Originally Posted by Spongebob
Tried rocking with shogun. Doesn't want to know. How do you remove the casing?
Rocking with a car can free the brakes but it involves lots of voilence and it ain't a pretty sight.
To remove the brakes jack her up both sides and secure the trailer on something solid, not the jack. Leave the wheels on for the moment just knock out the centre wheel bearing cover with screw driver and hammer, its either light metal or plastic. Undo the large nut and remove the spacer behind. Remove the front bearing. Slacken off the brake adjuster behind the wheel with 17mm spanner. Now using the wheel as a lever / hand hold try to remove the hub (cast steel drum). There might be a lip inside the drum which is why the shoes won't allow the drum to slide off the shaft. If that doesn't work, off with the wheel and thump the hub, back on with the wheel with two nuts and again try to lever the hub off.
If it really does go pear shaped, then the axle is only held on with 4 u bolts so if the trailer was supported well the whole thing could be removed and taken to a trailer centre.
Last tip once this is sorted is to roll the trailer backwards and forwards a couple of times by hand before finally parking after a day out it so the shoes are free of the drums. This needs to be done by hand.
The brake mechanism isn't complicated so stripping it down will be good practise so you will know how to change the bearing in future. The outer bearing races come out of the hub with a screw driver and hammer from the opposite side and new ones go back in with lots of grease using the old race as a guide. Indespension do a good little book on this if its not covered in the manual.