Just replaced the brakes in my trailer (Knott 200X50) and am currently trying to adjust the drums.
I've seen various strategies on this
talks above tigtening the adjuster until the brakes start to lock then backing it off until they "just" run free in forward direction.
I also saw another website http://myreader.co.uk/msg/127539041.aspx
talking about turning the adjuster till the brakes lock with moderate pressure then backing them off about 1/2 turn.
In my case, I tightened the adjuster till the wheel was pretty much locked (hard to turn by hand in forward motion) then backed it off. If I back it off about 3/4 turn, then there is pretty much no rubbing noise.
My question is - when the instructions talk about the wheel "just turning freely" does that mean with no rubbing atall or just slight rubbing and how critical is this?
I realise I will probably have to adjust the brakes soon again anyway as they are new but would like to know what I should be adjusting to!
Edit (further info)
The next step in the instructions talks about applying the handrake and then turing the wheels in reverse where they should apparently turn a bit then lock (and handbrake should move slightly back). In my case, with the drums adjusted as above, I can't turn the wheels backwards with brake applied!
I tried this with one wheel that I hadn't yet adjusted (had the adjuster way too slack) and with the handbrake applied the wheel would turn backwards (after initial effort to get it to release) but not forwards (and the handbrake did indeed move back in reverse). However I then adjusted this wheel the same as the other side (as per description above) and it's now solid in both forward and reverse with handbrake applied.
The shoes were fitted the same as the ones that came off and the direction of rotation arrow on the shoes is correct!