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Old 08-16-2015, 10:58 PM   #1
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Brakes smoking on a fifth wheel going up hill.

I just talked to s friend and it seems that the brakes were smoking going up hill. Has anyone heard of this problem? I don't know any more about the situation but it seems impossible to me. The were on a long up hill grade and noticed the smoking when going up hill. Thank you


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Fairly simple answer with as little information that has been provided. There are two ways of applying brake pressure: electrical and hydraulic. On TT's usually you won't find hydraulics because of the higher cost. We will assume they are electric. And I'd also assume that the brakes are drum for the same reason they are probably electric and not hydraulic and that's cost.

If brakes are smoking while going up hill two things may be happening. Somehow or some way the electric brakes are applied. One possible cause is there could be from a short so the magnet is always energized even when the method for applying the brakes is not applied. Or maybe the mechanism for applying the electrical signal to the magnetic is stuck on or hung up so it's always applied.

A third assumptions can also be made. Maybe the brakes were smoking because of a down hill heat up situation and continued to smoke while going up the next hill because they were so hot.

A fourth reason can be this. If they are hydraulic and disc brakes it is very common for calipers to heat up and stick on as a result of the excessive heat.

If any of the above assumptions is incorrect then the answer as to why will also vary.

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Thank you it gives me a place to start. I'll post more if I find out more.


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BTW I believe your two assumptions are correct.


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I'd suggest buying an IR gun, about $35, and shooting all the wheels along with the brakes.
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Yes good idea. They have one. We do too. Thank you.


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I just talked to s friend and it seems that the brakes were smoking going up hill. Has anyone heard of this problem? I don't know any more about the situation but it seems impossible to me. The were on a long up hill grade and noticed the smoking when going up hill. Thank you


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Could a possible source of the "smoking" be a wheel bearing (because of a load shift) instead of or in addition to brakes?
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Also should check the break away cable and make sure it hasn't pulled out and activated the brakes.
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Excellent point Fordguy. That's just to simple a fix to think about.

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Also should check the break away cable and make sure it hasn't pulled out and activated the brakes.
Had that happen to me once when making a sharp turn to enter a highway and the trailer wheels totally locked up and would not roll. With me half way out on to a 2 lane state highway I was in a panic pickle for what seemed like more than the minute or so it took me to remedy the situation.
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