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Old 07-11-2005, 05:46 AM   #1
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I have a 1988 Terry Resort 26' TT. I have been towing it for many years and have reicently developed an intermitent brake grab problem. The braking feels normal until I release the brake and then I will get a sharp grab by one or more of the brakes. I had this same problem several years ago when I had a tire with a slow leak. It would get low in pressure then I would get the same brake grab. I now have new tires and equal tire pressure all around. I have not pulled the drums off to inspect the brakes yet, as I was hoping to get some advice from someone that has delt with the same issues in the past. I am assuming it is mechanical, should I be thinking about the controler?
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I have a 1988 Terry Resort 26' TT. I have been towing it for many years and have reicently developed an intermitent brake grab problem. The braking feels normal until I release the brake and then I will get a sharp grab by one or more of the brakes. I had this same problem several years ago when I had a tire with a slow leak. It would get low in pressure then I would get the same brake grab. I now have new tires and equal tire pressure all around. I have not pulled the drums off to inspect the brakes yet, as I was hoping to get some advice from someone that has delt with the same issues in the past. I am assuming it is mechanical, should I be thinking about the controler?
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Old 07-11-2005, 08:52 AM   #3
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Sounds like a brake return spring is weak.
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Old 07-12-2005, 06:20 AM   #4
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First of all, welcome to iRV2.com. We're glad you found us.

If you determine that your problem is mechanical and you have Dexter axles, I'd see if a replacement brake assembly is available from a vendor such as Southwest Wheel. These replacement assemblies contain the backing plate, shoes, springs, magnet, bearings, seals, hub, brake drum, etc. and are relatively inexpensive. Going this route, if it works for you, can save a lot of time and worry.

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Old 07-12-2005, 09:18 AM   #5
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If you have a Dexter axle and the parts aren't available locally, then call Dexter direct or go online. You can order replacement parts directly from them.

Other axle manufacturers may do the same.

Be sure the get the model and serial numbers from the axle nameplate before calling.
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Welcome to IRV2:

In NY the annual motor vehicle inspection requires that only one wheel be pulled for examination, for an extra $20 I have them pull all wheels. You can live with a little grabbing but it may be the first signs of more serious problems to come.

Here's a link that may be of help.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/

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Old 07-13-2005, 09:17 AM   #7
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I'd be willing to bet the real problem is the trailer brakes are staying applied for a short time after the tv brakes are released. Which would mean they are probably all gunked up, nasty from brake dust, meaning futher it's time for new shoes.
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When was the last time you had the brakes adjusted on the trailer? When was the last time you did the bearings? They should done every 3500 miles and/or yearly. You may need to have the whole assemblies replaced by now if you haven't been keeping up the maintainance on them. Unless you have disc brakes on your trailer they do NOT self adjust like cars and trucks do.
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