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Old 08-21-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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Looking for pros & cons to adding disc brakes to a camper. I have a 42' open range and am looking at replacing my brake assembly's for the third time. I have around 19000 miles on our fifth wheel with around a third of them mountain driving. Just seems we're going through brakes rather quickly. I run with them set just to where you feel them grab when the broke pedal is pressed. Just curious if anyone has had similar issues with electric brakes wearing quickly are this is typically normal wear?
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:17 PM   #2
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Have you looked into a exhaust brake?
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:16 AM   #3
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Have you looked into a exhaust brake?
Not aftermarket, I'm towing with a Duramax and I use it's exhaust brake all the time.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:48 AM   #4
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Looking for pros & cons to adding disc brakes to a camper. I have a 42' open range and am looking at replacing my brake assembly's for the third time. I have around 19000 miles on our fifth wheel with around a third of them mountain driving. Just seems we're going through brakes rather quickly. I run with them set just to where you feel them grab when the broke pedal is pressed. Just curious if anyone has had similar issues with electric brakes wearing quickly are this is typically normal wear?
I got seven years out of my 2012 Landmark Rushmore brakes. I'm now towing with a 2015 Silverado Duramax dually. I stayed with electric and simply replaced the assembly. Maybe you can turn down the break controller or adjust the break at the drum. I just finished my 8500 miles thru Big Horn National Park, Yellowstone National Park and all the other large mountain ranges, truck did all the break work. I don't see the need for the disc break up grade.
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I got seven years out of my 2012 Landmark Rushmore brakes. I'm now towing with a 2015 Silverado Duramax dually. I stayed with electric and simply replaced the assembly. Maybe you can turn down the break controller or adjust the break at the drum. I just finished my 8500 miles thru Big Horn National Park, Yellowstone National Park and all the other large mountain ranges, truck did all the break work. I don't see the need for the disc break up grade.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:43 PM   #7
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I think you made an excellent decision! Disc brakes are IMO the ultimate upgrade. I wore out a new set of brakes on our 2005 Dutchmen Grand Junction during our Alaska trip in 2012.
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We converted ours to disc and couldn't be more impressed. We used the system sold and installed by Performance Trailer Brakes. Spendy but less than the deductible on both the TV and RV. I've never been impressed with the electric trailer brakes. These work just like your car and they work well. How many new pickups come with drum brakes? Give them a call. I know several DIYers who did their own install and they report it wasn't too bad. Performance has a number of installers they will recommend depending on where you are at. There is often a small discount available if purchased at a rally or show they demo at.
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Best thing I've done for a mod.....been on now for 3 years and many miles.....same pads too...
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Do what I did: Go to the Open Range rally in Indiana and have disc brakes put on at a discount.
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About 3000 dollars parts and labor, around 1500 parts. Well worth every penny. There are two brands out there. One of them uses off the shelf GM pads. The other uses a pripority pad. Get the one that uses GM pads.
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42 foot trailer?
High mileage?
Mountains?

Absolutely go for the disc brakes. They're worth every penny for your situation.
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Just had disc brakes put on our Road Warrior in June at Heartland National Rally in Goshen. Our unit is a tri axle toy hauler 45 ft and is around 21,000 lbs loaded out.
All 6 ran us around $4200 with brakes and new wet bolts installed. Performance Trailer Braking did the work. If you want more information let me know I have their number and the installer number they use as well. If I remember they said they will come to you to do the work.
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Disc Brakes are amazing !
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