I put disk brakes on our Redwood fifth wheel recently. It is the best safety upgrade to put on a heavier RV. On our TT, I had trouble with grease leaking out of the seals and ruining the brake shoes, which meant even less braking power than with clean brake shoes. But I wound up selling it before I swapped it over. There is no fade and the disk brakes are much stronger than any drum brake set up. My conclusion, I would not have any larger trailer without installing disk brakes both for safety and peace of mind. The only downside is that they are fairly pricey. But if you aren't perfectly happy with the drum brakes on your rig, and plan on keeping it for awhile, they are sure worth it.
Iíve done a disc brake conversion done twice. I was so pleased with the results of the first conversion (on a Sandsport 26 FBSL) that I immediately did the same thing when I bought my Triton 3351. I did the installations myself using Kodiak discs.
The difference between electric drums and the discs is night and day. After you initially setup your brake controller you donít need to fiddle with it again. The brakes work and feel the same, hot or cold, highway or city. The stopping power is incredible. The discs completely handle the braking for the trailer so the stopping distance towing is the same as when not towing.
The installations were done using all steel lines except short rubber flexible lines at the pump and calipers so I donít have any noticeable delay when applying the brakes as the pump builds pressure. I used the Tuson Actulink actuator on both. It works well with my Fordís OEM brake controller.
I installed a Titan EHB pump and plumbing kit and Kodiak caliper sets. I bought extra tubing and extra flexible connections as I designed my own tubing routes and installed the pump in the front storage area where the batteries are. It took me about 7 or 8 days. I got proficient at double flaring and tube bending. I mainly rearranged the plumbing so that it all ran along the I beams of the 5th and didn't interfere with getting into the underbelly. Well worth the effort as we took a 9 week trip through the Rockies and the brakes prevented 2 surefire accidents from happening. I will never have another 5th or camper without them,
1996 F350 7.3L Turbodiesel
Dually w Banks Powerpack
2012 Komfort 3130
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