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Old 07-04-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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Do electric brake controllers get weak

I have a prodigy that has been used maybe 6 times in 4 yrs, It now seems like I have to turn the know all the way up to feel the trailer stop, I did the test in the parking lot and was going 5mph and I used the manual overide and not the actual truck brakes and it stopped but none too quick is this normal?? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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I have a prodigy that has been used maybe 6 times in 4 yrs, It now seems like I have to turn the know all the way up to feel the trailer stop, I did the test in the parking lot and was going 5mph and I used the manual overide and not the actual truck brakes and it stopped but none too quick is this normal?? Thanks in advance

May have worn brake pads or a bad magnet or 2 on the wheels.
It also may be a bad ground connection from truck to trailer.
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Thanks, now how would I check this, i'm very new to this, I mean it will stop but I would figure it would lock the trailer brakes up and it didnt, it stopped in about 5 ft or so
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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Thanks, now how would I check this, i'm very new to this, I mean it will stop but I would figure it would lock the trailer brakes up and it didnt, it stopped in about 5 ft or so

If you have never done this before it may be necessary to have a professional mechanic check them out. This way you will know for sure what is wrong and get it fixed correctly.
Camping World or if you can find a local RV dealer will check for you.

Looking at the age of your 5th wheel I bet the brake shoes and magnets need replacing .
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I don't believe the modulator gets weak, it should either work or not, I agree with Iggy, the most common denominator is the the trailer brakes, friction causes brake pad wear, magnets weaken over time.

Another source for brake repair is a trustworthy tire shop. A good tire shop will have the knowledge to test and repair as needed.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Thanks too both of you. We appreciate all of the help. We love this forum we knew we can count on you guys to help us. Thanks for keeping us safe. God Bless! We will for sure have it looked at and fixed.

Thank you so much

Bill & Rebecca
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