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Old 12-08-2019, 05:59 PM   #1
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Disc Brakes

Decided to convert our electric drum brakes to electric over hydraulic disc brakes to our 2019 Pinnacle 37MDQS. We chose to purchase a complete system from Hydrastar. I completed the mechanical portion of the installation today. The only thing left to do is the electrical and then bleed the system.

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For what we pay for an RV, I don't understand why "they" don't put disc brakes on every trailer made. Looks good, sure wish I had them on mine.
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For what we pay for an RV, I don't understand why "they" don't put disc brakes on every trailer made. Looks good, sure wish I had them on mine.
Would drive the costs up. What you paid didn't include the cost of discs. They try to stay competitive. Also disc aren't main stream yet on trailers. Will take many years yet. Some RV's and utility trailers do offer discs.


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Sweet! Once you pull it, you will never own a electric brake RV again.


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So what if the price is a little more for disc brakes, I'd pay it.
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So what if the price is a little more for disc brakes, I'd pay it.
Me too, but the average person wouldn't nor even know trailer disc brakes exist. They build for the common average person as cheap as they can with as much profit margin as they can and be competitive. If you want or must have discs, buy a brand that offers them or install a kit yourself. In due time there will be more manufacturers offering them as an option. Maybe 20 years from now they will be standard on all trailers. Who knows? It takes a long time for something like that to become mainstream.


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I don't know about other manufactures, but Jayco can add them when building if you order a unit from the factory. We had our NP 315 outfitted with 8K axles and disk brakes and 17.5 tires at build.
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I don't know about other manufactures, but Jayco can add them when building if you order a unit from the factory. We had our NP 315 outfitted with 8K axles and disk brakes and 17.5 tires at build.
My 2017 Eagle had no such option when I ordered it. Must be only the high end units or a fairly new option added.


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It was not an option until i asked for it. Sometimes dealers don't want to bother. You may need to push a bit to get it done.
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It was not an option until i asked for it. Sometimes dealers don't want to bother. You may need to push a bit to get it done.
Wasn't on the order sheet either.


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Looks good 73stroker. That’s how all Pinnacles should leave the nursery
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That is one of the best changes I ever made to our 5th wheel toy hauler (now sold). The company below does thousands of these installs at RV gatherings. At the time that mine was done they had two install crews that would come to your house or a location of your choice (when they are in your area) and do the install. You can also purchase the parts and do it yourself. I had them do it at my house. Done in 5 hours.

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I don't know about other manufactures, but Jayco can add them when building if you order a unit from the factory. We had our NP 315 outfitted with 8K axles and disk brakes and 17.5 tires at build.
I really don't understand why dealers do not even discuss the "hidden" options that are available when special ordering an RV. Neither dealers that I purchased my North Point or Pinnacle mentioned any of the hidden options. I would have definitely gone with disc brakes and the IS system. It usually cost a lot less when ordering than doing a retrofit.
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I really don't understand why dealers do not even discuss the "hidden" options that are available when special ordering an RV. Neither dealers that I purchased my North Point or Pinnacle mentioned any of the hidden options. I would have definitely gone with disc brakes and the IS system. It usually cost a lot less when ordering than doing a retrofit.
My experience with buying cars, RVs and trucks over the years is it is less expensive to retro fit the item you want than pay the dealers for their marked up price and their marked up labor for the install. That is the reason for the MSRP, Invoice, and dealer's price lists. You will pay MSRP for an add on unless you do some negotiating and they are not as likely to deal on the price of add ons.
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My experience with buying cars, RVs and trucks over the years is it is less expensive to retro fit the item you want than pay the dealers for their marked up price and their marked up labor for the install. That is the reason for the MSRP, Invoice, and dealer's price lists. You will pay MSRP for an add on unless you do some negotiating and they are not as likely to deal on the price of add ons.
I received the same discount (33%) on my entire order including all of the options. Would not have purchased if I didn't.
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Good for you. Most people don't haggle when they should and pay too much. The best example is firstly buying an extended warranty, and secondly paying what the dealer is asking.
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My experience with buying cars, RVs and trucks over the years is it is less expensive to retro fit the item you want than pay the dealers for their marked up price and their marked up labor for the install. That is the reason for the MSRP, Invoice, and dealer's price lists. You will pay MSRP for an add on unless you do some negotiating and they are not as likely to deal on the price of add ons.
Agreed that after-build retrofit at the dealer isn't cost effective, but optioned out during the build should be very affordable, considering they aren't first installing the "inferior" parts. At the dealer, you're essentially paying twice (once for the original parts during the build, and again with the retrofit).

Thanks for the heads up on the hidden options, WayneTaylor. I'll know to ask next time.
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Would drive the costs up. What you paid didn't include the cost of discs. They try to stay competitive. Also disc aren't main stream yet on trailers. Will take many years yet. Some RV's and utility trailers do offer discs.


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If the industry did it as a whole then they would all remain competitive with each other.......at the consumers expense of course.
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If the industry did it as a whole then they would all remain competitive with each other.......at the consumers expense of course.
Good luck with that lol


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KYD got their labor for free by Etrailer........we should all be so lucky LoL!!!
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