Electric brakes on anything.

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:11
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One of the biggest problems people with vans, trailers or campers have is vibration from corrugations wears the tang that the magnet is connected to and the rear of the magnet out. What then happens is magnet starts to wander around inside brake drum untill all hell breaks loose. If you use your van or whatever on a lot of rough roads, Have either you or your mechanic pull off the magnets and check before your trip. This will save you a recovery and motel bills untill it can be rectified.
It will also mean your wheel bearings get a check and adjust at start of trip.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:22

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:22
Thank you. That's a problem I didn't know about.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:28

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:28
I think that's why the 'offroad" brake magnet was developed - much more robust than the common, sealed road version - I bought spare OR magnets for my trailer, but judging by the condition of the originals, the new ones might never get on - it is amazing how modern suspension components on all sorts of vehicles can take the beatings that they get.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 04:45

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 04:45

Thats fine, but there is an " off road magnet " available for just that.

Instead of the normal metal cross in the middle of the magnet, there is one with a hardened plastic bit, in the centre.

Click this link

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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:25

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:25
Will take some photo's of both and post them. All that bought it to mind last night is that I dropped into work yesterday and another van with the off road magnets was getting its brakes done for the same reason. Off road magnets last a lot longer but still do have the same problem.
Was just a hint to save someone some money time and hassle's.
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:36

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:36
Yep - OR Magnets don't last forever, and may well vibrate to bits before they wear out...

One of mine self-destructed on the Tanami despite having about 30% remaining, and despite having survived the Canning.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phillip S (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:52
Thanks Oldsquizzy.....very informative....have a jayco heritage with those type of brakes...I just serviced the wheel bearings and adjusted the brakes...and all looks pretty good, but will check on a regular basis now and loved the site with the video...cheers Phil
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