Making sure that the towable trailer brakes and suspension are in good working condition is key for any RV trip!
Anytime you hook up your towable trailer and hit the road, you’re putting a lot of faith in your wheel bearings, brakes and overall suspension. When any of these items stop working, it can end your adventure fast.
Brakes should be inspected every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whatever comes first. Contact us to setup an appointment to schedule maintenance for your wheel bearings, brakes and suspension inspection.
Common causes of brakes not working properly are:
- Poor connections
- Failed brake shoes
- Insufficient wire size
- Broken wires hanging below the axle
- Improperly set up brake controller
- Internally shorted magnets
- Defective controller
- Brake wire shorted to ground somewhere in the system
- Corrosion between the ground wire and the brake wire in the electrical connector plug
While properly greased wheel bearings help your wheels spin freely, faulty wheel bearings can do the
exact opposite. Without properly working wheel bearings, you won’t be pulling your trailer very far. At best, the wheels could seize up, which can leave you stranded on the side of the road or at your campsite. Worst case, those wheels could lock up while you’re on the highway going 60 MPH. Both options are not ideal. See our SERVICE MENU for pricing on our wheel bearing pack service.
Suspension Upgrades – Better
Dexter E-Z Flex Suspension
Standard suspension causes your trailer to feel like an earthquake going down the road. It also tears down all the interior inside the trailer over time. Causing cabinets to fall apart and cabinet doors to fall off. But there is a remedy! Dexter Axle offers what is called E-Z Flex suspension, which provides a smoother ride.
Road shock should be absorbed by your suspension, not transferred to your precious cargo. The E-Z Flex rubberized suspension system completes this task with flying colors. E-Z Flex was formulated to absorb road vibrations and protect your cargo. E-Z Flex also helps reduce fore to aft trailer movement, otherwise knows as, “chucking.” The rougher the road conditions, the better the system performs.
Not only does E-Z Flex virtually eliminate damage to your trailer caused by road shock and vibrations, but it protects your precious cargo as well.https://www.dexteraxle.com/Products/Suspension-Compnents
Suspension Upgrades – Best
Roadmaster Comfort Ride Shocks and Slipper Springs
Improves handling – no more white-knuckling! Comfort Ride calms the energy from your trailer resulting in a better ride and more control.
Improves your trailer life – Comfort Ride can absorb 80% of the forces that can create water leaks and damage your trailer over time.
Roadmaster’s Comfort Ride Slipper Spring System is designed to be used with the Comfort Ride Shock Absorber System. When the systems are used together you can expect up to a 50% reduction in induced road energy transmission in your RV – over cobblestones, a 76% reduction, and over gravel roads, a 94% reduction! These products are designed for low maintenance; 10 of the 14 moving parts in the conventional RV Suspension are eliminated. The remaining four are lubricated with lifetime bushings.
Comfort Ride shock absorber and slipper leaf spring systems will significantly reduce the cause of these commons problems:
Chucking – the truck is rocked forward and aft when the trailer goes over uneven pavement (dips, frost heaves and the infamous bridge expansion joints)
Axle roll-up – during braking, the trailer’s rear tires are lifted enough to cause a loss in traction (and a rise in the driver’s blood pressure)
Suspension rebound – when one tire goes over an obstacle, the trailer tips sideways. After the tire clears the obstacle, the leaf springs (and the trailer with them) rebound like a pogo stick.
Comfort Ride shock absorber and slipper leaf spring kits can be purchased and installed separately, but in combination, the whole is greater than the parts — the two components provide a more significant improvement in ride quality.https://www.roadmasterinc.com/products/travel_trailers/comfort_ride.php