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Old 05-20-2015, 02:11 PM   #11
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If I'm camping with electric hookups I always pull the brakes as an extra precaution. Is that bad for them long term? They don't otherwise get any use because I have yet to finish wiring my truck for the brake controller.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:21 PM   #12
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If I'm camping with electric hookups I always pull the brakes as an extra precaution. Is that bad for them long term? They don't otherwise get any use because I have yet to finish wiring my truck for the brake controller.
I would say setting the brakes until you get the wheel chocks in place would be OK. They aren't designed to be applied all the time. Seems using them as parking brakes for long periods would not be good for the electrical components.

It's more troubling to me for you to be towing without trailer brakes! That seems risky and, if you have an accident, the lawyers could make you pay big time!
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:31 PM   #13
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While up at Lake Tahoe, had just hooked up to leave with motor running. Camp spot was kinda hilly but flat for TT. Truck was on down slope. It seems truck slipped outta gear and started going forward, Wife panics and I'm trying to hold truck in place (9K plus lbs) plus trailer before it hits TT in spot ahead of us. Fortunately, DW regained her senses and was able to reach the brake on time !
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Crapped my pants just reading these! Has never (knock on wood) happened to me!
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:37 PM   #15
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The owners manual for my Jayco contains this warning, when addressing the breakaway switch . . .

CAUTION : NEVER use the breakaway switch and trailer brake system as a parking brake. Doing so would create a high amp draw on the battery and converter. This can cause damage to wiring, connectors and the breakaway switch.
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The owners manual for my Jayco contains this warning, when addressing the breakaway switch . . .

CAUTION : NEVER use the breakaway switch and trailer brake system as a parking brake. Doing so would create a high amp draw on the battery and converter. This can cause damage to wiring, connectors and the breakaway switch.
Plus, it does not really function as a parking brake anyway. The reaction arm has to move some distance before the friction material contacts the drums.
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Time to stop doing that then! I'll just use it temporarily until I chock up.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:50 PM   #18
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Time to stop doing that then! I'll just use it temporarily until I chock up.
I put the chocks in place before I disconnect the trailer from the hitch. Then there's no need to use the emergency brake switch at all. Eventually, that switch will wear out and/or become loose enough that it starts to come out when you don't want it to. On my last TT, I only removed it once each spring, to test the system.

When I am putting the trailer in storage I use regular wheel chocks. When I am camping, I chock the wheels using these:


Not only do these locking chocks prevent the wheels from rotating, they take most of the front-to-rear rocking motion out of the trailer when walking around inside.

Just my opinion and friendly advice.
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:01 PM   #19
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Don't ask me how I know this but: you will purchase and use X chocks after your trailer comes off the truck ball and falls off the riser blocks falling 6 inches to soft ground and continues into the ground until you have no where near enough travel to get back on the truck ball. So you then dig out under the frame and bottle jack the trailer back up to the riser blocks and inspect for damage. No damage done but off to the store to buy some X chocks. But again don't ask me how I know this.
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@Scoutr2

"Not only do these locking chocks prevent the wheels from rotating, they take most of the front-to-rear rocking motion out of the trailer when walking around inside."

I have the wide stance wheels on my Whitehawk. Would the wider locking chocks reduce the front-to-rear rocking motion like yours?

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