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Old 09-28-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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Question brakes lock up

we have a 23b we have had it out on 2 outings and once back to the dealer for some warrenty work.
The brakes on the TT lock up. We have adjusted the control but it still happens. It seems to be fine when we start out but once we have been driving a while the brakes lock.
Any suggestions?
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Your brake controller (mounted inside your vehicle) should have an adjustment wheel or buttons. After the brakes on your trailer heat up they expand slightly so you will need to reduce the electrical voltage to them by adjusting the brake controller. Be sure to reset the brake controller to higher voltage before towing your trailer the next time because the brakes will be cold and will have contracted slightly.

If you have the owners manual for your brake controller it should have clear instructions on adjusting the electrical power going to your trailer brakes.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #3
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Had the kids clean the inside of my TV last week ... hooked up the trailer to take it down the 'mountain' over the weekend and didn't bother checking the controller. Guess when the kids were cleaning the truck they messed with the settings and by the time I realised it I was committed and heading down a 12% grade with smoke pouring out of the wheel-wells.

My controller is mounted on the maximum allowable angle which makes adjusting the system challenging at the best of times. I do know that when the brakes are cold, they're really sensitive and need to be played with depending on the weather, temperature and type of road (gravel vs pavement). Is it possible that your controler needs to be moved?
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What Texas Sam says it "right on". I have my controller mounted just to the right of the steering column, about knee high, where I can easily reach it when on the road.

RE what McMonk said... If your a controller is mounted where you're "standing on your head" to reach it then "yes", I'd move it to a position where you can change settings (as per what Texas Sam said) with ease should you need to make adjustments.

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The controller is mounted at knee height. WE adjusted it all the way out but did not try starting out with it adjusted to a higher sensitivity and changing it.
Will give that a try.
I will check if we have an owners manual for the brake controller as we have had a problem with the brakes since we brought it home from the dealer.
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We are also wondering if the TT brakes need adjusting. We did stop down hill at a traffic light and took foot off of brake petal and the vehicle did not move.
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Ahhh, now with that additional information I have another suggestion. At least two forum members have posted about trailer brake problems with new Jayco trailers. Healthi posted that their trailer brakes were replaced as a warranty issue. I don't recall the outcome for the other poster. Anyway, if you released the brake pedal on your tow vehicle and the brakes on the trailer were still locked up it is time for your dealer to examine the brakes and adjust them properly or replace the entire braking mechanism.
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Ahhh, now with that additional information I have another suggestion. At least two forum members have posted about trailer brake problems with new Jayco trailers. Healthi posted that their trailer brakes were replaced as a warranty issue. I don't recall the outcome for the other poster. Anyway, if you released the brake pedal on your tow vehicle and the brakes on the trailer were still locked up it is time for your dealer to examine the brakes and adjust them properly or replace the entire braking mechanism.
Thanks for the info! We were just not sure if we were not doing something right as this is our first TT and we have only camped in it 2 weekends now.
Yes we discovered the brakes were still set this week. So maybe we will take it back to the dealer for a check.
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Ahhh, now with that additional information I have another suggestion. At least two forum members have posted about trailer brake problems with new Jayco trailers. Healthi posted that their trailer brakes were replaced as a warranty issue. I don't recall the outcome for the other poster. Anyway, if you released the brake pedal on your tow vehicle and the brakes on the trailer were still locked up it is time for your dealer to examine the brakes and adjust them properly or replace the entire braking mechanism.
We noticed our brakes are still squeeking (even after applying grease where dealer told us to). We hear it reverberating off surroundings in closed in area's. Hmmmmm..... But ours doesn't lock up.
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Ours lock up almost everytime we use the brakes and have even smoked and smelled of burned rubber.
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