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Old 10-01-2010, 10:11 PM   #11
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Had our controller 'professionally' installed - it's at knee hight, easy to access but the controller is mounted at at about a 70 degree angle from horizontal - pretty easy to adjust but the manual states that this is about the maximum allowable angle to allow the sensors in the unit to measure the 'rate' of braking. As such, it's quite sensitve to any kind of adjustment and requires attention, particularily as the brakes warm-up. All pretty normal from what I understand.

The thing about trailer brakes - I believe the intent is to 'support' the tow-vehicles braking system...not to take over or control the braking of the whole unit. When adjusting, I'm careful to balance the braking system of my TV with the trailer...in essence, I don't really feel the brakes on the trailer working - the whole system is adjusted so that the Tow Vehicle brakes as if the trailer wasn't there...

Of course...living on this darn mountain I'm always starting off with cold brakes and a massive hill - a tough combination!

Brakes are important, not just for you, but for everyone around you...take the time not only to read, but to understand, your braking system...please.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:11 AM   #12
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Thanks!
Our controller was installed at the dealer when we purchased the TT
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:49 AM   #13
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after some reading One problem seems like it is the controller we have. The dealer just installed everything sway bar, weight distribution hitch and brake controller. We didn't know anything about different products that were available and the dealer did not mention different brands or choices. We were told they would outfit our TV with everything we needed and we didn't know to ask any questions about the products they sold and installed for us. So they installed a Journey Husky controller and what I have read they are not very good controllers and most tt owners recommend a prodigy. So we are taking it back to the dealer and telling them we want to return this controller and have a prodigy installed. WE are heading out again on a trip before we can get it to the dealer. So we are trying to get it adjusted so it is safer to drive before we head out. So we took it out to try and adjust the brake controller and I watched it as spouse braked and the front wheel locks up and the back wheel continues to roll. When brakes are released it is a hard release and releases with a jerk. we did finally once with everything on the lowest setting get both brakes to stop the tt when we manually used the brake controller to stop without it locking up. Any thoughts?? Thanks!!
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:12 PM   #14
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I maybe posting late on this but similar problems with my 2010 Jayco 314bds. I wrote a post about it. Lots of brake issues similiar but were from TT. I do not know about your brake control but highly recommend a proportional style controller. What this means is the controller senses how hard your braking your TV and applies equal stoppage to TT. I have the prodigy 2 brake control and love it. Huge upgrade from my standard time delay Reese brakeman. Good luck.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:15 PM   #15
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Thanks the dealer worked on the brakes and I think they are better but everything I keep reading seems like we need to replace with the prodigy
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #16
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If your Brake Controller is "time based", it will lock up. When locking up, the trailer can do a fish tail. Time based Brake controller cannot be fully adjusted - to stop from "locking up". IMO, "time based" controller should be illegal.

Before trying to "adjust" buttons and dials, tell us the exact name (brand and model) of your brake controller. Knowing this detail, we can provide the appropriate advice.... Instead of trying to "guess".

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Old 02-22-2011, 08:52 AM   #17
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As soon as we start pulling our trailer, we test the brakes before we even get out of the yard, and set the controller. Depending on the weather, wet, etc. amount of use, we try to keep them adjusted just right. Have never had a problem with them locking up.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:09 AM   #18
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Like after doing my front axle brake on the TT and then went out to set the controller I could get then to lock for no one. Then I remember I had to get them heated up a bit and work the shoes.

After cruising around with it for about 30 miles I got it to the point I could lock it up on demand and addjusted for maximum stopping power. Other than that it pulls good now and stops on a dime.

But the brake do have to be warmed up a bit to work good.
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