are NOT Bearing Buddies. I have the E-Z lube system on the axle on my Scamp and like it very much. However, I also changed the axle to get it.
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I know Escape now offers EZ Lube as an $75 option, it is an entirely different axle, not sure if the self adjusting brakes is an option.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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Yes I am getting the axle with easy lub, not bearing buddies. Thanks, Ian
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good for you Ian. Like all things, it still requires maintenance, but not as much and not as "greasy" as often without...
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... Bearing Buddies as Brian alluded to in his Boat Trailer statement.
I did not refer to Bearing Buddies, and intended no allusion to them.

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E-Z lubes are NOT Bearing Buddies.
True; I understand that. My comment was specifically about Dexter's E-Z Lube - my apologies for mis-punctuating it the first time - although it would apply equally well to similar grease-injection schemes from other axle manufacturers.
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Ian,
Has Escape told you that self NV-R-Adjust brake axles are now available? I know airstream uses some on some models.
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Self adjusting brakes

Yes, Reese has said they can be ordered with the e-z lub axle... he wasn't too keen on them; said they were fairly new and there might be problems. But I'm inclined to get them unless others nix them enough. Ian
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Ian,
Has Escape told you that self NV-R-Adjust brake axles are now available? I know airstream uses some on some models.
What's the difference between "self adjust" and "Nev-R-Adjust"?

I ask because Dexter's promo vid for the latter on Youtube actually uses the words "never adjust self adjusting brakes again!".

Does that mean that "self-adjusting brakes" actually do need adjustments of some kind????

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:38 PM   #11
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I have Dexter Nev-R-Adjust brakes on the Burro. They are $37 in the box price per wheel for 10" from Eastern Marine. I think that's reasonable for an after-market brake carrier but pricing as an option package on a new trailer may make them appear a bit more dear, as would buying for a dual axle, as in the case of the larger Escapes. I have had no trouble with mine on two short (200+mi.) camping trips.

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What's the difference between "self adjust" and "Nev-R-Adjust"?

I ask because Dexter's promo vid for the latter on Youtube actually uses the words "never adjust self adjusting brakes again!".

Does that mean that "self-adjusting brakes" actually do need adjustments of some kind?
No, there's no difference, it's just poor scriptwriting. Nev-R-Adjust brakes adjust themselves, so you should never need to adjust them... just like cars with drum brakes.
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Don't you mean disc brakes, Brian? Drums brakes needed adjusting.
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Don't you mean disc brakes, Brian? Drums brakes needed adjusting.
Cars with drum brakes are self adjusting - at least for about the last 40 years.
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