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Old 10 September 2014, 07:59   #1
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we are forever having issues with our dive club trailer. As we don't use it enough the breaks seize and drop the shoes with regular occurrence - and that's after a wash out after each use.
One of the guys has suggested disk breaks may help with this. Not something I've seen before.

Any suggestions on this as an idea please? It's a 4 wheel trailer with a 5.4 viking on top.


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Old 10 September 2014, 11:45   #2
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Hydraulic disks are awesome! Easy to flush, they work super smooth with plenty of stopping power, the stainless doesn't corrode, and they are super low maintenance.
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Old 10 September 2014, 12:12   #3
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If only they were available in the uk!
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If only they were available in the uk!
Surely there's an opportunity for someone to do these. Wouldn't it be great if you could stop worrying about brakes & bearings every time you take the boat !!

Not much good to you TrailerGuy but I bet you'd have loads of work converting. Are they prohibitively expensive?
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Wouldn't it be great if you could stop worrying about brakes & bearings every time you take the boat !!
You have the same bearing issues with disk brakes. Maybe more, as disk brakes drag a bit while running, meaning more heat to the bearings.

The advantages are that all the brake components are visible, so it's easy to inspect that part of the system.

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Are they prohibitively expensive?
They're not cheap. Do a search for Kodiak Stainless Disk brakes. An All-Stainless kit runs about $500 US per axle. You can get coated mild steel components for less though (and apparently can pick and choose on what components are stainless or not.)

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I'd imagine type approval would be the biggest hurdle & the market probably isn't big enough to make it cost effective to do it

Does the op leave the park brake on or reverse up an incline to park so the shoes are in contact with the drums
I assume they stick when parked?
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Rapide where offering the about 5 years ago, but don't think the offer them any more + they are now part of Mersea trailers.
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Part of the issue with offering disc brakes on trailers in the UK is legal requirement for the auto reverse feature.

Not so easy to engineer with discs.

I've had a mechanism sketched out for a few years, but haven't gone anywhere with it.

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Part of the issue with offering disc brakes on trailers in the UK is legal requirement for the auto reverse feature.~
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What is the auto reverse feature?

Is that something that cuts the brakes loose when backing up? Super easy, put a solenoid in triggered by the reverse lights. A 5th wire is a common trailer connection in the USA.
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What is the auto reverse feature?

Is that something that cuts the brakes loose when backing up? Super easy, put a solenoid in triggered by the reverse lights. A 5th wire is a common trailer connection in the USA.
Unfortunately electric activation isn't legal over here.
It has to be fully mechanically automatic as the trailer is pushed backwards by the tow vehicle.

If electric operation was acceptable here I'm sure we'd all have them.

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