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Old 11-15-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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Change over from "drum" to "disc" brakes...

In case any of you'll have contemplated to possibility of retrofitting your RV brake system I thought I'd offer my experiences.
About a year ago (+/-) "Trailer Life" had a great article on retrofitting from drum to disc brakes. I read with great interest the obvious advantages of such a changeover.
I have a 34" Cedar Creek which I've towed to Dawson City twice and Key West once plus a variety of other places. I have always been aware of the constant need to maintain an appropriate distance from the vehicles in front of me should as well as watching 3 to 4 vehicles ahead in order to anticipate a "panic" stop. Unfortunately, maintaining a safe distance insures the fact that some ***** will feel the need to fill in that spot being totally oblivious to the fact that a big, heavy vehicle is following him/her.
In any case I've, been forced to make my fair share of "panic stops" in order to avoid a rear end collision. (We've all been there!) Even though I drive a 2011, Ford, F-350 I've had to on rare occasions stand on the brakes to avoid a collision. I should also mention that my TRV brakes are (were) up to snuff and were in good working order.
Considering all the above I decided to make the change over and what a difference. The disc brake system is electric over hydraulic. By that I mean that an inertial electronic system tells the hydraulic system how much brake pad pressure to apply. When the breaks are applied now I honestly don't feel the trailer pushing me and am almost not even aware that there is a trailer behind me. It has made a vast difference in our traveling peace of mind and I wholeheartedly recommend the change.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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where did you get the conversion
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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Interesting conversion. I would be interested in replacing the drum brakes with disc brakes. Don't like the risk of getting grease on the drum brake shoes due to the cheap seals used. Don't have as much risk with the pads and rotors on disc brakes.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:06 PM   #4
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This is not cheap.

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Old 11-15-2014, 08:49 PM   #5
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where did you get the conversion
The conversion kit is available through e-trailer. The cost for a 3500# system is about $1300.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:09 PM   #6
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Rotors become rusty very quickly unless you store indoor so that has a lot to do with them not being common in RV use, the infrequent use would be the worst thing.
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I did the drum to disk on our 30ft center console boat trailer, night and day difference in stopping and rinsing the salt out and lasting longer then 2 season's was well worth the money

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Old 11-15-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Rotors become rusty very quickly unless you store indoor so that has a lot to do with them not being common in RV use, the infrequent use would be the worst thing.
I think it is more with the expense than them sitting and rust. My truck sits along side the trailer for the same length of time and I have no problems with the disc brakes on the truck and the rust comes off the 1st or 2nd time you apply the brake. Disc brakes are just more expensive than drum brakes plus the actuation of disc brakes vs drum brake is considerably more complex.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #9
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Yes, the conversion is expensive. I think mine was about $1800.00 **NO, there is no rust!!**
The difference in stopping power and the peace of mind (to my mind) make the expensive.
Look at it this way, one rear end collision or other collision because of failing to stop in time can be twice the expense of the conversion.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:22 PM   #10
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I would do that but I don't plan on keeping this rig long enough to justify the mod. If and when I buy a 'new to me' fiver than ayup, that's the time.
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