First: I replaced all four brake assemblies on my Gulfstream Amerilite. The unit is still up on four jack stands. I adjusted the brakes. I then plugged the unit into my tow vehicle and had my wife fully depress the brakes.
The electric brakes fully engaged as they should ...however, I can rotate the brake drum forward and backwards (fore and aft) an inch or two...in other words the brakes are holding and not slipping at all, but the brake shoes appear to be moving with the drum a little....is this wheel play normal? I can move the wheel/drum a little in each direction then it stops solid as long as the brakes are engaged. The mounting bolts on the brake assemblies are properly torqued, so they are not loose at all.
It reminds me of moving a rear wheel on my truck when it is in the air...the wheel moves a little before the differential causes the opposite wheel to move...(said in an effort to explain)....that is how it feels. I wish I had moved the wheels in the same fashion before I removed the old brake assemblies, but I did not, so I do not know what is normal.
Second: I also replaced the suspension equalizer, bushings, and links (used a Dexter Upgraded Kit). My springs are 1 3/4" wide. However, the hangers that came on the camper measure 2" wide...so when I torque the link bolts they pull the hanger in and make it bow toward the springs and equalizers. The "before" photos that I took verify that the stock installation also pulled the hangers inward so that they angle down from the frame to the springs...Therefore when I torque the link bolts and seat the nut against the bolt shoulder it pulls the hanger sides inward. This is causing the serrated part of the bolts to pull out and not be fully seated.
Has anyone else had this problem? The guys at eTrailer seem to think that Gulfstream used the wrong hangers or the wrong springs and that the hangers should also be 1 3/4" wide. I hope this makes sense. Any comments?? See photo below:
Top of hanger:
Bottom of hanger
Hanger bows in allowing serration on the bolt to pull out:
Thanks for any suggestions!!