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Old 09-19-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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My first Panic Stop

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I have a question about my Tekonsha P3 brake controller. I thought I had it set up right and haven't really checked it since I set it up. We were heading home up RT 50 from Delaware last night. We were driving at about 55 in heavy traffic. I was leaving a nice distance in front and a van cut in front of me and then hit his brakes. I had to hit my brakes HARD and my anti-locks on my truck kicked in and it felt like the trailer didn't help much at all. When I got into my neighborhood I was going 25mph and did the manual brake engage on the P3 and the trailer tires didn't come close to locking up. I had it set to about 7 but they didn't really grab hard until I had it close to 14.

Is it normal for these settings to require adjustments or did I have it wrong in the first place?

Just looking for opinions as to why the settings may have changed.

Thanks!

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #2
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Could be your trailer brakes need to be adjusted.

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Old 09-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #3
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Looks like you have a fairly new trailer. New brakes take a while to wear in and usually need some adjustment after the first 1000 miles or so. Easy to do if you have a good jack. I would not adjust the controller until you have the brakes adjusted. it is a good idea to check the brake adjustment at the beginning of each season.

PS You did good if you only had one panic stop on Rt50 yesterday.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #4
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Looks like you have a fairly new trailer. New brakes take a while to wear in and usually need some adjustment after the first 1000 miles or so. Easy to do if you have a good jack. I would not adjust the controller until you have the brakes adjusted. it is a good idea to check the brake adjustment at the beginning of each season.

PS You did good if you only had one panic stop on Rt50 yesterday.
Wow. I love this forum. I have some DIY skills but I am not automotively inclined.

I will check and adjust the brakes.

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Old 09-19-2016, 04:32 PM   #5
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brakes

Its always a smart thing to do , leaving lots of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. I would first take it to a licenced garage to have the brakes adjusted, not a TT dealer.... There is a lot to consider when adjusting your brakes on your TT. For example, did you set it up when the TT was empty or loaded, had the TT been sitting for a few weeks etc....
So for sure start by getting the brakes adjusted by a mechanic and go from there for your final adjustment...
Hope this helps you out a little.
P.S. it took me a while to finally set up my P3.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:47 PM   #6
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Once your brakes are adjusted, go follow the instructions on setting the P3. I also use the P3, and 7 sounds way low. That's about what I set on gravel roads to keep the trailer from skidding. I set at 10-11 while on good, dry pavement.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:17 PM   #7
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There are too many idiots out there, I would also suggest getting a dash cam. If they had cut you off shorter, you may not have been able to avoid a crash. My daughter is a truck driver and suggested that I get one. She said they never drive without it.
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"PS You did good if you only had one panic stop on Rt50 yesterday."


x2 x3 x4 Never liked that road ever since a car from PA decided to pass and almost hit us head on, at dusk.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:33 PM   #9
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I own 3 trailers with electric brakes all three require different settings on the brake controller.

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Old 09-19-2016, 08:09 PM   #10
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Some brake controllers have a leveling sensor which adjust the braking for the grade. Could this have been your issue? Less braking going up hill and more braking going down.
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