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Replacement Bearings and Brakes for 2016 Riverside Retro 195  


Hi, I recently bought a 2016 Riverside Retro 195 double axle trailer. I took it out on its first camping trip and noticed the battery drained way to fast. It turns out the brake switch key was not in place. I dont know how long it has been that way, but Im guessing the brakes are shot. I didnt really notice much drag. In your opinion, would it be wisest to just replace the whole brake assemblies? And replace the bearings while I have it apart? Is so, what is your recommendation? And do you have an auto adjustment version? And do you have bearings that I dont need to grease? The axles are Dexter 195A, Im not sure if that helps determine the brake size. Thanks, Mike


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It is probably worth pulling the assemblies and inspecting them but realistically yes, I would go ahead and replace the brakes. You might as well check out your drums too and make sure they don't have grooves worn in them. Based on what I was able to find, it looks like your 2016 Riverside Retro 195 has 3,500 lb axles. I recommend checking the axle tag to verify this information.

Assuming that is correct, you can use the Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA you were looking at. These are self-adjusting brakes designed for 3,500 lb axles that fit a 4-bolt brake flange. If you need new mounting hardware as well you can use the # BRKH10B.

The correct bearings are the # L44649 outer and # L68149 inner bearing along with # RG06-050 for the grease seal. We also have a full bearing kit available with part # BK2-100. We don't have pre-packed bearings so you can use # L11390 for grease which is a lithium complex. The only option for pre-greased is if you replace your hub and drum assembly with # AKHD-545-35-EZ-K.

I have attached some installation videos below for your reference.

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