Electric Brake Shoes
$39.45 – $49.25 inc GST
Electric brake shoe suit 10 inch and 12 inch Al-ko or Dexter Style
Electric brake shoes include both primary and secondary brake shoes for 10 inches or a 12-inch backing plate.
Select the correct brake shoe from the drop-down menu and watch the corresponding image appear in the image box.
Difference between Alko and Dexter brake shoes
- Alko brake shoes are slotted at the top of the shoes.
- Dexter Brakes shoes have a hole at the top of shoes.
Install larger shoe towards the back of the trailer, smaller shoe towards the front of the caravan.
One axle uses two pairs of shoes.
The critical thing to look for when inspecting trailer and caravan shoes is the slot or hole in the top of the shoe.
- The Alko park brake has horizontal slots for the shoes
- Dexter shoes use a spring on the top to hold shoes together
Purchase electric backing plates here
So how do electric brakes work?
When viewing 10-inch shoes, you will notice they are different. It is possible to install caravan shoes back to front.
One shoe is shorter than the other.
- The longer shoe is called the primary brake shoe, and it faces the rear of the caravan.
- The short shoe is called a secondary brake shoe and faces the front of the caravan.
The magnet, when energised will attach itself to the inside of the moving brake drum and remain connected during braking.
The attached magnet on the drum forces the brakes shoes during a forward motion causing deacceleration.
Tip: If your electric magnet and shoes need replacing, check the other components as they may also be showing signs of wear. Electric magnets need replacing when the wear holes are no longer visible.
A better solution is to buy an entire backing plate and bolt it onto the weld ring.
Bendix brake shoes manufacture superior brake shoes with the excellent braking performance, however, they are not suited well to caravans and trailers. The Al-ko and Dexter brake shoe range use a friction material more suited to the caravan industry and provide safe stopping power.