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Old 11-14-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Advice about Trailer Braking System, please

I just purchased a new Jayco 23B ultra feather light. It is 3,790 lbs dry. I also bought a new F-150 Ecoboost with electric Trailer Brake System (OEM). This past Saturday I hooked up the trailer to adjust the brake system, I followed the instructions to a "T". I started with a gain of 6.5 and moved it up .5 gain each time I made a run at it, I went up all the way to 10 gain (max). The trailer brakes still did not lock up. The instructions (Ford Manual) says that if you get to 10 gain, that is about it, no further adjustments needed. I'm not to comfortable with that! Any guidance or suggestions?

BTW, the trailer brakes did stop the vehicle in all settings, the brakes just didn't lock up/skid like the instructions say you should try to achieve.
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I ran into the same problem. The trailer seems to stop fine, but I can't get the brakes to lock up. I just let it go at that and don't worry about it. I'm curious about what others have to say about it.
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I could not get mine to lock up either but seems to work fine other wise.
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Try adjusting the trailers brakes.
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Let the truck and trailer roll forward. If you can stop the truck and trailer by manually engaging the trailer brakes only, then you are fine. The whole "lock-up" thing is just a landmark at which point they have you back up the setting a bit. The trailer brakes should not be locking up at any time during actual use.
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Try adjusting the trailers brakes.
I followed the manufacturer's directions on adjusting the brakes and couldn't see any difference - still no lock-up. It was the first time I've ever adjusted brakes but I think I did it correctly. I'm glad to see others with the same "problem," now I won't be as concerned.
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Often the cause of weak electric brakes is under-sized wiring, and or,faulty wire connections. This means electric brakes may not "lock-up" as described in the initial adjustment procedure. It does not mean they cannot be properly adjusted. My electric brakes will only "lock-up" on a gravel surface. You want the brakes to have maximum retarding capacity; without sliding the tires, which may result in losing control. The end result should be, you cannot feel the trailer brakes grabbing, but rather the tow vehicle and trailer stop smoothly as one unit. Ideally the same foot pressure is used whether you are towing or not.
This electric brake guide is quite useful to make sure they are mechanically and electrically sound.
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May be a silly question, is the ford tlr breaking system tied into the ABS. IS that why you cannot get the tlr breaks to lock? Just a thought.
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First, thanks for everyone for posting, like Yarcola, I'm happy to see that this isn't too uncommon.

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May be a silly question, is the ford tlr breaking system tied into the ABS. IS that why you cannot get the tlr breaks to lock? Just a thought.
Eric, I'm no mechanic, but I would guess that the trailer braking system isn't attched in any way to the tow vehicle (Ford) ABS system.
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