Changing to Stainless Steel Brakes on Ameratrail Trailer
My Ameratrail trailer has Tie Down Silver cadmium brakes and even though it is only 6 months old, the calipers are sticking. When I pulled it for a long tow, the brakes were smoking after I applied strong braking to stop on several occasions. I was worried about a fire!
Therefore I called Ameratrail. They said that they had been having trouble with Tie Down Calipers sticking and are switching over to DeeMax. I have been told by others about the problems with Tie Down brakes and it is well documented on this message board.
Since I plan on keeping this boat and trailer for several years, I have decided to change out to Stainless steel brakes. Wow, Sticker Shock city! I decided to go with Stainless Steel Calipers and Rotors. For the three axles, the price is $2187! At least the good customer service from Ameratrail is giving me $438 credit for the Silver cadmium defective Tie Down calipers. I decided to change everything out for safety and a trouble free future trailering experience.
Dee Max brakes are apparently from a former partner in Kodiak brakes, and the stainless steel brakes look nearly identical except for some beefier mounting brace areas. The rotors are apparently vented. Hopefully, they will provide the same trouble free years of service that I received with my Kodiak stainless steel brakes on my previous trailer.