Electric Brakes on Camper Trailers:

Submitted: Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 20:24
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I have found a magazine clipping I had been saving that speaks about electric brakes being the better option over mechanicals as they provide greater control over the trailer’s speed. It goes on to say, that one should make sure to use an off-road unit with plastic casings over the magnets, instead of the on-road units which use metal casings. It says the metal casing will disintegrate on severe corrugations and vibrations.

I would have thought that the plastic casings might have been more prone to breaking down over time and to stone damage?

I would be interested in some practical feed-back on this information, please.
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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 20:40

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 20:40
hi Gordon
There is a difference between of road magnets and road magnets they are also known as marine magnets
These are stronger magnets
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 21:32

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 21:32
The actual magnet has a plastic centre that resists wear unlike the metal centre of ordinary magnets. Its the constant rattling of the magnets that cause the wear in standard metal magnets.. Michael
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 00:28

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 00:28
Using standard units off road, the amount of wear due to rattling results in the magnets separating from the lever arm. The off road magnets are an improved type that do not separate.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:38

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 10:38
As detailed above, the offroad magnets are designed to take a beating. Had Electro brakes on my Campomatic Ranger M3 offroad camper - took it along some harsh roads and tracks and the whole system worked very well overall - had one magnet failure after several years - replaced the two anyway. Shoes and all other hub hardware were still original when I sold it at 5 years.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:34

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 14:34
As for electric brakes being better.......OH hell yeh..if they are properly set up with a good inertia sensing controller, they are excelent.

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