trailor brake repairs

 hey all. just had all the bearings done on the boat trailor only to find out the drum brakes are siezed. we have had a couple of quotes to replace with disc or repair the drum ,  

the repairs are half the price on new disc and either way not going to be cheap. 

the question is which way would people go and what sort of price for new should i expect as i have never had to do this before.

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Replace with discs

Thu, 2018-07-19 20:44

Drums do not belong on boat trailer and will only give you grief (well, alot more than discs anyway)

I just did conversion from 2T to 2.7T on my dunbier which involved welding caliper mounts, new calipers, new discs all round, new rims and tyres, running new stainless hydraulic lines, new alko IQ7 actuator, new hitch and chains and full rewire. Probably missed a few details and it cost $3200 all up. Did all the work myself. Rob at South-West Trailers helped heaps and was full of info which got me passed on first inspection.

If you are doing mechanical brakes I have all the gear that i removed of mine which you could have very cheap - note they are only good to 2T.

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 Stay away from drums mate

Thu, 2018-07-19 23:03

 Stay away from drums mate

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 100% change to discs. I did

Fri, 2018-07-20 17:17

 100% change to discs. I did this on my american trailer because drums suck!

Doubt it would cost that much to replace 1 set of discs? Could still reuse the cable or hydraulic tube and actuator you have!

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+1

Sun, 2018-07-22 09:39

change to disc. As said drums don't belong in salt water. If your handy on the tools you can do it yourself. Cut the drums off axle and weld the disc calapor bracket on there not hard or go and talk to martins trailer parts and they will weld them on for you but you will need to pull axle out. I think it cost me around $300 for the disc set up online and did all the work myself.  

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 cheers for the response

Sun, 2018-07-22 10:12

 cheers for the response . 

prob i have is time. does anyone know of a good place mandurah way to get them done and wont cost an arm and a leg. 

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I would have though the place

Sun, 2018-07-22 10:56

I would have though the place that did your bearing could do the job.

Nothing cheap when it comes to boats and trailers. Try searching gumtree for a backyard cowboy.

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 the guy that did the

Sun, 2018-07-22 13:13

 the guy that did the bearings is a mobile one. he has given us a quote to do the job . just weighing up options and looking at prices. 

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Rob at South-West trailers Mandurah

Sun, 2018-07-22 12:39

 He's invaluable and a nice guy. Plenty of info and no b/s.

I will PM you with what i have taken off mine - if you are looking at up to 2T then this will work a treat. I have everything to do the 2T except caliper mounts.

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 cheers for that. but i am

Sun, 2018-07-22 13:17

 cheers for that. but i am probably better off going new all round . thanks for the offer anyway

 

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No probs Russ.

Sun, 2018-07-22 14:38

 All good

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gordon road

Sun, 2018-07-22 19:17

 there is a place off gordon road near the mercury dealership, they always seem busy.