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Old 05-29-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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When to check RV brakes

So I'm going into season 4 with my 3011 RV. Since I just changed my toad I began to wonder how long the front/rear brakes on the RV will last? I've got almost 16K on the RV and almost all of it has been driven while towing a car. I would think that towing a vehicle will wear the brakes faster but am wondering how others have handled this question. Baring any noises coming from the brakes, is there a rough mileage I should bring it to a shop to check the brakes and would be a good place to have them checked?

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Don't you get a yearly inspection
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I would have been looking at the brakes at about 12k to see how they are holding up.

At 16k, my suggestion is to have a look-see.
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I just changed my Class c brake pads after 94000 miles. Still had about half wear left but fine cracks on the sides of the pads. Went with blend fleet pads.
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New Vehicles in NJ don't require an inspection for 4 years. Even then, I'm not sure what if anything the state does to check the brakes since it's not a commercial vehicle.
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I just changed my Class c brake pads after 94000 miles. Still had about half wear left but fine cracks on the sides of the pads. Went with blend fleet pads.
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That's way more miles than I would expect to get out of pads, but then again most of the RV driving is probably highway so it might be possible. Do you tow any vehicles?
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New Vehicles in NJ don't require an inspection for 4 years. Even then, I'm not sure what if anything the state does to check the brakes since it's not a commercial vehicle.
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I would have any motorhome serviced by the motorized chassis, not the camper add on. If your chassis is, say, Ford a Ford truck dealer is the best source of knowledge like brakes, tires, and engines.

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That's way more miles than I would expect to get out of pads, but then again most of the RV driving is probably highway so it might be possible. Do you tow any vehicles?
I tow a 16 ft open deck car trailer with either my 32, 62 Falcon or DWs Escape. I have close to 80000 miles on the trailer an still the shoes it came with. Having driven trucks for 37 years, you learn to watch traffic and lights. Spend more time off the gas and off the brakes.
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Over 14000 lbs in Jersey, no inspection. I carry the law in my RV.
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Over 14000 lbs in Jersey, no inspection. I carry the law in my RV.
Thanks for the info A32, the NJ inspections are pretty much worthless so I just figured it's up to me anyway. I have seen many more posts of people close to or over 100K that still have decent brakes, so maybe these don't wear as much as I thought. I will check fronts at some point this summer myself and see what I find.
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So I'm going into season 4 with my 3011 RV. Since I just changed my toad I began to wonder how long the front/rear brakes on the RV will last? I've got almost 16K on the RV and almost all of it has been driven while towing a car. I would think that towing a vehicle will wear the brakes faster but am wondering how others have handled this question. Baring any noises coming from the brakes, is there a rough mileage I should bring it to a shop to check the brakes and would be a good place to have them checked?

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Does your Toad have its own braking system?
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Does your Toad have its own braking system?
You would hope so but amazingly, there are many people that don't do it.
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I get the impression that some folks don't know that California does not require inspection of RV trailers. Private passenger vehicles require smog checks only. And they charge plenty for that.
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had brakes checked last spring in my 3100 Sunseeker was told still well over 1/2 brake pad left. Mechanic said because most RV driving I'd highway driving brakes can last far longer than in a car. Towing a toad might have impact on brakes
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You can check the thickness of your disc brake pads through the inspection opening at the rear of the caliper. Use an inspection mirror and a flashlight.
You don't need to remove the wheel.
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Does your Toad have its own braking system?
Yes, but it only engages when quickly stopping or going downhill.
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had brakes checked last spring in my 3100 Sunseeker was told still well over 1/2 brake pad left. Mechanic said because most RV driving I'd highway driving brakes can last far longer than in a car. Towing a toad might have impact on brakes
That would be my line of thinking as well but since this is my first RV I'm trying to ask the question before I have the problem.
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