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Old 12-29-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Replacing drum brakes with disc ?

I got my Travel Club News from Carriage and there was a advertisement from Mor/ryde about changing from drum to disc brakes. I wonder what the cost would be and how hard to do ?

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Dexter Axle has had a conversion kit for several years but is quite expensive mostly because of the hydualics necessary

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Old 12-29-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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In addition to Dexter, Kodiak sells a conversion kit: Kodiak trailer axle disc brakes for most trailers that many on the escapees discussion forum seem to prefer. Another brand, Titan/Dico, may be seen here: Trailer Parts Depot - Trailer Disc Brake Kits Complete | Trailer Parts | TrailerPartsDepot.com
Stopping ability is touted to be greatly increased with disc brakes. On the other hand, if electric brakes are properly serviced and maintained, they have adequate stopping ability when used with a quality controller adjusted accurately.
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Like Ray said, drum brakes correctly sized for your trailer will work fine and are very safe. Yes, unlike disc brakes, they will fade during an extended application. But if you're using proper engine braking you shouldn't need extended electric braking. At least that's my experience driving in the Colorado Rockies.

For emergency or "panic" stops, I don't think you will notice a difference between drums and discs.
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For emergency or "panic" stops, I don't think you will notice a difference between drums and discs.[/QUOTE]

In would have to disagree, since a purchasing a new (and heavier) 5th I can definately say those disc brakes work better than the drums ever did, regardless of controller.
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