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Old 01-11-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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Converting to disc brakes on 42 Crusader

Im looking for information and people with experience in upgrading the standard shoe electric brakes to electric/hydraulic disc brakes. Recommendations would be appreciated. Is the braking performance improvement worth the investment?
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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I've done it.....you won't believe the difference!
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On every forum you'll find that people are happy changing over to disc.

The poplar brands are:
Titan and Kodiak

After doing several conversion using the above my last conversion was Dexter which has 2 pistons on each side of the rotor on the 7k and 8k axles.
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I upgrade our Libert 6k axles, drum brakes to Dexter 7k axles & springs with Dexter disk brakes. Like stated there are four cylinders per wheel. The trailer brakes are capable of stopping the trailer and truck really, really fast if needed.

Once you've towed with disc brakes you'll never own a RV without them.

Have fun and be safe...
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On every forum you'll find that people are happy changing over to disc.

The poplar brands are:
Titan and Kodiak

After doing several conversion using the above my last conversion was Dexter which has 2 pistons on each side of the rotor on the 7k and 8k axles.
Does Dexter do a retrofit like the Titan and Kodiak?
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I have Disk brakes on my new 5th they are great compared to the electric brakes on my last 5th.
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Yes, Dexter has retro kits. I've bought Dexter axles twice from DexterPartsOnline.com. There are a very good family run business. Ask for Justin and tell him Fred Gross from Santa Fe sent you their way. He'll take care of you at great prices. Very good after sale service if its needed.
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If you plan to DIY, Just buy your brake tubing from your local auto parts store. Don't buy the roll brake tubing and try to make double flare connections on your own. The brake tubing at auto stores comes in straight sections with flared ends and fittings, so you can pick and choose the length that suits. Get a tubing bender from HF and try it out on some tubing. When I did our 5ver years ago, I used a Dexter actuator, 1600psi. Not a hard job. Buy plenty of DOT 4 brake fluid and bleed, bleed, then bleed 'em some more. Dial your brake control way down, then test drive. With a 42'er, you won't believe the difference.
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FYI..... there's Tuson ABS as well

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I upgraded to disc shortly after purchasing the trailer new. The drum brakes created for too much "pucker factor" driving in the mountains of AZ. On the first trip with disc, all I can say is "wow". Very glad I did it and would do it again with out even thinking twice about it. Prior to toy hauler life I towed 38 foot living quarter horse trailer for years, on drum brakes, and looking back I wish I had converted that to disc. You will be a happy camper if you convert!

I did the work myself, not a tough job other than needing a helper to bleed new lines.
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A easy way to bleed trailer brakes lines solo.

Take a female (truck end) 7-pin connector and attach a two conductor wire between the hot 12 volt line and the brake line (usually blue). Always meter your own connector wiring, some people have not heard of standards. Then add a simple on/off switch at the other end. Make the wire long enough to reach from the hitch to each wheel.

This way you just flip the switch to activate the pump while working the bleeder valves. I also changed out the bleeders valves to Speedy Valves. Makes bleeding much simpler.

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Thanks for the info bear. I'm got to get a set for the trailer.
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I upgraded our 3 axle Teton this summer. Very simple job. Got ours from etrailer. Cut wires, unbolt, throw away. Install caliper brackets, hubs (do pack bearings), calipers, wheels. Run brake lines (I used flex), master cylinder, bleed and job done. Do be sure to get all the air out. I used air over hydraulic seeing as we have air brakes on truck.
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