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Old 12-11-2015, 07:54 AM   #11
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I appreciate all your suggestions. I will take the TT to the dealer for brake and bearings adjustment, as it is fairly new. I will share the outcome......
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:46 AM   #12
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I appreciate all your suggestions. I will take the TT to the dealer for brake and bearings adjustment, as it is fairly new. I will share the outcome......
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If it's new and you've never adjusted the bearings then it could be the problem. My trailer needed them adjusted after about 600 miles. It may have needed it earlier but I checked them at 600 mi.

Again good luck!
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:30 AM   #13
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Also make sure that the brake linings are not grease contaminated.


It is counter-intuitive, but contaminated shoes grab suddenly and then provide weak overall braking.


Ask anyone who's had a axle seal fail on their truck what braking was like until the repair was done.
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Also make sure that the brake linings are not grease contaminated.
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What he said.

Seems unlikely with a newer trailer, but you should have the dealer check that, too, when they do the brake and bearing adjustment.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:38 PM   #15
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Does not sound completely normal. It is normal for them to be grippe when you first start out. Usually mine calm down after a mile or so and a couple stops. I have decided they need to warm up, and any surface corrosion (aka rust) needs to wear off, otherwise they act up.

Can you tell if it is one tire that is locking up, or if it is all of them? If it looks to be one tire, the brakes may not have been assemble correctly, have a loose bearing nut, allowing the wheel to wobble, inturns makes the brakes not seat properly. It should be looked at.

I should not say this, but I have 10K miles on my HTT, and have never checked the brakes or bearings. Summer of 2014, my brakes felt weak; this past summer they were spot on. Never touch the controller, not sure why.

Personally, if you are handy at all, I would pull the wheels, and drums, check them over and repack the bearings manually.
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UPDATE:
Brake problem has been resolved. As mentioned above, it was an adjustment problem. The amount of braking power in the controller compounded it.
Thanks to all for your help!
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UPDATE:
Brake problem has been resolved. As mentioned above, it was an adjustment problem. The amount of braking power in the controller compounded it.
Thanks to all for your help!
And thank you for the update!
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Great! Glad you got it worked out!
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Awesome news
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:19 PM   #20
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Plastic/rubber brake adjuster slot plugs

I noticed that the plastic adjuster slot plugs were missing on my Pinnacle and contacted the dealer who basically told me that Dexter has discontinued using these plugs on some drum assemblies. I contacted Dexter and they did confirm that these plugs became obsolete on their brake assemblies a few years ago.
Has anyone had issues with moisture and dirt getting into the brake assemblies as a result of the open adjuster slots?
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