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Old 10-07-2016, 10:08 AM   #21
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If your new trailer was towed from the factory the brakes should be already burnished and broken in.
It took longer than that for mine. I towed mine from Middlebury to my house in AZ... lots of highway miles, but not much stopping. It took a few local camping trips and a trip or two through stop and go traffic to a local dealer (for fit and finish warranty repairs) for the brakes to stop as they should.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:10 AM   #22
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Hey JetTech. I could have (and I have) written word for word of your post about my brakes. I still have poor brakes.
The other day my neighbor took my NorthPoint out for a tug with his 2015 Chevy. He pulls his 2014 Pinnacle at 4 on his built in controller. 5-6 is too much and anything over he locks.
He pulled mine at 10 and very little, just like me.

I can set my controller at 10 and pull my rig out of my driveway with the trigger pulled with ease, and it will coast a little when I let off the gas.

Dealer says the brakes are good.
I'm going back with my neighbors findings AND your thread. Thanks for posting.

Klassic that sounds like the dealer I bought mine from!!!
They told me they CANNOT adjust my brakes or do ANY suspension work.
Same dealer as Rock........
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:51 PM   #23
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At the beginning of the year I had a big problem with this as well. I find that the FW is stopping a lot better now than it has before. I do not expect it to stop on a dime considering how much weight is behind me, but there is still certain level of expectation. I think that after I made it through the "break in period", the trailer brakes work much better.
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Old 10-07-2016, 05:46 PM   #24
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Towed mine today about 40 miles away. Every time I stopped, I could smell hot brakes. Not sure if the campers or the trucks! Let's hope the campers, and that they're just burning in as mentioned!
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:50 AM   #25
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Same thing happened to me! I literally pulled my old rig 200 miles with no problems, checked the trailer brakes before departure, worked fine. When I hooked up to my 377RLBH for the first time and we checked the trailer brakes and get NOTHING. Technician crawled under the trailer and found a brake wire too short that was disconnected and had to extend it.

Try it again thinking for sure we we're good... nothing. After troubleshooting the crud out of the trailer, they checked my Trucks trailer brake and found that my brake controller had stopped working! Every connection worked except brake output. I was 3 hours from home at 8pm so I just had to take it easy.

As we pulled out of the dealership I roll to the first set of lights and test the manual trailer brake for the hundredth time and it WORKED! Couldn't believe it. After I get home, the next day I drove my truck and I got a "Service Trailer Brake" on the dash. Since I'm not the only one this happened to I'm thinking something must short out the controller with THEIR wiring... Or maybe just that brake connection the technician had to lengthen before the second attempt. I didn't think it was worth mentioning until I saw this thread! Only cost me $200 to fix luckily.
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Old 10-14-2016, 05:00 PM   #26
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I just purchased a 28.5 RSTS HT and the brakes are very week to say the least. I'm glad I'm towing with a 3/4 ton diesel truck that has some stopping power. How do you go about adjusting the brakes on this FW? I'm upgrading to 16" wheels and tires very soon and it would be a great time to adjust them.


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I have a 28.5 RSTS HT my brakes were the same. tried to do the hard stop thing for the self adjuster which may work once they are adjusted. took about an hour to adjust,, Just took a 1500 mile trip some good grades and traffic brakes worked great
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:55 PM   #27
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Just wondering did Jayco go for the low bid and put Lippert axles on the
2016/17 trailers instead of Dexter?
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Just wondering did Jayco go for the low bid and put Lippert axles on the
2016/17 trailers instead of Dexter?
That's what I'm starting to wonder now.
My neighbor has a 2014 Pinnacle with Dexters and has no trouble locking them. He has his Chev built in controller at 4.
He says he has brake dust on the rims after every trip.
I've never seen brake dust on my rims. I don't even ever clean them when I wash the trailer.
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Old 10-15-2016, 04:56 AM   #29
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If your new trailer was towed from the factory the brakes should be already burnished and broken in.
I agree with you Norty 00%
Wouldn't you think them towing from Indiana to Florida would have been enough??
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That's what I'm starting to wonder now.
My neighbor has a 2014 Pinnacle with Dexters and has no trouble locking them. He has his Chev built in controller at 4.
He says he has brake dust on the rims after every trip.
I've never seen brake dust on my rims. I don't even ever clean them when I wash the trailer.

I bet you have lots of brake dust on your truck though don't you??
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