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ilvtravln

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Posted: 10/14/19 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Need to replace brakes on my 5er, it has Lippert axles, drums are 12". Can I just replace the brake shoes or do I replace the entire backing plate, brakes, magnet all of it. Where do I go for parts?
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Posted: 10/14/19 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it were me and I was NOT able to upgrade to the electric/hydraulic disc system, I would take the 4 bolts off and replace the entire backing plate... Just make sure you get 2 left and 2 right


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Posted: 10/14/19 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The magnets wear down too and don't last through two sets of shoes.
I agree with the PP, I'd replace the backing plates as an assembly.
FWIW, I am very pleased with the automatic forward adjsuting units on my trailer.


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Posted: 10/14/19 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Etrailer.com has everything you need. It's best and easiest to change the entire brake assembly.


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Posted: 10/14/19 07:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds as though you've never done this before. Find a friend to help you through it as you'll also have to do the bearings.


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replace the whole things with self adjusting.


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Posted: 10/15/19 06:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You also need to inspect the drums for wear on both the braking surface and the magnet surface. You can get parts at most anyplace that has trailer parts.


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I replaced the brake assemblies and bearings last winter on my 2004 Keystone Cougar. If you have any mechanical ability it is fairly easy.

Dexter 10' electric brake assemblies (4): $175
Wheel bearings for 4 wheels: $54

This time I used a company named Sturdy Built Trailer (online). I believe they were cheaper than etrailer for the same brand assemblies.

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Posted: 10/15/19 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with others replace the entire assembly.

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Posted: 10/15/19 09:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I planned on replacing just the brake shoes on my toyhauler when necessary, but the price for brake shoes is ridiculous. You could easily spend $400 for the brake shoes for a double axle trailer. Of course the the whole brake kit could easily set you back $600. Or go cheap and get by for about the same as just the shoes would cost.


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