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trailer brakes type?

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Greg K

07-28-2013 18:53:52

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I just picked up a single axle trailer last week that the wiring harness is messed up on. In the process of rewiring it the brakes on the axles need checked/replaced. currently the wires are cut to them, so I assume they are shot. I pulled one brake drum off and they are shoe type brakes. What happens is there is an electromagnet that is pulled to the face of the drum that the wheel mounts to. When this happens it drags and pulls the lever that engages the brakes. This setup apparently doesn't work in reverse :). What do I ask for when looking for parts? Does this type of brake setup have a name? I probably don't need brakes, but I would feel better with them. The trailer axle is either a 3000 or 4000 lb axle with a 6 bolt hub.

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07-29-2013 18:47:17

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  
Some electric brakes work forward and backwards, "free backing" brakes are designed to not engage in reverse to make it easier to maneuver in reverse.

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07-29-2013 07:58:11

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  
Those shoe brakes work both ways, all I have.

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welding man

07-29-2013 04:42:26

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  
If it has 6 bolts it is a 6000# Axle and should have 2 in wide x 12 in Shoes and oval magnets.

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07-28-2013 21:11:51

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  

Try Redneck Trailer. I am sure they have a website. Buying the whole assembly is a lot easier, and everything will be new and you won't have to worry about it.

The hardest thing on those brakes is leaving the trailer sit for a long time. If it gets used regularly, it's a pretty good system.

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Greg K

07-29-2013 05:02:25

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to John_PA, 07-28-2013 21:11:51  
Well that's not a good thought since it probably will sit for the most part. well I guess I will find out.

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Mark Robke

07-28-2013 19:10:52

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  

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Greg K

07-28-2013 19:19:54

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Mark Robke, 07-28-2013 19:10:52  
A friend of mine suggested that also, he said by the time you figure in your time and parts the complete assembly was the way to go. He suggested Midwest Wheel in Sioux City IA, I just need to get there.

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07-28-2013 19:10:43

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  
I worked at a travel trailer place for about a year before I joined the Air Force. IIRC there was only a couple of different types of brake magnets, take an old one in and they can match it. Might want to wire 'em up and try them first, most of them I had to replace were more 'cause of wear across the face of the magnet then them quitting or not working

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George Marsh

07-28-2013 19:02:20

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 Re: trailer brakes type? in reply to Greg K, 07-28-2013 18:53:52  
2 miles form my place they sell travel trailers. I got my magnet there. It was the only place in town. I would recommend getting a pair so they match. My replacement magnet seemed stronger than the rest and it pulled harder.

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