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Old 05-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Changing Brakes on Motor Home

How often do you need to change the brake pads on a Class A Motor home?

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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Unless you ride the brakes in the mountains out west, They last a very long time. I have owned 5 motorhomes, all used, and never done a brake job on any of them. I do a caliper clean and lube on them every year. A hanging caliper will make big trouble in short order.

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:32 PM   #3
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Agree with "ga traveler" ...there is a very long interval between the necessity to change brake pads or shoes under normal conditions with everythng working up to specification.
It is very dependent upon the type of road conditions ...one who travels mostly in the flatlands will get much more total mileage than one who travels mostly in mountainous areas. City driving will wear them out quicker than long-haul... naturally.
Having said that, there is no absolute mileage formula, but rather an expectation that they should be checked by a qualified brake technician at intervals which are dependent upon type of service. An overall safety inspection prior to any long trip would be a given ...brake pads are just one part of a complex system which must work perfectly.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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Hi Donovan,
Welcome to iRV2. Consider having the brake pads, etc. checked when you replace the tires. All things operating as advertised and using the coach mainly on highways, one should expect well over 100K miles from a set of pads.
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I am not sure if the responses should e qualified wrt a diesel vs gas rig
The diesel rigs have exhaust and or engine brakes so service brakes are not much used
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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Amen on the gas verses DP with engine brakes, had to replace pads on my b-in-law's 35' workhorse "A" chassis at 53000m , although the calipar recall hadn't been done. Rear pads at 65000 when the recall was done. Shoes on my fliner measure 60% of new at 60000m , check frequently, and I hope to get 100k out of my brakes.

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