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Old 10-23-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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Went on the maiden voyage with my new trailer this weekend. First thing I noticed is that the trailer brakes didn't seem to work very well.

I have the truck set for "Heavy Electric" and the tech at Camping World tested the electricals on both truck and trailer (as I stopped there before leaving town as soon as I realized there was a problem).

They say the trailer brakes are signalling fine, but the truck isn't putting out enough amps.

Question: When I manually pull the lever on the trailer brake controller and it goes up to 99, should the trailer brakes lock up? Should it bring the truck to a sudden halt when going low speeds (under 5MPH)?

When I do this, it sort of drifts to a very slow stop, and I think that's a symptom, but before I take the truck to the dealer this week, I'm trying to understand the problem a bit to see if I'm doing it wrong.

The way the tech tested it didn't seem right to me. He said it never went over 3 amps, but I watched while he was using it and the display never rose above "30", when I brake, I see it go up to 80 or even 90 sometimes... so I'm skeptical as to what the real problem might be.

Any advice (especialliy from other Ram truck owners) is appreciated!!!

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There is an article in the last issue of trailer life that talks about problem that is occurring with some trailer brakes and the Dodge brake system. The "expert" for trailer life was suggesting putting an after market controller as there is to date was no known fix for the problem. That article is in Trailer Life - November 2015- page 71
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:22 PM   #12
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Same for me setting to Heavy with gain at 5.0. If I go any higher than 6 on the gain, the TT brakes will lock up.
On my 2014 RAM 1500 I started out with Heavy and 8 gain when the trailer was new. After a couple of trips I was able to back it down to 6 and it's been doing pretty well there. Mine never locked up at 8 but I could tell it was tugging harder and harder after the first couple of trips.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:32 PM   #13
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It's been a busy week, so I haven't really got around to it yet.

I did pick up the trailer and bring it home today (family coming over to see it this weekend), and the brakes are suddenly working much better. Still not as tight as I believe they should be, but something definitely changed sitting in a parking lot for a week. I dunno. It could be a while before I have a chance to take the truck into the dealer. I will update here if I find anything out.

Controller set to 8 and braking still quite sluggish, but not *as* sluggish. <shrugs>
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ttavasc - your experience seems to be similar to mine now.

The brakes are definitely much tighter after a few tows.
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If you have the self adjusting brakes the dealer should have manually adjusted them before you took possession of the trailer. It is specified on the manufacturers website but never done by the dealers. It takes a while for the shoes to seat and wear in, that is something that I also noticed on my maiden voyage and it took a first few hundred miles before I really noticed a difference. If you drive it over gravel use the override to try and lock the brakes, it's almost impossible to lock them on pavement with a heavy trailer. I also use a digital laser to check the temp of all wheels from time to time.
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