When it comes time for your yearly maintenance for your RV one of the things you should have inspected along with your appliances and furnace is definitely your brakes. After all, if there is an issue with the brakes you shouldn’t have your unit out on the road. It is always best to have them inspected each spring and you should have an idea how much wear you have based on your travels the summer before. Other indicators that you may have brake issues is if you hear noises when you are braking, like squealing or grinding, or if your brakes are pulling to one side or pulsating when the pedal is applied. Also if you have a lot of pedal depression during braking, there may be an issue with the trailer or your tow vehicle, or both.
How long do RV brakes last?
On average your brakes will last quite a long time if they are set up right and work in tandem with your tow vehicle. This will vary based on the type of roads you are traveling and how aggressive of a driver you are, and how far you travel on your adventures.
What kind of brakes are on my RV?
Your RV will have one of the three most common types of braking systems: Electric, Hydraulic, and on the bigger motorhomes and coaches: Air Brakes. But, more than likely your unit will have electric brakes which are most common on trailers and fifth wheels. So when our licensed/certified RV technicians are doing an inspection, they will look for wear on the brake drums, pads, as well as the condition of the magnets that are part of the electrical system of your brakes. If there is any wear or grease build up from leaky bearings on the brakes, drums, or magnets, we would recommend the entire assembly be replaced.
While you are having your brakes inspected it is also recommended that you have your bearings inspected and repacked to ensure this is also in good working condition.
At Swift RV Repairs we can do both brakes and bearing as a package deal, and both can be done while we have the tires off and your unit jacked up anyway.
So if you are in need of brakes, bearing and/or tires give Swift RV Repairs a call at 403-919-4911 and make your appointment today.