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Old 02-01-2016, 08:51 AM   #11
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You guys are amazing. I posted a quick thanks to one member and made the comment that I have noticed the manufacturers of almost everything we buy are responding by reducing the size and content of their manuals and/or turning their educational responsibilities over to the Internet forums. Everyone of us has gained knowledge from experiences that we (as individuals) have actually learned from our own mistakes; however, most of us have a tendency to occasionally poke fun at the expense of other members who are just beginning, and I am happy to see there is very little of this occurring on this forum. Thanks loads for all of your helpful responses, and Happy Camping!

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Old 02-01-2016, 12:14 PM   #12
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Hope it works out for you.


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Old 02-08-2016, 12:17 PM   #13
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Yeah, just crack the window. When any 1 of the trailer tires locks up, you'll here it. Don't come to a complete stop. Once you here that chirp, let go, dial back the voltage a bit, accelerate back to 25mph, and try it again. You want the system right at the point that it's thinking about locking up.

With windows open, warm up the brakes first, with a few gentle, manual stops from 25mph. If you start smelling the brakes, that more than enough. If you set them while cold, they will be set too low, since they get more effective at moderate temperature.

When do the full apply, they really mean it. Apply it quickly to full manual apply. You are simulating what would happen when you do a full panic stop in an emergency. You want your ABS to keep the truck's tires from locking up, and you want the controller set for max braking, but without locking trailer tires.

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