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Old 07-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Brake adjustment

I have a 2013 Wildwood 281QBXL. I read that Alko recommends brake adjustment after your first 200 miles. Is this necessary? Any tips? It is a two axle trailer. Do all the brakes have to be adjusted perfectly the same? If there is any variation, would it cause the trailer pull to one side?

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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I've checked but not had to adjust the brakes on our current camper. I did have to back off on the brake adjustment on our previous TT as they were too tight.

You can jacked one side at a time to check...you want to hear light contact of the brake shoes on the drum. You wouldn't want a situation where one side of the camper is locking up and the other side isn't braking at all.

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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I have a 2013 Wildwood 281QBXL. I read that Alko recommends brake adjustment after your first 200 miles. Is this necessary? Any tips? It is a two axle trailer. Do all the brakes have to be adjusted perfectly the same? If there is any variation, would it cause the trailer pull to one side?

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The reason for the adjustment after 200 miles, is due to the brake shoes when applied are "seating" to the contour of the brake drums. The shoes and drums are not perfectly matched when manufactured and therefore the shoes will wear more in some places than others. After about 200 miles, they should be pretty well "matched" to the drums, hence requiring a little adjustment. The trailer brakes will react to "pulling" to one side or the other just like a car/truck if improperly adjusted.
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Do all the brakes have to be adjusted perfectly the same?
No, but they should all be close to the same.

I tighten my star wheel until I can barely move the tire & wheel, then back it off 6 "clicks", until the wheel turns fairly free. I can still feel the shoes rub some at the "high" spots. I can give the wheel a whirl, and it will rotate 2, 3 or 4 times before stopping.
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Find out exactly which style of brakes you have.
Mine have a linkage which turns the adjusting screw as the shoes wear just like automotive drums.
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Another "cool" trick is to adjust brakes the hook up to the tv and manually apply brakes a few time then check adjustment again.
Normally they'll be a little loose again.
Try it once.
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Mine have a linkage which turns the adjusting screw as the shoes wear just like automotive drums.

Are you sure about that? I think you'll find that they're self-adjusting.

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Are you sure about that? I think you'll find that they're self-adjusting.

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From the FR brochure:
Running Gear

◦Super-Lube Hubs
◦Galvanized Steel Wheel Wells
◦Independent Torsion Suspension System (N/A Sport models)
◦Leaf Spring Axle(s) (N/A Select models)
◦Radial Trailer Tires
◦Nev-R-Adjust® Electric Brakes, All Wheels
◦Tough, Powder Coated Frame
◦2-5/16" Coupler
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:34 PM   #9
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From the FR brochure:
Running Gear

◦Super-Lube Hubs
◦Galvanized Steel Wheel Wells
◦Independent Torsion Suspension System (N/A Sport models)
◦Leaf Spring Axle(s) (N/A Select models)
◦Radial Trailer Tires
◦Nev-R-Adjust® Electric Brakes, All Wheels
◦Tough, Powder Coated Frame
◦2-5/16" Coupler
Well, I stand corrected. I guess this must have been a change for 2012?

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Are you sure about that? I think you'll find that they're self-adjusting.

Dave
I consider it self adjusting.
You never read about adjusting automotive drum brakes...
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