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I have a 2005 Workhorse chassis, Fleetwood Pace Arrow on 22.5 rims/tires.  I just got a quote for doing the brakes, Front with new rotors  $1405, rears with pads and machine the rotors $825, total brake job $2230...........................is it me or is this expensive?  I never owned a Moho long enough to have to do the brakes, I do them myself for all my cars and trucks, what am I missing here...........................

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I think I paid $700 for some new front pads, oil put into the hubs and cleaned up the rotors. Same rig. I was happy I didn't have to lift a finger. Haha. 

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Its not you, that's pretty expensive for that job, is it a mobile service? That could explain some of the cost.

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This is at a RV repair place, think I will call Colton tomorrow.  They just charge me $1500 for fuel pump and housing, had to drop the tank.  

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That is a little steep. Rotors are so cheap anymore that I never bother with machining especially rotors that big. I just did a brake job on a medium chassis like that. Tree trimmer’s truck but pretty much the same parts. Hydraulic brakes with 22.5s. Rear rotors we’re about $200ea and front rotors were $165ea and the premium pads are about $150 a set. Plus about 5 hours labor. I did a clutch and a number of other repairs but the brake job ran him about $1500 and I did the work at his site. 

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I called Colton, they said they only work on air brakes anymore...ugh

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I did not ever think I would say this. Did you check the dealer? LOL

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Is there something wrong with your rotors? Did they get down to the metal on one of the pads? Warped? It’s pretty hard to warp those big rotors. If you don’t have any damaged rotors then just slap some new pads on for $300 and be done with it. 

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Does your Workhorse chassis have the brake caliper recall?  Mine did as they were sticking.  That overheated the rotors and wore down the pads.  They paid for new calipers but said the pads and rotors were wear items.  $3,000 later and I have all new brakes.  

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Don't know how big the chassis is but on a Ford F450 or F550, Book time is 4hrs for front and 4 hours labor on the rear and that includes cutting the rotors.

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We had to buy a couple calipers for the same tree trimmer’s truck a few years ago because he wore the brakes down past the metal behind the brake linings and was dragging the caliper’s pistons on the rotor. They were surprisingly inexpensive and came loaded with new brake pads. Less than $100 per loaded caliper I think. 

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3 hours ago, Rorschach said:

Is there something wrong with your rotors? Did they get down to the metal on one of the pads? Warped? It’s pretty hard to warp those big rotors. If you don’t have any damaged rotors then just slap some new pads on for $300 and be done with it. 

They are on metal on metal on the fronts, at least sounds like it, blew me away at 31k miles.  Buddy has the same Moho at 50k with 60% of his brakes left.  I do know, the previous owner towed a stacker trailer with the Moho over I-8 with no trailer brake controller.  He spent the money to beef up the hitch, but no brake controller.  I have talked to a few people today, they are said that price isn't out of the ballpark.

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3 hours ago, Budlight69 said:

Does your Workhorse chassis have the brake caliper recall?  Mine did as they were sticking.  That overheated the rotors and wore down the pads.  They paid for new calipers but said the pads and rotors were wear items.  $3,000 later and I have all new brakes.  

no idea

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Looks like I am going to suck it up and get it done.............was looking to buy a new Motorcycle, I guess that is on hold, HA

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6 minutes ago, Cookie said:

They are on metal on metal on the fronts, at least sounds like it, blew me away at 31k miles.  Buddy has the same Moho at 50k with 60% of his brakes left.  I do know, the previous owner towed a stacker trailer with the Moho over I-8 with no trailer brake controller.  He spent the money to beef up the hitch, but no brake controller.  I have talked to a few people today, they are said that price isn't out of the ballpark.

It depends on how you drive them. I see guys with those bigger chassis make brakes last forever and other guys needing them twice a year. Obviously, towing makes a difference too. I have a few business class trucks for I use for work and personally I won’t even look at one that doesn’t have air brakes unless it’s a steal if I plan on keeping it. Two different tree service companies, two boom trucks that both tow comparable chippers behind them, both have hydraulic brakes and ironically the guy that makes his brakes last has no brakes on the chipper axle and other guy has working brakes on the chipper and needs brakes on the truck and chipper all the time. 

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48 minutes ago, Rorschach said:

It depends on how you drive them. I see guys with those bigger chassis make brakes last forever and other guys needing them twice a year. Obviously, towing makes a difference too. I have a few business class trucks for I use for work and personally I won’t even look at one that doesn’t have air brakes unless it’s a steal if I plan on keeping it. Two different tree service companies, two boom trucks that both tow comparable chippers behind them, both have hydraulic brakes and ironically the guy that makes his brakes last has no brakes on the chipper axle and other guy has working brakes on the chipper and needs brakes on the truck and chipper all the time. 

I get it, My F150 I am on original brakes at 120k.  I have the parts ready to do the job for the last 4 years, every time I check I in disbelief

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I really do not think the price is to far out of line we just had a class 8 truck done the driver ran the brakes into the metal in nothing flat the bill was just under 20 grand calipers are almost 3 K each know not comparing apples to apples but the bigger the brakes the more they cost

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I just had the toter done at the truck stop.  Rear brakes were $600 with labor and front where about the same but I didn't need new rotors.  I am checking with my brother.  His Motorhome was under recall and got a tons of parts shipped out to him for free. Brakes were in there too.  OK he said to call up workhorse with your vin number.  they will tell you all the parts under recall and ship out.  He as 2006 pacearrow. I know he got a lot of suspension parts that were on recall.  steering rack was in there too.  check your vin guys if you have a workhorse chassis.  They were real nice to deal with. 

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17 hours ago, Squatcher said:

I just had the toter done at the truck stop.  Rear brakes were $600 with labor and front where about the same but I didn't need new rotors.  I am checking with my brother.  His Motorhome was under recall and got a tons of parts shipped out to him for free. Brakes were in there too.  OK he said to call up workhorse with your vin number.  they will tell you all the parts under recall and ship out.  He as 2006 pacearrow. I know he got a lot of suspension parts that were on recall.  steering rack was in there too.  check your vin guys if you have a workhorse chassis.  They were real nice to deal with. 

Thanks for the info, I reached out to Workhorse in an email last night with my VIN, woke up this morning with an answer (amazing in this day and age).  No good news for me that all my recalls had been done on the coach, and FYI it is a Pace Arrow as well.  Appreciate the insight.  

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19 hours ago, GBR said:

I really do not think the price is to far out of line we just had a class 8 truck done the driver ran the brakes into the metal in nothing flat the bill was just under 20 grand calipers are almost 3 K each know not comparing apples to apples but the bigger the brakes the more they cost

It still blows my mind that they’d ever put disc air brakes on class 8/semi trucks. Had a buddy that drove for a “progressive” company delivering fuel, he said that they had comparable braking compared to drum air brakes when first applying them but they faded super fast compared to drum. The pads were pretty big like you’d expect but I thought the discs were way too small. The surface area of the brake lining contact on disc still isn’t even a fraction of what the drum is so one would think that along with the lessened surface area that the maintenance interval would be a lot shorter for disc also. It is. I don’t think it’s a good comparison, though, class 8 compared to class 6 or 7 motor home. Class 6 and 7 hydraulic disc has been around since the introduction of disc  brakes in all markets but it’s still a pretty new concept on class 8 trucks plus the smaller chassis use hydraulic brake fluid applied systems where semis have adapted disc braking to work with the air system. Probably why your calipers are $3k and a hydraulic loaded caliper is $100. 

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