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Saturday, April 26, 2014

RV Wheels & Brakes: Knowing When to Replace Your RVs Brakes

rv trailer brakesFor many first time RV owners, the maintenance tasks that are involved in owning an RV can be daunting, as they are oftentimes not familiar with what they need to do to maintain their new home on wheels. While there are many things one must know about maintaining their RV, it is arguable that one of the most important areas of an RV that must be properly maintained regularly are the wheels and brakes. Properly maintaining the wheels and brakes on any RV is vital in ensuring one’s safety when traveling. The focus of this post will be to help RV owners to be able to recognize when they need to replace their trailers brakes.
For the most part, maintaining the breaks on a camper is similar to that on any automobile. The easiest way for you to tell if something may be wrong you’re your brakes is through paying close attention to the way they feel during braking. Since most trailers use electric brakes, which will make noise as they are activated, it a good idea to have someone apply the brakes and verify that they all are working.  When your brakes begin to feel that they are not working as well as they once did, it is generally a good idea to have them looked at by a professional if you are unfamiliar with their repair process.
To help ensure the safety of you and your family, however, it can be a good idea to inspect your brakes on a regular basis, as factors unique to driving/towing an RV such as loads carried and distance traveled can cause RV brakes to need to be replaced more frequently than you may be used to with an Automobile. It is generally advised to look at your brakes, or to have them inspected, every 3,000 miles. Brake shoes as well as all of the other components in a trailer brake system are available for replacement and generally are quite easy to replace.
Knowing when to have maintenance performed on your RVs brakes is one of the most vital aspects of RV maintenance for new RV owners to learn. Having your brakes serviced properly will ensure the safety of you and your family when you take your RV out. Check out our trailer brake parts category for information on replacement trailer brake parts.

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