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diamond G Ranch

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1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:52:55 AM »
I have a 22' 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel trailer and a old Manual Tekonsha brake controller....I was coming downhill pulling the trailer when a traffic light went from green, quickly amber then red.....I adjusted the bakes before leaving the house using the manual slide lever on the controller to make sure the axels did not lock up on the trailer as indicated in the owners manual but I did need to step on the brake pretty hard to stop for the light......I saw that the front axle of the trailer locked up, not the back.....are there only brakes on the front axle, I am not sure.....if there are brakes on both axles why would only the front axle lock up and not the back?? Since I did test the brake adjustment before leaving the house is this result normal brake behavior(locking up) when heading down a hill and stepping on the tow vehicle brake pretty had??? I want to be sure that everything is working as it should....I am concerned...

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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 06:03:32 PM »
hmmmmmmmm....

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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 06:26:13 PM »
All four wheels should be braking. I  would get under the trailer and make the wiring is good for all 4 wheels. Then I'd pull the brakes apart and check the shoes. At the same time repack the bearings. Maybe they only need adjusting.
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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 07:38:45 PM »
eTrailer has a number of good help articles that will help you troubleshoot the issue.  https://www.etrailer.com/info.aspx?productgroup=Trailer%20Brakes

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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 07:52:31 PM »
One other quick test is to pull the break away switch cable, applying all the brakes.  Hold a compass near the bottom of each wheel.  The magnet in the brake (if working) will pull the compass point to it.
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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2019, 08:52:43 AM »
It sounds as though you adjusted the brake controller, not the brakes themselves, so after 27 years it's quite likely the two axles are not braking the same.  There are also likely to be electrical power differences between each brake (corroded connections, etc).

Last, on a downgrade the front axle gets a greater share of the load as the balance of the trailer shifts slightly.  Conversely, the rear axle gets more load on an upgrade.
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Re: 1992 Fleetwood Wilderness Travel Trailer Brake Questions
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 09:51:33 AM »
Thank You everyone for your input....I will take all of this into consideration when checking things out with my neighbor who has had travel trailers all his life...if I feel that this is something beyond our scope of understanding in figuring out....I will take it to my mechanic to have him fix things....Thanks again for all of your kind advice!! 8)