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Old 04-02-2021, 02:04 PM   #1
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Looking for a recommendation on where to go for brakes & bearings check. We live near Stettler Alberta, but travel into Calgary too. Should we be looking for a place that has experience with Escape trailers ? We took our 17B across Canada and back last summer, so want to get things checked before we head out this year.
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Old 04-02-2021, 02:15 PM   #2
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Just ask Google. Anyone can do it.
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Old 04-02-2021, 06:58 PM   #3
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Well thanks, I do know how to use google. My question was more about finding a maintenance dealer who is familiar with Escapes. And specifically I would appreciate hearing from someone in Calgary area. Perhaps a place they are happy with and have used.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:01 PM   #4
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The brake and bearings are of course part of the axle setup. You have Dexter Torflex axles. Those are common to many, many trailers. That said, you can search for an axle and trailer service firm that works on farm equipment, horse trailers, big boat trailers, anything that has electric brakes. Most will be familiar with the Dexter product but there’s not much difference from one manufacturer to the next. But your trailer will need components that fit your axle model. A lot of these shops routinely work on a lot of different types of trailers, not just RVs. I feel the frame and axle guys are somewhat more competitive and efficient than the RV people I’ve dealt with. Maybe not, just my perception. When I had the reinforcing kit welded onto my 19 Escape frame, I took it to a farm implement repair shop I figured a person who could weld on a $250,000 piece of farm equipment could handle a little job on the Escape. He prepped the metal, welded the plates on, ground the welds smooth and painted them while they were still very warm. The paint stuck way better than the original frame paint. $80. One hour in and out. Made an appointment, didn’t have to leave the trailer, didn’t even unhook. Ask around. YMMV
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Any RV dealer can do this. Actually and Auto Mechanic can too.
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Any RV dealer can do this. Actually and Auto Mechanic can too.
While this is true, just make certain you take it to a shop that has replacement parts on hand. Depending, you may end up waiting while parts are acquired and the way logistics are running right now, that might be a while.
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Old 04-03-2021, 12:32 PM   #7
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Thank you Iowa Dave
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Thanks Donna - good point!
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