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Old 08-28-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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(Solved) A scary moment without brakes!

We took our Toyhauler to Colorado last week and planned to come over the Cottonwood pass elev. 12,000 ft., at night. We hooked up the trailer and started for the pass. When I applied the trailer brakes, there were none. I went back and unplugged the trailer and plugged it in again and the brakes worked but only for a short distance. I did this several times with the same results. Finally decided the trailer plug was coming loose from the tv plug. I tied it together tight with some wire and never had any more trouble. I don't know why it began coming apart but we are glad we were not headed down the pass when it failed. It looks like I need a new tv plug. It's pretty scary to think that something as simple as the plug falling out can cause you to be without brakes. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you or how would you solve it?
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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On a 7 pin plug, Bargman I think, When you open the spring loaded door, and get it horizontal, there should be a tab pointing straight down at the ground. This tab locks in to the top groove, actually behind it, on the trailer plug. When all is well, no way they will come apart. Sounds like somebody drove off without unhooking the plugs and ruined the tab locking system. Check both plugs, and may need to replace both. Don't try to rig something for the sake of safety of your self or others. $50 is a lot cheaper than a few million if you loose control and take somebody out.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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I had that happen too a couple of years ago the little tab broke off and the plug kept coming out far enough for the brakes not to work but the lights were still on. Took a few times pushing it in before realizing what had been causing it.
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I've had the spring on the door break and allow the plug to vibrate loose.

Was kind of obvious why once I saw how rusty it had become....
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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The RV dealer installed the 7-pin plug on the tow vehicle. It does not have the locking tab. I bought a new 7-pin plug with the locking tab for the tv and will be installing it myself.
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Yet another RV "dealer" screwup.
You are fortunate that their incompetance did not cost you dearly.
And they are fortunate, as if something happened, you could have sued them into bankruptcy.
Glad you made it down safe.
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Yet another RV "dealer" screwup.
You are fortunate that their incompetance did not cost you dearly.
And they are fortunate, as if something happened, you could have sued them into bankruptcy...
Without getting into a big drawn out debate about the issue, I will simply say "I disagree"...
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Without getting into a big drawn out debate about the issue, I will simply say "I disagree"...
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Without getting into a big drawn out debate about the issue, I will simply say "I disagree"...
This all comes down to Inspecting Work At Dealer BEFORE Leaving Dealers Yard
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