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Old 03-20-2015, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Creaking sound on my brad new Jayflight 23MB

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I just purchased a 23MB and took delivery. I towed it home and noticed that when I go backed it up on my driveway that the leaf springs rockers really make a loud creaking/poping noise while slowing backing it up the driveway. Is this normal for a new trailer?

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I'm not sure if this is related but I could never get the trailer brakes to lock up using my F150. I was told setup the TBC to go about 20mph and squeeze the controller until the brakes lock up. Then back down one notch. No matter how much gain I put on brakes they would never lock up the trailer. I was at a 10 gain and while I could feel it grab pretty good they never locked up. Is that normal?

Truck: 1 year old 2013 F150 with Ecoboost V6 and tow package. Never towed a thing with it until now.

Towing: WDS rated for 10k and anti sway bar

Camper: Jayco Jayflight 23MB / 4300lbs

Any help would be great!
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
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Creaking popping sounds are pretty normal. Its either your WDH or its the springs popping because the wheels are out of alignment as you make the turn. Either way... completely normal.


Can't help with your brakes.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:15 PM   #3
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Creaking popping sounds are pretty normal. Its either your WDH or its the springs popping because the wheels are out of alignment as you make the turn. Either way... completely normal.


Can't help with your brakes.

Thank you. I had a buddy of mine that tows a lot tell me the same thing about the pops. I appreciate the help!!
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The way i got told to set the brakes was to roll along slowly and squeeze the slider so that at full on you should stop pretty sharp but not lock up. I cant imagine you would want your trailer brakes locking up under hard braking especially in the wet. Might cause handling problems. I could be wrong as ive only had trailers here for a couple of years now but so far i have had no issues in any weather.
I would be interested to see what more experienced people think?
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"The way i got told to set the brakes was to roll along slowly and squeeze the slider so that at full on you should stop pretty sharp but not lock up. I cant imagine you would want your trailer brakes locking up under hard braking especially in the wet. Might cause handling problems."

You are correct; you do not want the trailer brakes locking up. The original advice is good. set the TBC so that when towing 15 to 20 MPH on a flat level surface without using the vehicle brakes, squeeze the controller so that the trailer brakes lock up or come extremely close and stop the vehicle. Then back off on the controller adjustment a little. If you have a place where you can safely test it to get it accurate, load your TT up, and do it again.
Just as when you hook up the TT you can feel the pull on the vehicle as you tow it, so should you feel the tension of the trailer just enough to be aware that it is braking while simultaneously braking the vehicle at normal speeds.
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Could it be that the brakes just aren't broken in yet? Just like your car after a brake job your trailer won't stop it's best until you have a few hundred to a thousand miles on the new brakes. You may find yourself having to back off the gain as the miles increase.
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We just picked up our 23MBH yesterday with a new Equalizer brand WDH. The tech told us that it (the WDH) would make quite a bit of noise and it did. I believe he said there is a break-in period and it will get better over time. This was my first experience towing a travel trailer too. Had he not told about the noise prior to us leaving the dealership, we would have been concerned. The the creeks and pops only occurred when traveling slowly and making turns or backing up. On the highway it was pretty quiet.
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Two questions:

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I'm not sure if this is related but I could never get the trailer brakes to lock up using my F150. I was told setup the TBC to go about 20mph and squeeze the controller until the brakes lock up. Then back down one notch. No matter how much gain I put on brakes they would never lock up the trailer. I was at a 10 gain and while I could feel it grab pretty good they never locked up. Is that normal?
I could never get my brakes to lock up either. I really don't get why the brake controller instructions state that but like Higgy mentioned, if you can stop your setup just using your trailer brakes then that is a good thing. I adjust mine so that I can feel the trailer brakes coming on first while applying my TV brakes. I prefer my HTT brakes to work a little harder than my TV.
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I tend to agree with russ on the brakes .. my car trailer took a few hundred miles before the brakes began to work as they should and then i really had to turn the gain down to keep them from locking up... a brake lining place told me it usually takes a few hundred to a thousand miles for the pads to get seated properly
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Another piece of helpful advice for those new to WDH systems. It is generally known and most places will tell you, do not back up with a sway bar in place. As well, your sway bars should be loosened and allowed to travel free, if you are doing a lot of in town driving, requiring sharp maneuvers and/or lots of 90 degree turns. My practice, is only to put the sway bar in place just prior to entering the highway (yet seriously, with our new rig with the wide stance axles, I have not needed the sway bar at all).
What many do not tell you, is that often times to reduce stress on the hitch and WDH Bars, it is also a good practice to remove them prior to the maneuvers to back your trailer into the parking place at your final destination. Especially if your backing maneuver requires a near 90 turn.
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