Question About Prodigy Brake Controller and Brakes
I just purchased a 2015 Jayco Jay Flight 32RLDS TT about a month ago and am towing with my 2007 Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab pickup. The trailer pulls well, but braking seems a little lacking. I have a Prodigy brake controller that I used for years with my Keystone Outback 29BHS, and it performed admirably.
I went by the standard procedure for adjusting the controller, like I have in the past - that is, use the sliding lever to apply the trailer brakes only. Adjust the gain up each time until the brakes lock up the wheels, then back it off about one number. I've done this successfully with my previous TT and would adjust whenever my load was different, from trip to trip. (Usually heavier on a weekend trip with firewood and full fresh tanks, as opposed to no firewood and only about 20 gallons in the fresh tank on a long haul - and I'm planning a 2500 mile RT for vacation, in June.)
My problem is this - I have the gain turned all the way up, and the brakes will not lock up the wheels - even on a gravel surface. I called the dealer today and talked to the technician and he pointed out that this trailer is as heavy, empty, as my Outback weighed fully loaded. Also, he said the brakes are new and to let them wear in and seat, and after a number of trips it should improve. But he didn't think the wheels would lock up, because of the trailer's weight.
At 10 mph, on level ground, the trailer brakes alone WILL stop both vehicles in about 25 - 30 feet, but I guess I'm just used to them locking up as part of the adjustment procedure.
So, for you folks with experience with this weight of trailer - is this normal? My trailer dry weight is about 7400#, and max loaded weight is 10,250#.
Thanks for any input!
2015 Jay Flight 32RLDS Elite
2012 Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab LTZ (6.6L Duramax/Allison)
Equalizer Hitch (1200# bars)