One of the most important systems of your motorhome or travel trailer is the brake system. You rely on your RV brakes to keep you and your fellow passengers safe. Having a better understanding of the system can help you keep up with your RV’s service and maintenance. Continue reading to learn more from the team at Unlimited RV.

What are the Different Types of RV Brakes?

Hydraulic Brakes

The majority of contemporary motorhomes use hydraulic brakes. When applying pressure to the brake pedal, a master cylinder forces brake fluid through the vehicle’s hydraulic brake system. This, in turn, exerts pressure on a braking drum, or a disc or rotor, and presses the brake shoes or pads. The wheels slow down as a result of this friction, helping to stop the RV.

Air Assist Brakes

More braking force may be required for larger motorhomes than hydraulic systems can provide. Manufacturers frequently use air brake devices in these situations. These systems employ pressurized air to rapidly and firmly push the brake pads into place, bringing the car to a stop. They provide more stopping power for big rigs and have fewer points of failure.

Electric Trailer Brakes

Some fifth wheels and travel trailers utilize hydraulic braking systems similar to those mentioned above. Others use an electric system. Electric brakes on a trailer need to be hooked into the towing vehicle. The technology can detect when the brake pedal is being applied to your vehicle and will instruct the brake pads to engage at that time.

Auxiliary Brake System

Many large motorhomes also include auxiliary braking systems and the main braking systems mentioned above. These slow the vehicle’s engine and/or gearbox in order to reduce speed. They shouldn’t be utilized as your main braking system, but they can help you slow down when you’re going downhill or support your main brakes in an emergency.

Unlimited RV provides service in Tennessee, including Knoxville, the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and all nearby communities. Contact us today at (865) 200-4162 to request a service.