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Old 05-17-2016, 06:33 PM   #11
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Geesh...I'm getting killed on this RV financially. The premium NAPA rear seals are $28/each, loaded backing plates are $85 times six...there's jus' no end.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:41 PM   #12
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:49 PM   #13
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I'll replace the seal with a recommended NAPA part but the shoes...are they recoverable? They're only available from Dexter?
Check the manual for the axles under brake maintenance. There should be an industry standard number for the brake shoes. With that number any brake shop should be able to get shoes for you.
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I own a 2013 Rockwood Ultra lite 2604 and have never been satisfied with the brakes on my TT. Even on gravel with the manual over ride full application the tires brake but never lock up, there close to locking up but do not. I suspect there is grease on the shoes also. I tried adjusting the shoes and all i was told to do as per instruction for the controller but it just doesn't feel like its braking hard enough. Guess were pulling the wheels .
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:55 PM   #15
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Well, today I worked on two wheels. I used 1/2 tall can of brake cleaner on each and many paper towels. Rubbing the shoes with a soaked towel up to 15 applications each brought about a metalflake golden color with no grease stains. Applying heat had no effect. I think I'm fortunate that the grease intrusion wasn't like the shoes were bathed but had some surface contamination. The wheels were easy to clean. I have to go with this as I'm jus' outta funds. Two wheels done...four more.
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Dwhit. If you weren't getting any droplets forming when you put heat to it then you'll be fine.
Of course ideally replacing them is recommended but if you can't wait to get the parts or you are financially strapped, this works. It sounds like yours wasn't that contaminated anyways.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:17 AM   #17
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05CrewDually: Thanks...that's what I plan to do.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:27 AM   #18
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Two wheels done...four more.
Why in the world do you have to deep clean all 6 wheels, Are all the rear grease seals blown out? Plus, $28 for a grease seal does seem a bit excessive. for that price I'd shop around. Try etrailer as others have mentioned.
https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Sea..._Bearings.aspx
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All finished. Took some xtra time as we were rained-out a couple days. Photo shows the worst of six grease seals. 1/2 tall can of brake cleaner each wheel. Brake shoes cleaned-up real nice.
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I've cleaned up a set of shoes for my tractor, but My families lives weren't on the line. Not saying it could never happen, but I replace my grease seals every year when I re-pack and inspect my bearings.
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