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Old 06-13-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Wheels turning on pull test

The last few pull tests that I've done have been done without wheel chocks. I've been relying solely on holding the camper brakes to stop and hold the camper back. The wheels are rotating before locking up. The other day I feel like the camper moved like 18" and today it was like 6". Once the brakes catch, it does hold the camper back. I just don't recall this much rotation the last 2 years.

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Old 06-13-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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Needs to be moving for the leading shoe to grab, your 6" description would be about right.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the confirmation. I don't recall it turning before, BUT- I usually chocked the wheels and left the landing gear fully down before (changed that based on input here- specifically OldCoot if I recall correctly).
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:31 PM   #4
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When the brake magnet is energized and grabs onto the wheel disc then the camming action pushes the brake shoes out to the brake drum surface completing the braking action. There are a lot of variables to consider starting with the setting on the brake controller to the surface of the roadway.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:33 PM   #5
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You might not remember that much, did you check the brake controls to see if you haven't accidentally changed the settings. Also maybe the brakes need adjusted.
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I know the brake controller hasn't changed (in fact, I tried turning it up to see if it helped).

Adjusting the brakes probably isn't a bad idea to get someone's eyes on. Just need to find a trailer shop that can look at it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:53 PM   #7
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I'll vote for brake adjustment also. The magnet grabs the drum, then has to rotate with the drum until the cam action pushes the brake shoes against the drum. The closer to optimal adjustment you are, the less the cam will turn before locking it down.

If you have auto adjusters then you're probably just at the limit of what the adjusters can do. It's not unsafe, just not optimum.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:12 AM   #8
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I agree with a brake adjustment, if you don't have the auto adjusters on it. Funny, my 6k axles were Never-Adjust but the replacements are manual. It is quite easy to do with a $3 tool from you local auto store, your jacks and blocks. On my new axles, my brakes were never adjusted a the factory or dealer. Here are a couple of videos that show just how easy it is to do.



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IF you have manual adjust brakes the brake tool is fine but I've done
it many times with just a flat blade screwdriver.
You CAN do this. The hardest part is raising a wheel so you can spin
the wheel by hand to check when you've got them tight enough.
I tighten mine till the wheel drags some but is not difficult to turn.

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Also, some people like the trailer hooked to the truck and the parking brakes applied as well. Helps ensure that it won't move. I just put my X-chocks in and raise the other side. Doug, you can do this very easily.

On Edit: Can you not slide the actuator all the way over on your brake controller to make it lock them up?
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