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Old 06-09-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Question

I have the Dexters on my 2013 Roo 233s. I removed the dust cover on one this evening, and seems as if the self adjust has definitely been cycling the star wheel. (I see the muck removed by the little lever that locks the star wheel)

Question -- How far should I trust the self adjust system?

Should I be able to completely lock up my trailer brakes with full manual application of the brake controller? If so, mine do not.
For this reason, I am uncertain whether or not I should adjust the brakes.

Shouldn't the adjuster always put the pads in right place?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-10-2016, 10:13 AM   #2
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Theoretically the adjuster should keep the pads correctly adjusted as they wear, but that doesn't always happen in real life. You should manually adjust them periodically and then the adjuster should keep them adjusted.

You should be able to lock up the brakes IF the controller is supplying the full voltage to the magnets. There could be several reasons that you can't lock the brakes up.
1) You could have the controller set too low. The manual lever will only output to the setting voltage, not necessarily full voltage of the system.
2) There could be a connection problem with the brake wiring.
3) There could be a problem with the vehicle wiring.
4) The 7-way connector could have a loose connection.
5) The brake pad adjustment could be too loose.

If you pull the break-away switch do they lock up?
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After towing mine only a couple of times and checking the adjustment after each trip (jacking up and rotating wheels) I always found one or more too tight. Therefore, I removed the self adjusters and installed regular adjusters in there place. Will see how it works. I can perform the adjustments myself, so would rather do that then depend on the RV self adjusters.
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To follow up. I did have to do some adjustments. A LOT! I was surprised at how loose they were. Spinning the tires, I got almost 3 rotations out of a spin. I adjusted to where I got about a 3/4 spin or a little more.


My confidence in the "Nev-R-Adjust" is fading. In my opinion, my brake adjustment should not have been that loose.
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They were probably never adjusted to begin with. The Nev-R-Adjust wasn't designed to initially adjust the brakes, they're just supposed to keep them adjusted once they've been manually adjusted.

It would be a good idea to check them after a few tows to see if they're maintaining the set adjustment.
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