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Old 07-06-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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Brakes grabbing?

Towing Vibe6504 with a 2012 ford Explorer with tow package. If I turn up the brake power even just a bit, the trailer brakes seem to stutter when I put on the brakes especially when pulling up to a light. Just bought this and the owner had it inspected. My old Coleman pop up never did this. It was very smooth.


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Old 07-06-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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I hit send too quickly. Heading out for a longer trip soon. I'd like to get this fixed. Any ideas? It is a 2013 vibe and has only been used by me and the previous owner for 5-6 short trips.


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Old 07-06-2014, 11:55 PM   #3
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Depending on build date it could easily be over two years old, the trailer brakes could need to be cleaned and adjusted. It's a good time for a wheel bearing pack too, odds are it's not been done. Depending on your axles you may have EZ lube, but if the drums are going to be off I'd clean and repack them.

First though, get your instructions out for the controller and set it up again from scratch. If it's gotten off level it could be too aggressive for this trailer especially since this trailer surely weighs different than the pop up and could have your TV at a different angle.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:12 AM   #4
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If it's gotten off level it could be too aggressive for this trailer
Almost certainly the problem. Read through the manual again and reset if from scratch as suggested. Keep in mind they need constant tweaking with varying road conditions.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:56 AM   #5
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Same for me. I just turn the boost off in town, and up for the highway. If you have 10" brakes on a small trailer, it may do it too.
It's not hurting anything, but I'd check the adjustment before your trip.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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I have the same problem with my 6501. Make sure you do not have the boost on when traveling slow (in town) and I would turn the gain down by 2 verses the highway setting.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:32 PM   #7
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Thanks. It's a new vehicle and new controller.


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Old 08-04-2014, 09:05 PM   #8
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had a similar problem Never adjust brakes kept grabbing and releaseing. grab at the campground leaving and stayed on. Had it serviced and found dust cap off, both rear axle bushing broken and a blown seal. It is a 2012 I bought new 13 months ago and first time serviced. Repair shop said they never saw bushing break in half. Going to contact FR for warranty information or recall. Anyone else have issues like this?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:56 AM   #9
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Thanks. It's a new vehicle and new controller.


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What brake controller are you using?
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using a Chevy dealer installed activator - drawtite. nothing special. the mechanic looked at the control because he was not impressed with the digital ones. worked fine with prior camper.
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