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Old 04-08-2016, 01:20 AM   #1
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Trailer brake replacement

We have a 2002 Rockwood freedom 1950, I want to replace the electric trailer brakes. How do I get the proper parts for this job?
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:30 AM   #2
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How many lug
How many bolt holes for the backing plate ex: 4 or 5
Measure drum diameter (for ex: 10")
Measure shoe width ex:2"
Do you know how many lbs. rating your axle is? It might be a long shot but there is usually a sticker on the axle tube. They are usually 3500, 5000, 5200, 6000, 7000 for example.
Once you have some info I'd recommend shopping for complete sets like the link below.
10" x 2-1/4" Trailer Electric Brake Assembly (1 right + 1 left) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098M5LUK..._Cg0bxbFVH3XVP
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:48 AM   #3
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Thank you, I will start with that then go shopping.
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And if you are not replacing the hub/drum assembly, don't forget to order new seals, and probably won't hurt to pick up some new bearings.

And if you have the smaller 10x1.75" shoes, might have to order from the manufacturer.
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And if you have the smaller 10x1.75" shoes, might have to order from the manufacturer.
Do you mean 10"X1.5" for the ever elusive 3000# axle?
The best place for brakes / parts.

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Do you mean 10"X1.5" for the ever elusive 3000# axle?
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NOPE. 10x1.75" shoes. My neighbor, who owns a trailer/truck rental, said he had never seen this size before. But that is what we measured. I guess they were, kind of common, on AL-KO axles. https://www.etrailer.com/question-93955.html

So I did some checking on backing plates and determined 10x2.25" Never adjust brakes would work. My backing plate was flush, the 10x2.25" backing plate was indented where it mounted up to the axle by 0.5 inches. Perfect fit.

But I also had to purchase new hub/drum assemblies so that added some costs. But I was also replacing springs, shackles, bolts, etc.
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NOPE. 10x1.75" shoes. My neighbor, who owns a trailer/truck rental, said he had never seen this size before. But that is what we measured. I guess they were, kind of common, on AL-KO axles. https://www.etrailer.com/question-93955.html

So I did some checking on backing plates and determined 10x2.25" Never adjust brakes would work. My backing plate was flush, the 10x2.25" backing plate was indented where it mounted up to the axle by 0.5 inches. Perfect fit.

But I also had to purchase new hub/drum assemblies so that added some costs. But I was also replacing springs, shackles, bolts, etc.
Good info to know, thanks. I hope I never run into it

I was sidetracked, and a little PO'd when I came to the realization on my last trailer, a Keystone, that they cheaped out and used 3K axles that maxed out at the 6K GVW with the 10X1-1/2" brakes.
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Yea, it was amazing to see how FR really skimped on the parts. The AL-KO axle was rated for 2750 lbs, the small brakes and the springs rated at 1350 lbs. Could not find any 1350 lbs springs, except like the brakes, from Dexter (they purchased AL-KO axles) so ordered 1750 lb springs from etrailer.

Had to replace the springs and shackles since one spring was cracked, and the shackles on both springs had the 9/16" holes elongated vertically to 3/4". You could hear the trailer coming down the road a half mile away.
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