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Old 07-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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squeaky brakes?

Hello all,
We have a new (2013 which we got in 2012) 8280WS and like it very much, but one problem we have is with the brakes. I was wondering if anyone else has a similar problem.

Our problem is that the trailer brakes squeak/squeal after they are warm from a day's drive. We'll pull into a campground and as we drive around looking for our spot (without applying the brakes) the brakes will squeal and drive us, and everyone else, crazy! This only happens when the brakes are warm after a day's drive and we only hear it at low speeds, the next morning as we pull out, all is quiet.

We took the trailer back to the dealer who took off the wheels and inspected the brakes and says they 'burnished' the brake shoes. This seamed to work for a while but now it sounds like the squealing is coming back. We've made another appointment with the dealer to look at it but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this, anything I could ask the dealer to check.

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Old 08-30-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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We took the trailer into the dealer the other day and they replaced the brake shoes. Apparently one of the service advisers had heard of this problem before and was sure the brake shoes were too hard! While the unit was in the shop, they called me and said the manufacturer did not believe the brake shoes where, in fact, to blame and wanted to see the shoes before they would pay, which meant I would have to pay for the repair up front and get a refund later. I said "fine, it has to be fixed!" But when we picked up the unit, they said there was no charge after all... not sure what that was all about, but we just got back from a fairly good trip and had no problems with the brakes at all!!!!!!!! So I hope that little problem is all fixed up now.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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But when we picked up the unit, they said there was no charge after all... not sure what that was all about, but we just got back from a fairly good trip and had no problems with the brakes at all!!!!!!!! So I hope that little problem is all fixed up now.
I'll posit a guess. As the mechanic began the repair, he discovered the brakes were adjusted (or had become) too tight. When cold, there was enough clearance not to rub. After heating up, the brakes expanded just enough to close the gap between shoe and drum causing the noise. IF this is the case, you're good-to-go. It also explains the "no charge."

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Old 09-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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you may have also had your brake adjustment on the controller too tight. back it off just a little and test the 'hold back'. Your brakes were expanding a little because of the heat, this is the metal not the pad. Trailer brake pads will last decades if used correctly. 6 months or 1 years of use did not wear them down at all to give them more clearance to move back and forth. It was ok to get them looked at, but imo with hind sight.... they were fine.
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