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Posted: 07/26/13 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NuttyTexans wrote:

Am considering having my current brakes (drum) swapped out for a disc brake system. Present systems is not very effective and I have had the brakes adjusted and checked numerous times with no improvement. Has anyone done this and were you happy with the results? Cheaper than buying a new rig and don't know what rigs would have a disc system on them. Thanks and travel safe.


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My Dad bought Kodiak disk brake kit with sealed bearings and Dexter actuator for his 34' HH Premier I will be helping him do the install. It sounds like an easy job.

Our MS came with disk brakes and they are amazing to say the least. Never thought a RV could stop that quick.


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I have some questions for those of you with the disc brakes: maintenance is virtually eliminated with disc, right? Also, I have heard the consistency of stopping with the disc compared to the drum is always the same as opposed to the inconsistency of drums?
Finally, I have a 2011 Silverado Duramax with factory integrated brake controller. I understand that the Titan Brake Rite has an adapter that allows you to continue to use the factory controller?
Thanks guys for all the info!
NuttyTexan, if you do the conversion, please keep us posted. Phillip


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Posted: 07/27/13 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NuttyTexans wrote:

Am considering having my current brakes (drum) swapped out for a disc brake system. Present systems is not very effective and I have had the brakes adjusted and checked numerous times with no improvement. Has anyone done this and were you happy with the results? Cheaper than buying a new rig and don't know what rigs would have a disc system on them. Thanks and travel safe.


Not to sway your disc brake alternative (definitely a good choice, but they are expensive), but there have been some threads on this forum about trailers having inadequate wire guage on their trailer brakes. Many posters have reported much improved braking after they upgraded their brake wiring. Just something to consider.


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My experience says that it may have more to do with your brake controller in the truck, than your trailer brakes. Before I bought my 2011 F350 I had a '99 F250 with a Max Brake controller. The trailer was a 12k Newmar with diskbrakes. The Max Brake controller was sooo much better than the new Ford controller with the same trailer. So even with diskbrakes you may not be any better off.


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Love my Kodiak brakes. It took around 2 days of on and off work to put them in everything I needed was in the kit. I think I bought it from E trailer but?? old age you know. It included 2 battery holders and 2 smallish batterys. If you order, tell them you don:t need the batterys. You already have them >they are for the break away. Also I have a 2011 chev with built in controller. The BrakeRite would not work and I needed to get the adapter. Tell them you need it when you order and save the shipping charge and time needed to get it later. Those brakes work SO GOOD. Going down a highway in Northern Wisconsin a BEAR ran across the road. I smoked all 4 tires. Missed him (her) by inches. Probably didn"t help the tires though. Money will be well spent. Would not even look at a new trailer/5fith wheel without disc brakes.

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Been using Kodiak for 3 years, outstanding improvement. Get the most out of them by properly adjusting the controller setting, at the earliest convenience.


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Posted: 07/28/13 05:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fulltimer50 wrote:

My experience says that it may have more to do with your brake controller in the truck, than your trailer brakes. Before I bought my 2011 F350 I had a '99 F250 with a Max Brake controller. The trailer was a 12k Newmar with diskbrakes. The Max Brake controller was sooo much better than the new Ford controller with the same trailer. So even with diskbrakes you may not be any better off.


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I'm thinking about doing the same. I can't find a site that has the complete conversion kit or pricing. Anybody know? Thanks! BTW, I incresaed wire size and barely any improvement. Craig


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pcm1959 wrote:

I have some questions for those of you with the disc brakes: maintenance is virtually eliminated with disc, right?


That may not be completely true. Many report that the pins that hold the calipers have to be serviced regularly.

I was going to do the swap last fall. I ended up installing new shoes, wiring axles in a star with #12 wire and installing a Max Brake controller. Result was fantastic improvement with no lag and no more Prodigy jerking! Chris


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