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Old 11-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Brakes Not Releasing on a 19

Thought maybe I was imagining it, or that the extra weight I wasn't used from the Casita to the Escape was making me think it, but our brakes, which we had inspected and adjusted seemed to be dragging away from a stop. Then once I would get going they seemed to release.

Took it in to our favorite trailer work shop today, and they verified I was not imagining it.

They called later and said the actuators are sticking, and they are replacing the back plates and actuators at abt $32.00 ea plus 1/2 hour labor.

Anyone else had this problem?
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Had this problem on a 2010 trailer with Dexter brakes. Remember reading in the forum that Dexter had a batch of bad brakes from that year. A search might discover that thread but as I recall we were not alone.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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I know that Reace supplied me with new magnets to replace, as there were some faulty ones in '09. They did not lock, just squealed a bit.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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They charged me $32.00 per backing plate which includes new everything but the drums, and 1/2 hour to install all four. That seems reasonable to me.

I am amazed at how light the trailer is when you tow it without the brakes partially applied. I thought it was much heavier than the Casita.
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I am amazed at how light the trailer is when you tow it without the brakes partially applied. I thought it was much heavier than the Casita.
Check to see if the wife is not putting her foot on the brake in order to slow you down too.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Check to see if the wife is not putting her foot on the brake in order to slow you down too.
Hehe, I'm not usually in that big of a hurry.

Put a nice wash on it today after picking it up, tomorrow a coat of wax.
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