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Old 06-01-2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello All, I asked this question over on the Escapees forum also, but thought I'd give it a go here. The question is:

How many of you have ever experienced brake failure on a large fifth-wheel trailer? Have you ever had your truck pushed into an intersection? I'm wondering specifically about the likelihood of failure of a disc brake system. I would think a faulty wiring connection between the trailer and the brake controller might be the most common situation. Thanks!
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Hello All, I asked this question over on the Escapees forum also, but thought I'd give it a go here. The question is:

How many of you have ever experienced brake failure on a large fifth-wheel trailer? Have you ever had your truck pushed into an intersection? I'm wondering specifically about the likelihood of failure of a disc brake system. I would think a faulty wiring connection between the trailer and the brake controller might be the most common situation. Thanks!
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It's possible, I suppose, but not a common problem based on my experience and what we see on RVing forums.

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My response is on escapees forum.
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An alert will come up on the screen of my controller warning of lost connection with brakes within about a minute of pulling the plug. You also have the option of audible alarm. I don't have hyd disks, but the controller will work with electric over hyd disks, and I presume would give the same connection lost warning.

I think if you pay attention to the condition of your brakes, connectors, and stuff, and drive extra carefully and brake way early when towing, the likelyhood of a sudden failure causing an accident would be pretty small.
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