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Old 04-08-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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burning smell on first pull

Driving our new 28bhs home from the dealer last night. When we got home, there was a pretty noticeable burning smell. i think it may just be new brakes burning in, but not sure. i didn't do any hard braking. Actually babied it quite a lot.

Is that probably what it was?

PS - I have nothing to compare it to, never pulled a large trailer, and never used a WDH, but the Equalizer i went with seems top notch. Hwy 41 is a wreck with patches and cracks. And it drove beautifully. 65 MPH and it was almost like I wasn't pulling anything. Except for the 8 MPG i logged.

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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I can't remember smelling anything on our first trip. Sorry. I can tell you that when you first use your furnace, it will smell. Our smoke alarm actually went off!

I'm guessing with the activity here that if no one posts, it may be that your situation may be an isolated one and should be checked out.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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Maybe brake issues

Could be issue wwith the 2010 brakes.... Read my post on brake issues. My brakes are sqealing constantly and smelled bad and were hot. And only towed it from dealer to home and from home to storage lot. Appt. next week... good luck
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:09 AM   #4
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I had the same problem with my new 5th wheel. I smelled something burning after I pulled it for the first time. My smell was from the battery area. My problem was the wires on the trailer brakes. There have been several forms with this same problem. Jayco is not tightening the wires at the factory and the wire is coming apart and grounding out against your axle. Get under the camper and see if your wires have come apart. If you fix the problem, you need to call your dealer and tell them the issue. Jayco is having alot of problems with brakes!
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #5
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I agree with the furnace smell. I think my next door neighbor could smell it. Fortunately it didn't last but a few minutes.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #6
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I don't recall any smelly brakes on our trailer but then it was towed from the factory to Arizona so anything like that should have already happened. No furnace smell here either but the furnace was running and the trailer was warmed up when we did the PDI.

The brakes are not very strong in my opinion. Even with the brake controller set on high the brakes don't lock up or even grab real hard.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:58 AM   #7
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I never had a brake smell, but I had to lite the furnace for 1/2 hour and the oven to get the smell of new items out of the trailer I left the windows open because there strong smelling when you first use them. Now zero smells
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #8
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Where did you notice the brake smell? Do you notice any brake dust on the front wheels of the tow vehicle? Possible issue could be the brake controller is not set correctly. Your tow vehicle brakes could be working harder with the extra load of the trailer.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:29 PM   #9
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Thats what I was thinking. i would check the adjustment of your brake controller.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:43 PM   #10
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If you smell it again after a pull, feel the wheels to find out if they are hot. If the TT brakes are dragging, the wheels will probably feel hot to the touch.

I never noticed a smell from my TT in all the miles I pulled it.

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