Does towing bring on excessive brake wear??

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Does towing bring on excessive brake wear??

Unread post by gunshot conqueror » September 28th, 2014, 8:52 am

took my van for a trip, in approximately 5000 kilometers my back bracks went from suppossed 3mm (from the dealears paperwork) to metal on metal (drum brakes rear)
this seems excessive wear to me.
ball weight is 233kg and caravan is ATM 2650kg.
anythoughts
thanks

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Re: towing

Unread post by Dmaxqld » September 28th, 2014, 11:40 am

What vehicle?

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Re: towing

Unread post by gunshot conqueror » September 28th, 2014, 8:32 pm

good pick, 2011 dmax

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Re: towing

Unread post by mydmax » September 28th, 2014, 11:41 pm

gunshot conqueror
If you have electric brakes on the van, then the vehicle brakes will actually have to work less hard to stop the whole rig.
Therefore the brakes should last quite well.
Maybe the 3mm wasn't 3mm where it counts and was to the end of the shoes of similar.
OR
There wasn't a sound assessment of the thickness in the first place.

Is the handbrake cable working properly?
Is it being held on and not releasing the brake shoes properly?
Are the van brakes fully operational? Best to check. No good finding out by accident.

Unless you and you only, really know the state of the brakes at the outset it is hard to determine wear rates v/s usage.

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Re: towing

Unread post by gunshot conqueror » September 29th, 2014, 8:02 am

thank you very much, what yiu say makes good sense.
cheers

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Re: Does towing bring on excessive brake wear??

Unread post by macka17 » March 19th, 2015, 5:35 pm

Bringing this up again.

When towing vans. and any other decent weight trailer.

EVERY time you stop and get out.
You should walk round the rig. Check lights. Tyres. nuts, hitch etc.
Also always put fingers or palm on centre of hubs and inner part of wheels.
That will tell you.whether bearings running fine, and if brakes are binding.
IE wearing faster. you will soon notice.

If you concerned
Just slip your trolley jack. (EVERYBODY who tows has one of them. Don't you)
under offending wheel.
No turn or sticking/dragging.= Normally Brakes.
Wobbling. = Normally Bearings.

Easy to adjust either while you there. As long as you haven't parked on side of highway.

And you did readjust your electric controller in cab if you haven't used for a while.
Here on the coast. if you leave van for a while. = rust on discs/drums.
Run with brakes on for a while to clean 'em off.

Also I play with adjuster. setting "boost" just short of sliding tyres with "todays" current load.
Using Manual lever It should pull up rig without touching your brake pedal.(a decent one)
My last Roadstar 4 wheels. 4 brakes. pulled us up nicely on lever from town speeds.

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