Originally Posted by Antnee51
I have an Airstream Flying Cloud. I am new at this. How often should I have the brakes and bearing inspected? Is there a trailer maintenance schedule similar to what a car has?
I don't have survey results to back this up, but most people service their bearings and visually check their brakes annually before the beginning of camping season. The bearings are lubed at that time. If you really run up a lot of miles you might want to do it more frequently.
Any mechanic should be able to do this but that means you'll have to pull the RV down to the shop and leave it there.
I think most owners do it themselves but that depends on your mechanical ability. It's not a complex job.
Personally I have found it is cost effective to just replace the whole shoe style brake assembly than it is to replace parts. Also I hate working on that type of brake. Replacing the whole assembly only requires removing 3 or 4 bolts pulling the old one off and sticking the new one on. Plus splicing the wires. No messing around with all those #$@!^ springs.
Disk brakes are easy.