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Old 12-05-2021, 01:10 PM   #21
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Brantel,

Not to question your visual inspection of your brakes, but, are you sure they are Dexter brakes? It is my understanding that everything under the Cougar line in the past 3 or 4 years has all been Lippert. From the axles, bearings, springs, equalizers and brakes, they all come as a single assembly, installed on the trailer frame while it's upside down at the front door of the assembly line, then rotated "wheels down" and tires/wheels are installed....

Not saying your brakes aren't Dexter, just that I'm surprised they aren't Lippert... And, yes, LCI does buy most of their components from the lowest bidder (in China).....
Dexter supplies the east coast trailers made in Indiana and Lippert supplies the west coast trailers made in Oregon.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:08 PM   #22
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Dexter supplies the east coast trailers made in Indiana and Lippert supplies the west coast trailers made in Oregon.
That may be "the way things are today", but historically, it's not always "Dexter east/Lippert west"... My trailer was made in Indiana and has Lippert axles. One of the "features" listed in the Cougar fifth wheel and Half Ton fifth wheel trailers for the past several years is the "Road Armor Wheel Suspension package with 360 Vibration Protection. That's a Lippert product.

The Half Ton travel trailers are not manufactured in the same facility as the fifth wheel trailers, so components used will differ. I understand that Keystone has (or is) building a new manufacturing line for the Cougar Half Ton fifth wheel series and separating that production from the "full size Cougar fifth wheel line. Until recently, both were "run down the same assembly line on different days".
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Old 12-05-2021, 03:40 PM   #23
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Mine has Dexter axles, brakes and springs but has the road armor equalizer suspension system.
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Old 12-05-2021, 06:03 PM   #24
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Mine has Dexter axles, brakes and springs but has the road armor equalizer suspension system.
In this day of "supply chain problems" the factory will use what they have or what they can get to keep the line moving. While there's a "preference for using the same equipment during a model year production run" you can almost count on production changes/substitutions throughout the year. If anyone has "OEM equipment throughout" consider it more luck than intention.
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Old 12-05-2021, 06:26 PM   #25
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Mine has Dexter axles, brakes and springs but has the road armor equalizer suspension system.
So did my Avalanche before I had the disc brakes installed
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Old 12-05-2021, 06:48 PM   #26
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Mine has Dexter axles, brakes and springs but has the road armor equalizer suspension system.

Mine had the same (with self adjusting brakes) until I replaced it all including disc brakes.
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Old 12-05-2021, 08:18 PM   #27
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Mine has Dexter axles, brakes and springs but has the road armor equalizer suspension system.
Same here, trailer built in 2017, I believe this is prior to the current supply chain issues. The Dexter self adjusting brakes have been replaced with disc brakes.
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To update folks on this post, Dexter will be covering the parts under warranty. Thanks Dexter for such great customer service.
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