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Old 07-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Columbus Brakes-drum or disc?

Do the Columbus models use drum (I hope not) vs disc brakes? If drum, have any owners considered changing these out for the much improved (& safer) disc brakes?
I have researched RV disc braking systems & the best conversion seems to be that offered by Kodiak.
Would any informed owner (truck or auto) ever consider going back to drums for their vehicle???
Hopefully disc brakes will become standard (or at least offered as an option) if they are not already.
Thanks for any info anyone might have on this.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Drum brakes, and they work well for their application.
Adding disc brakes, though offering superior braking, would be cost prohibitted; unless offered as an option.
Don't think many people would shell out the extra $$$ for them, especially on a trailer with a 14,000# GVWR.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Drum brakes, and they work well for their application.
Adding disc brakes, though offering superior braking, would be cost prohibitted; unless offered as an option.
Don't think many people would shell out the extra $$$ for them, especially on a trailer with a 14,000# GVWR.

Thanks Amxpress-

I know they are not cheap - mainly a safety/maintenance/comfort issue.

Kodiak brakes can be installed on a 320RS for approx. $2000. or less.
Mor/ryde in Elkhart, IN has installed quite a few of these for various RV companies.

I guess it depends on where you will be traveling off/on & for how long you plan on keeping your current model 5er.
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We have only had our 320RS for a short time. I have also looked into upgrading the brakes. I have not been a fan of drum brakes for some time. I have worked on cars & trucks for more years than I care to admit. I think if you are going to keep the rig for a few years and plan on doing much traveling then it is worth looking into. I have priced some units and they are about the same price you had. About $2000. Compaired to thea cost of the rig, I think this is cheep. I will be looking at this more in the future. It would be nice to have this as an option. Has anyone out there made this change and how did they like it?
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Disks are a PITA when used infrequently. corrosion biggest problem on rotors
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Disks are a PITA when used infrequently. corrosion biggest problem on rotors
That makes sense. My DW's Buick with 4 wheel disks squeals like crazy for a few weeks when we get back from Florida and the rotors look like big brown disks.
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Disks are a PITA when used infrequently. corrosion biggest problem on rotors
That is an area I did not think of. Most cars/trucks go enough to keep the rotors clean. It would be difficult to keep the rotors clean on something that sits far more than it is moving.
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I'd gladly go back to drums on the back of my TV rotors on the rear are a pain.
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