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Old 09-11-2015, 05:15 AM   #1
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so I been doing some tinkering on my 2013 36FL before baby gets here 2 or 3 more weeks! and before body shop fixes it. I might need to pull home in a hurry if time comes 290 miles, besides getting on the roof today to do some small front cap sealing witch I learned from this forum, and installing our LED strip I decided to tinker with brakes and verify condition, now the problem is that I'm definitely not brake shoe guy, I'm more like a disk brake generation, so I decided to take a picture and let some of the more experienced older folks on this forum decide for me. are this shoes still good or do I need to replace them?

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Old 09-11-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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Boy, thats one that is borderline. (front shoe).

If it was a car, I would say run em a while. Because its a trailer, and at least for me getting that far into the job is a lot of work, I would replace them just to make my time worthwhile.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:43 PM   #3
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I agree, I'd replace as that one looks close to metal on metal.
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I also agree with replacing the entire lining...

You may want to think about replacing the entire package... Buy a complete kit.. backing plate , magnet , shoes , springs , all assembled , just remove the 4 screws and cut the brake wires and add the new assembly.... It is a few dollars more ,, but you have an entire NEW assembly ...

If you do it that way , beware... there are right sides and left sides... you will need each, and they should be clearly marked.....
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:02 PM   #5
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I also agree with replacing the entire lining...

You may want to think about replacing the entire package... Buy a complete kit.. backing plate , magnet , shoes , springs , all assembled , just remove the 4 screws and cut the brake wires and add the new assembly.... It is a few dollars more ,, but you have an entire NEW assembly ...

If you do it that way , beware... there are right sides and left sides... you will need each, and they should be clearly marked.....
I agree, it is much easier to just replace the entire brake assembly. You can get these at www.easternmarine.com for a reasonable price. I actually replaced all of mine on a prior fifth wheel and it was fairly easy. It actually came out cheaper to just replace the assemblies them than purchasing each part individually. My prior rig took Dexter and when I called Dexter they wanted 3 times the price for what I paid at EasternMarine and what they sent me where original Dexter assemblies in Dexter packaging, not aftermarket stuff.
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:22 PM   #6
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Most companies are like that, much more expensive than buying from one of their vendors, I found that with Dexter, Carefree, & Mod Ryde.
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20150208_153354.jpg

This is a photo of new brake assembly cost $87.00 RV parts store in Hattiesburg, MS. As you will see the brake liners are not that thick when new. I inspected mine and immediately assumed they were worn out until I purchased and compared to a new assembly. Wear was not an issue when compared to new brake and backing plate assembly. Also new brake assembly had auto adjusters. It is advisable to replace both left and right even if only one brake liner is bad. I had a missing section on one of the liners so I replaced with new.

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Should have sent photo of box to indicate size of brake and backing plate assembly. I replaced the bearings inner and outer and both races with premium quality NTN bearings. Country of origin USA and Japan both trusted high quality manufacturers vs the destine to premature fail installed Chinese Bearings.


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Have no explanation for picture rotation it sure looks ok during the attachment process.

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so I been doing some tinkering on my 2013 36FL before baby gets here 2 or 3 more weeks! and before body shop fixes it. I might need to pull home in a hurry if time comes 290 miles, besides getting on the roof today to do some small front cap sealing witch I learned from this forum, and installing our LED strip I decided to tinker with brakes and verify condition, now the problem is that I'm definitely not brake shoe guy, I'm more like a disk brake generation, so I decided to take a picture and let some of the more experienced older folks on this forum decide for me. are this shoes still good or do I need to replace them?

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If you are really unsure if they need replacing, I would go by an RV dealer service dept and see if they can give you guidance. They must see these all day long. Ihad to replace my SOB because when I tookoff the hub, the brake linings fell to the ground. Apparently the prior owner had run the brakes hot and caused them to separate. I always wondered why it didn't seem like I had good brakes. Boy, once I replaced the brake assemblies I had great brakes. Do your homework, I'm also a believer of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!"
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2/32" on a bonded shoe is no go. New they are ~8/32" (1/4"), if that helps.
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