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Old 08-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #15
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Buy the brake plates as units. Has someone else mentioned that? Doesn't help Tillston but in the lower 48, Eastern Marine usually has sales on electric brakes, particularly the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust.

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:48 AM   #16
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Back to my Brakes

I can almost see the Scamp on the far side of the snow bank now, so once again thinking about my project to add brakes. Have checked out several links to kits and parts, and think I have the basic idea....the kit that Floyd pointed out on EBay
Add Brakes to Your Trailer camper Snowmobile 7" 5x4 5 | eBay
is by far the cheapest and seems the most complete. Has anyone actually bought that kit? Anyone have any thoughts about it?
I do want 7" brakes for my Scamp 13', not 10", correct?
ETrailer certainly has the most informative videos so think I'll get the controller from them. Tekonsha Prodigy P2 or P3 are so close in price, is there any reason to go with one over the other?
Thanks, as always, this forum is the BEST!
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #17
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Trailers emerging from the snowbanks reminding us of as-yet-undone projects- a sure sign of Spring!

Regarding the following from your threadstarter, which hasn't yet been addressed as far as I can see:

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My TV (2009 Honda Element) has the round connector for the trailer lights. I remember someone saying, "that's good! you can add brakes" when they saw that. I don't understand what they meant though.

The round connector might be wired for brakes, or it may only have its light connections powered up. Easy preliminary check is to just count the wires coming out the back of the plug and disappearing into the car. If six or seven, you're in luck. Probably means the P.O. had a controller up front somewhere and just took it with them. You MIGHT even have a charge line for your battery!

If only the lights are powered up, you'll have to start from scratch there; but no point going into it until we know for sure.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:46 AM   #18
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Today is the day we start on the brakes install. first we are just going to jack up the Scamp, set it on blocks, and remove the wheels and check what is actually there. If everything goes ok we should be able to confirm the diameter of the spindles and then order the brakes. Hubby likes the brake kit someone pointed me to on eBay, so we will probably go with them. Add Brakes to Your Trailer camper Snowmobile 7" 5x4 5 | eBay
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:43 AM   #19
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Go with Dexter Nev-R-Adjust I changed to them a couple of years ago and they are worth the money.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #20
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I don't think the make those Dexters in 7", but thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:09 PM   #21
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We have removed the wheel and hub and confirmed the size of the spindle, ordered the parts (!!) and they have arrived. Soon we will try to install them!
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:12 PM   #22
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here are the rest of the pics
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:40 PM   #23
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I'm in the process of installing new brake assemblies/hubs on mine. The one thing no one seems to have mentioned is wiring. Since I'm replacing, my wires are already there. Since you are adding, you will need to add them aswell. Also the brake assemblies (backing plate) I ordered did not come with hardware. Go figure. The old nuts had no washers. Seems odd. Locktite or distorted thread perhaps? I replaced the nuts with new and added lock washers. Odd size, 7/16" NF. Raz
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:01 PM   #24
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Hmmm, I don't know what a Scamp 13 axle is supposed to look like at rest, but do you have any spring left in that old Gal? The axle on my 16 (I know, different set up) was not that far up and was maxed out seized up tight. I had no spring other than soft tires at all when I towed her home. A new axle (3500 lb with 10" brakes) and all is well again.

Your picture does give me an idea though. I wonder if my old brake hubs and stuff would bolt right on the non-brake axle like that. Might be able to hook somebody up.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:46 PM   #25
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I don't think there is a problem with the torsion arm... the manual says it should be 22.5 degrees down. It might look a little different because it's resting only on one wheel now while its jacked up on this side. Does anyone else think it looks like it has a problem?
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:48 PM   #26
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Redirect Notice

this looks like a schematic of what it is.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:38 AM   #27
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uh oh. I'm starting to have a sinking feeling about this. it's only 9 years old though, that doesn't seem likely that the axle would be bad already....
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I don't think there is a problem with the torsion arm... the manual says it should be 22.5 degrees down. It might look a little different because it's resting only on one wheel now while its jacked up on this side. Does anyone else think it looks like it has a problem?
Again, I don't know what a Scamp 13 axle is supposed to look like but that is a picture of a spindle that is UP some degrees. It most certainly is not DOWN 22.5 or any other degrees for that matter. It either has some spring in it or not. Can you jack up on just the spindle (carefully to not damage it) and does it move? And, this is a torsion axle so what goes on on one end (off the ground or not) has little to no bearing on what happens on the other end. Please, please figure this out before you spend time and money adding brakes to this axle. I hope there is not a problem but from just what I see I suspect there is.
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