Off-Road Dexter Style Electric Backing Plate

$110.00 - $128.70

Off-Road Backing Plate will suit:

Couplemate™ Australia Drums
AL-KO Australia / Dexter USA Drums
✓ Vehicle Components / Cruisemaster Drums

Get back on the road fast with quick and easy installation.

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Dexter Style Off-Road Electric Backing Plate | Incl. Park Lever

Electric drum brakes, like those employed in the automotive sector, are reliable and effective. Off-Road Electric Backing Plates are built to handle harsh off-road conditions and are suitable for semi-off-road and entirely off-road caravans. Equipped with a specially crafted single-slit magnet, these brakes are designed to withstand rugged and uneven terrains.

As discussed in our Couplemate™ Q&A, “Why Does Off-Road Driving Destroy Electric Brakes?”, corrugation harms standard electric magnets and the magnet lever arm, making them ineffective in a much shorter period. To combat this, many caravanners and thrill-seekers opt for Off-Road Backing Plates with Off-Road magnets equipped. This change dramatically increases the lifespan of your magnet and lever arm while providing optimal brake performance.

The backing plate assembly arrives fully equipped, streamlining the mounting process onto the bracket and offering convenience over replacing individual parts. Opting for high-quality brake parts is crucial for safety, as inferior backing plates can generate excessive heat, leading to overheated bearings and grease issues. Couplemate™ has been using these reliable backing plates for years, ensuring a safe choice for your trailer.

Key Features

  • Easy Installation: Simplify the installation process with our 10″ Off-Road Electric Backing Plate.
  • Low Maintenance: Designed for minimal upkeep, providing a reliable solution with less hassle.
  • Off-Road Design: Specially designed to provide optimal performance and longevity in off-road conditions.
  • Pre-Assembled: Brake shoes, magnet, and park brake lever come pre-assembled, streamlining the setup process.
  • Fits 10″ Brake Drums: Specifically engineered to suit 10″ brake drums, it is a perfect fit for your caravan’s braking system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Style Do You Need?

Choosing between Australian-style or Dexter-style backing plates? Australian-style backing plates are often referred to as “AL-KO.” They are the most common. However, some manufacturers opt for American systems like “Dexter-style” backing plates.

You can distinguish between them based on the park brake lever:

  • Horizontal Park Brake: Standard
  • Vertical Park Brake: Dexter USA

N.B. Ensure your current backing plate/axle weld ring has four bolt holes. If it has five holes, you likely need a 12″ Off-Road Electric Backing Plate instead.

Should You Replace the Whole Backing Plate?

We strongly advise opting for a complete backing plate replacement rather than solely replacing worn components for optimal performance and safety. This approach ensures that all elements of the backing plate are in optimal condition and minimizes the risk of overlooked parts nearing the end of their life.

Complete backing plate replacement is a straightforward procedure and provides peace of mind, especially when dealing with safety-critical components like electric backing plates. When considering maintenance or upgrades to your caravan braking system, prioritizing the replacement of the entire backing plate is a prudent choice, offering comprehensive assurance and prolonging the overall lifespan of the braking system.

What If You Don’t Have Electric Brakes?

You have a few options if you don’t have electric brakes but want to convert. Most people opt for one of our Conversion Kits, which contain everything you need to transform your existing brake system. These kits are available in two options: Slimline or Parallel.

Alternatively, if you have 10″ Hydraulic Drum or 10″ Mechanical drum brakes, you may be able to switch out the backing plate and use your existing drum. Couplemate™ recommends checking the integrity and size of your drum before purchase.

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Additional information

Weight6 kg
Dimensions30 × 30 × 15 cm
Offroad Backing Plate

Left Hand – Passengers Side, Right Hand – Drivers Side

Brake Style

10-inch, 12-inch


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