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rvshrinker

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Posted: 05/14/20 09:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer is 2.5 years old and has ~ 10,000 miles. How do I check brakes and shocks? WIll have a shop do it if too complicated.

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Pull the trailer wheel off. Remove cotter pin. Remove the large nut. Remove the drum. Look at the brake shoes. The brake material should be 3/8" thick. Any oil around the shock? 10k miles is nothing for a shock, unless you are doing the Baja 500 with your trailer.

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Brake inspection requires removing the brake drum,so you might as well repack the bearings while you are in there.

Bearing repack and brake inspection video on my cargo trailer


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Posted: 05/15/20 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have no idea what axle you have, but here is some information.

Brake material is usually 3/16" thick when new, not 3/8". Most trailers have no shocks, again, we have no idea what you have.





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His profile says he has an Outdoors RV TT. Shocks are part of a package along with 16" tires.
The shocks are not high quality but still should last more than 10,000 miles. Best way to check the shocks is to take them off and manually push on them. If they push real easy or even fairly easy then they're shot. You should have a hard time trying to compress them when they're good.
As for the brakes you have to remove the brake drum. Personally I wouldn't worry about the brakes after 10,000 miles. But I would be looking at doing a bearing repack after 2 years and 10,000 miles. Mainly because you don't know how well the factory packed them.
If you have the EZ lube axles and pumped in grease through them you may have blown a bearing seal which would spray grease on the brakes.
Time for a complete tear down and inspection.

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goducks10 wrote:

His profile says he has an Outdoors RV TT. Shocks are part of a package along with 16" tires.
The shocks are not high quality but still should last more than 10,000 miles.


ORV was using Monroe shocks and is now using KYB Shocks.
Both are quality brands.

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Posted: 05/19/20 11:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All of this is way over my head. Take to a shop for inspection? have a 2 week trip coming up.

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rvshrinker wrote:

All of this is way over my head. Take to a shop for inspection? have a 2 week trip coming up.


Where are you located in the PNW?

Most RV dealers can do it, but they might be booked out after your trip starts.

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Newish RV, honestly if the brakes are working good not a dire need to have them inspected. You don’t take your car in every 10k for brake inspection.
Shocks? Most trailers don’t even have shocks so, there’s that.

If it’s above your head to remove the wheels and drums and see if they’re adjusted up and magnets not wore out or brakes greasy, then yeah go to a shop.


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Posted: 05/20/20 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is just very basic mechanical work, any auto or truck repair shop should have a guy that knows what to do. The last place I would take it is a RV dealer where the rates will be higher and the quality of work probably lower. Best if you can learn to do these simple tasks yourself so that you aren't dependent on others when on a trip.

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