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Old 08-08-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Adjusting Brakes

Hi,

I’m trying to fix my squeaky wheel issue. Reace suggested adjusting the brakes. It’s supposed to be done after 300 miles.

Are we supposed to get a Dexter Manual in the documentation package that explains brake adjustment and wheel bearing greasing? Is it available on-line? Should I contact Tammy?

Adjusting the brakes seems easy. Remove the dust cap. Stick a screwdriver in there to turn the adjustment wheel tighter or loser. Spin the drum and listen for sounds… Any advice from folks who’ve done it? How do you get the drum off (to look for broken springs)?

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Old 08-08-2009, 11:09 PM   #2
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Re: Adjusting Brakes

Hi Edgar, I found this and was going to adjust mine next week....

Brakes should be adjusted after the first 200 miles
of operation when the brake shoes and drums have
“seated” and at 3000 mile intervals, or as use and
performance requires. The brakes should be adjusted
in the following manner:

1. Jack up trailer and secure on adequate capacity
jack stands. Follow trailer manufacturers recommendations
for lifting and supporting the unit. Check that
the wheel and drum rotate freely.
WARNING Do not lift or support trailer on any
part of the axle or the suspension system.

2. Remove the adjusting hole cover from the adjusting
slot on the bottom of the brake backing plate.

3. With a screwdriver or standard adjusting tool, rotate
the starwheel of the adjuster assembly to expand the
brake shoes. Adjust the brake shoes out until the
pressure of the linings against the drum makes the
wheel very difficult to turn.
Note:With drop spindle axles, a modified adjusting tool
with about an 80 degree angle should be used.

4. Then rotate the starwheel in the opposite direction
until the wheel turns freely with a slight lining drag.

5. Replace the adjusting hole cover and lower the
wheel to the ground.

6. Repeat the above procedure on all brakes.
WARNING Never crawl under your trailer unless
it is resting on properly placed jack stands.
Follow the trailer manufacturers recommendations
for lifting and supporting the unit. Do not lift or place
supports on any part of the suspension system.
**Note: Trailer Brake Adjustment procedures courtesy
Dexter Axle.
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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Re: Adjusting Brakes

My plan B -- Tow to trusted local RV shop, get brakes adjusted, pay $42, go camping.

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Old 08-09-2009, 10:16 PM   #4
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Re: Adjusting Brakes

Thanks Doug. I looked all over the Dexter website but couldn't find the instructions.

After trying to adjust the starwheel it still squeaked. So I took the brakedrum off to make sure everything was intact. Found the axle bearings for the springtime greasing. Jiggled all the brake parts inside the hub. Looks like it gets lubricated by brake dust. Got it all back together and it was as quiet as the other wheel. Hopefully it'll stay quiet.

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Re: Adjusting Brakes

Hi all,
Has anyone had a back-up situation wherein the trailer brakes hold and it takes extra force to get the trailer to move? Mine seems to hold then kind of "jumps" when the additional force (by giving more gas) is applied, but once that happens it is OK backing up. It just appears that there is the initial difficulty. I have shut off the "boost" from the Prodigy, but that has made no difference. I as told that the magnetic force is what is keeping it from backing up smoothly. I would welcome comments and advice.
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Re: Adjusting Brakes

Hi Sandra

I also have a Prodigy, don't use the boost feature our trailers aren't heavy enough.

The reason for the back up problem is you have to put the to vehicle in reverse
and then with your foot on the brake hold down the boost button until the
display shows "r" that locks the brakes off and you can proceed to back up
with no problems.

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Sandra,

It's really interesting how the brakes engage. Figured it out when I opened the brake drum. The mechanical arms and leverage direction of the brakes are designed work soothly in the forward direction but catch and engage very easily in the reverse direction. Doug is right about engaging the brake while putting the tow vehicle in reverse. When you release the pedal slowly the trailer wheel rolls backwards keeping the brake somewhat engaged. It's designed to do this (unfortunately) because of the direction of the engagement arm.

But it won't damage anything so don't worry. The best thing is not to riide the brakes when backing up. Take your foot completely off the brake pedal when backing. Then the trailer brakes will dis-engage faster. Stick shift tow vehicles need not be concerned because your foot must come completely off the brake pedal to back up.

When you re-grease the bearing then remove the brake drum and check it out. Very interesting!

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Thanks guys,
That helps a lot. I'm going to take mine in to a local trailer place for the recommended adjustment.
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That's my favorite solution too!
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Hi Edgar, I found this and was going to adjust mine next week....

Brakes should be adjusted after the first 200 miles
of operation when the brake shoes and drums have
“seated” and at 3000 mile intervals, or as use and
performance requires. The brakes should be adjusted
in the following manner:

1. Jack up trailer and secure on adequate capacity
jack stands. Follow trailer manufacturers recommendations
for lifting and supporting the unit. Check that
the wheel and drum rotate freely.
WARNING Do not lift or support trailer on any
part of the axle or the suspension system.

2. Remove the adjusting hole cover from the adjusting
slot on the bottom of the brake backing plate.

3. With a screwdriver or standard adjusting tool, rotate
the starwheel of the adjuster assembly to expand the
brake shoes. Adjust the brake shoes out until the
pressure of the linings against the drum makes the
wheel very difficult to turn.
Note:With drop spindle axles, a modified adjusting tool
with about an 80 degree angle should be used.

4. Then rotate the starwheel in the opposite direction
until the wheel turns freely with a slight lining drag.

5. Replace the adjusting hole cover and lower the
wheel to the ground.

6. Repeat the above procedure on all brakes.
WARNING Never crawl under your trailer unless
it is resting on properly placed jack stands.
Follow the trailer manufacturers recommendations
for lifting and supporting the unit. Do not lift or place
supports on any part of the suspension system.
**Note: Trailer Brake Adjustment procedures courtesy
Dexter Axle.
Hello Doug,
I have a 2014 Escape 19 Ft trailer. I am having difficulty locating the adjusting slot covered with rubber dust cap on the bottom of the brake backing plate. Does the newer Escape come with self adjusting electric drum brakes?. Thanks.

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