I have a 2006 Chrysler Caravan, and camp fairly close to home (weekend trips). I will be towing my 13CT on flat terrain. (not many mountains here in Michigan! ) I need to replace my brake rotors, and I am wondering if it might be worthwhile to 'upgrade' to something better than stock rotors. I don't have electric brakes on my trailer, so all the braking power is from my van.
So, what do you all think - would I be wasting my money installing better rotors?
And what rotors do you recommend? Oh, yes I will obviously need brake pads too.
Thanks in advance for the advice !
Many years ago, in some of the more expensive performance cars and in racecars, rotors were crossdrilled to allow for outgassing from organic/asbestoes brake pads.
Modern ceramic pads don't outgas and so crossdrilling today only serves a cosmetic function. In hard braking this can actually lead to cracks.
The function of slotting is to provide a path to remove brakedust and maintain better pad to rotor contact during braking. This is really only a measurable advantage in extreme use applications like road racing or hard street use, besides, many quality brake pads now come slotted and chamfered, which removes dust and helps prevent chatter.
Most modern braking systems have vented rotors on the front and non-vented rotors or drums on the back.
A good quality replacement pad such as Raybestos quiet stop ceramics will optimize your braking without the need for expensive and extensive brake modifications.
Two more points...
1] Modern ABS prevents lock-up,and thereby electronicly mitigates absolute braking power. It also reduces to a small extent the amount of heat generated in repeated hard braking.
2] Since you Tow at 10-15MPH slower, allow greater distance between you and the traffic in front, and lift earlier when approaching stops than you do when driving without the trailer, you really should be fine, espescially if you are within the 40% rule on weight