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Old 08-02-2016, 01:13 AM   #1
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Braking in the rain

Camped close to home over the weekend with friends. Started to rain on Sunday morning so I packed up and sent the wife home with the dogs so the would'nt get wet. About 1/2 mile from home on a newly paved road down hill going slow to make a right turn my truck and trailer both locked up the brakes and slid right past my turn. Luckily there was no other cars around. It hasent rain around here for a while so I dont know if it was just the oil on the road.
This was my first oh sh!t moment and I did'nt like it. The bike was not in the 19rr and we had next to nothin in the tv and tt so there was no way it was overloaded. This was my first time towing in the rain after 5 trips and about 1,900 miles. Do I need to adjust my tailer brakes? Was I just getting too comfortable. We know we need a bigger TV and we will but honestly this trucks been doing good until this event.
Sorry about the long post, just looking for some guidance.
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:09 AM   #2
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Do not really have enough information but there are a number of factors that could have caused it. Do not know what a 19 rr is or your TV so can't help there either but......... My first thought is you were traveling too fast for the conditions, but again I don't have enough info. Trucks and trailers take a lot longer to stop than towing solo.

Just my 2 cents, speed, brakes, size of the tow vehicle to the trailer, brake adjustment, when you started braking, road condition, wet pavement, are just a few of the possible things that could have locked up the brakes. More than likely a combination of all of the above.

Experience is the big key......... glad nothing serious came out of it.



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Old 08-02-2016, 05:46 AM   #3
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X2 on what Oaklevel said,New Blacktop after a Rain is the Same as Black Ice in the Winter! Youroo!! PS IF you wrecked the Report would have said "SPEED EXCESSIVE for Road Conditions"!
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:53 AM   #4
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:58 AM   #5
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That was probably poor quality blacktop. The oil in the blacktop probably came to the surface in the rain causing an oil slick at the surface. Did your truck brakes really lock up? The ABS system is supposed to prevent that.

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Old 08-02-2016, 07:00 AM   #6
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new blacktop or wet blacktop after months of no rain is always slippery. We came home on Sunday as well in the rain, I turned down my trailer brakes a tad and just took it slow.
Where we were we hadn't had rain for a awhile and some roads were like "ice" from the oils coming up through the blacktop.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:22 AM   #7
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Need more info. I know what a 19RR is but what is pulling it? Are you sure the trailer brakes are working? A 19RR weighs at least 4600-4700 pounds unloaded. A freshly paved road combined with water is slicker than pigsnot and it wouldn't take much braking to slide the TT if the trailer brakes weren't doing their job.

A few years back I was pulling a 2,200 pound utility trailer that didn't have brakes. Same conditions as you described. Truck was a long bed Dodge 1500 with mid-life tires. Making a turn I had traveled hundreds of times and with very, very light braking I got into a jack knife situation. So, a combination of slick roads and inadequate trailer brakes is a recipe for bad results.

BTW, I put brakes on the trailer and never had a problem afterwards.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:34 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Kenny kustom View Post
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Great question...I never thought about that! Need to find out what's going on with it.
I figured the new black top had something to do with it, but was wondering if there was something I missed.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:38 AM   #9
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I'll be checking the brakes on the trailer before the next outing. Thanks emm-dee.
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Start slowing down sooner. Stopping a lot of weight on a slick road downhill has gravity and friction working against you.

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